National Screenwriter Day honors writers who bring movies and TV shows to life. Writers are the ones who usually come up with the original idea and then go on to create the story. The screenwriter is responsible for setting characters, building the world, and writing reliable lines. This day is intended to recognize the writers and their efforts in giving the public good film.
The President of Screenwriter Fleet Hal Croasmun established national Screenwriter Day in 2016. Croasmun's inspiration for the day was to empower screenwriters in the entertainment industry and let the public realize that screenwriters often have a 'first vision' for hit movies. This date is observed annually on January 5.
5 Tips for Becoming a Screenwriter
Read the movie script
We are all used to watching movies and TV shows, but have you ever tried reading? If not, now is the time! The first thing anyone wanting to be a screenwriter should do is read the scripts.
The goal is to see how a script is built and how it provides the foundation for a finished product. Start with your favorite movies or TV episodes, and then move on to some classic movie scenarios.
Going to movie theater school is one of the ways to help you to become a screenwriter. You are immersed in cinema and television. And around you are people with the same interests. But studying for certification won't automatically make you a screenwriter. And there are other ways to learn!
Therefore, if film school is not an option right now, you can try:
- Read some of the major texts on scripting
- Join a group of writers to share ideas and work
- Look for evening classes or part-time classes
- Learn how to format a movie script
All of these will help you to ultimately create professional, polished movie scripts.
Have a writing schedule
How to become a screenwriter? Write. So many, so much. As often as possible. Moreover, this may require a writing schedule, which means:
- Find out how much time you can spend each day writing
- Set a regular time and place to do this
This can be helpful if you are an aspiring full-time screenwriter, as it provides structure for your day. However, it's equally helpful for people trying to balance their script writing aspirations with another job.
Every screenwriter needs someone to read his or her work in the works. Ideally, this person should have a good understanding of screenwriting and storytelling. Nevertheless, it is also someone you trust to give you honest feedback and constructive criticism, as that is how you will improve as a writer.
Eventually, of course, you will want to start submitting the script to contests or agencies. Nevertheless, you need to refine your scripts first and now is where a few people give feedback will help!
Getting your script noticed is a lot easier if you know the right people. And that means you need to know other writers, as well as those in the film and television industries. Online communities and networking events are a good place to start. But you can also look for internships and other jobs at companies related to the entertainment world.
Certainly, becoming an assistant at a talented company may not be your dream role. But it's a foot in the door! And here is your chance to meet people who can help you come up with the right script.
How to celebrate this day
Visit NationalScreenwritersDay.com to check out the latest updates and watch interviews with top screenwriters about their mysterious celibacy. Look up the origins of your favorite movie and see who wrote the script. Thank you using #NationalScreenwritersDay on social media.
ObservedNational Screenwriters Day has been observed annually on January 5th.
Sunday, January 5th, 2020
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
Wednesday, January 5th, 2022
Thursday, January 5th, 2023
Friday, January 5th, 2024
ScreenwritingU in July 2016