Certificate Course : Turning Your Idea Into A Script: Screenwriting Basics

Faculty Profile

Mujtaba Hussain Paliwala is a screenwriter and a freelance writer and script consultant. He started his career in screenwriting in 1999 from PTV World. Since then he has written numerous sitcoms, scores of shows, programs and teleplays, documentaries and theatre scripts. His forte is comedy. He specializes in designing new shows and sitcoms mainly as turnkey projects.

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the basic elements and key concepts behind a professional screenplay. It will help anyone who has a creative idea but is new to scriptwriting. This comprehensive program will guide the students from fundamentals of the story down to the revision process,. In this course, students will gain the tools to structure scenes, acts, and plots.

Who Should Take This Course

  • For writers interested in creating a screenplay.
  • It will help enthusiasts learn about the specifics of screenwriting–from writing, formatting, storytelling, and rewriting and come away with the experience of writing your first draft.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course the student will learn:

  • The structure of a screenplay and how to advance a story.
  • Formatting techniques that can draw attention to your writing
  • How to use action & description to engage your reader/viewer
  • The types of conflict & how to use them to create and sustain your story’s momentum
  • Why and how to use subplots in your story
  • Techniques that will help you write dialogue
  • When to rewrite and what your final draft should have

By the end of the course, the students will understand the key concepts necessary to write an effective screenplay and be fluent in the jargon of screenwriting.


Script Writing Mujtaba Pali Tuesday/Thursday
4:00 to 6:00 pm