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Screenwriting for Film: Online

AFTRS-Australian Film Television and Radio School

About the Course

Streamline your screenwriting process with this online course that focuses on concept, structure, story and character. By the end of 10 weeks, you will have developed your idea into a fully-fledged screenplay story with a traditional three-act structure!


You will learn about the extensive groundwork you do before you actually start writing, and how to apply to those skills to your own screenplay idea. There is a strong focus on the basic elements of screenwriting, including:

  • Concept
  • Structure
  • Story
  • Character

This popular course comprises 10 modules with two weekly online chat sessions, a variety of assignments and collaborative activities.


“Excellent course. I don't think the tutor could have done a better job. They ensured that the online platform for course delivery worked very effectively. Personally, I preferred online to tutorials in person. Much more democratic.”

"I did a few screenwriting courses overseas, but nothing compares to this one, which was so focused on the structure of the script. Everything was really helpful. I'll keep it forever for the development of my future scripts! Thank you so much!"

"An exceptionally valuable course. Each week I received detailed, skilled feedback on assignments submitted. In addition, each chat session was well structured and facilitated practical learning outcomes. The course provides outstanding value for money."


This is an introductory course. You do not need any prior experience.


This course runs for 10 weeks, with an online tutorial session every Tuesday and Thursday evening, 7 - 8.30pm AEST. There is a large workload. You will need to dedicate at least 10 hours per week to 2 × 90 minute online chat sessions, screenplay reading, film viewing, and written assignments. Your screenplay idea should be original. This course is not appropriate for an adaptation of an existing literary work.


Anne Brooksbank is a screenwriter with six AWGIES and an AFI Award to her credit. She was one of the writers for the landmark Australian film Newsfront. She has written episodes for a number of TV series, including G.P.WildsideBlue Heelers, Water Rats and Hallifax fp. She is the author of eight books, one shortlisted in 2012 for the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Anne has an MA in English Literature and was a mentor for the Australian Film Commision's Short Feature program. She was an assessor for the AFC, the SA Film Corporation and the Australian Writers Guild.


Greg Woodland has been a writer/director of film and video for 25 years, graduating from AFTRS’ three-year directing course in 1989 with a major in scriptwriting. His directing work spans short films, documentaries, educational and corporate dramas, music videos and TVCs. His writing credits include features, short films and documentaries. Greg has worked as a script consultant and script editor for 16 years and been an assessor for all Australian and NZ film funding bodies.


You should begin this course with the germ of an idea for a genre-based screenplay, one that has not yet been developed into a concept or screenplay, to work on during the course.

To participate in this course you MUST have an internet connection (broadband wired OR wireless 3G or 4G/LTE), Google Chrome, and the ability to enable cookies within your web browser.


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