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Creative writing is creating characters, plots, themes and settings in fictional works from novels to poetry. Scriptwriting (also known as screenwriting) is creating your story in the screenplay format, including actions, dialogue and settings.

Hone your craft with our three courses taught by established writers. Whether you’re exploring creative writing or looking to amp up your screenplay, you’ll gain skills in the conventions of narrative craft and character development. Create a basis for future work and learn how to market and get your work published in these standalone courses.

In our introductory course, discover how to successfully use plot, voice, theme, setting and characterization. You will gain valuable feedback on your writing from your instructor and peers. Take part in weekly online discussion threads about the writing process and how we tell our stories.

In our Level 2 course, build skills in creating compelling characters, settings and plots. Explore the freefall approach to writing and fine tune your editing skills. Delve into the writing process through collaborative discussions with your peers.

Learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting — including dramatic conflict, scene structure, dialogue and film format — from an instructor with extensive industry experience. Gain an understanding of the key principles of screenwriting and of the screenplay format and how to effectively employ them in your work.


Highlights and benefits

Enhance your life — Develop your personal and professional skills

Real-world knowledge — Learn from experienced industry professionals

Online delivery — Enjoy the flexibility of online learning and complete this program from anywhere


Course schedule by semester

(Sept. - Dec.)
(Jan. - April)
(May - Aug.)
Creative Writing, Level 1
Creative Writing, Level 2  
Fundamentals of Scriptwriting  

This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.