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www.austinscreenwriters.org is the
website of the Austin Screenwriters Group.
Though we're open to all levels of experience
in the ASG, we hope our members take advantage of the many
opportunities for self-education on screenwriting technique,
formatting, and professionalism. We have some great bookstores right
here in Austin, chief among them our meeting host: BookPeople.
Following are a list of useful books and a list of links to
screenwriting classes in the Austin area.
Classes in Screenwriting
A common request related to education in
screenwriting is "Are there any classes offered in Austin?" Here are
some offered both through groups and individuals you might check out.
(If you know of more to add here, please let Wendy Wheeler know at
- First Look Script Analysis - A script reading service by Nancy Smith, member of ASG, with a long history in reading and critiquing
screenplays. She offers discounts to ASG members!
- www.thescreenplayworkshop.org -- Free classes as well as multi-week classes on script structure offered by Jill Chamberlain, award-winning filmmaker and professional screenwriter whose work has been seen in theaters across the U.S. and at over 80 film festivals on three continents.
of Texas Informal Classes -
offered through the Texas Union, there's usually a Hollywood
Screenwriting course. Their website is sometimes hard to figure
out: typically they'll put screenwriting among the "Arts" classes, or sometimes they'll create a section for "Writing" and put classes there.
Community College - has an RTF department that offers courses on screenwriting and writing for transmedia.
League of Texas - has occasionally
offered special screenwriting weekend retreats.
Online Classes in Screenwriting
- Aprendi Learning - offers courses online from teachers who reprise what they've offered as college courses. Check out "Courses" to see who's teaching what. Aprendi offers a "screenwriting ceritification" which really isn't comparable to college credit, however.
- UCLA Online Screenwriting - a friend of ASG, Tim Albaugh, has been teaching here for years; several folks in ASG have gotten their certificates through a remote learning class.
- Hollins University Graduate Studies - Tim Albaugh also heads up the Hollins M.A. and M.F.A. programs in Screenwriting and Film Studies. You have to actually move to the Roanoak, VA, area to attend classes though, but there are summer programs.
For self-teaching, here are some of the top
screenwriting and writerly craft books our group has discovered.
- Stealing Fire from the Gods by James Bonnet
- The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos
- Screenplay, The Foundations of
Screenwriting by Syd Field
- Zen and the Art of Screenwriting by
- Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hauge
- Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds by Michael Hauge
- The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriter by Karl Iglesias
- Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias
- How to Write a Movie in 21 Days by Viki
- Story by Robert McKee
- Making a Good Script Great by Linda
- Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
- The Screenwriter's Bible by Dave Trottier
- The Writer's Journey by Christopher
- The Comic Toolbox by John Vorhaus
- The Whole Picture by Richard Walter
- Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business
of Film and Television Writing by Richard Walter
- The Hollywood Creative Directory or Spec
Screenplay Sales Directory
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