The Writers' Guild of South Africa presents a first-ever introduction to scriptwriting in the Vaal Area, sponsored by the Gauteng Film Commission.

Course Outline:

Day 1:
The Performance Writer
The performance writer; the business of writing; the film industry matrix and role players; contracts and IP

Day 2:
The Script
The process of developing an idea into script; An introduction to story elements and the common scriptwriting tools; tagline, logline, synopsis, treatment, outline, and one sheet (one-pager)

Day 3:
Scriptwriting Tools
Script formatting and software

Day 4:
Story Elements Part I:
Plot, Structure, Genre, Theme, Setting, and Action

Day 5:
Story Elements Part II:
Character, Back story, Dialogue, and Exposition

Workshop Format

  • The course will run for 5 days, commencing on a Monday 11 March 2019 and conclude on the Friday, 15 March 2019 (8h00 to 17h00 daily)
  • All sessions will consist of written outcome-based lesson plans
  • Each course will have a maximum 30 participants
  • The course will be conducted in English

At the end of the course every participant will have written a short film, and receive feedback after 1 week

Classes are sponsored by the GFC, but each participant will sign a Memorandum of Agreement to attend all 5 classes. Spaces are limited to 30 participants.

Sebokeng, specifics to be announced .

Learners will receive a certificate

Please send a motivation on why you should be accepted (not more than 1 page) to