Online High School Screenwriters Workshop

Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and transform your ideas into a short screenplay.


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Core Curriculum

Screenwriters Workshop

4 units
Summer 2024 Tuition: $7,376

Intensive screenwriting exercises will introduce students to the basic principles of writing for film and television. Students will develop story ideas and characters, and learn film language and script structure. There will be film story analysis sessions with screenings of important work. The workshop sessions with the instructor and students provide an opportunity for you to present your work, which opens dialogue for critiques and rewrites. The workshop culminates with submitted scenes, a short screenplay, and a synopsis of a feature film and television series. This is an asynchronous course with weekly assignments and video meetings.


  • The fall and spring workshops are six-week courses with daily deliverables. 
  • The summer workshop is a four-week course with daily deliverables.
  • Students must use a desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, microphone, and audio capability. 
  • This online course works best with a fast, reliable internet connection, and requires Chrome web browser.
  • Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.

Application and Program Dates:

Summer 2024

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 2, 2024

Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. ET

Meet the instructor.

Course Format and Schedule

This class will be delivered through an asynchronous model, which means you will not have to meet at a designated time each day. Instead, the program is offered through online lectures that are pre-recorded and released each week. You can view those modules at your own pace. However, there are daily deliverables and/or weekly assignments you will have to complete and upload onto the Smashcut platform by the deadline provided in your syllabus, and faculty/TA/classmates will be interacting/collaborating with your work on this timeline. The entirety of the class takes place on the Smashcut platform. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled during the term with your professor/TA/classmates. We understand you signed up for an online course to have the flexibility of online learning, so you will have the opportunity to choose the best meeting time for your schedule.


"The workshop stood out to me because it was online. It meant I would have freedom and be able to do things at my own pace while still being able to learn the fundamentals of screenwriting."

— Siobhan Lucey, summer 2023
Online High School Screenwriters Workshop

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Summer 2021 Online High School Screenwriting alumna Maria Angelini

Program Dates

Summer 2024*

Monday, July 8 - Friday, August 2, 2024

Fall 2024*

Monday, October 14 - Friday, November 22, 2024

*Students should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 hours per week for this course.


Tuition and Fees

Summer 2024

Total Program Cost: $7,376

Please review the Tisch Special Programs cancellation policy.


Summer 2024

The summer 2024 application is closed.

Fall 2024

The fall 2024 application will open May 22, 2024.


Open to high school first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

  • Online application fee: $75

Please read through the Online High School Workshops Application Requirements.

Additional important dates are available on the Tisch Admissions Calendar.


Tisch has a limited number of scholarships for high school students to attend the Tisch summer online workshops. Scholarships are not available for the fall term. Scholarships are given to students who demonstrate the most financial need.

Review the Online High School Workshops Scholarships page for more information.

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Photo by Dylan Kenseth