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The Art of Storytelling: Screenwriting for the Culture

This micro-credential program was created for writers, aspiring writers, screenwriters, and aspiring screenwriters who are interested in learning how to craft compelling stories with dynamic characters, and bring them to life using the tools available to them, such as iMovie, Keynote, and other Apple products. This course is designed to help writers of all levels let loose those stories they’ve kept locked up for too long and develop them into culturally relevant works that get read.

Summer ‘24

This course includes:

  • sign-direction 4 module series
  • time Flexible schedule
  • cap Certificate of completion
  • mobile Access on mobile

What you'll learn

  • Techniques and exercises to assist in gainingself confidence.
  • How to connect with your creative side andbecome aware of potential barriers.
  • Ideas and inspiration and how they cancome from anywhere.
  • How to connect with the audience through your writing.
  • How to network and where to apply for opportunities in the industry.

Skills you’ll gain

  • Skills to Create Stories
  • Screenwriting Techniques
  • How to Network in the Industry

Program Highlights

Services offered by industry coaches

  • Insights from renowned faculty and industry experts
  • Obtain a generalized knowledge of screenwriting
  • Activities and assignments in each moduledemonstrate your understanding of concepts
  • Earn a micro-credential
  • New information is connected to existing knowledge and real-world tasks
  • Exposure to related Apple technology, applications,and productivity tools

Program Faculty

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Darnell Lamont Walker

Emmy-Nominated children’s television writer

Emmy-Nominated children’s television writer who understands the power of representation, creating content in hopes that all children get the opportunity to not only see themselves, but see how incredible they are and can be.




Teacher, learning scientist, curriculum developer and instructional designer. He also serves as the Vice President of Teaching and Learning at Howard Community College.

Program Schedule

4 modules • 8 weeks Expand all modules

Craft a compelling story (Story that gets read) Module 1

The “Craft a Compelling Story” module is intended for aspiring screenwriters who want to learn fundamental skills to create stories that capture not only the audience’s attention, but the attention of industry professionals’ as well. This module will cover ways to unlock creativity, give tips and tools for

character development, help to establish your story’s inciting

incident, and strengthen your story’s key elements. By the end

of the module, participants will have the skills and knowledge

necessary to begin the art of compelling storytelling.

How to get your foot in any door… Module 2

This module is tailored for aspiring screenwriters who want to learn the foundational skills necessary to enter the competitive world of screenwriting. Building off of the first module: “Craft a Compelling Story (Story that Gets Read),”
in this module you will get the tools to network effectively within the industry and gain tips on building a creative community. By the end of the module, you will be navigating the creative writing and screenwriting industry, challenging yourself to network like a pro, and moving you closer to your
goals as a successful screenwriter.

Broaden your horizons through professional development Module 3

The “Broaden Horizons in Screenwriting: Continual Professional Development and Learning” module is designed for screenwriters who want to expand their knowledge of
opportunities in the industry and use that knowledge to aid in their advancement. This module covers fellowships, workshops, and creative communities, highlighting the importance of professional development as well as self care practices.

Continued learning, self-care, and persistance Module 4

This module is designed to assist the writers striving for growth and development to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of the industry. Here, we will discuss the importance of persistence, and perseverance, and drive
home the importance of self-care and how it can benefit you as a screenwriter. By expanding your knowledge and skills, you’ll not only become a better writer, but you’ll also position yourself for success in the industry.

Frequently asked questions

What is Propel Learn?

 Propel Learn is a signature learning and credentialing platform designed specifically for students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). It offers comprehensive, experiential, and innovative learning experiences in cutting-edge fields such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Swift Coding, Arts and Entertainment, Cybersecurity, Clean Energy, Career Readiness, Leadership, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The platform is co-developed by industry experts, top HBCU faculty, and notable workforce collaborators from around the world, and all courses and micro-credential programs are reviewed and certified by industry giants such as Apple, Southern Company, and other top industry partners. Propel Learn's micro-credentialing system is designed to help students progress at their own pace, with badges and certificates that denote their level of achievement. Students can also receive ongoing support and resources to enhance their learning experience and support their professional development.

What is Propel’s Innovation and Design Model?

 Propel’s Innovation and Design model combines cutting-edge research, learning science principles, instructional design, and tech-enhanced tools to create effective and engaging learning experiences. Our research focuses on workforce and industry credentials to ensure our courses are relevant and up-to-date. We incorporate learning science principles to promote effective learning for neurodiverse and ethnically diverse groups. Our instructional design principles organize learning experiences in a structured, learner-centered way. Lastly, we leverage tech-enhanced tools, such as our virtual learning platform Honor Learn, to promote the success of both faculty and students.

What is learning science?

Learning science is the study of how people learn and how to improve the process of learning. It draws upon research from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, educational psychology, and other related fields to inform the design of effective learning experiences.

What is Instructional Design

Instructional design is the process of creating educational or training materials and experiences in a systematic and efficient manner. It involves analyzing learners' needs, defining learning objectives, designing and developing instructional content, and evaluating the effectiveness of the instructional materials.

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