Certificate Program in Screenwriting

From script to screen, learn how to think creatively and use words to weave a picture

NSDC Approved

Online Certificate Course In Screenwriting
Duration : 1 year
Cost : ₹15,000

Key Highlights


Certificate Program in Screenwriting from WWI

Successful Completion

Gets you 10% off on the Advanced Certificate program


Designed by renowned faculty of WWI


8+ hours of video content

Time Commitment


Access to content

1 year

Course Features

Content Duration : 8+ hrs
Learning structure : Self-paced learning
Accessibility : On PC, mobile
Access period : 1 year
Mode of instruction : English
Video transcripts : English

What is screenwriting?

Screenwriting is the art of penning down scripts for mass media consumption such as films, television, theatre, advertising, etc. Screenwriters are responsible for understanding and doing due research on a story, structuring how the narrative shall flow, jotting down the script and screenplay, writing dialogues and how they must be delivered. A professional screenwriter exerts a huge influence over the final outcome of a project, be it the energy of the narrative, the emotional impact of the film or the characterization of people in various roles.

The story is in your head, but what sells it to the audience is the screenplay, the script. Through the Certificate Program in Screenwriting, we will teach you how to successfully transfer that story you have in your mind to the paper, and eventually to the big screen. This is where a movie starts and is where we will start our journey to understanding filmmaking.

Course Objectives

Through this Certificate Program in Screenwriting, you will learn about the different styles of screenplay-writing, how to use your words to convey emotions, develop characters that the audience can relate to, etc. The course aims at helping you discover your own style of writing and find your voice. It consists of topics such as Introduction to Screenwriting, Elements of screenplay, Character development, Building and diffusing conflicts, Structure, Scene design, Dialogue writing, Analysis of short films and The Hero’s journey Part I & II.

Through this 10-part syllabus, we’ll help you hone your writing skills and help instill a certain intuition for human emotions while also teaching you the importance and use of creative thinking.

What kind of certification will I obtain from this program?

On successful completion of all the modules included in this program, the user shall be given a certificate from Whistling Woods International. You can download the certificate in the form of a PDF.

Is there a specific time limit for this program?

There is no specific time limit or schedule to do a module-based program such as this one. However, the access period to the platform is 1 year.

How many hours of study are required to complete this program?

This is a module-based program, so there is no specific schedule to adhere to.

What are the key topics covered in this program?

Please refer to the curriculum tab on the course page of the program.

What type of learning should I expect from this program?

This program comprises of learning through video-based lectures. You will also be given the transcripts of these lectures. The content is derived from the knowledge base of Whistling Woods faculty and Industry experts along with specific case studies used to explain the concepts and theories.

Are there any assignment or coursework in this program?

There are no coursework or assignments in this program.

Does the program include live sessions with the faculty?

There are no live sessions included as part of this program. However for live sessions and on campus specialization workshops, please check our Advanced Certificate in Filmmaking program

Program fee : INR 15,000 (Inclusive of all taxes)

Completion of this program will earn you a 10% discount on one of the Advanced Certificate Program. For more info please click here.

Admission Criteria :

  • No work experience is required to apply for any of the programs
  • It is recommended that applicants have cleared Xth grade or equivalent
  • All candidates need to have reading and speaking proficiency in English

Key Highlights :

  • Content Duration : 8 + hrs
  • Format of learning : Self-paced learning
  • Accessibility : On mobile, Laptop and Desktop
  • Access period : 1 Year


  • You can pay for the program with a debit / credit card and through Netbanking.
  • On successful payment transaction, you will receive a confirmation mail with the order no. and payment acknowledgement.
  • You will be provided a course login URL within 48 hours of making a payment. Please register on the URL to gain access to the course.
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A good film is only as good as its story. At WWI Virtual Academy, you will get a chance to learn what exactly a screenplay writer does, and how scripts are written, from the best in the industry. Here you will get exposure to various script-writing styles. Through creative use of words, you will be able to convey the emotion of a character and tell a story. Having a great screenplay is what makes the film move forward. If you want to visually tell a story, then this is the course for you.

This introductory class will take you through the screenwriting process and its different elements: Premise, Theme, Story, Character and Structure. You will understand what writing a screenplay entails and the difference between writing a novel and screenplay.

In simple words, this class will teach you how to write a story. You will learn about different elements of a good screenplay and look at different processes that go into writing it, thereby making it a compelling film. This class will teach you to think like a screenplay writer.

In this class, you will learn about character development, an important part of creating believable fictional characters. You will learn what makes for an interesting character and how you can make the audience resonate with them.

In this class, you will learn about conflict, the trials and tribunals of the protagonist. In every narrative, conflict is the key element that provides interest, tension and suspense, while also helping the protagonist transform himself/herself. This class will analyse the importance of this ingredient in a story.

In this class, we will be talking about the structure of a screenplay. The structure is defined as the arrangement of the story elements into a specific order to evoke the perfect response in the audience. It is the chronological design of highs and lows, conflict and resolution etc. in the story.

In this class, we’re going to learn how to break the script down into smaller divisions, i.e. scenes and dialogues, and treat each part individually.

In this class, we will learn the last step of completing the screenplay – inserting dialogues. Unlike structure and design, dialogue is the only thing each audience member will definitely notice. It can make or break your film. This class will examine dialogue writing with a few examples.

In this class, we’re going to take a well written short film and trace all the different elements of screenplay we’ve learnt about so far. We’ll discuss how everything comes together to form a complete narrative. The example that we’re taking is the first film that Claude Berri wrote in 1964. It is a short film called LE POULET, the chicken.

This class will be split into two. The topic will be the hero’s journey and we will be discussing screenplay on a more philosophical level. In this class, we’ll discuss Joseph Campbell’s concept of the hero’s journey, based on the book, “A hero with a thousand faces”. This concept discusses the pattern of narrative or character graph that every lead character is found to follow across cultures and time.

Final assessment will be conducted by Media & Entertainment Skills Council


Complete the program successfully to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Filmmaking from Whistling Woods International

  • Connect with a wide network of learners & professionals
  • Take a step towards discovering the world of filmmaking
Admissions 2024-25