Beginning Screenwriting

Summer 2021

Session 1 Dates: June 27 - July 10, 2021

Session 2 Dates: July 18 - July 31, 2021

Location: On-Campus

A dynamic workshop in on-screen storytelling.

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Recognized as one of the top 10 film schools in the U.S. by The Hollywood Reporter and located in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world, there’s no better place than the LMU School of Film and Television to cultivate your creative identity this summer.

Under the guidance of full-time faculty, who are also professional screenwriters, students will broaden their writing skills, develop their unique voices, and learn the basic elements of screenwriting. Structure, character development, dialogue, descriptive action, formatting, and genre will be explored and put into practice in a supportive workshop environment. 

Coupled with analytical viewings of popular movies - both classic and contemporary - students will have the chance to discuss the art, craft, and business of being a writer in the motion picture industry. Ideal for the highly motivated, students should enter this program open to honest and meaningful collaboration with peers, a willingness to offer and receive constructive criticism, and the desire to learn while having fun.

Students will leave the program with a short script. 

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  • LMU is planning to offer in-person pre-college summer programs in 2021. However, in the event that public health officials do not deem it safe to return to campus, we are prepared to transition the program online and will notify impacted students immediately. The final decision to host the program in person or online will be made in Spring 2021.

    For additional information, please visit our FAQ page. We will update this regularly as new information becomes available.

  • Students enrolled in the Beginning Screenwriting course will have the opportunity to tour a local film or television studio.

    • Learn the basics the script development process
    • Gain a deeper understanding of cinematic storytelling
    • Enhance your writing skills
  • Application Fee: $65

    2021 Program Cost: $4,975

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for two-week, non-credit course
    • Housing for 2 weeks
    • All meals
    • Course materials
    • Use of campus recreation facilities
    • Class field trips
    • Two weekend social trips off campus

    The cost does not include transportation to and from the program itself, personal spending money, or other incidentals.

    For additional information about program tuition and fees and payment options, please visit our Fees Page

  • This program is open to rising high school juniors and seniors only.

    Requirements:

    • Online Application
    • Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • Additional Creative Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • $65 application fee
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • High School Transcripts
    • A phone interview may be requested after submission of application materials is complete

     The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

Write Your Story at LMU

Beginning Screenwriting pre-college applications are now open!