XIntroduction to Screenwriting ONLINE CLASS (Tuesdays)

Enrollments Currently Closed

Do you have a great idea in your head that you believe would make a great movie? Well, it just might! In this introductory course, you will learn the basic components of telling a compelling story: basic 3 act screenplay structure, formatting, story development, character development, and dialogue.

Students will:

  • Write a short silent film
  • Write a short ten minute film
  • Develop a detailed synopsis for your first feature film

All work will be read and developed in a supportive classroom workshop environment. With the industry changing and people able to shoot and upload their own films with a smartphone and the internet, there is no reason your story shouldn’t be “out there”. The class is taught by a professional screenwriter who actually works in the industry as well as writes and produces her own independent films.

Prerequisite: Bring three ideas, working knowledge of Final Draft, watch Die Hard, Jaws, and Quality Problems.


BROOKE PURDY – A prolific writer/ director whose latest film Quality Problems is currently on the festival circuit earning great acclaim, Brooke has written and directed for companies including Def Comedy Jam and DefPictures,  HBO, Jamie Kennedy Productions, Lifetime and Showtime. An NYU film school graduate, Brooke has several produced features including “A Friend’s Obsession”, “My Little Girl Is Gone” and “Hello Neighbor” for Lifetime as well as her award winning features “Quality Problems” and “Miles Underwater”. (Co-written with Colette Freedman). As a copywriter in radio, she spearheaded campaigns including: Pepsi, AT & T, KFC, and Campbell’s Soup. A successful playwright, Brooke’s plays Blitzkrieg and Plunge both had sell out runs in Los Angeles. She has won several grand prize screenwriting awards including Hollywood’s Next Success, Creative World Awards, Diverse Writers, Richmond Film Festival and Filmmakers International.  In her almost nonexistent spare time, she has taught swing dancing, bootcamp, driven in a demolition derby, married her best friend Doug and had two kids Max, 16 and Scout, 13 whom she loves even more than cheese and Toasted Almond Good Humor Bars. One day she hopes to sleep until 10:30a.m.

Our classrooms are ADA compliant.

TUESDAYS from 6-9 pm (PDT)
Six Weeks
November 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15,
Price: $250
Instructor: Brooke Purdy

Refund Policy

  • The Ruby LA has a no-refund policy on all classes and shows. If we need to cancel or re-schedule a class for any reason, you are entitled to take that class or classes equal to the admission price of that class. You may use your class credit for up to two years, after which time it expires.
  • The Ruby LA reserves the right to replace a course instructor, without notice, and at any time, with another equally qualified course instructor.
  • The Ruby LA also reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course if an emergency or unforeseen conflict arises. In the event of a complete cancellation, students’ tuition will be refunded or credited. Any fees incurred by students for travel, lodging, etc. will not be reimbursed by the Ruby LA.