30 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Do you have an idea for a Film or TV Series?

Learn how to channel your muse and engage in the complex process of script development.

From concept creation and mastering structure, to writing compelling dramatic scenes that keep readers glued to the page. You will learn the leading processes and principles for creating industry level Film and TV scripts, arming you with the skill to get your story out of your head and onto the page.


Course content


  • The Fundamental Principals of Screenwriting
  • Classic Alternative Story Structure; Character Creation; Concept Development
  • Mastering Theme Meaning
  • Writing for TV AKA Episodic Content
  • Sequence Episode Structure
  • Dramatic Scene Mechanics; Scene Breakdown to Treatment
  • Revealing Subtext Through Action
  • Crafting Subtext-Filled Dialogue
  • Professional Script Formatting


    There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

    How to enrol

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    A passion for story in either film or TV formats is a must for this introductory course.

    Materials supplied

    Materials required for the course such as custom story development documents will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises both printed and electronic.

    Materials to bring

    Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

    Suited to

    Those with an active interest in writing for screen. This course contains R-rated video content and is therefore restricted to students aged 18 and over.


    This course aims to teach the classic fundamental skills involved in storytelling and screenwriting, skills you can utilize when writing for film and television regardless of your desired tone, genre, subject matter or commercial sensibilities. Screenwriting- Introduction will give you the tools to develop projects worthy of pitching in the screen industry, whether your aspirations are to work in Australia or overseas.

    Close up of Screenwriting teacher Brett Stanning

    Facilitator: Brett Stanning

    Brett Stanning has written and script-edited many screenplays: short films, music videos, TV and feature films, both spec and assignment.

    He has co-created a comedy series with Tim Ferguson, has directed short films, music videos and sitcom teasers. Brett is in post-production on horror short film, Skullz, as Writer, Director Producer. Brett also assesses screenplays for the Australian Writers Guild.

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