Aaron Sorkin Masterclass: 'You Know More in Your Head than You're Able to Put on Paper'

Get the advice tinged with trademark sarcasm you've always wanted from one of screenwriting's greats.

A couple weeks ago, we provided an exclusive clip of Werner Herzog's Masterclass for film students (and a post on his wonderfully crazy AMA), and now we're back with an opportunity to learn from another one of film and TV's most influential talents. In his first-ever online class, Aaron Sorkin will teach a range of screenwriting subjects including dialogue, character development, story pacing, and plot. The coolest part may be his decision to demonstrate his own process through leading a writers’ room to work on a new episode of The West Wing.

"You know more in your head than you're able to put on a piece of paper," the writer of A Few Good Men, Moneyball, and many more, stresses in the clip below. As a screenwriter, your first question should be, "Do you understand what you read? Not is it good or bad." The purpose of this Masterclass is to make sure the brilliant idea in your head is brilliantly translated through your arms, into your fingers and down on a piece of a paper.

Video is no longer available: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTTLngXynBw

Here's a trailer for the class, which officially launches today, and you can click here for access to the class in full. It costs $90 and includes 35 video lessons, a 38-page class workbook, and office hours for feedback.      

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Going through the class now. It's pretty sweet.

July 26, 2016 at 2:18PM


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July 26, 2016 at 11:12PM, Edited July 26, 11:13PM


Highly recommend this! Normally these masterclasses by genius' are not practical and more of a self indulgent speech. Aaron gives specific and practical advice on writing a good story. Learning so much.

July 27, 2016 at 3:44AM


Wow, I need to buy this.

Sorkin's has a sharp mind.

July 27, 2016 at 11:14AM, Edited July 27, 11:14AM


'You Know More in Your Head than You're Able to Put on Paper', which has since long been referred to as "tacit knowledge" (cf. Michael Polanyi) and should of course also be applied to filmmaking.

July 27, 2016 at 1:14PM

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