Attention: Screenwriters! Are you in a rut? Feel like your skills have plateaued? Read all the books and feel like you’ve heard it all? Give us eight days in July, and we’ll put a new spin on the whole way you see your work as a storyteller for the screen. It will be an intense and brilliant mix of classical principles about art and beauty, and real world applications to writing for television, movies, short films and the Internet. You will leave with the stuff of a truly beautiful project and a strong sense of where it could fit in today’s marketplace.

Topics to be covered include:

  • What is a Truly “Whole” Arena for Your Story?
  • How to Imbue Scenes, Characters and Structure with Thematic Meaning
  • Seeing the Technical Part of a Screenplay as a Work of Art
  • Crafting a Beautiful Part that an Actor Will Want to Play
  • Seeing Your Movie the Way a Cinematographer Will
  • What Makes Dialogue Resonant and Memorable?
  • What is a Beautiful Pitch?
  • ….and lots more!

Our Accomplished Faculty of Professionals includes:

  • Barbara Nicolosi, PhD candidate, author of Notes to Screenwriters, screenwriter and producer
  • Karen Hall, multi award winning TV writer with credits including, M*A*S*H*, Judging Amy, The Good Wife
  • Clare Sera, writer, Blended
  • Dave Johnson, Executive Producer, Doc, Sue Thomas FBEye
  • Diana Glyer, Author, Bandersnatch: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Creative Collaboration of the Inklings
  • John Burd, Development Executive, Mar Vista Entertainment
  • Vicki Peterson, playwright, Cleave, author, Notes to Screenwriters

Class size is limited! Only experienced and talented writers will be accepted.


Early bird tuition: $1600
Tuition After June 1: $2000
One year Mentorship Program (September- May) – $2995 (or $1595 each semester)

How to apply:

Click on Apply Now to pay the $35 application fee, then you’ll be directed to the online application.

If you want to first look over the application, it’s here.


Questions about the program?

Email or call (626) 252-8148.


  1. What kind of students are you looking for?
    We want students who are ready to get serious about screenwriting. Preference will be given to applicants who show real promise in pursuing the craft long term, and are interested in developing their skills to compete at a professional level. We are looking for both talent and commitment.
  2. What kind of projects may I work on?
    You may develop any narrative projects intended for the screen: features, television (specs and pilots), shorts, and web series.
  3. Where will classes be held?
    Classes will be held at Azusa Pacific University. Details will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
  4. What will the daily schedule be like?
    Class sessions will start promptly at 9am and run until 5 pm on most days, with breaks and lunch scheduled in between. Additional evening sessions will run from 7-9 pm. Plan to clear your entire schedule for the week.
  5. I’m coming from out of town. When should I plan to arrive/leave?
    Plan to be ready for class at APU by 9 am on Saturday, July 9th. Schedule outgoing travel for July 17th or later.
  6. What are some local housing options?
    In addition to hotels in the Azusa area, we recommend sites such as
  7. When is tuition due?
    A $1,000 non-refundable deposit is required upon acceptance to hold your spot. The remainder of tuition is due by July 9th.
  8. Do you offer scholarships or payment plans?
    Not for the conference. Monthly payment plans for One Year Mentorships may be scheduled.
  9. I am new to the craft of screenwriting. How should I prepare for the program?
    We will send a list of preparatory activities along with your acceptance letter. In the meantime, read the book, Notes to Screenwriters and refer to the recommendations therein.
  10. I am an experienced screenwriter. Is this program for me?
    Absolutely. The strongest writers are constantly building their skills and growing in their craft. We will challenge each student according to his or her individual needs.
  11. I’m interested in the year-long mentoring, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit to it yet. Can I decide later?
    Yes, but we give preference to applicants who show long-term commitment to studying the craft. You may opt to be mentored at a later time, pending availability. Mentoring spots will be first offered to students in the conference upon acceptance, then opened up to the general public.



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