Screenwriting Foundation Certificate - Raindance Toronto


Screenwriting Foundation Certificate Toronto

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When? Starts Tuesday February 16,  7 – 10pm EST
Duration: 5 Tuesday Evenings
Where? Live Online

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At a glance

  • Get that idea for a movie onto paper
  • Five Tuesday evening classes
  • Led by professional screenwriter, Randall C. Willis

Practice the art and craft of screenwriting

You want to write a moviebut don’t know where to begin. Or you need a practical, useful approach to develop your ideas and improve your writing. How do you make your scenes funny, scary, more dramatic or powerful?

Our 5-evening Screenwriting Foundation Certificate helps you learn and apply excellent storytelling fundamentals to develop an outline, treatment or script, to create more interesting and unique characters, and create compelling scenes. Learn tricks and tips to writing screenplays that jump off the page, and understand how to take your ideas out to the marketplace.

Who should take this course?

Writers and aspiring writers who’d like a solid foundation in writing screenplays, creating compelling stories and characters, and who have a film, TV or web series idea they’d like to develop further; writer-directors, producers and actors who want to understand the basics of storytelling and how to identify potentially winning scripts.

What you’ll learn:

At the end of this 5-week course, participants will have solidly conceived and developed a screenplay outline or treatment. Each week will deal with a different aspect of screenwriting and will help emerging writers understand plot structure, character, theme, setting, story development and dialogue. Through script excerpts and film clips from a range of projects, each week will illuminate key concepts and approaches to cinematic storytelling.

Week 1: A great story idea

  • Story ideas: How to find/generate them
  • Genre: Reframing ideas; tropes and clichés
  • Considerations: Things to think about while developing your idea
  • Describing your idea: Loglines, synopses and outlines/treatments

Homework:   Brainstorm several ideas and create a logline for one.

Week 2:  Mechanics of screenwriting

  • Story structure: The skeleton of 3-Act structure (and other approaches)
  • Component parts: Understanding acts, sequences and scenes
  • Formatting: Examining a screenplay
  • Creating characters: Who are these people and why are they here?

Homework:  Describe the 3-Act skeleton of a favourite movie. Bonus: Build the 3-Act skeleton of your idea.  

Week 3: Building your story

  • Plotting: Weaving purpose with action
  • Action: Active vs passive voice, show vs tell, description vs choreography
  • Dialogue: Unique voice, emotion, subtext

Homework: Write a 3- to 4-page scene involving 3+ characters.

Week 4:  Completing Draft One

  • Finish it: Typical stumbling blocks between you and Draft One; Killing your darlings
  • Read it: What to consider when reading your own work; Theme

Homework:   Generate an outline of your story & identify your theme.

Week 5: Feedback and rewrites

  • Getting Feedback: Who to ask, how to ask and how to cope
  • Giving Feedback: Asking questions, offering suggestions
  • Rewrite: Where to even begin


About the Instructor

Randall C willis
Randall C Willis
is an award-winning screenwriter based in Toronto. Randall is part of the writing team that produced the sketch comedy TV special Some TV!, and co-wrote several theatrical comedy shows staged across Toronto. Randall’s specialty is story and his ability to help writers develop both their ideas and their unique voices. He has brought those skills to bear with the Austin Film Festival, where he has served as Second Round Reader, and more recently, in his story analysis business So, What’s Your Story?


Did you know?

  • Raindance is Europe’s largest independent film festival
  • This class is free for Raindance Higher Education students – book a free 1-1 tutorial Here
  • Raindance members get a 20% discount on this class. Join HERE and start saving today.
  • Raindance does not teach filmmaking. Raindance makes filmmakers.

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4 reviews for


Screenwriting Foundation Certificate Toronto

  1. Hannah McKinnon (verified owner)

    Interactive & highly entertaining class with Randy Willis. Brilliant info how to build, outline, plot & get that screenplay written. Even the dreaded formatting was addressed. Great stuff, guys. Thanks!

  2. smbabineau (verified owner)

    Fantastic course, especially for those of us who are passionate about our story but a bit intimidated with writing a screen play.Randall Willis is an amazing instructor who truly cares. With his dedication to the craft, he goes above and beyond all expectations

  3. Deven Brijmohan (verified owner)

    This was an incredible course. I completed both screen 1 & 2 last year with Randy. It’s alot to learn if this is your 1st exposure to formal screenwriting as was I. I would suggest you download a version of a screenwriting software program & read some screenplays just so you have an idea of what you’re walking into.Youtube is a great resource as well too. There’s nothing that can really prepare you for this 100%. You have to just be willing to walk through the gauntlet & believe that you will absorb all the nuances over time. Don’t let the technicalities hinder your creativity. At the end of the day, it’s an art that can be learned & there’s no substitute for a great story. Just write your truth.

  4. Helen McKenzie Ross (verified owner)

    Great course with Randall Willis. Step by Step approach addressing the fundamentals of log lines, story arc, dialogue, developing interesting characters and story line, formatting, and so much more. Classes were well thought out and each week’s homework reinforced the elements discussed in class. Very motivating class. Randall is very knowledgeable and genuinely wants us to succeed in writing our screenplay. Would highly recommend it.

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    Elliot Grove

    Hi Helen. Im stuck here in London at the Raindance HQ. Thanks for your kind words about Randall’s course. He is one of Canada’s hidden treasures.we need to get his classes better promoted in europe for sure.

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