Course Overview


Spring term: Tuesday 21 January – Tuesday 24 March 2020


10 Tuesday evenings 18.00-21.00


Mike Garley



Taught by Mike Garley, EMMY-nominated script-writer, this intensive course explores all the major elements and craft components of dramatic script writing, from structure to characterisation, dialogue, professional formatting and more.

Before a producer, director or editor can start work on a project, the screenwriter must develop a creative and interesting concept.

Blending the requirement for an engaging narrative with an idea that will work on screen, the art of screenwriting is a unique and challenging one that requires creativity and a thorough understanding of screenwriting and genre conventions.

Each evening, a different area of skill will be studied using presentations and relevant examples. Individual ideas/projects are welcome to be shared for group feedback discussions.


  • Offline resources specific to each week’s lesson. Articles, PowerPoint presentations, sample industry documents etc
  • Fun homework assignments to highlight and illustrate the various demands of screenwriting craft
  • Honest and practical guide (along with personal insights!) into making it in the industry once the course is finished