Script Development Course



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Duration: 4 Monday Evening Classes. 22 October – 12 November
Address: Facciola, Forster Str. 5, 10999 Berlin
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A 4-Week Practical, Hands-On Screenwriting Course
Limited spaces available

Whether you’ve already written your tenth draft or just have an idea for a screenplay that you’d like to develop, the aim of the Script Development Course is to write a treatment, first draft or complete your script in 4 weeks. Throughout the course you’ll receive valuable, constructive feedback and tuition from professional script coach Michael Barmish, in an encouraging setting with a group of maximum 10 participants. By the end of the 4 weeks you’ll have acquired the skills, knowledge and confidence to write and a pitch professional-level script. Be prepared to write!

What will the course cover?

Over the course of 4 weeks script coach and writer, Michael Barmish will provide you with the framework, constructive feedback and encouragement you need to put pen to paper and develop or complete your story. The course will cover the following topics:

  • Ideas: techniques to use to generate, flesh out & develop ideas
  • The importance of loglines, concept statements, outlines
  • Theme & Tone: Consistency of theme and tone is vital
  • Conflict: Without conflict there is no story
  • Characterization: Creating memorable characters & exploring subtext
  • Structure: Building structure & texture in the world of your film
  • Format: Correctly formatting your screenplay
  • Visual Storytelling: Using visual storytelling & creating scenes that sizzle
  • Dialogue: Writing compelling dialogue & giving characters a unique voice
  • Rewrite: When to start the rewrite and what comes next

How will you be taught?

Participation is a must. In this 4-evening Script Development Course, in addition to some lecture-style classroom instruction, there will be important exercises and discussion about your projects during which you will receive valuable feedback in a group setting. Even if you only have an idea, we’ll help you develop it into a great story. And the feedback you’ll hear on others’ projects will be invaluable when it comes to writing your own. So if you want to see results, be prepared to come and be heard – and to write!

What will you achieve?

Depending on what stage you’re at when you begin the course, the aim is to write a treatment, first draft or complete your script in the 4 weeks. You’ll have acquired the skills, knowledge and confidence to write and pitch a professional-level scrip

Who should attend?

The Script Development Course is suitable for all levels and abilitie but participants should come to the first class with at least an idea for a story. Whether you have just an idea/outline/treatment/first draft or tenth draft we’ll help you develop or complete it over the 4 weeks. We also welcome novelists, short story writers, storytellers and filmmakers who would like to branch into screenwriting and are seeking a four-week structured class with specific targets and measurable results.

Script Development Course Details

Raindance members save 15% on this course
Duration: 4 Monday Evening Classes – 22 October – 12 November
Times: 7pm-10pm
Address: Facciola, Forster Str. 5, 10999 Berlin
Course Language:
Prices: €159 Non-Members // €135.15 Raindance Members (Membership is just €50/year find out more HERE)

Limited number of spaces available, maximum 10 participants!


What They Are Saying

“Michael is a great teacher, he gave me invaluable advice on how to structure my script!”

“I loved getting constructive, helpful feedback in a safe and friendly environment. Michael really helped me develop my story.”

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About the tutor

Michael Barmish is an award-winning writer, teacher, and script coach. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University’s School of Communications and Theatre, and is now based in Berlin, Germany. After moving to Los Angeles, Michael was hired to write several film projects, including the family film, Kid Cop, produced by Brainstorm Media which aired on HBO and ABC Family networks. In addition to having several screenplays optioned by various Hollywood production companies, Michael’s TV comedy-drama series, Berlin Nomad, is currently in development with a production company in Berlin.

Michael has won awards for his holiday comedy, @Santa, and his romantic-comedy stage play, 10/9, and is a member of the Los Angeles Writers Centre – whose members consist of award-winning writers, directors, actors and dramaturges. In addition to working as a script coach and consultant, Michael has taught screenwriting and hosted script development workshops at the Los Angeles Writers Center and Raindance. His book, “The Ensuite Life: Traveling the World and Avoiding the Toilet at the End of the Hall”, based on a recent trip around the world was published in 2012.

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