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Screenwriting 2

Short Courses – 10 Week – Online


These classes will be taught online and you can take part from the comfort of your own home. 

This ten week online course is ideal for any students who are keen to develop their writing technique and challenge themselves as screenwriters.

Following on from Introduction to Screenwriting, this course will continue your journey and develop your skills as a screenwriter, focusing on a more in-depth study of structure, character and dialogue.

The course will include examination and study of the following elements of screenwriting:

  • Alternatives to, and variations on, the classical 3 Act paradigm
  • How to achieve full integration of theme, plot & story – theory and practice
  • The 3 Dimensional Character Dialogue That Works – Outlines
  • Treatments and Pitching Re-writing and Editing – Tactics

It will also include lectures, exercises (leading to the creation and/or the rewriting of a short script), class discussions, pitching sessions, group feedback, and examples from film and television. Additional material will be supplied through the class Teams page.

This course is ideal for writers who want to:

  • Develop skills in creative writing for visual storytelling
  • Learn script formatting and language
  • Discover methods to help create believable and realistic characters
  • Explore the principles of creative thinking and critical thought
  • Develop artistic confidence and an ability to communicate ideas to others


Credit Rated Pathway

We are offering a credit-rated option* for this class, giving students the opportunity to gain SCQF credits upon submission. This will not be mandatory, however students can register their interest by emailing

*subject to validation

Courses you may be interested in

  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Comedy Writing
  • Comedy Writing 2
  • Introduction to Playwriting

We run a variety of different courses throughout the year, and update our programme regularly – you can find all courses by clicking here.

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The important details



14 April - 16 June 2025

Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Course Information

The course is open access, however we expect students to have some introduction to screenwriting knowledge. The course is designed so that motivated students will benefit from the training. We expect you to undertake a certain amount of self-directed study and preparation out with class times.

Students should be open, honest, generous, respectful, hard-working and willing to work as part of a team.

You will need access to a device such as a desktop computer, laptop or tablet which allows you to access the internet with a screen large enough to see the group members during online sessions. You will need internet connection which is fast enough to take part in video sessions on MS Teams/Zoom and to watch film footage.

You may also want to consider whether you have a space you can use where you can work without interruption. Please keep in mind that the other students taking part in the course will be able to see what’s behind you when you are online.


It would be beneficial for students to have watched the following films in advance of the course starting. These will be discussed during the course and used as examples during the lessons

    • Pulp Fiction
    • Shawshank Redemption
    • Tootsie
    • Thelma & Louise
    • In Bruges
    • Little Women (2019)

David Cosgrove

As a writer David has worked onover 30 episodes of children’s television, including the creation of Butterfingers and Uncle Dad for CITV – the latter winning a Scottish BAFTA. David was co-writer on two series of King of The Road, starring Bradley Walsh, for Radio 2 and has over 2000 commissioned minutes of sketch comedy for Radio Scotland and Radio 4. His hit musical 3 Steps To Heaven has had over a dozen professional productions including three Number One UK tours (produced by Gateway Theatre, Chester, and Perth Theatre). Other work includes over 20 commissioned plays (Mull Theatre, Borderline, Peninsula Theatre, Arden Entertainment, Pavilion Glasgow, The Royal Blind School, Govan Initiative, Craigmillar Festival, Scottish Youth Theatre, The Buzz Project, Oran Mor). His first feature film, Elemental Fear, is in post-production, and he has scripted several short films for Barnardos and NHS Scotland.In addition to his skills as a writer, dramaturg and script editor, he has been engaged by the BBC as a script reader, comedy consultant, stand-up judge, and writing tutor.

Corporate clients have included: Barnardos, British Airways, British Telecom, Cairn Energy, Diageo, N.H.S Scotland, Greater Glasgow Health Board, Scottish Media Group, Scottish Enterprise, and The World Health Organization.

He led the last two Young Writers Courses for Scottish Youth Theatre and in 2013 curated a Festival of New Writing for participants of these courses. He has delivered writing workshops in the U.K. and Australia, and has been a guest lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and City University, New York.

Since 2014 he has been a Short Course Lecturer in Screen Writing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a full voting member of BAFTA he has both chaired and been a member of juries for BAFTA Scotland, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

This course will run online on Monday evenings for 10-weeks from 14 April – 16 June 2025, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

The course fee is £195 which is the equivalent to £19.50 per session, and can be paid in full or in instalments before the course end date.

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

We run various promotional offers for our Short Courses and Summer Schools. You can view our current offers on our Promotional Offers page.

You should contact us at to request your discount code before booking a course.

Please note, only one promotional offer can be applied per course and should be used at the time of booking as we are unable to apply a discounts retrospectively.

Please see our Short Course FAQs for more information about all aspects of choosing, booking and attending your course.

Please see our Short Courses – Terms and Conditions for more information about your contract with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Cancellation and Refund policies.

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