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Introduction to Professional Screenwriting: Creating and Selling your Movie Script

CPD and short courses (short course)


3 days

Led by screenwriter Toby Venables. Delivered over three consecutive days, 10am-4.30pm, at Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus.


Led by screenwriter and ARU lecturer Toby Venables, co-creator and co-writer of the BAFTA-winning Netflix film His House (2020), this three-day course of workshops aims to develop your storytelling skills as a screenwriter and provide professional, real-world insights to help you break into the industry.

Many resources can tell you the basics of writing a feature screenplay. But then what?

This three-day series of practical workshops, led by an industry professional with four produced feature films to his credit, seeks to unravel some of the mystery and connect the practices of writing to the processes of the industry.

Each day tackles a different topic and a different part of the process, from conception, through pitching and development, to final script, with feedback opportunities for your own developing project.

Day One: Theme and Logline
Day Two: Character and Treatment
Day Three: Structure and Script

You will learn:

  • The key to compelling characters
  • The role of the ‘treatment’
  • How pitching works
  • Why structure comes last
  • What really drives your story
  • Where you need to focus in your next project
  • What film execs want (and what they need)

Each workshop will also include a Q&A session in which participants have the opportunity to put any screenwriting or industry-related question to the workshop leader.

The course includes individual email feedback from Toby on your own script project, which can be claimed any time between the workshop sessions in June and 31 October 2024.

Who should attend?

This three-day workshop is designed for aspiring screenwriters looking to hone their craft and break into the industry, or existing professionals wishing to take their practice to the next level.


Friday 7- Sunday 9 June 2024

Where you'll study

Your faculty

In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees



Contact details

Toby Venables
[email protected]

Entry requirements

Please email a brief synopsis of no more than 500 words to [email protected]

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