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Screenwriting Essentials

Jana Williams via Udemy

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Screenwriting Essentials was created with you in mind. It is specifically designed for novice screenwriters who are starting the writer’s journey. However, all writers are welcome.

In the video tutorials that follow I will refer again and again to only one film, Monster’s Inc. PLEASE take time to watch this film in its entirety so you get the most out of the lessons. You’ll be glad you did.


  1. How to write a screenplay for a movie.

  2. Learn the basic steps of modern screenwriting.

  3. Develop habits to motivate yourself to finish.

  4. Familiarize yourself with essential terminology

  5. How to ask for feedback that will fuel your rewrite.

  6. Marketing tips for your completed script.

This is where YOU enter the scene! Every writer you admire started where you are now – knowing very little about how a story works but excited by an idea that demands to be written.

The world needs more screenwriters, not fewer. We need screenwriters who are still passionate and filled with commitment to their work and to their story. I understand that new writers need advice on how to begin the process of writing for the screen. I’m delighted that you’re starting your journey here!

Who this course is for:

  • Beginning creative fiction writers.
  • Anyone interested in writing screenplays, novels or plays.
  • Beginning directors, screenwriters and actors
  • Cinephiles or people who love movies who want to understand how they work.

Course Content

10 sections - 13 lectures - 02:29:14 total length

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Jana Williams is the author of two science fiction novels (Freefall and Shadowfall) as well as Unlock the Writer Within, an audio & eBook of writing advice for folks just starting the writer’s journey.

She has written feature-length scripts for broad-cast, as well as scripts for feature films. One of her scripts was a quarter finalist in the prestigious Nicholls Fellowship competition. Recently she optioned a script to an in-dependent film producer. She is currently at work on a novel-in-four-parts, The Truth about a Girl.

Jana’s earliest experience with film was as a high-speed motion picture photographer. This often meant standing on the open tailgate of a cargo plane and filming various objects as their parachutes failed to open and they crashed 20,000 feet below. The job was fun… but scary!

Later she worked in the film industry as a VFX and post coordinator for a number of years. This is where Jana learned the value of a good screenplay. She ultimately wrote and presented one-day seminars on how to write screenplays, which formed the basis of her online tutorial, Screenwriting Essentials.

Jana’s second book of writing advice, From Book to Screen: The Art of Adaptations is slated to publish in 2021.