Screenwriting Resources

In spring 2021 I was awarded a sabbatical to study and execute the writing of a screenplay. As part of that experience I have found many learning resources for screenwriters.

My collection of resources for screenwriters includes podcasts, coaching programs, scripts, writing references and competitions.


PODCASTS

The Screenwriting Life – Hosted by Meg LeFauve and Lorian McKenna

Script Notes – Hosted by John August and Craig Mazun

Bulletproof Screenwriting (Audio) – Hosted by Alex Ferrari
Bulletproof Screenwriting (YouTube)

TV Writer Podcast – Hosted by Gray Jones


SCREENWRITING COACHING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Rocaberti Writers Retreat – Weeklong writers’ retreats in European castles.

Screencraft Writers Summit – Three day screenwriters’ conference (virtual in 2021).

Screencraft – Seminars, webinars, competitions and consultants.

Roadmap Writers – Seminars, webinars, coaching with an emphasis on getting writers repped.

Blacklist Programs – Labs, workshops and residencies for emerging and underrepresented writers.

Sundance Screenwriters Lab – Five day intensive workshop for developing first or second film screenplay.

Sundance Screenwriters Intensive – Two day workshop for first time filmmakers from underrepresented communities.


ON-DEMAND MASTERCLASS

The HartChart Screenwriting Masterclass – James V. Hart’s multipart video masterclass on his HartChart character and story structure method.


SCREENPLAY SCRIPTS

Blacklist Script Archive – Downloadable archive of 100+ scripts from the last 10 years.

The Script Lab Screenplay Database – Downloadable

John August’s Screenplay Library – Viewable scripts written by John August and Craig Mazin.

Script Reader Pro 50 Best TV Scripts – Downloadable TV pilot scripts.

Script Reader Pro 50 Best Film Scripts – Downloadable screenplays in multiple genre’s.


SCREENWRITING RESOURCES/REFERENCES

Screenwriting Resources from Final Draft – Screenwriting tutorials and articles.

The Script Lab – Writing tips.

Script Magazine – How to write articles, industry pro interviews and career advice.

The WGA Registry – Document your work in the WGA Registry.

U.S. Copyright Registry – Start here to register the copyright of your script.


SCREENWRITING COMPETITIONS

Screencraft Writing Competitions – Genre focused writing competitions.

Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting – Screenwriting competition sponsored by the Motion Picture Academy.

Austin Film Festival: Screenplay and Teleplay Competition – All entrees receive feedback, additional feedback for screenplays selected for the second round.

The Script Lab Screenplay Contest – FREE competition, with feedback for a small fee.


USEFUL HOW TOS

Action descriptions – DR. FORMAT: Directing the Camera Without Using Camera Direction

Inciting incidents – What is An Inciting Incident…Is [It] Working?

Flashbacks – How to Write a Flashback In a Script…

Formatting and using parentheticals – 5 Ways to Use Parentheticals in a Script

Using the Intercut – Intercutting

Character complexity and psychology – How to Use Cognitive Bias to Layer Your Characters

Preparing you script to send out for feedback – 5 Tips Before … Showing Your Script to a Professional