From Story to Script

Well-developed characters, exciting action, thrilling tension...many facets combine to create a captivating story. This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of fictional story creation for the visual medium of movies and television. Students will focus on the pillars that form a solid foundation for compelling narrative such as premise, genre, character development, story structure, and more. Learn to think critically, creatively, and explore the science behind the art. This class will delve into various genres, the complex relationships between protagonists and antagonists, the 3-act structure, how to create tension, and all the other crucial elements of generating a solid, cohesive story, taught by a professional screenwriter and published author of Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-By-Step Guide to Generating Stories.  

Watch a clip of our instructor Michael Tabb discuss how sometimes the protagonist is not the hero of a movie! 
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Course Structure

Module 1: Origin of Stories
Learn the key elements of engaging storytelling including character creation, 3-act story arc design, premise development, and genre analysis. 

Module 2:
Writing a Short Film
Develop your original ideas for a short film by generating a premise, plot, and characters.

Module 3:
Writing the Show Bible
Create a set of characters in a world that can inspire multiple stories and plots for an episodic show fit for TV or digital streaming. 

  • Mixed format: pre-recorded lectures crafted by experts & live workshop component meeting weekly over Zoom.
  • Students who complete three modules in any order within one creative discipline will receive one semester of high school elective credit. 
  • Modules can be taken individually for non-credit. 
  • Prior modules do not need to be taken in order to attend the next module.

Workshop Component
Meeting Dates & Times

2-hour live virtual workshop sessions will meet via Zoom each week on Sundays @ 10AM-12PM PST
  • Module 1: October 17 - November 7, 2021
  • Module 2: November 14 - December 12, 2021 (no class on week of Thanksgiving)
  • Module 3: January 16 - February 6, 2022

*Final projects for each module are due exactly one week after the last meeting date of respective module at midnight PST.

Meet the Instructor


Michael Tabb is a fifteen-year active member of the Writers Guild of America (the Hollywood professional screenwriters’ union). A multi-award-winning screenwriter and screenwriting educator who has authored a film-festival-winning Best Screenplay, two screenplays produced for Universal Studios, and the how-to book Prewriting Your Screenplay: A Step-By-Step Guide to Generating Stories, Tabb has also developed feature film projects in collaboration with Disney Feature Animation, The Canton Company at Warner Brothers, Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman, comic book icon Stan Lee, and many more. Learn more about his work by visiting his website at

Tuition Pricing

Single Module

1 x EEI Creative Arts Virtual Fall Module
(single module in Screenwriting, Post-Production Editing OR Virtual Production)

Fall Module Package

EEI Creative Arts Virtual Fall Module Package
(three consecutive modules in one creative discipline)
$1650 → $1550

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