Script Writing Course Online

From: $50.00 Inc GST / week for 16 weeks



Tutor Support


Learn to Write Scripts Professionally

Scripts are essential across a wide range of mediums including films, instructional design, advertising, radio, TV and more.  If you enjoy writing across different media this is a great course to start as a professional script writer.   This course will teach you how to write for different media, how to include sound effects, how do develop scripts for a range of different audiences and much more.

  • 100 hours
  • Self pace flexible study
  • Tutor support

Course Aims

  • Explain what script writing is and its many applications.
  • Describe and compare techniques for plotting the story.
  • Explain how to write the outline of a script and then write the script itself.
  • Explain how to write good characters in your script.
  • Explain the use of dialogue and sound effects in script writing
  • Explain how to write for the internet, TV and film.
  • Explain how to write for radio.
  • Develop scripts for use in educational programs
  • Develop scripts for an audience of children
  • Develop an understanding of the business of script writing.


There are 11 lessons in this course:

1. Scope and Nature of Script Writing

    • Introduction – what are scripts?
    • Where are scripts used?
    • Writing Scripts – what is the story you want to tell?
    • One page, one minute rule.
    • Visual, behaviour and aural storytelling.
    • Show and don’t tell.
    • Handling time.
    • Formatting script.
    • Abbreviations.

2. Plotting the Screenplay

    • Types of stories.
    • What are the specifications?
    • Duration of the performance.
    • Developing the story-line.
    • The Story Pyramid.
    • Creating a story board.
    • Techniques for plotting a story.
    • Fiction and creative non-fiction.
    • Non-fiction – Education, Corporate, Presentation Writing.
    • Screen play formatting guide.

3. Outline and Writing the Script

    • Writing the outline.
    • Cliff hangers in a script.
    • Formatting outlines.
    • How to write the script.

4. Characterisation

    • Writing good characters.
    • Building characters.
    • Character planning.

5. Use of Dialogue and Sound Effects

    • Dialogue in script writing.
    • Writing dialogue.
    • Dialogue tags.
    • Tips on writing dialogue.
    • Examples of dialogue.

6. Writing for Internet, TV and Film

    • Time frame.
    • Fiction or non-fiction.
    • Pace.
    • Sound effects.
    • Visuals.
    • Writing for TV.
    • Writing for film/screen-writing.
    • Writing for websites.

7. Writing for Radio

    • Components.
    • Voice.
    • Music.
    • Sound Effects.
    • Other points to consider when writing for radio.

8. Writing for Training/Instructional Videos

    • One person script.
    • Two person script.
    • Multiple persons script.
    • Visuals in training presentations.

9. Writing for Children

    • Fiction and non-fiction hybrids.
    • Children’s cognitive development.
    • Implications for the writer.
    • Socialisation.
    • Gender, roles and stereotyping.

10. Writing for Advertising

    • Writing for advertising.
    • What is the purpose of advertising?
    • Writing and analysing adverts.
    • Summary skills.
    • Tips for summarising.
    • Writing for infomercials.

11. The Business of Script Writing

    • Commercial Opportunities.
    • Start your own production business.
    • Ethical and legal considerations.
    • The law.

Your Tutor

Liselle Turner Content Writer & Founder of SCRIPTIO | B. Business (Marketing), Dip Hospitality Management, Cert IV TAE
Liselle Turner

Liselle is a content writer and project manager. In addition to her background in advertising, she has worked in the learning and development industry (e.g. TAFE QLD, Mission Australia, Work and Income NZ). She holds a Bachelor of Business, a Diploma of Hospitality and Management, and a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.