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Welcome to the Scriptwriting Course at UK Writers College.

Sign up for our 12-month scriptwriting course tutored by multi-award-winning playwright and author, Karen Jeynes or Paul Fischer.

You will write your own script, with expert feedback from your tutor, working on plot structure, character and dialogue.

You will also receive industry tips on how to get your work produced and sold, as well as learn how to focus and shape your ideas into workable products.



“Doing this course is something I would recommend to anyone who wants to grasp the mechanics of creating a solid script.”

Steve Rock, Scriptwriting Course



Course Details:


Students must complete:


Admission Requirements:

  • Cost: £ 695.00 VAT inclusive
  • Modules: 10 Modules
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace: between six and twelve months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round via our website
  • Complete 10 writing exercises for assessment and feedback and produce one short script for either theatre, radio or film.
  • Student Feedback
  • Basic writing skills are essential
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required
  • No previous tertiary qualification required

Tutors for this course:

Karen Jeynes
Karen Jeynes is the head writer for Both Worlds Productions, overseeing ZANews: Puppet Nation (winner of 22 SAFTAs, two WGSA awards for Best TV Comedy, and two time International Emmy Nominee for Best TV Comedy), as well as Point of Order (SAFTA winner for Best Game Show in 2017), Comedy Central News, and Parlement Parlement, and other projects in development.

Karen also freelances for online and print media, and lectures and consults in Digital Culture and playwrighting.

Read more about Karen here.
Paul Fischer 165

Paul Fischer is a screenwriter whose work has been distributed and won awards across the world. He is the writer of the feature film THE BODY, which was produced by Blumhouse for Hulu and Sony International. The film was based on the short film of the same name, which Paul wrote and produced in 2012, winning over a dozen festival awards internationally, including the prestigious Méliès d’Or for Best European Genre Short Film of its year. He has since worked as a consulting producer and script consultant on several more horror films for Blumhouse/Hulu.

Paul recently sold a mini-series about the lives of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. His first book, A Kim Jong-Il Production, is a non-fiction account of the kidnapping of two filmmakers to South Korea in the 1970s. It was nominated for a Crime Writers’ Association Award and selected as one of the Best Books of 2015 by NPR and Library Journal. He is currently adapting A Kim Jong-Il Production for a US production company. (Paul’s second book, also narrative non-fiction, will be published by Faber & Faber in 2021.)

Paul has also produced several award-winning documentaries and short films. He has written articles and op-eds for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Independent, Guardian, and Shortlist amongst others. His essays on film have been published by Bright Wall / Dark Room and SyFyWire. A graduate of Boston University and the New York Film Academy, his work has in the past been the recipient of a Society of Authors Foundation grant and a Channel 4 FourDocs completion funding grant, and has been shortlisted for the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum. In 2015 he was selected as a participant in the prestigious Guiding Lights training program and mentored by Oscar-nominated producer Alison Owen.


Course Curriculum


Module 1 - What's in a script?

  • A brief understanding of the role of the scriptwriter in film, theatre and radio
  • Exercise: Write a review of a film or play focusing on how the SCRIPT succeeds or fails

Module 2 - Plot and Structure

  • The do's and don'ts OR the rules and how to break them
  • Exercise: Write an anecdote from real life, then rewrite it with different structures and see how that changes the story

Module 3 - Character

  • How to create characters, flesh them out and let them have their way
  • Exercise: Create four characters in detail that grow out of the story you used in Structure.

Module 4 - Dialogue

  • Text and subtext
  • The difference between written and spoken text
  • Exercise: Analyse the sample scripts. Take two of your characters and write a dialogue between them.

Module 5 - Action

  • Scripts are performance material, they are alive
  • Exercise: Using your other two characters, write a scene with little or no dialogue, focusing on action.

Module 6- Beginnings and Endings

  • Where to start and how to end
  • Exercise: Analyse the examples and then write two possible beginnings and two possible endings for your story.

Module 7- The Technical Stuff

  • Remembering the limitations and joys of the mediums
  • Exercise: Write a detailed explanation of which of film/theatre/radio is best for your script and why.

Module 8 - Knowing your Market

  • Discussion of the New Zealand Scene
  • Exercise: Write a treatment for your script, including characters, scene breakdown and sample scenes

Module 9 - Cutting and Editing

  • Being brutal and "Taking it out" while maintaining the truth
  • Exercise: Take a sample scene and cutting it to the minimum. Look at your scene order and see if you could change things around, and what effect that would have.

Module 10 - Your Script

  • Putting it all together
  • Exercise: Write a final script review, taking note of what works and what doesn't
  • Exercise: Complete your short script.

“The course has already opened doors to wonderful opportunities. I have not felt this motivated and inspired in a long time!”

Martha Schungel, Scriptwriting Course



How does the course work?


Detailed class notes covering the content of each module are e-mailed to students.

At the end of each module, students will be required to complete one or two writing exercises. In total, the course includes ten short writing assignments, all of which count towards the final result of the student.

Once the writing assignment has been completed, and e-mailed to the lecturer, an assessment and feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete.


Conditions of Certification:


Students will receive a UK Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all 10 assignments.
  • The course must have been completed within twelve months of registration
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course

Minimum Estimated Time Commitment:

  • Reading time: 10 hours
  • Writing time: 30 - 40 hours
  • Research time: 2 - 5 hours

We would love to chat to you if you have any questions about our writing courses.

If you need some advice about the best course or writing field for you, drop us a line or give Koos or Nichola a call at +44 1892 710877. We can tell you about going rates in the field, chance of publishing success and general writing career options both in the UK and internationally.

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Read what past-students say about this course

“I had a specific objective in mind when I did this course and the college helped me achieve this. Along the way I gained new skills and ideas. The exercises and assignments helped me to think outside the square and the feedback was extremely helpful and steered me in the direction I needed to go, without being stressful. My tutor was always supportive and always replied even to the smallest questions or queries. Overall a good experience.” Janet Osborne, Scriptwriting Course

“It was an enjoyable experience. I learnt enough to kick start my career in Scriptwriting. My tutor was very helpful and always willing to answer questions I had for her. A great way to learn without having to step inside a classroom.” Lunga Khuzwayo, Scriptwriting Course

“My experience at the Writers’ College was very good. It was very in-depth and thorough, and I have gained a lot from it. The experience with my tutor was very good; she gave me constructive criticism, and was very clear about how I could improve. Karen was very helpful whenever I needed it, and the Writers’ College was understanding in times of need. The material covers a lot, it applies to situations outside of the course, which gives you direction once the course is completed.” Lisa Theron, Scriptwriting Course
“I loved every moment of it. The knowledge I gained fills me with great excitement for the future. Karen was such a blessing!! Knowing that there is someone on the other side with so much experience gives you so much confidence in approaching the assignments. The feedback I received raised my understanding of the whole scriptwriting process. I would however remind other students that it is not spoon-feeding. The information is very good, however you need to get out there and work it. Overall, it was a very positive experience. The Writers’ College delivers a high quality experience to the open student.” Ron Moller, Scriptwriting Course

“Doing this course is something I would recommend to anyone who wants to grasp the mechanics of creating a solid script. The course without a doubt met my objectives. The professionalism, communication, support and encouragement from The Writers’ College is second to none.” Steve Rock, Scriptwriting

“I would describe the course as informative and interesting and very useful. It was definitely worth it; you learn all the necessary tools for the trade you’re interested in.” Ursula Smuts, Scriptwriting

“I found the course exciting and interesting. I never expected to learn as much as I did. Karen Jeynes is an excellent lecturer. The feedback I received from her on assignments was definitely the reason I managed to improve my writing over the six-month period. Karen continually encouraged me and increased my confidence, and I was able to complete the course successfully. Her criticism of work submitted was fair and she gave clear advice on how to overcome the writing deficiencies in my work. Passing the course had a lot to do with her tutoring skills. I will be back next year to enrol for another creative writing course with The Writers’ College.” Marinda Thurston, Scriptwriting Course

“I learnt a lot in short space of time which was fantastic. Karen was very approachable and always replied promptly. This was important to me because I needed to wait for a response before I could continue working on an assignment.” Micharn Pollock, Scriptwriting Course

“A great experience . [My tutor was] knowledgeable and incredibly supportive. Fantastic course, well worth the money!” Kerryn Campion, Scriptwriting

"The Writers’ College provides an informative and quality course. Karen is an excellent tutor who is swift with her responses and provides objective, constructive criticism that helps steer you in the right direction. Karen offers a great course. Her notes are comprehensive and contain information about additional reading that allows one to explore the field in more depth. She has a professionally trained eye that points out where your script fails and succeeds. She is great tutor who is willing to be honest and answer any questions you have along the way. The Writers’ College is a professional college that leads the field in writing courses. I would recommend writers from any field to invest in what they have to offer, in particular the practical application of what you learn." Hannah Green, Scriptwriting Course

“I believe that the knowledge this course gave me is more than I need to venture into the tricky scriptwriting industry. Karen Jeynes made me feel comfortable enough to ask script questions which many professionals would regard as ‘dumb’.” Alec Zeelie, Scriptwriting Course

"Thank you so much for the course. It has truly been an inspiring and superb experience from start to finish. Karen Jeynes has been brilliant throughout the course. She always answered all of my questions with clarity and really went above and beyond the call of duty. She has been a wonderful mentor and a great inspiration for me. She is definitely one in a million." Riette du Plessis, Scriptwriting Course

"I really enjoyed the course. It was a personal journey for me. My tutor was excellent, her feedback extremely objective and well-balanced. I will certainly recommend your college to other aspiring writers as well. I have already started the novel course." Petro van Rooyen, Scriptwriting

"Karen Jeynes is an excellent tutor. She gave me maximum support throughout the course. I have not had the pleasure of seeing any of her work, but she is very passionate about what she does and it shows through her tutoring. She was very encouraging and she just inspired me to keep trying until I got it right. For as long as I live I will not ever forget the advice she gave me. She is excellent! Overall I was very happy with the course, I learnt a great deal and would recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing a career in this field." Marcio Goncalves, Scriptwriting

"The course has already opened doors to wonderful opportunities. I have not felt this motivated and inspired in a long time! Both the course and Karen have made a difference in my life." Martha Schungel, Scriptwriting

"Karen (my tutor) was very helpful, I learned a lot from her. This course was so inspiring." Stanley Denga, Scriptwriting


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