Screenwriting for Beginners

How to write and format a feature length screenplay
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (76 ratings)
4,134 students
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Screenwriting for Beginners
Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (76 ratings)
4,133 students
At the end of the course, the student will be able to craft a feature length screenplay and understand the accepted industry format.


  • No prerequisites required


This course covers the basics in screenwriting format with two 'hands-on' instructional videos which teach you everything you need to know in how to format and develop an industry standard screenplay. There are many courses that offer the same thing but not from produced screenwriters. I don't teach theory here, I teach practicality. After this short course you will be able to create a screenplay.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone looking to learn the basics of screenwriting.

Course content

1 section • 5 lectures • 37m total length
  • Introduction
  • Read Sample Screenplay
    1 question
  • The Elements of a Screenplay
  • Short Quiz
    8 questions
  • Instruction Video One
  • Instruction Video Two
  • Tips and Advice on Screenwriting


Screenwriter, Director, Actor, Proudcer
David Ford
  • 4.1 Instructor Rating
  • 139 Reviews
  • 5,871 Students
  • 2 Courses

My name is David and I live in a small town in East Texas. I began writing screenplays my freshman year in college. I spent many years learning the craft of screenwriting while getting rejected over and over.  It was also in college that I started trying out for roles in film. After working on many movie sets and writing many screenplays, I decided that I was going to start making my own films. I teach two courses at Udemy. One is in screenwriting and the other is in independent film-making. I have had success in both areas and would like to give you some practical knowledge on how you could do the same. I have had a screenplay nominated at the International Christian Film Festival and both of my movies have won awards.  If screenwriting and making movies are your passion, or you want to learn how to either, check out my affordable, short, and practical courses.

**UPDATE My latest screenplay just won at CFFF (Christian Family Film Festival) in New York City July 2018.