4 COMMENTS :

  1. By Gord Pitt on

    I have a quick question then.

    Should you take a class or course to become a writer?
    Does it make a difference when it comes to someone looking at your work?

    The reason I ask is because I’ve always been the type of person that learns by doing not nessecarily by being taught. I already spend most of my free time writing but I keep hearing that I should forget about my writing because I work and can’t really spend the next couple of years in a classroom and that the only way I’ll have my work read is to have graduated from college or university.

    Thanks in advance,

    Gord

  2. By TW (Post author) on

    Gord:

    A quick answer then. No one asks what degree you have when they read your screenplay. They evaluate it on whether it is a great screenplay. How you learn the art & craft is up to you. Many working screenwriters did not study writing in school. A good place to get the basics of what is expected of you as a professional writer is the columns section at Wordplayer.com.

  3. By Irv on

    You can spend the rest of your life reading SW books, going to courses run by Gurus, taking their weekend courses, sailing on cruise ships teaching Screenwriting, but the only way is to write, write, write!

    Especially true in comedy writing, can’t be taught. Has to be something inside of you otherwise forget it!

  4. By J.T. Clark on

    Gord, I think it’s a combination of doing and learning, like anything. I went to USC Film School and discovered that I learned more on my own than I did in my classes. Just read scripts, watch movies, read screenwriting books, and find other writers to bounce ideas and feedback off if you can’t get to school.

    As far as time goes, dude, it doesn’t take much. Write one hour a day. Think about it, if you write one script page per day, you’ll have a first draft every three months.

    Re: having people read your stuff. Brotha, it’s tough to have people read your stuff, period, unless there is finance or actors attached to the script. That’s the reality.

    Don’t spend all your time cornered up writing. Devote a percentage of time, you’ll be a more well rounded person and better writer.

    J.T. Clark
    http://www.writtenbyclark.com
    http://www.barebonesscreenwriting.com

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