Are you a Georgia-based screenwriter looking to grow and develop your skills? Have you furiously been googling “screenwriting classes near me” to no avail? Well, this is the blog for you! Today I’m listing some of the best screenwriting classes in Georgia. Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive, so if you have a class to add, let us know in the comments!
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The Atlanta Film Society
Celebrating its 44th anniversary, The Atlanta Film Society is one of the oldest and largest organizations dedicated to film in the country. The organization aims to “champion cultural discovery, foster artistic growth, and advocate for diverse voices in film” within the state of Georgia, as well as the world. The Atlanta Film Society regularly hosts all sorts of different workshops for film production, including fantastic screenwriting workshops. Some of its screenwriting workshops include a basic online course for newer writers, a script to shot course, and “Screenwriting 101: Diverse Voices and Stories” ($80 for nonmembers, or $64 for members). Scholarships are available. Check out some of the upcoming workshops here!
Georgia Film Academy at Pinewood Atlanta Studios
While not specifically for screenwriting, the Georgia Film Academy at Pinewood Atlanta Studios is a one of a kind program beneficial for someone interested in working in any position within the film industry. Plenty of screenwriters get their foot in the door through other industry jobs, so this program could be a good starting point for you to understand how the industry works and where you might fit in. This program provides hands-on experience, knowledge of working on a film set, and the ability to network with industry professionals. Screenwriters can always benefit from being on a set and learning how production works. This program prepares students for hire, allowing for an industry-based day job while you write on the side. The cost varies, from $100 to $125 per credit hour through several institutions in the state. You can take the courses whether you’re seeking a degree or just looking for continuing education.
Fun Fact: Films such as “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Black Panther” filmed at Pinewood Atlanta studios.
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Besides providing a plethora of courses, the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education notably hosts an Introduction to Screenwriting class. The six-week course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of how to write a screenplay, how to sell a script, and how to go about having a career as a writer in the industry. It costs $159 and offers various start dates that can fit your schedule. It’s a one-stop-shop for someone who wants to learn the fundamentals, and it’s taught by William Rabkin, a veteran writer and producer on shows such as “Monk” and “Psych.”
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah College of Art and Design offers degrees, both BFA and MFA, in Dramatic Writing. The program explores writing for mediums including television, film, theatre, and animation. Since Savannah College offers dozens of other creative degrees, you’ll be collaborating with peers who can help make your stories come alive. Related majors include television producing, film and television, cinema studies, and performing arts. The price depends on the degree, and financial aid is available.
I hope this blog was able to help introduce Georgia screenwriters to some of the fantastic educational opportunities in the state. Happy learning and writing!