SCRW 313

Beginning Screenwriting

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective February 7, 2000 – December 13, 2020

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

The process of writing narrative screenplays will be introduced through writing exercises, screenplay readings, film viewings and discussion. Writing exercises will explore creativity, individual voice and practical skills. Writing in screenplay format will also be covered. Students will finish with at least one complete short screenplay ready for production. This course provides a foundation for further study in screenwriting.

Learning outcomes


  • Able to think cinematically.
  • Able to understand and analyze screenplays at an introductory level.
  • Able to understand and synthesize story elements common to literature, theater, and screenwriting.
  • Able to use Final Draft software.
  • Able to write a short original screenplay.
  • Can distinguish between an anecdote and a story.
  • Can identify major story components.
  • Can tap into wild first thoughts.
  • Knowledge of basic historical perspectives in screenwriting.
  • Understand the creative process of screenwriting.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Fall 2020

Section Title Instructor
01 Beginning Screenwriting Bandow, Jeremy David Books Course details