One of NYU's screenwriting professors is offering an online course to the general public, FOR FREE.
NYU's film school has produced some of the best voices working today. People like Spike Lee, Adam F. Goldberg, Reed Morano, and Melina Matsoukas have all graduated under the Tisch banner and gone on to succeed in Hollywood.
Now, NYU professor John Warren, who is not only a working screenwriter but one who has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business since the late 80s, is offering a course online for free. The course is not associated directly with NYU, but Warren does teach there.
He runs a program called Young Screenwriters, which focuses on new and emerging voices who are trying to discover how to tell their stories.
The program website states: "The world is a better place when more people are empowered to tell their stories. But for too long, quality screenwriting courses were only available to young people who lived in big cities and could afford to pay a premium. That’s why Professor John Warren, an award-winning NYU Tisch professor and professional screenwriter/producer, launched Young Screenwriters—an online writing program that can be used in any classroom or individually by students. Now, young screenwriters can learn to write short films no matter where they are and at a price that’s actually affordable. It’s rigorous, but fun, too. We promise!"
Yes, the program focuses on writing short films, which Warren says are crucial to a young storyteller's voice.
His website expounds on that idea. Shorts are good because...
- You can win prestigious screenwriting competitions with a short
- You can use your short to wow agents, managers, and producers
- You can realistically shoot a short on your own and add it to your reel
- You can use your short to apply to world-renown film programs and universities
- You can test a feature film idea on a smaller scale before investing tons of time and money
How Do You Get into the Free Course?
Visit the Young Screenwriters website and use the coupon code NYC2020 for your free course.
If you want more free screenwriting tips and information we've got tons, and a great place to start is this guide on how to write a great screenplay.
To use the coupon you go through the checkout and it prompts you at the end.
April 8, 2020 at 1:40PM
Works perfectly, thank you!
April 8, 2020 at 3:07PM
They've changed the website a little bit. There's an option for free enrollment without using the coupon code. It worked for me!
April 8, 2020 at 6:26PM
If all the lectures have the same audio quality as his promo video it's going to be a long five weeks.
April 9, 2020 at 1:29AM
Amateur audio quality!
I don't know how good this course is but the audio quality is unapologetically terrible.
Good sound is the 1st rule of filmmaking, I don't know what rules I am gonna learn from someone who doesn't know or care about the first rule of media, but it seems disappointing to say the least.
April 9, 2020 at 6:42AM
Didn't need the promo code and am excited to see where these lessons lead. Although the audio isn't the best, I hope that the lessons are better.
April 9, 2020 at 8:48AM
April 9, 2020 at 8:17PM
That is a great idea. There is this author/poet a newbie with few titles his name is Roland Brown. He used his phone to write a book a ZTE Blade V7. The Fiery Eye Beast: Rolling Calf on Amazon by Roland Brown.
He also use his phone to create music. Close The Door by Count Brown on SoundCloud, Youtube.
April 10, 2020 at 9:13AM
April 10, 2020 at 9:51PM
I don't know how good this course is, but the audio quality is sadly terrible. But very best coures becouse its Free... By sscje.in
April 11, 2020 at 5:45PM
Thanks a lot for the link and the weekly newsletter recommendation :) Joined and waiting to see if I can possibly write a short in 5 weeks :)
April 12, 2020 at 9:09PM
April 13, 2020 at 1:47AM
Pretty! This has been a really wonderful article.
April 13, 2020 at 4:26AM
Unable to find option
April 13, 2020 at 4:40AM
This is great! Thanks to John and those who made it possible. BTW hassle free coupon less option is available now ;-)
April 18, 2020 at 11:46AM