So, you want to be a screenwriter? Like most things, all you have to do is take the time to learn about the craft and practice it. It’s not rocket science, but it does require the right education. What’s the best way to learn about screenwriting? From blogs to formal education, successful screenwriters have traversed many paths. Here are a few of the roads you can take to learn about screenwriting and find success on your own writing journey.
“Do I need to attend school to become a screenwriter?”
The answer is no.
There’s no clear-cut path to breaking into the industry as a screenwriter; it’s different for everyone. Some people who can afford it, choose to attend school as their approach to learning about screenwriting and making industry connections. If you’re interested in school, you may be wondering how to decide which school to attend? We’ve got a list of some of the best screenwriting schools if you’re looking to get a formal screenwriting education.
Maybe school isn’t for you, but you’re interested in learning about screenwriting in a structured class. We’ve got a list of where you can take screenwriting classes in Florida and Texas, and we’re adding more cities constantly. Another great way to find screenwriting classes near you? Use websites such as Eventbrite and Meetup to find courses based on your location.
Learn During Your Free Time
Structured learning like full-time school and classes isn’t for everyone. Some people prefer to learn on their own time or learn at certain times due to work or life commitments. Do what works for you!
Here are some options for folks looking to learn on their own:
Are you an auditory learner or just someone who loves a good podcast? Be sure to check out our 5 Screenwriting Podcasts You Should Add to Your Playlist for some of the most helpful and educational screenwriting podcasts out there.
Are you interested in hitting the books on your own? Check out these Top Script Writing Books for some reading that digs into the screenwriting how-tos.
Maybe you prefer online resources to learn about screenwriting? Check out this blog for the best places to learn about screenwriting online!
SoCreate’s Screenwriting Blog
Here at SoCreate, most of the blogs are educational and aim to teach you more about screenwriting!
Below are some popular blog topics that you might be interested in checking out:
Maybe you’re just getting started and find yourself coming across screenwriting terms that you don’t recognize? Check out Say What? Screenwriting Terms and Meanings to learn about standard screenwriting terms you’ll see in a screenplay.
Every screenwriter can benefit from learning these 10 screenwriting tips and tricks. Don’t struggle and fight; let these tips and tricks help make the writing process a little easier.
Are you currently writing and find yourself completely stuck? Take a break and try out these 10 screenwriting prompts to help you get unstuck! These are also great starting places for brainstorming what you’ll write about next.
Not interested in learning about writing techniques or tricks? Maybe you’re like me and love to learn more about the history of film and television? Every month, SoCreate rounds up the best in filmmaking history to bring you its “On This Day in Filmmaking History” series. You can read the entire month of entries on the blog, or make sure you’re following along with SoCreate on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get the posts daily.
Hopefully, this blog was able to point you in the direction of various ways to learn more about screenwriting! Whether you want to go to school, listen to some podcasts, or just read some of our blogs, I hope you’re able to find the information you’re looking for and have a good time learning. It’s all part of the screenwriting process, and there’s always more to learn. Happy writing!