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Class 17534-9-15: Screenwriting 101 -
Thursdays 6 pm-8 pm
11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3
(no class on 11/26 due to holiday
Max. enrollment: 12

This is an ONLINE class. The instructor will send a Zoom before the first meeting

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Looking for a screenwriting class that covers the fundamentals, and gives you an opportunity to write and workshop some actual scenes and short scripts? In this Seattle screenwriting class, open to both beginners and experienced writers, you’ll learn how screenplays are written, learn what writing habits to avoid, do writing both during and outside the class hours, and get helpful feedback on your writings.

In this four week workshop, we’ll learn some things about how screenplays are written, then get some practice in writing them. You’ll have a chance to write “minute movies” (just a page long), short screenplays (a few pages long), and scenes from full length movies. There will also be opportunities (for those who want to) to share your writing with the class and get some feedback.



Class 17534-9-15: Screenwriting 101 -
Thursdays 6 pm-8 pm
11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3
(no class on 11/26 due to holiday
Max. enrollment: 12

This is an ONLINE class. The instructor will send a Zoom before the first meeting

Sign Me Up!

  • Looking for a screenwriting class that covers all of the fundamentals?
  • In this Seattle screenwriting class, you’ll learn how screenplays are written, practice writing some short scenes and complete (short) scripts, and have a chance to workshop and get helpful feedback on your writings.

We’ll cover a number of topics, including:

  1. The STEPS most screenwriters go through when writing a screenplay (what most screenwriters do, in what order)
  2. How to FORMAT your screenplay (including indentation, font size and capitalization) (and common mistakes to avoid)
  3. How to write in the LEAN, FOCUSED style most screenwriters use, and break writing habits that don’t work.
  4. FORM AND STRUCTURE: We’ll talk about about some common story structures, and how using them may bring your story into clearer focus
  5. YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE – How to identify the target audience for the movie you’re writing, and why it matters
  6. TREATMENTS – What they are and how to use them in the screenwriting process
  7. WRITING LOG LINES and TAG LINES (very short descriptions or blurbs for your screenplay) You’ll get some practice writing both.
  8. WRITING SCENES  – We’ll look at what makes a scene, and get some practice in writing some complete short scenes.
  9. WRITING SOME SHORT SCRIPTS – we’ll talk about the elements of scriptwriting in detail, and will write at least two complete short scripts over the next five weeks.
  10. Plus, we’ll talk about scene length, getting an agent, pitching and selling your screenplays, and more.   

By the end of the class, you should have a good working knowledge of how to write a  screenplay, how to approach marketing it, and have some solid writing experience under your belt.

The instructor, an independent Seattle filmmaker, has written over 30 screenplays. His films have played at major international festivals.  He has taught screenwriting classes in Seattle since 2005. Instructor: Nils Osmar



Thanks for the energy you put into the (screenplay class)… I feel looser and happier and am having more fun writing. – L.D., Seattle

seattle-screenplay-writing-classesThe class was really helpful, especially the exercises in writing scenes and writing a complete (very short!) screenplay. I can’t believe what I came up with and what other people in the class came up with for that exercise. It was a real window into the amazing creativity we all have inside of us. – Jan H., Seattle

I turned some kind of a corner and writing has been easy since the class. Thank you! – Nathan I., Bellevue

Thank you for your explanation of how the pitching process works, and how to find an agent – M.L.,Bellevue

Wow, what can I say Nils, it was really good, thanks for the encouragement and information – Beth G., Kirkland

The advice about editing and rewriting was perfect for what I needed.” – Scott W., Bellevue

I’m happy with the result of class… I feel liberated instead of stuck. I’ve been writing again and am very pleased. – Mike K., Seattle

I took a class from ______ last year and felt kind of discouraged afterwards; I think he was a discouraged screenwriter and passed that along! I feel encouraged since your class, and am excited to get back to my screenplay. – Jan L., Seattle

It was a great (class) for me and I’m totally happy with it. – Kris T., Kent

I took the acting class, let’s make a movie, and the screenwriting class from Nils Osmar.  They were all excellent in a life changing way. – T. R., Bellevue

Hi Nils, your screenplay writing class is great, I would recommend it to everyone. You explain things in a way that is simple but extremely helpful.  I loved the writing exercises and lectures. – Hal C., Seattle


Nils Osmar has made his living in the arts since the 1980s, working as a writer, visual artist and filmmaker.  He has taught writing classes in Seattle, through the UW’s Experimental College and other programs, for over fifteen years, and has taught screenwriting classes and workshops since 2005.  His films have played at major international film festivals.  To visit the instructor’s IMDB (Internet Movie Database professional film credits) page, click here   


Our Seattle screenwriting classes are sponsored by Most of them meet on the University of Washington campus (Seattle branch). They are open to everyone; you don’t have to be a U.W. student to sign up.  Almost all of our students are adults. IIf an enrollee is under 18, please contact us first to make sure the class is a good “fit” for the student.

Sponsored by: and Wonder Productions.






Frequently asked questions!

slate2People often ask what the differences are between our Seattle film classes. Some have similar titles (because they’re all about filmmaking), but the content is very different.

In a nutshell: Let’s Make a Movie is a hands-on class in which the students make a movie as a group. They write or choose a script, learn how to set up lights, operate the slate, record audio, and operate the camcorder, and can also act in the movie if they want to. The instructor brings in a professional (prosumer high def) camcorder, pro lights, a pro microphone, etc., which are used in filming the movie.  Students are taught how to use the equipment, and take turns using it.  They are also welcome to “film along,” filming their own versions of the different shots, if they have their own camcorders.

Because we’re rushing to complete a movie by the deadline, we don’t have time in  Let’s Make a Movie to cover a lot of technical information, such as, all of different types of camcorders… the different kinds of microphones and how they work… the theory of lighting… and detailed, in-depth information about storyboarding and shot lists, etc. For that reason, we added the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, which covers all of these things in great detail. Let’s Make a Movie is an experiential class in which students learn by doing; Crash Course in Filmmaking is where we cover all of the THEORY behind what we’re doing.

Documentary Filmmaking (offered some quarters) is specifically geared toward people who want to make their own documentaries. It addresses questions like how to set up interviews, and how to record high quality audio and video under field conditions.

Start Writing Your Screenplay is a very solid introduction to screenwriting. Students who complete all four classes will receive a certificate of completion.

Note: Another class that can be helpful to filmmakers is Beginning Acting.  (It’ll give you a place to meet some good actors, and “scout” talent for your movie while participating in the class and learning how actors approach their work.)

Student comments:

“I found your classes on the web when I was looking for Seattle film schools.  I was looking for a school that was affordable because I didn’t want to get into a student loan situation.  I don’t know yet if this will be a career. I was just wanting to learn how to make movies for fun.  The classes are good and I did learn a lot.  I took Let’s Make a Movie and the Crash Course in Filmmaking class, and will be taking the video editing class next.   Your classes are a resource to the community and I recommend the classes to people who would like to learn more about filmmaking and want the end product to look professional. Thank you.” – Lee R., Seattle

Looking for affordable FILM CLASSES in Seattle?  Looking for a Seattle film school where you can learn the basics of digital filmmaking without spending a fortune? Ready to move beyond Youtube, and start make movies that are good enough to get into the major film festivals?  There is still time to sign up for our upcoming Seattle Film Classes! 


REKINDLE SCHOOL offers several different classes in different aspects of filmmaking:

  1. FILMMAKING 101: MAKING MOVIES ON A MICRO BUDGET (Learn how to make your own movies!)
  2. LET’S MAKE A MOVIE (We’ll make a short film in class.) (A great way to get some footage for your acting reel)
  3. LET’S MAKE A HORROR-ACTION MOVIE (Offered once per year — we’ll make a short horror movie, then it’ll play in a Seattle theater along with other entries)
  4. TEAM BUILDING FOR THE 48 Improve your acting skills, and have lots of fun — then, after the class is over, join your classmates to make a movie — then watch it in a Seattle theater!
  5. SCREENWRITING 101 (Learn how to write screenplays)
  6. SCREENWRITING 102 (Write full length screenplays)