I have learned an enormous amount in a relatively short time, and I want to let you know that I think you are a fabulous instructor. And because my "grade" doesn't rely upon my high opinion of you, then you must know it's the truth and deeply felt. Thanks so much for being willing to take on the task. I would sign up for any course you ever teach again!"
I am amazed at how fortunate we have all been to have had such an outstanding teacher."
I feel like I have learned some really essential things from Bill and Anna that you just can't get from a book, looking online, etc. The feedback for all of us was different each time, yet relevant to each one of us. Two thumbs up!"
This was an absolutely fantastic class with fantastic teachers."
Thank you for all of your valuable advice throughout the duration of this course. I've loved every minute of it and am super appreciative of your effort."
Thank you, Bill and Anna, for a great course! I do not want it to end. I appreciate all the instruction and guidance you have provided within this class."
I appreciate your guidance and thoughtful responses throughout the course! I leave this class with a better understanding of conflict and especially plot vs. story. I'm even more excited about completing my first draft!"
This course taught me in six weeks how to write the perfect script and how to go about getting my foot in the door of production studios. I don't know what other course could do that with these results."
Thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement throughout the lessons. I've enjoyed this class immensely and I have learned so much. Thank you so very, very much for your patience and giving guidance in such a positive way."
have learned a great deal in this course and I think the lessons Mr. Rabkin has written are outstanding. He cuts right to the heart of the matter and has made the whole creative process clearer. I really treasure the insights he has shared."
Course Code: isw
Explore the exploding new market for screenplays, and learn what a script needs to find a place there. Then, learn where stories come from and how they work. You will discover how to apply that knowledge to your own writing.
Understand the nature of conflict, and recognize it as the heart of every story we tell. You will discover how to develop conflicts in your own scripts. Then, examine how characters are the embodiment of conflicts, and then learn how to create compelling characters for your own stories.
Learn the fundamental simplicity of the three-act structure. You examine ways to use it to build your own stories. Then, discover the essential elements of a story's beginning. You will learn how to employ these elements in your own work.
Identify the particular challenges posed by your script's long middle section. You will learn ways to address these challenges. Then, learn what makes a movie's ending work. You will discover how to craft the right one for your script.
Learn the elements that bring a scene to life. You will discover how to turn beats from your outline into vivid, exciting drama. Then, examine how movie dialogue works, identify how it differs from theatrical dialogue, and discover how to use it to create and explore character.
Learn the steps you will need to take in order to turn a first draft into a great script. Finally, learn how to turn your writing talent into a career with an overview of the industry and its key players.
William Rabkin is a veteran writer/producer whose 300-plus hours of produced television include Monk, Psych, and The Glades. He has served as "showrunner" on Diagnosis Murder, Martial Law, and She-Wolf of London, and has written a dozen network pilots. He is the co-creator and co-editor of Amazon Publishing's bestselling Dead Man series of action horror novels, and has also published five additional novels and two books on writing, Successful Television Writing (2003, with Lee Goldberg) and Writing the Pilot (2011). As a teacher, he has lectured and led workshops for writers, producers, and executives in Spain, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and led traditional classes at UCLA Extension and Stephens College. He is currently an adjunct professor of screenwriting in the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert's low-residency MFA program.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.