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8-Week Introduction to Screenwriting

Class Begins Monday, October 7, 2019


$415 New Student | $390 Returning

In this 8-week course for screenwriting novices, the student will receive a comprehensive overview of the basics of screenwriting, and will leave the class with the skills needed to confidently begin the process of outlining and writing an original screenplay. Primarily lecture-based, each week we will cover/review topics that the student will have read about in the assigned readings.

Topics include but are not limited to: screenplay structure, technical formatting of screenplays, how to format a winning step outline, and the top 10 deadly sins to avoid when writing a screenplay. You'll round out the course by analyzing four screenplays of classic films. In our final time together, the instructor will lead a demonstration on how to use Final Draft, the industry standard screenplay writing software.

  • Ted Houser, Instructor

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • Meets Mondays 7:00PM to 9:00PM / October 7, 2019 to November 25, 2019

  • Class meets at Bamboo Detroit at 1420 Washington Blvd #301, Detroit, MI 48226

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.

Intro to Screenwriting

Instructor Ted Houser is a screenwriter and independent filmmaker. After working in Hollywood where he developed scripted projects for The Hallmark Channel and Lifetime, Houser moved to Detroit to focus on independent filmmaking. His films have played in film festivals around the country. He is an active member of the Detroit filmmaking community, and sits on the board of DAFT (Digital Arts, Film & Television) and the Detroit Film Society, where he served as the founding Director from 2016 to 2018. Houser has taught dozens of writers through the screenwriting groups of the Detroit Film Society, and is passionate about helping local filmmakers turn their ideas into finished films. In 2018, he co-founded the Short Film Block Party, a quarterly film festival dedicated to screening locally made work.

Student Testimonials

"I have had interest in writing a script for quite some time. And I did. But I felt I needed some kind of class to make certain I wrote a strong script. I thought I was already too advanced for Beginning Screenwriting. Man was I wrong. I am so happy I went ahead and took the beginner course with Ted Houser. A screenplay is like anything else mechanical. You can break it down piece by piece, each element must be there for it to run smoothly. After learning the engineering of a script, I found it so much easier to map out my story. I loved the class, I feel very confident I am on the right path, and I look forward to applying the lessons into my screenplay. Next, I will take Intermediate Screenwriting in October to further tighten up my story. So, if you have that inner writer in you, I'd recommend these classes so that you know without a doubt you are on the right track when you write your story. Very eye opening experience. Best of luck! I hope my testimonial helps :)"

"Ted has introduced me to a great community of writers in and around Detroit that have helped inspire and motivate me to recommit myself to my writing. I look forward to our monthly meetings and the ability to share and workshop my pages with other creatives who provide thoughtful and constructive feedback. I always come away from our meetings with a clearer vision of where I want my screenplay to go and a stronger drive to sit down and actually make it happen."

"Ted Houser has built a community of screenwriters in Detroit who build each other up and help each other out. Not only does he know about film and how to teach the nuances of screenwriting and filmmaking, he also pushes those he teaches to build up their presentation skills and ability to speak eloquently about their stories. Having been in an ongoing workshop with Ted for over a year, I have benefited from his experience greatly." 

"I'm in a monthly writer's group that Ted has been running for the past two years, he's done a great job creating a consistent and reliable space to workshop scripts. He gives really thoughtful advice on our work without being overbearing. He was also really supportive once I wanted to shoot a script I had been working on in the group and helped get it on it's feet. I would definitely recommend his group to anyone!”