Have you ever fancied writing and directing your own Hollywood blockbuster?

How do films get made? What makes them special? What is the secret magic that draws you in and keeps you hooked for two hours?

This course looks at the basics of putting together a short film script. Beginning with classic films, you can watch, discuss, share ideas and write. As the course unfolds, you will receive mentoring from a professional playwright and scriptwriter to help you develop your plot and your characters.


This course is for any keen young writers aged 11 to 14. You do not need to be a pupil at Hampton Court House; all are welcome.

We also offer a wide range of courses for adults at Hampton Court House on Thursday evenings.

Meet your tutor

Joanne Richards

Joanne is a playwright, scriptwriter and tutor. She loves sharing her passion for words and teaching the craft of scriptwriting. Her plays have been performed and workshopped at various London venues including the Soho Theatre and the Rose Theatre in Kingston. Joanne is currently studying for the prestigious MA in Dramatic Writing at Central St Martins, where her tutor is the head of scriptwriting for Channel 4.

Joanne is interested in all aspects of scriptwriting: from new plays to the best of film and American television – as long as there is a well-structured story, compelling characters and killer dialogue. She has also taught interactive workshops for local schools.

Reserve your place

Get ready to bring your words to life!

  • This course will run for 10 sessions on Thursday afternoons from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, starting on 12 January, with a week's break at half term.
  • Fee: £150 – covers the whole term’s classes. Free for Hampton Court House pupils. 
  • Suitable for children aged 11 to 14. We also offer a wide range of courses for adults.
  • Numbers are capped in order to ensure personal attention from the tutor, so we recommend reserving a place soon.
  • The first class is a taster session; if the course is not suitable, we offer a full no-quibble refund.