Ages: 14+, All Abilities are Welcomed

When: Mondays from 5:00 – 6:30 for 16 weeks | Class Starts: August 26th, 2024

Cost: $500.00 plus a $48.00 registration fee. It can be paid at $125 monthly (4 classes per month). SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE 

Final Script Presentation: Showcase December 14th & 15th, 2024


Who’s Your Teacher: Johanna Lack

Johanna Lack has taught scriptwriting at JDS Creative Academy since its inception 10 years ago. She is the head writer for JDSCA’s Spirit of Innovation and an award-winning television producer/writer who worked on shows for HGTV, DIY, CBS, ABC, and Discovery Channel. She has always loved scriptwriting, whether writing for class films while earning her B.S. in Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, or taking extension classes in screenplay writing at UCLA. When she started out as an assistant to Hollywood producers, she was asked to read and evaluate scripts and quickly learned what made a screenplay great – and what sent it to the reject pile.  She uses that knowledge in her own writing and teaching.



Ever wonder what popular YouTube videos, films, plays, TV shows, and commercials all have in common? It’s the power of a captivating script! Join our exciting workshop where we delve into the art of storytelling, covering essential elements such as story structure, plot dynamics, thematic development, character intricacies, and the nuances of impactful dialogue. Discover the secrets of script formats, learn effective pitching techniques, and gain insights into submitting your work to writing contests. But that’s not all! We’ll also explore avenues to turn your passion into profit, offering valuable insights on how to monetize your writing skills. Our in-class writing exercises, coupled with professional guidance, will empower you to develop and write your own personal projects. By the end of the session, your creative journey will culminate in a showcase of your work on-stage. It’s time to tell your stories to the world! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to elevate your writing prowess and share your narratives with impact. Join us and embark on a journey of self-expression and creative fulfillment. Let your stories shine!



       ♦  Learn Fundamentals: Understand the basics of storytelling, script structure, character development, and dialogue.

       ♦  Develop Writing Skills: Practice writing scripts across various formats, including screenplays, teleplays, and stage plays.

       ♦  Receive Feedback: Participate in peer reviews and instructor critiques to refine writing techniques and improve scripts.

       ♦  Explore Creativity: Experiment with different genres, styles, and narrative approaches to discover your unique voice as a writer.

       ♦  Understand Industry Basics: Gain insights into the professional scriptwriting landscape, including industry standards, submission processes, and career pathways.


Benefits of Taking the Class:

       ♦  Build Confidence: Gain confidence in your writing abilities through constructive feedback and encouragement from peers and instructors.

       ♦  Collaborate Effectively: Learn to collaborate with fellow writers, directors, and producers to bring scripts to life, fostering teamwork and communication skills.

       ♦  Receive Support: Benefit from a supportive learning environment where you can openly share ideas, brainstorm, and problem-solve as a group.

       ♦  Expand Network: Connect with other aspiring writers and industry professionals, expanding your network and potential collaboration opportunities.

       ♦  Grow Personally and Professionally: Develop not only as a scriptwriter but also as a communicator, problem solver, and creative thinker, preparing you for future endeavors in the entertainment industry.