I have recently received a number of questions about Writer’s Boot Camp. Here is one of them. Dave from Los Angeles asks:
I am thinking about attending writers boot camp however it is quite expensive. I was wondering if anyone has taken the classes and what they thought of the tools they teach? Thanks!!
I have no experience with Writer’s Boot Camp, so I turned to a working writer who has. Todd Samovitz is a former entertainment attorney turned screenwriter. He wrote the original screenplay of the film WONDERLAND starring Val Kilmer, Lisa Kudrow and Kate Bosworth. Other film assignments include projects for Warner Bros., Klasky-Csupo Productions and The Edward S. Feldman Company. Todd has also sold television pilots to Touchstone Television and USA Networks.
Here is what he has to say about Writer’s Boot Camp:
As a Writers Boot Camp alumnus (I took Basic Training and two Think Tank classes)and a working writer in television and film, I can’t recommend the program highly enough. WBC is all about teaching practical, effective and efficient tools for developing and writing scripts. The program also educates writers about the business of screenwriting which is as crucial for a writer to know as writing a script. In my opinion, screenwriting is a profession and a writer should do whatever he or she can to educate themselves about the profession. Just as one would go to law school to become a lawyer, one should invest in the best possible resources to become educated in the profession of screenwriting. If you want to compete in this profession and want a practical approach, then the cost of WBC is well worth it.
Thank you, Todd, for your answer. As I said, I have had no experience with Writer’s Boot Camp, but I remain ever the skeptic. There are those who believe commercial writing courses are always bad. For example, this from The Artful Writer. I do not go that far. I believe many of the basic skills can be taught. However, I have previously provided this advice and this advice about writing courses.
If anyone else has experiences with Writer’s Boot Camp, good or bad, please feel free to share.