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Aaron Sorkin Teaches Screenwriting

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Overview

Teaches Screenwriting

Aaron Sorkin wrote his first movie on cocktail napkins. Those napkins turned into A Few Good Men, starring Jack Nicholson. Now, the Academy Award-winning writer of The West Wing and The Social Network is teaching screenwriting. In this class, you’ll learn his rules of storytelling, dialogue, character development, and what makes a script actually sell. By the end, you’ll write screenplays that capture your audience’s attention.

Syllabus

Class Trailer
Class Sample
1. Introduction
2. Intention & Obstacle
3. Story Ideas
4. Developing Characters: Part 1
5. Developing Characters: Part 2
6. Research
7. Incorporating Research
8. The Audience
9. Rules of Story
10. Film Story Arc
11. Writing Habits
12. Group Workshop: Untitled by JJ Braider
13. Group Workshop: E is for Edie by Jeanie Bergen
14. Group Workshop: Chronic by Roland Zaleski
15. Group Workshop: The Merc by Evelyn Yves
16. Group Workshop: From Here to Alli by Corey Wright
17. Writing Scenes: Part 1
18. Writing Scenes: Part 2
19. Scene Case Study: Steve Jobs
20. Scene Case Study: The West Wing
21. Writing Captivating Dialogue
22. Dialogue Case Study: The West Wing
23. Rewrites: First Draft
24. Rewrites: Notes
25. The West Wing Writers' Room: Part 1
26. The West Wing Writers' Room: Part 2
27. The West Wing Writers' Room: Part 3
28. The West Wing Writers' Room: Part 4
29. The West Wing Writers' Room: Part 5
30. The West Wing Writers' Room: Part 6
31. The West Wing Writers' Room: Part 7
32. The West Wing Writers' Room: Part 8
33. Group Workshop: Pitch Session
34. Group Workshop: Aaron Pitches Mission to Mars
35. Closing Thoughts

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