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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. Work on your script formatting

Your scripts must be submitted in proper format.

If you’re working in the UK, take a look at The BBC Format Guide for Screenplays. The guide - written in screenplay format - tells you all that you need to properly format a screenplay.

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - the folks who give us the Oscars, offers a concise guide to screenplay format Do’s and Don’ts. The site also offers downloads of scripts that won their prestigious Nicholl Fellowship.

Software: you’ll need a dedicated script formatter as a word processor for your screenplays. Commercial software is readily available, but there are many free choices, too.

Adobe Script offers free online script formatting. Online formatters are accessible from most internet-enabled devices, but that can be a problem if your internet access is limited. Adobe Script does much of what the others do, offers collaborative editing and can save in Final Draft .FDX format.

Trelby is another free formatting program that’s worth consideration. It lacks some of the bells and whistles offered by other programs, but it’s free and won’t nag you to upgrade. In addition, it’s a program that you can download and use offline.

You may want to purchase Final Draft, the industry standard software. Fade In Pro is excellent software that is much less expensive than Final Draft, and it uses the same templates and saves in the same .FDX format.

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 Creative Skillset.

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

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An Introduction to Screenwriting

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