How To Have A Writing Career
Learn the professional skills you need to survive in an industry where your creative skills and vision are as important as your ability to navigate the business.
What you can learn.
- Examine the various roles that help screenwriters get their work to the right decision makers
- Understand why building a reputation is a key element of success in the industry
- Identify the role of agents and how they help their clients find success
- Discuss how to break through the closed culture of the industry
About this course:Beyond writing a great story, writers must learn to compete for the attention of professional readers. They must also learn to develop an understanding of the interpersonal collaboration among a wide array of literary insiders, since, like many other kinds of professional systems, the insider network in film, television and publishing is a closed system. In this course, students learn to navigate through this barrier by acknowledging common feelings of intimidation while exploring the unique behaviors of insider culture. You learn to constructively focus on a dedicated practice of reputation building in order to make your work visible to the people who are the best advocates for it. By the end of this course, you understand how the agent/writer relationship works, what literary agent actually does, and what rubric for success an agent uses for a client’s work and their potential for a successful career.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Remote instruction courses are taught online in real-time with regularly scheduled class meetings held via Zoom. Course materials can be accessed any time through an online learning platform.
This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student's final grade may include scores for participation.
Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.