Part-Time Screenwriting Courses
(Part-Time, 12 or 27 weeks)
Bringing worlds to life is the stuff of gods…and writers!
Yet every writer know too well the myriad distractions, fears, excuses, and life demands that can get in the way. We meet aspiring and professional writers all the time who have a story to tell, a pet project for film, TV, or other media they want to get off the ground. But they’re stuck on how to make the next move.
Sometimes that’s about not knowing where to go next with characters, plot, or dialogue. For others, it’s about needing a schedule, routine, or mentor to guide them and hold them accountable to actually write. In most cases, all they need a little training, coaching, and support.
Story & Script Master Class (Age 17+)
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm (27 weeks – Starts April 9, 2020)
Fast-tracks the writing process by navigating students through the critical stages of story development and script creation, including:
- Goal-setting and scheduling
- Theme & genre
- Narrative design & development
- Characters, arcs, and environments
- Plot & scene structure
- Hollywood-standard script formatting
- How to pitch to producers, studios, and festivals
- Top 10 Tools used by industry professionals (outlines, one-sheets, beat sheets, story boards, and more)
Through a series of interactive lectures, hands-on exercises, film screenings, script readings, and one-on-one workshop of your original script, this once-a-week evening program takes writers of all backgrounds to new levels of skill and confidence in a safe, supportive, and professional space.
- Lifetime access to the downloadable SI Digital Script & Resource Vault
- Lifetime access to the SI Writer’s Community
- Student discounts on industry-leading Final Draft software and other products
- Special alumni for follow-up coaching and mentoring
Advanced Screenplay Workshop (Age 17+)
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm (12 weeks – Starts January 8, 2020)
For graduates of the Story & Script Master Class or students who demonstrate advanced writing knowledge and skills. Weekly, intensive one-on-one mentored sessions of your current writing project ensure that you complete your current writing project to professional standards and position it for submission to festival, competitions, and studios. Analysis includes: story structure; theme and thematic exploration; tone; plot structure; narrative cohesion, pacing, and flow; characters; scene and dialogue construction; audience impact; and marketability.
What Our Students Say:
“I found Paul’s course to be a deeply enjoyable and rewarding experience. He’s very energetic and motivated as he takes the class step by step through the professional storytelling and scriptwriting process. A good and respectful listener, he took an interest in each student’s goals and ambitions, giving sound professional advice tailored to each person’s abilities and skill level.” Andy Bartlett, animator (Ren & Stimpy, Care Bears, Tank Girl, Being Ian)
“Taking the writing program was a supremely enjoyable and eye-opening experience. It offers a wealth of information and helps foster a fun, informative and safe learning environment. I could share my work with confidence and found Paul’s feedback insightful, on the mark, and helpful in making my work stronger.” Rachelle Lachland, Manager of Vancouver TheatreSports
“I have nothing but positive things to say about learning from Paul. We connected on both a professional & personal level. His experience as a former school teacher and pastor made him engaging in a fun classroom environment. He has an undeniable passion for film and television and incredible knowledge in story and structure.” Scott Patey, actor, comedian (Sonic the Hedgehog, Supernatural, DC Legends of Tomorrow)
“Paul’s writing program was something I looked forward to attending every week. There was an infectious energy that made learning about storytelling and analyzing screenplays fun. Paul created a great group environment where it was easy for everyone to discuss and share ideas.” Nikita Zhang, writer-director
“Paul is not only a human library of writing intelligence, but also a walking rolodex of film and television knowledge. My time in his class was more fulfilling than I could have anticipated. I really enjoyed being there, because Paul creates such a fun classroom experience, and is, plain and simply, just a great human being. I certainly, hands down, feel like a more capable writer for having been there. Ten out of ten, would highly recommend.” Jeff Evans Todd, actor, writer, director (Bates Motel, Supernatural, Haters Back Off)
“I’d certainly take this class again. It combines screenwriting theory with a refreshingly realistic approach to getting your scripts on the page, delivered in a friendly atmosphere that cultivates creativity. The whole approach is grounded in the reality of what it’s actually like to work on a script, with plenty of examples, templates, and tables to help steer you. 10 out of 10!” Sarah Tolle, Editor, Black & White Zebra Industries
“Paul’s blend of professionalism, clarity, humour, obvious knowledge of the subject matter and sincere interest in his students made the course a highlight in my journey as a writer. I came away with the tools to write my first professional screenplay.” Satya Redekop, writer
“Paul’s lectures are informative and enjoyable whilst providing writers the tools required to develop theme, character, and plot as well as the structure and formatting needed to create a professional script. Taking Paul’s class was one of the best decisions I’ve made regarding my writing career and any writer serious about their craft should contact Paul immediately.” Michael Feeney, screenwriter
“I grew more as a writer from this program than from any other class I’ve taken before.” Maren Vakomies, writer
“This program offers incredible insight into the structure behind the craft of storytelling, in a concise, easy manner that should benefit both beginner and experienced screenwriters alike. I really appreciated the business insights as well.” Maheshinder Singh, writer, filmmaker, animator
“Learning how to write professionally was incredibly fun, engaging and helpful for me! Paul’s approach makes you feel comfortable to share all your ideas without fear of judgement. I brought many ideas to the table that he was able to fine tune, helping to make them more interesting by adding depth and originality. I’m so glad I was able to find this program and improve my screenwriting skills in a positive and fun environment. I’ve recommended it to friends and will continue to do so for anyone looking to improve their writing and storytelling skills.” Ruth-Ann Reich, writer
“Being in my 50’s and never having written prior to this class, I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep up. But with Paul’s positive and detailed teaching style, I was able to formulate an idea and finish a complete draft screenplay by the end of the sessions. I appreciated his openness to everyone’s individuality and his encouragement to write in the style that most resonated with them, be it slapstick comedy, sci-fi, animation, horror, or intense drama. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of age, experience or knowledge! Monica Schimmer, writer
“Paul is an excellent communicator and passionate teacher. His screenwriting class was essential to help me articulate my stories and translate them into a formula that works for film. The way he helps you break down you story and develop your characters helps him stand apart from other teachers I’ve had.“ Angela Convery, animator
“I loved Paul’s class so much I took it a second time! His lessons are really fun and relaxed, which makes it a great class for people with all different levels of experience. His love for film is infectious and usually results in some awesome and also hilarious class discussions. I learned a ton about screenwriting in his class, but also gained the confidence and excitement to keep going! Definitely recommend.” Lindsay Elizabeth, writer
“Paul is a great instructor – couldn’t recommend highly enough. I leaned so much in terms of the mechanics of screenwriting with each element of theory and structure wonderfully illustrated by real-world examples but most importantly I felt inspired by Paul’s passion for the craft!” Eric Keogh, writer
“I’ve learned so much from the PT Screenwriting course with Paul. Not only did I learn the theory behind writing killer screenplays, I was motivated and excited to apply these new skills to my own writing. Paul is an amazing mentor and working with him and my wonderful classmates was inspiring. I highly recommend this course!” Abi Smith, writer