Course Description

In this workshop, you will build on the fundamentals introduced in Screenwriting I and will further develop your screenplay; you'll proceed from idea to outline to pitch and will write the first act (approximately 30 pages) over the course of this class. We also will discuss other essential components of screenplay development: generating the logline for your story; composing its beat sheet; and devising its three-act structure.


Screenwriting Workshop, Level I or instructor approval.


  • Register early to secure your spot, using the SMU CAPE Student Portal. Please be aware that insufficient enrollment may cause course cancellation.
  • If you need registration assistance or would like to enroll after online registration has closed, please call 214-768-2273 or contact smuthink@smu.edu.


"Very welcoming ambiance to express ideas, questions and concerns in pursuing a career in Screenwriting. Great job, Rex!!"
~ Nancy G.

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