Writing 101

Seth Worley

Writing 101

Seth Worley
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Description

Join writer and director Seth Worley as he gives a succinct break-down of the fundamentals of screenwriting, using established storytelling paradigms and well-known cinematic examples. This course is ideal for anyone new to screenwriting as well as established writers looking for refreshing ideas to help them organically flesh out a story.


Subtitles available: English

Modules

02m

In the opening module to the course Seth introduces himself and talks about how he’d like you to approach this course.


Subtitles available: English

02m

One of the easiest aspects of writing is coming up with an idea. Or maybe a bunch of ideas, but they aren’t a complete structured story. In this lesson Seth gives an introduction to his strategies to extract your story organically.


Subtitles available: English

04m

Seth gives us an overview of the classic three-act-structure, distilling sources such as Joseph Campbell and Blake Schneider, before explaining how you can use this as a guideline to further massage your ideas into a story outline.


Subtitles available: English

02m

Character archetypes are another established writing convention and in this module Seth runs through Joseph Campbell’s "Hero’s Journey” model for defining your story’s characters.


Subtitles available: English

03m

Every story has a theme - it may be subtle or pronounced but without it there’s no thread tying the events together. Here Seth defines theme as it applies to screenwriting and discussed why you might choose to write from the theme rather than writing from the characters.


Subtitles available: English

03m

In this lesson Seth introduces us to the story clock, an idea attributed to filmmaker JJ Abrams which gives you a 10,000 foot view of your story.


Subtitles available: English

03m

Continuing to explore the story clock tool, Seth walks through an example of his creative process writing the short film “Old/New"


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04m

Here Seth shares with us perhaps his most important strategy in writing, combine the concepts of micro and macro clocking to give you a manageable strategy to be productive in your screenwriting.


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02m

Screenplays have a very standardised format and presentation. In this lesson Seth gives you a complete rundown of everything you need to know to ensure your script is to a professional standard and gives you the best chance of it being read.


Subtitles available: English

04m

In the closing lesson to the course Seth discusses the inevitable limitations that come with writing, and how you can harness them to make your story better.


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01m

In this bonus module Seth walks through all the resources available with the course.


Subtitles available: English

About the Educator

Seth Worley

Writer, Director

1 Course

Seth Worley is the writer/director of short films and branded content for clients like JJ Abrams’s Bad Robot, Red Giant, Film Riot, Sandwich Video, and Steve Taylor. His work has been featured in Forbes, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, Fast Company, Slate, io9, SlashFilm, HULU, The Tonight Show, and more.

Reviews

5
I don't want to sound like a Seth Worley clone, but I really found this series helpful. If you think that a series like this will take you from a complete meltdown to the limelight you will be foiled. But don't give up hope. I predict this series will be seen (if you squint) as an early inspiration for a Goliath of a film. I think this series is nicely complemented by the Dan Harmon Story Circle you can find on Wikipedia.
Mark Vaughan
5
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Krzysztof Szczepanski
4.5
Cool
Jose Santos
4
I enjoyed it. It was short and to the point.
Kevin Zak
4
Good solid info but more geared towards beginners. The story clock stuff was interesting. Definitely worth a look.
Alex Kuzelicki
4
Quick and easy to digest with valuable exercises.
Bryan Boyd
4
I just wish there was more, but for a short course it covered some cool stuff.
James Ray
3.5
I wanted this to be so much longer Seth because I love your work.
Braden Bickle
3
Provided some useful tips on how to approach the monumental task of writing. Not up to the standard of a lot of the other MZed courses related to filmmaking in terms of breadth of content. Overall, it's a quick watch and worth the time.
Jacob Moore
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