Whether you’re a beginner or just want a little extra help to push you over the top, online screenwriting courses are the way to go. You have 24/7 access to the lessons and can learn at your own pace without breaking the bank. While a degree might cost you £30,000 (or more), you can often find courses for just a tiny fraction of that amount.
There are a lot of screenwriting courses on the internet and it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. That is we at FilmScriptWriting have scoured the web to find you FIVE of the very best and most affordable screenwriting courses online.
This course is one of the most in-depth you will find from a general screenwriting course.
With over TWENTY hours worth of videos by Dani Alcorn, you won’t be short of study material.
Subjects covered include: Exploring Modern Screenwriting, Planning Your Screenplay, Structuring Your Screenplay, Writing Your Screenplay, Polishing Your Screenplay, Film Analyses and Getting Your Screenplay noticed.
Testimonial: This class was great. The material was very organized and Dani’s delivery made the concepts easy to understand and apply. I like her use of examples and analysis. This class really helped me identify what is important to focus on as a screenwriter. She provided lots of tools and tips to help me clean up my act! – Loren Barrows
This course has much more of a classroom feel as it’s hosted on Screenwriters University and lets you talk to fellow students as well as the tutor, Raffaele DiBacco. This can provide invaluable feedback on your writing.
The course itself focuses mainly on the three act structure with particular focus on getting your screenplay off to a bang in act one.
It also looks at common plot points used in each genre and how to twist and adapt them into something much more unique and original.
If you enjoy this course there is also a follow-up which looks at how to write a great second and third act.
Testimonial: Once again, excellent material was presented for this course. The things that were talked about each week were just the right amount, with great examples of their use in popular films. Ralph’s feedback is always really positive, and he takes the time to show you how to make your ideas even better. I love doing courses with Ralph, and I hope to get to do another with him again.
As taught by Emmy nominated Jeffrey Alan Schetcher, this course will teach you how to develop a TV or movie script in a tight, professional manner.
The course covers character building, developing story themes, bulletproof plotting and even a business plan for writers. Not only will this course help you writer a better screenplay, it will teach you how to network and sell it too!
At just four and half hours long this is shorter than the above courses but it is jam packed with info and comes at a very affordable price.
If you have a weekend to yourself to study before beginning a script, this makes for a perfect course.
Testimonial: A first class course taught by a very experienced working screenwriter. A wealth of theory combined with so much practical advice. Inspirational.
This micro-course by Paul Castro (original writer of August Rush 2007) clocks in at three hours of videos and over an hour of podcasts.
It is currently the best selling course on Udemy thanks to Paul’s clear, concise nature.
Don’t expect anything too in-depth as this is clearly aimed at newcomers to screenwriting, but if that describes you then this is an excellent option.
Cost: £50 (Sometimes on sale for £19)
Testimonial: Paul’s teaching is so very different from other tutorials, i believe you can jump start into screenwriting quick if you follow his style and be sincere enough to work on the assignments. Great tutorial will enrol for other tutorials from Paul Castro.
It doesn’t matter how good your story is, if the audience reaches for their phone every time a character starts talking, your movie is going to fail.
That’s why this incredibly focused course can be a sneaky good investment of your time and money.
Taught by Karl Iglesias, you will learn effective dialogue techniques, how to avoid common dialogue problems, techniques to make each characters’ voice unique, how to make their words carry weight, and more.
Again, this course is run by Screenwriters University so you will be able to talk to the tutor and other students while you study.
If you recognize that dialogue is a weakness of yours, check this course out.
Testimonial: Karl has great insight and thoughtful suggestions, he always replied promptly and directly which I really appreciated, great course, will look for more to take.