Check out these 8 awesome screenwriting websites for aspiring writers. The marker of a good website or blog is that it offers a ton of amazing information for free. It doesn’t hold back. A website that offers genuine insight at no cost is a site that I know I’m going to go back to again and again for help. Some of these sites also offer paid services or courses on top of that free information, but it doesn’t come across as pushy or disingenuous. As aspiring writers, we don’t always have buckets of money to pour into classes or training, so free quality resources are important.
- Good In A Room – Writing and pitching resources from Stephanie Palmer
- ScreenCraft – Contests, information, and more
- Stage 32 – A big community of writers and resources
- Script Magazine – An old school, cram-packed site of info
- Go Into the Story – Scott Myers rocks this screenwriting blog for the Black List
- ScriptNotes – John August’s famous podcast and blog
- Any Possibility – All the info I wish I knew when I first moved to L.A.
- ScriptBlast – A growing community and resource for writing better screenplays
- Join ScriptCLUB to read a new script every month and discuss it with the group. It’s totally free and a ton of fun!
Don’t be afraid to take advantage of free information.
For instance, ScreenCraft has a free e-book called An Introduction to Screenwriting. They use it as an opt-in incentive. You exchange your email address for this e-book. That alone can make anyone weary. Why do they want your email? They want it to create engagement via newsletters. They can show you their latest articles and tell you about new offers for paid services.
No guilt required
The thing is, you never have to buy anything from anyone. No guilt at all. If you sign up for something take the free workbook, ebook, or whatever, you have no obligation to buy anything. You can unsubscribe at any time.
I have a guilt complex so I used to feel bad about unsubscribing. It’s actually a good thing for both parties if you have no interest in what they have to offer. For example, they pay a service to keep you on the platform that sends out their newsletters and campaigns. I’ve unsubscribed from newsletters before because I found that I wasn’t all that interested in what they had to offer via their newsletter – but I didn’t know until I tried subscribing.
Utilize Built In Communities
Some of these sites have Facebook groups or free onsite communities where you can connect with other writers. A few even throw in-person meet-ups. Initiate conversation and be proactive! You’ll understand more of why I think building your community is important HERE.
- Take advantage of free resources, online communities, etc…
- You’re not obligated to buy anything.
- You can unsubscribe at any time.
- Trusted sites won’t spam you.