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Four ways to learn more

We hope you have enjoyed the course, there’s lots more you can learn and do, here are some of our suggestions.

1. Dive Deeper

We know that many of you who take online courses by UEA are interested in how you can take your learning further with us so take a look at the UEA Creative Writing website.

Postgrads might want to look at the MA Creative Writing Scriptwriting course or the Creative and Critical Writing PhD.

Prospective undergrads might consider the BA English Literature With Creative Writing or the BA Scriptwriting and Performance.

Everyone should go to #NewWriting, which covers a range of issues of interest to writers.

2. Read, then read some more

It helps to use professional scripts as a guide, so read lots of scripts.

The BBC Writers Room offers a wide selection of sample scripts. Check often, as the list is frequently updated.

BAFTA/The British Academy of Film and Television Arts provides a wide range of resources for writers. You can access the Screenwriter’s Lecture Series, Guru Podcasts and many other services.

Websites for The Writers Guild of Great Britain and The Writers Guild of America, West include material that covers contracts and professional issues, as well as articles on writing.

The Black List library of award-winning screenplays is a terrific resource, so give that a look. These scripts are free and legal for download, so read as many as you can.

3. Join a Screenwriting Group

If you can’t find one, then form your own. You can use the comment board on this course to find other writers for an online group. Many countries have national and local screen development agencies, so find their website and join in their activities, courses and workshops. It helps to build a community you trust to read your work.

4. Follow us

There is always good new thinking at UEA and at Creative Skillset.

You can follow Twitter feeds from Michael Lengsfield, Molly Naylor, Tom Benn, Christabelle Dilks, UEA, UEA MOOCs and Screen Skills.

Follow other writers too, including people you’ve interacted with during this course, and connect with local writers’ groups.

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