October 13, 2018
How To Become a Professional Screenwriter in Four Steps
Breaking down the steps that can help realize the dream.
I’ve recently been teaching a few courses on screenwriting, and inevitably when it comes time for the Q&A the first question asks the steps on how to become a screenwriter.
Learning how to become a screenwriter isn’t an easy task. Part of the problem is that no two people have the same breaking in story. Still, there are a few decent steps that apply to most screenwriters I know.
How These Steps Teach You How to Become a Professional Screenwriter
For me, learning how to become a professional screenwriter was a bit of an arduous process. I moved to Los Angeles after finishing graduate school, and took a few unpaid internships. I interned at Scott Free, in the Mad Men Writer’s Room, and for a manager named Myra Model. Are these the only ways to get where you want to go?
No. But what these steps can help you do is get a sense of the industry, and figure out what part of it you want to be in and why.
So let’s get into it!