Screenwriting Fundamentals Virtual Workshop


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Where do ideas come from? What Makes a good Story? Story to Screenplay what does it take? Why Cinema?
The course focuses on elements of screenplay writing. From an idea to a story to a screenplay, the course takes you through the art and craft of the cinematic writing domain.
Character or Plot? Who drives the story? Story or Structure what drives the treatment?
In this 3-week long workshop, get all your questions addressed and understand the process of screenwriting by attempting to write a short film.

Week 1:
From the world of stories to the world of storytelling via Films. What goes into the cinematic story?
What are the basic elements? Where does drama come from?
How well do I need to know my characters?

Week 2:
We need to analyse and beat sheet good films to appreciate what makes them work.
Then we work on 4 ideas, workshop them and create a workable storyline.

Week 3:
We get into the craft of screenplay writing, telling the story via scenes.
We attempt the first draft of screenplay for the storylines created.

This Workshop will be conducted on Google Meet. (Monday to Friday; 18:00 to 21:00)


  • Learn and understand the core principles of screenplay writing.
  • Learn how to watch and analyze films from the screenwriter’s perspective.
  • Through the exercises in the workshop, get a taste of what it takes to go from idea to story to screenplay.
  • Receive an e-Certificate on completion of the workshop (minimum 80% attendance).


This is a course for those of you who want to learn screenwriting and try writing a short film. We will understand the basics of screenwriting and attempt to understand the process of writing a short film. Though there are umpteen ways of going about it. We take you through one such process end to end.

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Course Objectives:

  • To familiarize the participants with the essentials of screenplay writing 
  • To develop a short film idea into a first draft of a screenplay.


Week 1: 

  • Storytelling & Cinema: Why stories? Why cinema? Why Short Films?
  • Role of a Screenwriter
    • Writer’s Toolkit: Freewriting Exercise
  • Elements of a Screenplay: Character, Setting, Conflict, Story, Plot, Structure, Theme, Premise. 
    • Writer’s Toolkit: Reverse-writing a film. 
  • 3D Character: Physiology, Psychology and Sociology of a Character 
    • Writer’s Toolkit: Character Building Exercise
  • Diving deep in Character: Want, Need, Stake, Strength, Weakness.
    • Writer’s Toolkit: Character in a situation exercise
  • Drama: The conflict spectrum. Internal and External Conflict. 
  • Theme and Premise: Your two guideposts 
  • A Short Film : Key Elements


Week 2: 

  • Writers at Work : Watch films, analyze them, create beat sheets and understand what makes them work.
  • Discussion and Development : Work on 4 – 5 story ideas and construct them into workable storylines.


Week 3: 

  • Cinematic Structure & it’s Emotional Significance 
  • Acts, Plot Points, Sequences 
    • Writer’s Toolkit: Short Film Beat sheet
  • Scene Design: Functions and structure of a scene
    • Writer’s Toolkit: Scene Writing Exercise
  • Scene Design Extended
    • Drilling deeper into the scenes
  • Screenplay Writing Format
    • Writer’s Toolkit: All Writing is Rewriting
  • Screenplay Writing
    • Writer’s Toolkit: All Writing is Rewriting


*Course structure is indicative and may change depending on the progress of the group, but we will ensure that all the topics are covered.

About the Mentor

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Vaidehi Sancheti


An Engineer by profession, a Writer by occupation Vaidehi Sancheti is an adept and motivating teacher. A self-critical and hardworking Writer; writing is like breathing to her. Films are her passion and Storytelling is her primary vocation.
Having studied Screenplay Writing at FTII, Vaidehi loves to encourage more and more people to write.
She has been conducting Story Building workshops and Screenplay Writing workshops for new writers at institutes like FTII, Living Bridge in Pune, and many more around the country.

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Screenwriting Fundamentals Virtual Workshop

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5 reviews for Screenwriting Fundamentals Virtual Workshop

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    Mallika Iyer

    Enjoyed the three weeks spent learning Screenwriting fundamentals. From story to plot development, character building to screenplay formatting, the course was well structured and conducted well. Every participant was given a chance to build their story and turn it into a screenplay. Enjoyed the experience and look forward to more with Living Bridge.

  2. Vishwanath

    I did this course to brush up my knowledge and skills in Screenplay Writing. The course content is very clear and concise. This workshop helped me to understand the logic behind the story structure and the magic in a screenplay that works in a better way. I enjoyed the movies which were shown during the course. Thanks to Vaidehi Madam for sharing her knowledge and experience with us and Aziz sir, for coordinating the course.

    It would have been better if the course had at least one session on how to pitch the story and the content of the course given in PDF format for the participants with Living Bridge Logo.

    I would recommend Screenwriting Fundamentals Virtual Workshop, a Comprehensive short course for anyone who wishes to pursue the scriptwriting as a career. The workshop was amazing.

    I’d like to thank Living Bridge for conducting the course and expecting more workshops like this in the future.

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    Would highly recommend this workshop regardless of which stage of writing you’re in. Vaidehi mam is a very dedicated teacher, and is extremely generous with her time.

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    Vasundhara Saha

    I come from a medical background, and this workshop for me was indeed a serendipity, when i just stumbled over in a social media platflorm with a feeling of total connect. My love for writing just motivated me to explore this new dimension. And im glad i did it, as i experienced an inner growth with an enhancement of my skills in a subject, which i never had thought i would be doing in my life ever. The way Vaidehi ma’am mentored with a lot of dedication and a personal touch has been quiet overwhelming. It became very smooth for a newcomer like me to understand the basics, and it has dwelled a confidence and a push within to explore this area further. I am extremely thankful to Vaidehi ma’am, Aziz sir and every participant in helping to assimilate this learning.

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    Anubhav jain

    As i was wondering from past 2-3 months how to write whatever is running in my mind in a form of a story that can be picturised, came through this workshop and learned a lot from Vaidehi mam, she is brilliant as a mentor, pointing down the detailing and breaking down stories and the structure of it made me realize on how many layers can be added in the story and i am thankful to the living bridge for doing it so efficiently and smoothly in a 3 weeks time

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