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Writing for Animation

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The Writing for Animation course provides practical instruction in the entire writing process unique to the Animation industry.

Type: Online Certificate
Cost: $499 CAD per month
Duration: 3 months
Start Dates: Jan, Apr, Jul, Sep.


Step-by-step, students will learn to create premises, outlines, and final scripts for animation in proper format; as well as prepare to develop and present original properties of their own. Included will be critical study of writing in the best shorts, features and TV episodes. Recommended text: “Animation Writing and Development: from Script Development to Pitch” by Jean Ann Wright, Focal Press, 2005 (available on Amazon).


Delivery Methods

  • Award Winning Proprietary Online Campus
  • Studio Setting (20% Theory, 80% Practice)
  • Weekly Live Sessions (Synchronous)
  • Access 24/7 to Online Campus (Asynchronous 24 hrs, 7 days a week)
  • 8:1 Student Ratio
  • 1:1 Personalized Critiques


Class Times, Assignments & Workload

  • Classes are delivered Online
  • 1 Weekly Live Class
  • Weekly Assignments
  • Assignments Workload: 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Weekly 1 on 1 personalized critiques
  • Total hours of instruction: 18 hours
  • Total hours of assignments: 120 - 240 hours


Course Outline

Animation Scriptwriting

Students will learn to create premises, outline, and a final script in proper format, for an existing animation property. Required text: “Animation Writing and Development: from Script Development to Pitch” by Jean Ann Wright, Focal Press, 2005 (available on Amazon).

Introduction of instructor and students; review of syllabus. Brief review of animation genres, past and present.
Assignment: premises for TV animation script.
Review of standard writing formats for outlines and scripts. Discussion of children’s TV series.
Assignment: proceed to script outline.
Reading and analysis of instructor's own scripts. Discussion of action/superhero genre and prime time TV series.
Assignment: proceed to script.
Discussion of current animation features. Review and summary of the course.
Assignment: revise script.


Animation Pitch Bibles

Review of syllabus. Explanation of the development process: pitch, backstory, characters, settings, story premises.
Assignment:  create original TV series proposal.

Review of various formats for TV bibles. Discussion of instructors' own work in development. Discussion of characters and backstory.
Assignment: proceed to characters and back-story for bible.

Analysis of the current market for animated TV series. Discussion of settings and story premises.
Assignment:  proceed to settings and story premises for bible.
Discussion of feature film development. Reading and analysis of instructor's own feature proposal.
Assignment: complete bible.


Animation Pilot Development

Review of syllabus. Discussion of animation genres, past and present. Select premise from bible for pilot script.
Assignment: write outline for pilot script.
Discussion of instructors' own work writing pilots.
Assignment: begin writing pilot script.
Discussion of representation: agents, lawyers, managers.
Assignment: complete pilot script.
Discussion of career planning.
Assignment: revise pilot script.

Each week of the course contains writing assignments, milestones and deadlines.

Please note that in order to pass the course, all assignments have to be successfully completed and submitted on time.


Who should attend this class?

In Animation, as any other narrative medium, it all begins with story. Aspiring as well as working professionals who have the talent to write, plus the ambition to create and control their own original projects, will find this course unique and indispensable.


Software needed

Any text/word processing software. There are free options such as Open office or Celtx for Screenwriting. Please note we are not teaching the software.


System Requirements


Learning format

This course is in workshop format, rather than formal lecturing. Students will complete assignments to be submitted to the teacher. Following best writing practices, the student assignments will be cold-read and analyzed in class, this will allow the students to witness the reader’s reactions while reviewing their work.


Learning Outcomes

Step-by-step, students will learn to create premises, outlines, and final scripts in proper format; as well as prepare to develop original properties of their own.  This is a continuing education course and does not lead to a job.


Career Opportunities

The program provides strong theoretical and experiential learning opportunities to prepare you for a broad array of career opportunities, including:

  • Commercializing an intellectual property such as the story of an Animated TV show, Video Game or an Animated Feature Film in the entertainment industries.
  • Implementing innovative stories which serve the good of society through a not-for-profit or a for-profit venture.
  • Developing and launching new and innovative intellectual properties, formulate concepts, or pitch bibles in a marketable format within the structure of an existing corporation or organization.
  • Students will be qualified to write and/or story edit for existing TV animation series; and to develop, write and/or story edit original series of their own.



A Vancouver Animation School Certificate is a short term duration in a specialized training program. We are a studio and student centric school (20% theory 80% hands on). Students will graduate with a Certificate credential.


Pitch bibles created by our students

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jackEnyart 70x70Jack Enyart has been an important writer of animation and comic books for over thirty years. He has done voiceovers, story editing and art direction as well. During his career he has worked for virtually every major animation studio in Hollywood, including Disney, Warners, Filmation, Marvel and Hanna Barbera. He developed and wrote for "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Scooby Doo," "Duck Tales," "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" and many other TV series. His comic book credits are equally extensive, including adaptations of "Roger Rabbit," "Aladdin," "Toy Story" and "Lion King" for Disney. For Warners he wrote more "Looney Tunes" stories than anyone in history. He has been a consultant for the "Pink Panther," "Dumb and Dumber" and "Johnny Bravo" animated shows, as well as many private clients. Animation Magazine has honored Jack Enyart by naming him one of the Top Animation Writers. He teaches and lectures at schools, libraries and museums. His CD of advice for artists,"Your Art Dream," is available at his website; and his series of interviews with artists, "Art with Enyart," can be seen on the internet.

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