Writers Boot Camp's Professional Membership takes you through our Full Development coursework to learn to complete a script every six months. Our ideal member has a dependable day job and can commit 10 hours per week, not only toward the completion of a first draft but toward the continuation of the creative process through rewriting.
Professional Membership takes you through all of the stages of the writing process to create a script that is potentially submittable as a professional writing sample. These stages tend to be unknown to new writers and filmmakers who are just entering the entertainment industry, and even one pet project will take much longer to develop than anticipated. Once you have 10 hours available per week, there are no other prerequisites to becoming a member.
In addition to coursework, creative support and free script evaluation, Professional Membership includes Writers Boot Camp's Audience Experience--access to our library of recorded interviews with film and TV legends, business leaders and successful alumni, as well as ongoing deals with partners. All professional members are granted live access to events when visiting headquarters in Los Angeles.
Professional Membership coursework imparts unique Checkpoints, a set of professional writing and collaboration tools covering comprehensive fundamentals of screenwriting for features, television and digital production. Our goal is to provide you with a repeatable, Full Development process that confirms your own creative authority, including an evaluation method on all Four Levels of Development (Concept, Structure, Character Development & Scene Work), as well as Empowered Rewriting. For your commitment of 10 hours per week, here’s our commitment to you:
Designed to reflect the true nature of the screenwriting learning curve, membership requires a 10-hour weekly commitment to your creative work in addition to scheduled sessions. In return, you will learn to stimulate your creative process, test your ideas, increase your productivity and own an incredible set of professional writing tools.
Every six months, referred to as a Project Cycle, you will be expected to fully develop a script through all of its stages of generation, story development, early drafts and rewriting. The philosophy of crossing over between features and television, including series pilot development, is integral to the professionally-based curriculum. For anyone working in television, the timetable for spec episodes can be achieved in three to four months, though pilots can take as long as original features, or longer due to the template represented by a pilot script.
While some writers will become empowered to discard ideas sooner or brainstorm multiple versions, the tools and instructor support are designed to anticipate advances project stages and arcs of the writer’s learning curve even if during idea testing you tend to remain in early drafts. In other words, a stronger, more viable idea may merit taking more time on a single project and the educational process may inspire numerous scripts, though most profoundly either scenario will provide a great foundation for your future writing and scripts.
Deadlines are an important part of your membership experience. While we cannot control your outside conflicts and lifestyle issues that may inhibit your 10 hours of writing each week and we expect you to work and communicate as a professional within support guidelines, a deadline and subsequent evaluation/script conference by one of the trained staff is inherent in the process every six months.
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In addition to providing manageable script deadlines, each 6-month Project Cycle provides the release of the curriculum of 12 bi-weekly Sessions to impart unique Checkpoints--creative exercises and assignments that accelerate script completion. The flow of session material breaks down the creative process into tasks that help you manage your work and submit assignments to your dedicated instructor.
Outside of LA and NY, you have the option of registering for OPM for 2 or 4 Project Cycles (that's two or four scripts). Discussion about your availability and professional goals with a Writers Boot Camp staff member will establish a reasonable timeframe to achieve them. Audience Experience is only currently included with 4-Cycle OPM, though One-On-One Professional Members are eligible for an expansive array of ongoing benefits.
Built into OPM is an abundance of creative support via Office Hours—twice-weekly opportunities to check in with your instructor by phone. Each Project Cycle offers 48 one-on-one points of contact via Office Hours. Multiple Script Evaluations and Conferences that offer comprehensive reality checks on completed drafts of your projects are also an integral part of the OPM experience.
Session Assignments embody our “write as you learn” philosophy. As opposed to random exercises done in a vacuum, they’re the results of your application of Writers Boot Camp’s impactful tools to your actual script. Office Hours interactions ensure that you’re effectively building your projects as you maintain forward progress throughout each Project Cycle.
The instructors for One-On-One Professional Membership include the same writers who teach our classroom courses in Los Angeles and New York City, all of whom have been trained by Jeffrey Gordon, founder of Writers Boot Camp.
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What We Do
Get writers to write and teach tools for collaboration in movies, television and the web.
What We Offer
Practical coursework and script completion, as well as ongoing membership benefits for your career at the highest level of the entertainment business and digital production.
Our alumni have major awards of all kinds, plus more than 150 major feature film and television credits, in addition to being on the vanguard of digital and branded content.
What You Need
10 hours per week for writing and creative exercises.
Schedule an interview to determine your creative focus, whether feature, television pilot, web series, novel, graphic novel or all above the above.
When You Start
As soon as you've carved out 10 hours from your week to focus your Creative Calendar.
If you're concerned about finances, then you may qualify for partial Work Study or become an online member for further savings.
But don't let time pass without writing or climbing the industry learning curve!