Learn to write scripts for a variety of media, including film, television, and educational purposes

Scriptwriting is a specialist form of writing that focuses on producing content for performance. Scripts are essential to developing video and audio content for a variety of audiences.

In this course -

  • Learn how to develop characters for fiction and non-fiction purposes.
  • Learn to write tight dialogue.
  • Learn how to develop well-rounded characters.
  • Understand the principles of scriptwriting for online markets.
  • Learn how to get started with your own business producing scripts for yourself and others.

Enrol on this course and receive high quality learning materials plus excellent support from our specialist tutors, AND if you enrol today you will also receive a free 20 hour short course in Creative Writing!

Study Script Writing by Distance Learning - start at any time

Scripts are essential to developing:

  • Television shows.

  • Films/cinema

  • Teaching in a classroom or online environment

  • Training

  • Radio plays

  • Podcasts

  • Advertising

  • And more...


Excellent Study Materials and Tutor Support

You study the Script Writing course by distance learning. You can start the course at any time to suit you and work through the course supported by our excellent Creative Writing Tutors.

Our Tutors are there to help you every step of the way with constructive feedback and ideas as to how you can improve your script writing skills.

Plus, if you enrol today, you will also receive a free 20 hour short course in Creative Writing!


Course Structure and Lesson Content

There are 11 lessons in this course:

1. Scope and Nature of Script Writing

  • What scripts are and where they are used.

  • The story you want to tell.

  • Show, don't tell.

  • Handling time.

  • Formatting your Script.

  • Abbreviations.

2. Plotting the Screen Play

  • Types of stories.

  • Specifications.

  • Developing the storyline.

  • Fiction and creative non-fiction.

  • Other types of non-fiction.

3. Outline and Writing the Script

  • Why outlining is essential.

  • Cliff hangers.

  • Formatting outlines.

  • How to write the script.

4. Characterisation

  • Writing good characters.

  • Building characters and using profiles.

  • Character goal setting and motivation.

  • Character language.

5. Use of Dialogue and Sound Effects

  • The importance of dialogue.

  • Avoiding clichés.

  • The important of silence.

  • Sound effects and examples.

6. Writing for Internet, TV and Film

  • Time frames.

  • Fiction of non-fiction.

  • Pacing.

  • Sound effects.

  • Visuals.

  • Writing a spec.

  • Writing for online markets.

  • Sample online script.

7. Writing for Radio

  • Types of audio scripts.

  • Voice.

  • Music.

  • Sound effects.

  • Tone.

8. Writing for Training/Instructional Videos

  • One-person scripts.

  • Two-person scripts.

  • Sample script with VO (voice over).

  • Multiple-persons script.

  • Scene Visuals in training presentations.

9. Writing for Children

  • Fiction/non-fiction hybrids.

  • Children's cognitive development.

  • Implications for the writer.

  • Socialisation.

  • Culture.

  • Gender, roles, and stereotyping.

10. Writing for Advertising

  • The purpose of advertising.

  • Writing and analysing advertisements.

  • Summary skills Writing for infomercials.

11. The Business of Script Writing

  • Commercial opportunities.

  • Start your own production business.

  • Ethical and legal considerations.


Course Aims

  • Explain what script writing is and its many applications.

  • Describe and compare techniques for plotting the story.

  • Explain how to write the outline of a script and then write the script itself.

  • Explain how to write good characters in your script.

  • Explain the use of dialogue and sound effects in script writing.

  • Explain how to write for the internet, TV and film.

  • Explain how to write for radio.

  • Develop scripts for use in educational programs.

  • Develop scripts for an audience of children.

  • Develop scripts for an audience of children.

  • Develop an understanding of the business of script writing.


Enrol Today and get -

  • This 100 hours course in Script Writing.
  • Constructive and enthusiastic support from our Creative Writing Tutors to help improve and hone your writing skills.
  • Tailored, individual feedback and suggestions about your work.

If you have any questions or want to know more, we will be happy to help. Contact us by -

Phone (UK) 01384 442752, or (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or

Email us at [email protected], or use our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE.