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.

Xavier Ighorodje

Head of The Art of Screenwriting

Xavier IGHORODJE is an award-winning screenwriter and producer resident in Nigeria. He is the creator and head writer of the Netflix blockbuster hit TV series – SHANTY TOWN. With over 4000 + minutes of primetime Nigerian TV writing to his credit, he has worked on either creating, head writing or story editing 60,000+ minutes of story on primetime Nigerian TV, having worked on nearly all of MNET’s Africa Magic Showcase’s hit Telenovela series. Currently, he is the creator and head writer of COVENANT, a 260 episodes political crime dramatic Telenovela, airing for the past one year on prime time on MNET’s Africa Magic Showcase, with the finale scheduled for the 29th of September, 2023. His next magic trick with the network is a 130 episodes Telenovela premiering 2nd quarter of 2024. His latest independent project, and second as a showrunner/producer is a 5 parts TV series, titled ANATOMY OF A PREDATOR. He is also the screenwriter of the documentary short – A WILL OF IRON, which won a SUNDANCE award for best short documentary in 2014, sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. His short film – The truth about B.A.E, won best cinematography, best screenplay, best directing and best actress in a lead role in the Lagos 48-hr film challenge in 2015, which earnt him and his team the chance to represent Nigeria at the world-wide festival in Atlanta, Georgia, March 2016. He is credited with creating and writing companion materials for Burna Boy’s Grammy award winning album – TWICE AS TALL, 2020.