Summer Institute Screenwriting

July 11–July 29, 2022

Three weeks 
Three college credits
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. & evening workshop hours

All great films and television shows begin with a great screenplay. In this three-week screenwriting intensive, you'll explore the art and craft of writing for film and television. Our faculty of award winning filmmakers and screenwriters will guide you through the concepts of story structure and character development as you generate ideas, create outlines, write dialogue, and ultimately craft a short screenplay.

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Through screenings, class discussions and exercises, you’ll learn how to conceive of a story for the screen, write a detailed outline and create a draft of a short screenplay. Workshop ideas with your classmates and turn your movie premise into a screenplay reality. 

At the end of this program, students will

  • write a short script (5–10 pages) for a film or TV/Web episode.

  • develop an ability to pitch story ideas and concepts orally and in writing.

  • recognize and analyze current and evolving narrative strategies.

  • learn critical thinking skills and revision practice through peer review and workshopping.


Core Classes

You’ll participate in the following courses. 

Film & Story Analysis 

In this class you'll learn about cinematic storytelling strategies to examine the power of conflict, story structure and how characters transform and evolve. Through lectures, discussions, readings and guided screenings of successful films and TV shows, you'll learn what makes a great film or television story, and apply that knowledge to your own scripts.


This afternoon workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of writing for film and TV, including formatting, dialogue, creating memorable characters and writing visually. You'll learn how to pitch an idea, develop an outline and write scripts. Live readings of your work will give you the valuable feedback you need to turn your premise into a screenplay.

A week in the life

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  • 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Film & TV Story Analysis

  • 1:30–4:30 p.m. Screenwriting


  • Optional off-campus field trip 

Note: Students break for lunch between 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. every day. Some evening activities are part of the program’s curriculum. Commuters should plan accordingly. 

Summer 2022 Faculty

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Susan Skoog

Screenwriting (BFA)

How to Apply

The last day to apply was May 15, 2022

Tuition and Fees  

Tuition: $3,400
Program Fee: $150  
Housing and Meals: $1,390

Commuter Total: $3,550
Residential Total: $4,940

Students are expected to bring supplies with them or purchase them once they arrive on campus. Supply lists will be shared one month prior to the start of the program with cost estimates.

Spending and Miscellaneous Expenses
Students spend an average of $80–$100 per week on additional items including laundry, snacks, personal spending and non-required supplies.



Scholarships for the Summer Institute are awarded to students in high academic standing with significant creative potential and financial need. Scholarship awards are competitive. Students are able to apply for either a merit- or need-based scholarship. 

Learn about Summer Institute scholarships.


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