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Screenwriter Courses

Screenwriters are professional writers who write the scripts for movies, television programs, streaming shows, and video games. They may write their own original stories or adapt existing books, biographies, and novels into screenplays.

As a screenwriter you could be brainstorming themes and ideas for a film, carrying out background research to support character and plot development, preparing a synopsis of your screenplay to pitch to a gaming company, writing a scene, proofreading and editing your work, rewriting a script in collaboration with a film producer, attending a networking event with agents and producers, or just going to the cinema to get some inspiration.

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Popular Screenwriter Courses

There are 11 courses available for people who want to become a Screenwriter. These are the top 5 most popular courses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Screenwriters earn?

There are no clear salary figures for Screenwriters in Australia at this time. Increase your earning capacity by undertaking a bachelor’s or master’s degree in film production and screenwriting.

What are the job opportunities for Screenwriters?

There are no clear employment figures for Screenwriters working in Australia right now. They are employed by film companies, game developers, and television networks but many work freelance.

How do I become a Screenwriter?

Screenwriters are outstanding writers and storytellers and have the ability to collaborate with screen actors, producers, and directors. You can begin building a portfolio of skills with the Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing (Scriptwriting), Diploma of Screen and Media (Film and Television), and taking short courses with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School.

Screenwriting is a very competitive career and most film, TV, gaming production companies will expect you to have a bachelor’s degree. Some excellent choices include the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Screenwriting), Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, Bachelor of Communications and Media (Film and Screen Production), and Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights 2023

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