There are many ways of becoming a professional screenwriter, and gaining a Screenwriting MFA can sometimes be one of them.
Many of today’s professional writers are graduates of screenwriting programs and since the 1970’s they have become one of the primary entry routes into the industry.
However, they are expensive. And gaining an MFA doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed work. Far from it.
On the whole, though, we recommend attending a screenwriting MFA, or even a short writing course, as it is a great way of focussing the mind, learning to hit deadlines and making connections.
Worldwide there are literally hundreds to choose from but, if you can, we’d recommend attending one of these — the 6 best screenwriting courses in the world based on course structure, reputation, faculty, connections, location and alumni.
Alternatively, another option is to enrol on one of the staggering amount of short courses and seminars available. UCLA, for example, offer excellent online and short courses.
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