Course Information

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Prerequisite: Second Draft Novel & Script.


Course Details

The Third Draft Screenwriting Online course provides a step-by-step process for scriptwriters who have completed our First and Second Draft Novel & Script courses.

It is designed to take your screenplay to a point where you are in a position to submit your script to producers and Government funding bodies.

Before writing your screenplay in a script format, you follow a process to first write an extended treatment that details your story from beginning to end. This treatment is usually between 60 and 90 pages. The extended treatment ensures that you have thought through and developed all the action of your story, backstory, character motivation arcs and the world of your story dramatically and logically. This makes the actual writing of your script much easier.

Once you have written your extended treatment, you then condense this to write a 10-to-20 page treatment that encapsulates the essence of your story so that the reader can see the movie in their imagination. The treatment will include the Title, Logline and Synopsis.

This is what Producers will read to determine if your screenplay is a project they wish to read in full, and/or purchase. It is essentially your marketing tool, and perhaps the most important component in selling your screenplay.

You then write the opening 20-30 pages in script format. The condensed treatment and the opening 20-30 pages is what you submit to funding bodies and/or directors and producers. This is similar to the process followed by many film makers and television producers and we believe gives you the best chance of success.

What Our Students Say

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I'm extremely grateful to Roland and the couple of years I spent at the Writer's Studio. My time there finally set me on the path I'd wanted to follow for years. It taught me so much about plot and structure and, importantly, it cleared my head of the rubbish I'd previously believed about the mystery of writing and the creative process. The scales fell from my eyes at the Writers' Studio. 'King of The Road' published by Random House, 2015 Nigel Bartlett
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Writers' Studio graduate and former tutor, Alexander Gilly, has signed a two-book deal with Tor/Forge, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, in New York. This is his first novel, a high-seas action-thriller that Alex developed through our first, second and third draft novel writing courses. 'I'm thrilled,' says Alex. 'By sticking with my story and to the principles I learned at the Writers' Studio, and by getting lucky, I've realised a life-long ambition. Thank you Roland and Kathleen! Alex Gilly
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"The Writers' Studio is my testing ground, and a place equipped with the finest mental technologies, which unlike the thousands of books on the subject, are designed to nurture the screenwriter through that arduous practice and discipline of animating a story step-by-step, day by day, and refining it so that it represents the best of what you are." Nick Lathouris
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"If it wasn't for Unlocking Creativity and The Writers' Studio First Draft (Novel & Script) Course I wouldn't be where I am today - an author about to be published. Thank you Roland for the inspiration." 
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‘Before I did the Unlocking Creativity course I knew I loved to write creatively but had no idea how I might start to channel that into something like a novel. The course teaches the basics of storytelling in a really accessible and inspiring way. Things like the importance of sensory detail in scene setting, writing a character’s emotion and conflict on every page. ‘The techniques really worked for me and I’m still a little bit amazed I was able to write a book and have it published using them. I refer to the notes I took during Unlocking Creativity even Krew Boylan
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Dear Roland. So excited. I have a publishing offer for my first book of fiction. So what I'm really saying is - thank you!' Elizabeth published her children's book, Caro Was Here, through Walker Books Elizabeth Farrelly
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"A truly practical approach to the secrets of good story telling." Rachel Ward
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"I am doing a 10-month online writing course with them (The Writers' Studio) and it's challenging, exciting and frustrating. As it should be." Julia Zemiro
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Thanks to The Writer's Studio I truly found my love of writing buried within. After completing the 4-week Unlocking Creativity course and then the 10-month Novel & Script First Draft course, I found the determination to write and submit my memoir 'Labour of Love' which has been published by Simon & Schuster. Thank you Writers’ Studio for triggering my drive and inspiration and my deep adoration for writing. Shannon Garner
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I work as professional script writer and editor, so I understand the basics of story structure, but the way the everything was broken down to the smallest of steps was just brilliant. It made me dig for my story, and get in deep, and get complex, rather than settling for the easiest first thought. Forcing me to think deeper and come up with more imaginative solutions. Loved the dance! Such a beautiful perfect balance.” Elizabeth Packett