Course Overview:

On this course, you’ll discover the underlying pillars of all great stories, and learn how to take what you have learned and apply it to the development of your own film or TV script.

You’ll immerse yourself in exemplary scripts from around the world, dissecting their structures, story flows, character development and the magic that made them resonate with audiences, as well as those that did not perform well, so that you leave this course understanding what works, what doesn’t, and why.

Who is this course for?:

If you are interested in becoming a scriptwriter, script editor, story researcher, or development assistant, or you just want to broaden your existing skills-set, then this is the course for you.

A minimum of an Ordinary National Diploma (OND) from a recognized tertiary educational establishment is required, but a degree from a reputable university is desirable.


Head of The Art of Screenwriting

Karima Effendi works as a script and story advisor on various projects, including features, experimental films, series-length & factual formats. Born & educated in Cape Town, South Africa, she moved to Johannesburg in 1997 where she worked in film & television and the media & publishing sectors. She enjoys working independently and with dynamic teams of people. Her freelancing career in film and television spans more than 20 years and includes: runner, production assistant, researcher, production manager, director, head writer and producing an award-wining TV drama series, Intersexions. Karima has taught since 1992 at film schools and universities in South Africa in areas that include visual storytelling, screenwriting & media studies. In 2018 she was the recipient of an Andrew Mellon Award and in 2019 won the judge’s award at the Wits African Research Africa (ARA) Postgraduate Showcase, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. She has an acumen and love for conceptualising stories for the screen.