It’s a great big competitive world out there for aspiring screenwriters. Not only do you have to learn to write (and then continue to write) well, but you also have to find ways to get your writing noticed. This can be a daunting task for anyone–especially those of you who are just starting out in the biz. While the internet offers a wealth of information on all things screenwriting, it’s hard to know which sites are reputable and exactly whose advice you can trust. Of course, sifting through all that information can be both time-consuming and confusing, and so, in the interest of making sure you have the very best screenwriting resources at your fingertips, we did the sifting for you!

This year, the Writers’ Program is proud to unveil the latest addition to its website:

THE SCREENWRITING RESOURCE PAGE

Quite simply, it’s a one-stop shop that consolidates the most advantageous sites on the web for feature film and television scribes into one easy-to-use document.

This comprehensive guide lists links to everything writers need: from learning how and where to copyright your work, to the best writing competitions and fellowship programs; to outlets for exposure on the web; to the best trade news publications, blogs, networking groups, popular books, job boards, and writing software; to the best sites for finding free screenplays online.

The list was compiled over many months and was based on suggestions by Writers’ Program instructors (all of whom are working writers who frequent these same sites). These are the same sites that we at the Writers’ Program often recommend to students who are seeking advice, so we know from experience that past, present, and future students alike will find the guide an invaluable tool as they navigate their way to Hollywood.

Keep in mind though, that The Screenwriting Resource Page is a work-in-progress, so new sites will be added and old ones will be taken down as appropriate. We urge you to refer to the list often and to let us know about any listings that you find especially useful. If you have a favorite screenwriting resource that isn’t currently on the list, we hope you’ll share it with the rest of us. Email your suggestions to writers@uclaextension.edu and write “Addition to Resource Page” in the subject line.

Happy New Year and happy writing!

Jeff Bonnett is the Program Assistant for Screenwriting (Onsite & Online). Contact him at jbonnett@uclaextension.edu or (310) 206-1542.

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