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Writing the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenplay

At a Glance

  • This workshop is essential for people writing or interested in writing a Sci-Fi or Fantasy screenplay
  • In four weeks, you will gain the skills needed to write an engaging, high concept, elevated genre screenplay
  • Screenwriters need this workshop to go beyond stereotypical characters and create a compelling screenplay!

We also offer a live, instructor-led online course.

Science Fiction/Fantasy films push the boundaries of the imagination to another realm where anything in this world—other worlds, or even the entire universe—can exist. The sky is, in fact, not even close to the limit! Writing the science fiction/fantasy screenplay requires creating a world and its population in which the reader will curiously and excitedly take the leap of faith with the writer, and not only believe and understand what is actually occurring, but care about it.

The science fiction/fantasy script that will grab the film executives’ attention should contain more than magical and fantastical elements—or characters who can perform wizardry—or rely purely on the anticipated CGI—the writer’s goal, your goal, is to have the reader suspend disbelief and not get stuck on unnecessary stumbling blocks. Your goal as the writer is to go beyond derivative. Go beyond stereotypical characters and create a compelling screenplay!

This workshop is offered in two formats. The budget-friendly On Demand option (which is for sale here) gives you the option to work on the same great workshop materials as the Online option, only without instructor feedback. You'll immediately receive our comprehensive course in PDF format, which provides instructions and exercises on specific skills you will need to succeed as a documentary writer. You can purchase the On Demand option here. To get the Online option with instructor feedback and online discussions with other students, please click here.

In this online writing course you will learn

  • How to use genre conventions to enhance your story.
  • How to create characters your audience is invested in.
  • Ways to use structure to create satisfying payoffs.
  • Ways to build a strong premise.
  • How to make the impossible probable!

Course Outline

Session One: Where are on Earth (or not on Earth) Are We? And Who are They?

  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Subgenres
  • Envisioning Your World
  • Translate the World from Your Imagination onto the Page
  • The Rules of Your World
  • Making the Implausible Plausible

Session Two: Plot, Premise, Stakes, Twists, and Themes and Motifs

  • The Best Question: What if?
  • Plot: The Detailed View
  • Building a Premise
  • Plot Twists that Satisfy
  • Story Motifs

Session Three: Heroes and Villains, Monsters and Aliens

  • Creating Memorable Protagonists
  • Writing Antagonists We Love (to Hate)
  • Meaningful Supporting Characters
  • Character Traits

Session Four: Constructing and Enhancing the World of Your Story

  • The Art and Craft of a Sci-fi/Fantasy Script
  • Traditional Structures
  • Opening Scenes that Set the Stage
  • Pacing and Dialogue

Product Details

  • Date available: 10/29/2014
  • Publication date: 10/29/2014
  • Return policy: This item is not eligible for return.

Return Policy

Your satisfaction is our top priority. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please return the item(s) for an exchange or refund within 30 days from the purchase date, unless otherwise noted on the product page.

Ship the item(s) to The Writers Store via a traceable and insured method. You will be responsible for return shipping fees.

Please include a completed Return Form with your shipment. Refunds take up to one week to process once we have received the item(s).

Software returns must be deactivated and uninstalled from your computer before a refund may be issued. Please contact the software manufacturer if you need assistance uninstalling or deactivating your software.

The following items are not returnable: Hollywood Creative Directories, DVDs (opened), and Gift Certificates.

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