Introduction To Screenwriting


Screenplays form the starting point for most dramatic films and is the essential work from which all other filmmaking flows. The screenplay is the filmmakers map, and the stronger the screenplay, the better chance at a compelling film the filmmaker will have. This course will introduce you to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay and will go over narrative form, formatting, story, plot, genres, short vs long form and more. We will give you the basic elements that will set you on the path to your first (or next!) screenplay while you learn tips and tricks to make it producible, well-formatted and compelling.


Cost:  $30 plus $1 processing fee

Ages: 14 and up

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Dress: Casual



Film Consortium Studios

6875 El Cajon Blvd

San Diego,CA




This class will be taught by founder and president of the Film Consortium San Diego, Jodi Cilley & founder and director of The New Narrative, Nathan Young.


Jodi Cilley
Jodi Cilley is a long time filmmaker, entrepreneur and educator. She has been teaching video production since 2004 and has taught video and editing at San Diego City College, UC San Diego Extension Digital Arts Center, Platt College and the Media Arts Center San Diego. She has produced over a hundred projects including web series’, short films, TV specials, documentaries and commercial projects and recently produced Film Indiego, a 6-Part TV Series for KPBS.

She has a BS in Sociology from Boston College and an MBA with specializations in entrepreneurship and management from San Diego State University. As the founder and current president of the Film Consortium San Diego and the founder and producer of the annual San Diego Film Awards and San Diego Film Week, she is working to build a strong local film industry and to increase exhibition, distribution, funding and employment opportunities for local up and coming film talent.

Nathan Young

The New Narrative is based off my own experiences, as a writer, storyteller, and member of our society.

I learned about the power of storytelling while working as the Production Director of the literary arts nonprofit, So Say We All. I saw how storytelling could transmit an idea, foster a connection and create an identity through the narratives we give a voice to. My goal is to create a space for us to share our narrative visions. I hope you come to experience the stories of the New Narrative yourself. If you have something to share I would love to hear from you too.



Dates & Times
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Tue, Mar 3
7:00 pm