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Screenwriting: The Tricky Second Act

Weekly course for adults


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.


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.

Course outline

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

The course will 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.

This course is ideal for writers who want to:

  • develop skills in creative writing for visual story-telling
  • 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

Financial support

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 Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs

Entry requirements

Students should have completed the Introduction to Screenwriting course before joining this course.

Preparing for your course

It would be helpful if students could watch Pulp Fiction, Thelma & Louise, Tootsie, and The Shawshank Redemption prior to starting the course.

Students are advised to bring a folder to collect hand-outs of scripts and reading material, and should bring a notepad and pen for note taking and writing tasks.


Short course feedback

“It was very good. The tutor was funny and engaging and put the class at ease. We managed to cover loads of useful stuff, which I am applying to my writing.” Introduction to Screenwriting student 2015/16

At a glance...

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Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This interactive and practical course is ideal for people aged 16+ who wish to take their screenwriting to the next level.

Participants are expected to have completed the Introduction to Screenwriting course before applying for this one.

Teaching staff

David Cosgrove

As a writer David has worked on over 30 episodes of children’s television, creating two series for Citv, – Butterfingers, Uncle Dad, – the latter winning a Scottish BAFTA. David was Co-Writer on 2 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.100_4170

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.