How to become a screenwriter
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- applying directly
- specialist courses run by private training providers
You could do a degree or postgraduate qualification in creative writing, English or journalism, but this is not essential.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
When you're starting out you may find it useful to take a college course to help develop your skills and understand dramatic structure. Courses are available in:
- creative writing
These are also often available as short courses in adult education centres and at some universities.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
If you want to get directly into this job, you may have an advantage if you have writing and storytelling experience from another field like journalism, advertising copywriting or acting.
You'll normally start by coming up with your own screenplays and ideas, and trying to sell them to agents and producers. Once you've had some work accepted and started to build a professional reputation, producers might then commission you to produce scripts for them.
You could take short courses in screenwriting run by film schools, regional screen agencies and private training providers.
As a new writer, you could get yourself noticed by entering screenwriting competitions. These competitions are run by broadcasters and regional screen agencies to discover new talent.
You can also find advice about submitting your work to the BBC at BBC Writers Room.
You can get more advice on writing careers in film and TV from ScreenSkills.
You can get more information on working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.