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In this day and age, with the wondrous tool that is the Internet, it’s even easier to teach yourself everything you need to know to become a successful writer. Many aspiring writers feel they need to take University courses – which can indeed be very worthwhile and helpful, particularly with regards to industry contacts, work experience, networking and feedback – but this is simply not essential. Here are my top ways to educate yourself for FREE!
FREE online courses. There are loads of them about, including Futurelearn, Coursera, Iversity and Skillshare.
FREE first lessons. You can get a lesson on format from Cineuropa.
FREE online seminars/workshops. Genre Summit is a great new opportunity to sign up for!
FREE videos. A simple search on YouTube offers a treasure trove of writing lectures. Even the fabulous Yvonne Grace is on there with her wisdom! Film Courage is one of my fave channels too.
FREE resources when you sign up for newsletters. I’m currently really enjoying the mailouts from Bang2write, Genre Summit and I also rather like Daily Writing Tips.
FREE downloadable PDF learning materials, such as Bang2write’s resources and Scottish Screen’s “Crash Course In Screenwriting” material.
FREE books. Use your local library. Check out Scribd app too!.
FREE podcasts. Player FM has a nice interface for browsing podcasts. A must listen for screenwriting is John August!
FREE advice. BLOGS are goldmines. Find those who blog through browsing platform readers or through links on social media. Join Facebook groups like Script Advice Writer’s Room, Bang2writers and London Screenwriters’ Festival Salon.
FREE courses/books. Got a good writing blog/website? Why not ask if you can attend/read for free or at a discount in exchange for a review?
FREE feedback. Use peer review sites. Sometimes, newbie script readers want to do professional script reports to gain experience. Why not volunteer yours?
FREE scripts. There’s no better way to learn than by reading scripts. Loads of sites offer them. Check out BBC Writersroom for UK TV scripts, SimplyScripts and Daily Script.
FREE events. Become a volunteer and make new contacts/listen to seminars, etc, for free. London Screenwriters’ Festival is great for this!
Want to come to London Screenwriters’ Festival? Use my special discount code: SOFLUID-16X to get a £23 discount!
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