Course Description

Transform the ideas and words in your head into a screenplay for the big (or small) screen. Learn how to write for film and television with an award-winning industry veteran. In this course, gain strategies to create successful plot structure, memorable characters, and powerful dialogue as well as insights about format and stylistic considerations to make when script writing for various platforms. Join us to develop your unique story ideas into scripts and discover the key ingredients for great screenplays.


  • Online registration closes at 6 p.m. one day before the start of the class, unless noted on individual sections.
  • Late registration is welcome! Please contact SMU CAPE at 214-768-2273 for assistance.


"Very welcoming ambiance to express ideas, questions and concerns in pursuing a career in Screenwriting. Great job, Rex!!" ~ Nancy G.
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Section Title
Screenwriting Workshop Level I
7:00PM to 9:30PM
Jan 27, 2022 to Mar 03, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $395.00
Section Notes
The recommended textbook for this class is The Tools of Screenwriting: A Writer's Guide to the Craft and Elements of a Screenplay by David Howard and Edward Mabley. It can be purchased online or at a bookstore of your choice.

In-person SMU CAPE classes are held at locations across SMU's campus. You will receive a reminder message via email with specific location details before class begins. 

Working in conjunction with local health and public policy officials, SMU has developed a comprehensive plan to enhance the safety of everyone on campus and minimize the spread of COVID-19.  If you have enrolled in an upcoming course, you will receive individualized communication with further instructions about guidelines and classroom expectations.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Mandatory) The Tools of Screenwriting: A Writer's Guide to the Craft and Elements of a Screenplay by David Howard and Edward Mabley © 1995 St. Martin's Griffin ISBN 0312119089
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