Jun 14, 2016
David Wheeler is awesome, and I love this course! I am so glad that Coursera and Michigan State University have partnered to offer this course to those of us who have a thirst for learning! Thank you!
Sep 28, 2016
Fantastic course, loved the way it walked you step by step through the process and the formatting. This course could have been ten weeks and still wouldn't be enough. Awesome hands on learning.
By Laura S•
Mar 10, 2016
No significant instruction/teaching provided. Appears to function only as a self-directed workshop, which doesn't teach the craft itself. Disappointing.
Apr 03, 2016
The instructor says in the first video: ”you do not need to read a book on how to write a script” – in my opinion YOU DO! Better to read a book or two than waste your time on this course; the videos are extremely short, shallow and a waste of time!
By Ashil J V•
Mar 09, 2016
There isn't any real teaching happening. I guess this isn't a course for beginners.
By Patricia L•
Apr 14, 2019
Writing ain't easy, but it sure is satisfying as hell!
By Robert G•
Apr 18, 2019
This was my first writing course and trust me when I say, I wasn't disappointed. In this course, I experienced and learned so much from David. These learnings weren't just about techniques and methodologies, they pushed me to look deeper into myself and the writer I want to be. Regardless of whether or not I ever have a book, script, play or poem published, I will write and continue writing because I write for me. I write because of the peace, joy and challenges writing offers. I write because I can and I write because I ENJOY it.... Thank you David for encouraging me to "Just Write!"
By Lauren V B•
Apr 19, 2018
This is not so much a course as a cut-throat writing incentive. If you're looking for anything beyond the basics of basics, go elsewhere. I think the rapid pace of the course is causing major student drop-offs and disengaged peer reviews. I don't think a total of five people even finished their script during my run. Jan Zurcher, the mentor, is this course's saving grace. He's endlessly patient and very helpful. He will be critical, so use that to become a better writer. This course helped my novel writing as it forces you to take a step back and look at your story's bare bones. It was a lot of fun, but it lacked the writing group kinship I'd hoped for.
Jun 07, 2016
What a lazy excuse of a course. Why would you call it a course? Just call it "Start Writing" and put it on a blog. No guidance, no tips, no effort whatsoever. Without any guidelines, how does review from a fellow novice help? It's like blind leading the blind.
I'll go with the minimalist style of this course and use just one word to describe it: Rubbish.
By Alejandro B•
Jul 25, 2016
this course will make you write a script... and that's it, if you want to LEARN how to write a script, don't take this course.
This course just push you to write a script without clearly teaching you what to do, if you want to learn, look for another course (I took one from futurelearn.com while in this course, it's free, this one is a waste of money if you pay)
By Kamalika S•
Apr 17, 2016
I should suggest my fellow Coursera students not to waste their money and time for this course. You'll learn a lot more than this course has to offer if you consult some websites with screenwriting tutorial blogs, read books and write on your own.
I am a PhD student of theoretical film studies and and a fan of Coursera courses. I was eager to learn screenwriting as an interesting hands-on course. Well, it's project-based alright, but where's the real guidance??
This is a lazily designed course with poor content and almost zero guidance. The videos are very short and feels like a layman is trying to motivate you to write something, that's all. No methods explained other than some terminologies like bible, acts, outline being thrown at you. No examples, no comparisons, no detailed approaches.
Lastly, scriptwriting has a significant difference with other humanities course. Being peer-reviewed doesn't help here -- a total novice can not effectively judge another newbie's work nor give them quality feedback.
By Barbara B•
Jun 26, 2016
I'm sorry, but I have taken many courses on Coursera and this is, without a doubt, the absolute worst. This isn't minimal teaching, it's practically nonexistent. Frankly, buying a book would at least give more guidance than tossing one-minute 'lectures' out there and having students blindly fend for themselves under the guise of "experimental learning".
Plus, you then have an all or nothing grade system - there is no middle ground, just pass or fail on an assignment that had little to no instruction or examples listed to begin with.
I'm truly surprised that Coursera agreed to allow this course as it is. I suggest that the instructor and team see how other instructors at universities are teaching their Coursera courses. Just because something is free, it doesn't give free reign to be lazy. If I had paid for it, I would have asked for a refund. This entire course needs a serious revamp.
By Shawn J•
Feb 20, 2018
Very disappointing course offering; do not pay, do not audit, just read through the syllabus and move on.
By Jack B•
Nov 01, 2018
Supremely basic and a near total lack of notes. Helpful only if you have zero experience in screen writing.
By Karan T•
Jan 17, 2019
So fun and it didn't seem like a task to do, it seemed more like a hobby.
By Jesus G•
Dec 18, 2018
By Francisco F G L•
Feb 22, 2019
Great course, amazing experience!
Feb 22, 2019
The course was crisp. I could learn at my pace. Assignments were very helpful. I enjoyed the well designed course
By Ali M•
Feb 15, 2019
Great course to take for starting your ideas flowing.
By Edward H•
Mar 11, 2019
I took this course out of curiosity. I just want to know if I have it in me the creative flare.
By Annette B•
Mar 29, 2019
Excellent preparation for those of us interested in writing scripts for movies, t
By Teresa E•
May 05, 2018
This course is very fast paced and challenging but I really loved it. It doesn't leave enough time for self doubt and really forces you to actually do some writing. I would recommend this course for first time writers but also for more experienced writers who need a deadline and a structure to get them to write and to finish something. Love the course!
By Sara A F•
Jul 25, 2016
I loved this course, it was eye opening for me. I've always loved writing but I've never studied it. taking this course helped me explore my writing more.
I totally recommend it to anyone!
By SHIVA K P V V•
Sep 30, 2016
Quite exciting from the first video lesson itself. Great motivation and guidance.
By Liam G•
Aug 06, 2016
Straight to the point. The way any writing course should be. Brilliant.
By Vishal S•
Jun 24, 2016
Feb 19, 2017
Fantastic, hand-on opportunity. You can't learn to write unless you are doing a project. Great course structure!