Screenwriting

Write for the silver screen.

Summer Classes at Chicago Dramatists are staying online due to the Summer Classes at Chicago Dramatists are staying online due to the quarantine. We happily accept students from anywhere in the world (and even have some out of state teachers this term). Due to the pandemic and its impact on our staff hours, cash flow, and management capacities, we have discontinued our deferred payment option. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to relaunch it in the future. Thank you for your understanding.

The opportunities for screenwriting are endless. Grab yours today. Write for the big and little screen, and learn all the ins-and-outs of the film trade. Sign up now for our Summer Screenwriting courses and put your dreams on the silver screen.

Choose the class that suits you and click on the class’s name to go to the details page.

Please Note: Network Playwrights receive $25 off all class registrations, but you must be logged into your account for the discount to be applied. This also includes discounts for Resident Playwrights and Tutterow Fellows. You will be prompted to login when attempting to register. If you do not know how to get into your account, enter the email associated with your account under “Forgot Your Password” and an account reset will be sent.


Summer Classes

Creating Compelling Characters

7 Thursdays 6:00pm – 9:00pm Central
Jul 09 – Aug 20

At the heart of every great screenplay is a compelling character. A character that we care about, have empathy toward, and want to spend time with. This new 7-week course, taught by screenwriter, journalist, educator, and guest instructor Francine J. Sanders, is a workshop-based class designed to help writers create and develop strong characters.

This class is ideal for students with experience ranging from beginner to advanced.

Romantic Comedy!

7 Sundays 6:00pm – 9:00pm Central
Jul 12 – Aug 23

For screenwriters, playwrights, or teleplay writers, this is a class about the romance and comedy of searching for love, falling in love, being in love, staying in love…and maybe even failing in love. Taught by Resident Playwright Mary Ruth Clarke, (original screenwriter of “Meet the Parents”) writers will do a deep dive into what makes for a successful romantic comedy, in all its iterations.

This class is ideal for students with experience ranging from beginner to advanced.


Chicago Dramatists Class Fee Policies 

  • If you cancel your registration more than three weeks in advance of the class start date, you will be entitled to either a full refund of your money or a full credit applied to your account for future CD classes. 
  • If you cancel your registration less than than three weeks but more than ten days before the class start date, you will be entitled to a full credit applied to your account (minus a $20 administrative fee). However, there will be no refunds. 
  • If you cancel your registration fewer than ten days but more than three days before the class start date, you will be entitled to 50% of your class fee (minus a $20 administrative fee) applied to your account as a credit. 
  • If you cancel your registration less than three days before the class start date, there is unfortunately neither a credit nor refund option available.
  • Failure to pay fee or arrange payment schedule within 48 hours of registration will result in cancellation of registration.
  • Classes that fail to meet the 50% minimum registrant requirement within 48 hours of class start time will be cancelled. In this case, registrants will receive a 100% refund.
  • Separate discounts cannot be combined.