Online Screenwriting Course: The First Draft



DATE: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 – Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

TIME: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PST

FEE: $895 (Payment plan available)

Limited to 7 participants

Workshop instructor Gordy Hoffman guides participants through the creation and completion of an original full-length screenplay. 


A proud member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Gordy’s screenplay LOVE LIZA, directed by Todd Louiso and starring his brother, Philip Seymour Hoffman, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He made his feature directorial debut with his script, A COAT OF SNOW, which world premiered at the 2005 Locarno International Film Festival. A COAT OF SNOW screened at the Milan Film Festival, made its North American Premiere at the Arclight in Hollywood, and won the Domani Vision Award at VisionFest, held at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York. Gordy’s short film, DOG BOWL , had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. He’s currently developing a feature for Abigail Spencer.

Gordy has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the UCLA Professional Program in Los Angeles, as well as led workshops all over North America, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, and England. He’s presented at numerous writing conferences, including IFP Script to Screen Conference, Lit Week at Lighthouse Workshop, Willamette Writers Conference, Script DC Conference, as well as serving as judge for the McKnight Screenwriting Fellowships in Minnesota. He sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the Film and Media Studies Department at his alma mater, the University of Kansas.

Gordy founded the BlueCat Screenplay Competition in 1998 and remains its judge.


The First Draft Course will afford the convenience of workshopping your screenplay with Gordy Hoffman on your own schedule, conveniently at your own computer.


By the end of the workshop, all students will have developed their screenwriting skills and broadened their perspective on writing for the cinema as a whole. Most importantly, upon successfully finishing the workshop, participants will walk away with a complete first draft of their script.

Upon successful completion of the course, each student will receive a certificate from BlueCat and Gordy Hoffman verifying their achievement of the work.


Each writer will submit written material to the workshop as outlined in the weekly schedule. Participants read each others’ weekly work prior to class. All members are asked to provide comments on the scripts/weekly assignments, as this will provide a much richer experience for all the participants. Gordy will provide weekly written notes on each assignment, in addition to verbal feedback during each class.


The class meets online once per week.  Each participant will receive individualized weekly feedback from the workshop in a supportive, courteous, and forthright environment. Writers will have the opportunity to rewrite and develop their script based off the workshop feedback. A constructive, creative, and supportive atmosphere will be strongly encouraged.


This is a live class (with two-way video) via Skype group video calling and email correspondence.

In order to participate, you’ll need the following items:

*High-Speed Internet Access
*Internet browser (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari) to connect to Skype
*Web Cam

Note: This program may not be taken on an iPad or tablet computer


Week 1 (01/24/17)

Pitch Ideas: Workshop will discuss and hear potential ideas for the screenplays.

Week 2 (01/31/17)

Outlines and Pitches. Writers will submit written development material (notes, outlines, beat sheets, treatments, character sketches, etc.) to workshop for further discussion.

Week 3 (02/07/17)

First 10 pages / Write the first 10 pages of your script. Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 4 (02/14/17)

First 30 pages / Continue writing the next 20 pages of your script.

Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 5 (02/21/17)

First 45 pages / Continue writing the next 25 pages of your script. Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 6 (02/28/17)

First 60 pages / Continue writing the next 15 pages of your script. Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 7 (03/07/17)

First 75 pages / Continue writing the next 15 pages of your script. Review material available from fellow writers.

Week 8 (03/14/17)

To Ending.

Week 9 (03/21/17)

Begin Final Revisions to First Draft

Week 10 (03/28/17)

Complete Final Revisions to First Draft


Online Screenwriting Course - The First Draft - Winter 2017

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