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Hollywood Screenwriter to Teach Online Class at KSURF's Virtual University

A veteran Hollywood insider will teach an online course on screenwriting at KSURF's Virtual University, revealing what beginners must know to break in to this lucrative and glamorous market.

Santa Barbara, CA, June 05, 2010 --( Veteran screenwriter and author Skip Press will teach an online course on screenwriting for beginners at KSURF's Virtual University. The course will be taught online using KSURF's state-of-the-art e-learning platform to create a virtual classroom and discussion forum where students can interact with the instructor, ask questions, and share their writings.

Enrollment for the course is now open. Unlike a traditional classroom, there is no waiting for classes to begin -- students can enroll and start learning the same day. The instructor's "office" is open 24/7, and students can work at their own pace in their spare time from the comfort of their home or office.

"Your Screenwriting Career" will give aspiring screenwriters an insider view of the business, as well as an overview of industry trends, historical perspectives, and a first-hand knowledge of how a screenplay is structured. Participants will learn insider tips on breaking in to this glamorous and lucrative market.

Topics covered in the course will include: The Life of Hollywood, The Evolution of Screenwriting, Inside the Hero's Heart, Inside the Villain's Brain, Making the Perfect Screenplay Better, Reading, Polishing and Reality, and Getting Your Script Out to People Who Matter.

The course includes 24 lessons as well as interactive quiz modules, an easy-to-use discussion forum, and an optional final exam which can be taken by students desiring a formal grade in the course. Those who complete the class can earn CEU credits. While most educational sites charge for these credits, KSURF issues and maintains a permanent record of CEUs free of charge.

KSURF's Virtual University been offering free and low-cost courses online since the early 1990s and is an established pioneer in the online learning field.

Hollywood screenwriter and multi-title author Skip Press developed this course and will teach it at KSURF. Press began teaching at UCLA Extension Writers Program in 1992. For the past eight years, his screenwriting course was offered through an extension program at 1,500 colleges around the country and was attended by thousands of writers.

Over the 25 year span of his Hollywood career, Press has written television episodics, produced stage plays, and worked as a staff writer for United Paramount Network. He wrote the award-winning "Woman's Guide to Firearms" and developed the first draft of Jan Stephenson's gold-certified "How to Golf" video. He also wrote for the TV series "Phenomenon: The Last Chronicles." As vice-president of the Independent Writers of Southern California, he wrote and directed a "Scriptathon" event that was featured on Showtime and in international broadcasts.

Press published three editions of "Writer's Guide to Hollywood Producers, Directors and Screenwriter's Agents," which became a Hollywood how-to bible for aspiring screenwriters and put him in touch with hundreds of aspiring writers around the world. He then wrote "Complete Idiot’s Guide to Screenwriting" which was reviewed as best of its kind by the Writers Guild of Canada.

Press, a single dad, lives in on the outskirts of beautiful downtown Burbank, California, with his teenagers.

Further details about the screenwriting course and how to enroll can be found by visiting the class home page at

For information about many other online courses offered at KSURF, visit

About KSURF - Where Knowledge Surfers Learn™

KSURF is a unique online community that combines a modern virtual university learning platform with popular social networking features such as user profiles and blogs. KSURF offers a wide variety of low-cost courses on in-demand subjects including web design, Internet technology, creative writing, how-to, self-help/inspirational themes, and academic subjects. Courses are non-credit and offered for continuing education, corporate training, self-improvement, and leisure enjoyment.

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