How to Write a Screenplay Course

How to Write a Screenplay Course

The next How To Write a Screenplay course kicks off on September 1, 2017. Revamped and fine-tuned after its successful launch in 2016, the programme is run by screenwriter and novelist Michéle Rowe and screenwriter Richard Beynon. It guides participants from the seed of an idea to a complete treatment of a screenplay.

“Michéle and Richard forced me to take ideas and characters and actually craft them into a story,” says one of the original participants, Sheona Mitchley. “Their feedback was invaluable and I am so grateful to have had their guidance throughout the process.”

Another participant was Nadine Cloete who says that “the course gave me a new perspective on writing, one I am eternally graterful for.”

Whether you have only the first vague stirrings of an idea for a movie, have already formulated that idea and want to take it forward, or simply want to find out how to go about writing a screenplay, this is the platform from which to launch your project.

Email to sign up today and realise your dreams.

More details and the full course outline are available at


We’ll release one module every ten days.

The module will introduce the coursework and will include practical exercises to do in your own time.

Each module ends with an assignment to which you’ll receive personal written feedback from Michéle and Richard.

You’ll have a Skype call with Michéle and Richard midway through the course and feedback for module ten will be done via Skype or at a face-to-face session in Johannesburg and Cape Town.


Beginners who have never written before, but are serious about learning how to craft a story for film.

Professional or semi-professional writers working in other mediums, such as journalists, playwrights or novelists, who wish to acquire an added skill.

Screenwriters who may be ‘stuck’ and are looking for a different perspective on a project, or who want to refresh themselves as to the basic rules of structure, character and story.

Documentary or magazine program makers who want to learn how to use screenwriting skills to structure exciting, dramatic content.

Anyone who has a great idea for a movie but does not know how to take it one step further in order to interest investors of producers.

By the end the course you’ll have a treatment, the blueprint, of your dream screenplay.


Despite the South African film industry being one of the of the oldest film industries in the world, with a long history of producing superb technicians, producers, directors and actors, we continue to lag behind when it comes to skilled content originators and writers.

The South African government has set aside generous funding and business incentives to kick start the feature film industry. At present there is also a worldwide boom in tv and broadband entertainment, and with it a demand for interesting content.

We are a nation of extraordinary stories, and producers and content providers are always looking for good, skilled writers to craft these into the medium of film. This course will help you to do just that.

COST: R 9 500

Alternately you may pay in four tranches of R 2500

More details and the full course outline are available at


Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, All About Writing was founded by two writing professionals, Jo-Anne Richards and Richard Beynon, who are passionate about writing. We’ve devised our courses to help communicate that passion – plus the skills that make it all much more than an academic exercise – to others with a similar calling.


Michéle Rowe is a scriptwriter who has worked primarily as a head writer and story originator for television and film. Projects Michéle has originated, written or directed have been nominated for or won various awards, including an Oscar documentary and International Emmy nomination. At present she works as a script editor, teaches screenwriting and is completing her third novel for Penguin. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town.

Richard Beynon is an award-winning film and television scriptwriter with a long and accomplished career in the film and television industry. He has written for – or headed the storytelling teams of – many of country’s most popular soaps, dramas and comedies. These include S’gudi snaysi, Going Up, Soul City, Isidingo, Scandal, Rhythm City and Isibaya. He has lectured on writing for film and television at Wits.

With Michéle and Richard’s many decades of professional writing, film industry and teaching experience you’ll be in very capable hands.

Trish Urquhart 0826072464

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