Do You Need To Go To School To Become A Screenwriter?

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I’ve been linking articles from Script Magazine for quite a while, not knowing they’d be featuring us! Pretty cool! Writers, Head To The Office! Where You Write Matters

There’s going to be a theme in my posts for the upcoming weeks, which are going to help with decision making, and then with becoming a successful screenwriter. Storytelling, I believe, is one of the most important jobs in the world. The passing of knowledge from one to another or to many. Books, movies, and TV shows are often the main sources of inspiration in my life, and are often where I go when I search for answers. There can be a large responsibility in being a storyteller, and so I think this series would be good for those who want to share their knowledge with the world. I believe a good story, one worth sharing, can come from anyone. I’m going to provide you with some insights on getting started (if this is right for you), or to maybe head in the right direction if you’re going down the wrong path.

This week we’re discussing whether or not a college education is necessary to become a screenwriter. As a graduate of Cal State Northridge (Go Matadors!), I thought I’d throw in some of my thoughts. I had a wonderful time in college, and feel like I grew as a person throughout the time I was there. I went through quite a transformation. I learned invaluable information about networking, and the complete process of filming from beginning to end. I can’t imagine easily learning everything I did while in school all on my own. While you can become a great writer without going to school, and many do, there are just too many benefits to having a good college education. The pros and cons are listed very well in this article written by Chad Gervich at Script Magazine:

PRIMETIME: How to Become a Screenwriter: Should I Go to College to Become a Screenwriter?

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