Mini Course: One-Minute Screenplay

Learn how to write a one-minute screenplay.


This self-paced mini course is ideal for writers new to screenwriting who want to learn the basics of film writing.

Experience Level: Introductory

Delivery: Text based

Upon completion of this course, participants will

  • complete a pre-writing exercise on image writing
  • learn professional screenwriting format
  • write a one-page one-minute short film script

Your Instructor

Kathryn Mockler
Kathryn Mockler

"Kathryn Mockler makes students' writing come alive." - Western News

Kathryn Mockler is an award-winning writer, poet, screenwriter, editor, publisher, and creative writing professor.


Kathryn Mockler is the author of four books of poetry and six short films.She is the Founder and Editor of Watch Your Head, Canada Editor of Joyland Magazine, Publisher of The Rusty Toque from 2011-2017, and she teaches creative writing at Western University. She has a poetry chapbook written in collaboration with Gary Barwin forthcoming from Knife | Fork | Book (2020) and her debut collection of stories forthcoming from Book*hug (2022).

In 2005, she attended the Canadian Film Centre's Writers' Lab and wrote two short films for the NBC/Universal Short Dramatic Film Program. She has seven shorts films and videos produced to date.

Her work has been broadcast on TMN, Movieola, and Bravo and has screened at festivals such as the Washington Project for the Arts Experimental Media Series, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival, Worldfest, Cinequest, and EMAF. Her films are distributed by Ouat Media, V-tape, and the Canadian Film Centre. She provides script analysis for major production companies and funding agencies in Canada.

Kathryn has taught creative writing, poetry, screenwriting, experimental writing since 2003 at four post secondary institutions.

She currently teaches creative writing at Western University where she won the Angela Armitt Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The poetry and fiction by other writers that she's published and edited have appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, The Journey Prize, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.

Her undergraduate creative writing students have published in Vallum, Ditch, Poetry is Dead, The Malahat Review, and many other journals.

And they've gone on to study creative writing and screenwriting at Columbia University, University of Southern California, UBC, Guelph-Humber, Humber Film and Television Program, York University, University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick, and University of Victoria.

Find out more about Kathryn Mockler on her website.

Course Curriculum

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts in the Spring 2016 and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

This course is closed for enrollment.