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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Script Writing: Write a Pilot Episode for a TV or Web Series (Project-Centered Course) by Michigan State University

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About the Course

What you’ll achieve: In this project-centered course*, you will design a series bible and write a complete pilot episode for your own unique television or web series, be it drama or comedy or something in between. You’ll learn to break down the creative process into components, and you’ll discover a structured process that allows you to produce a polished and pitch-ready script in just a few weeks. Completing this project will increase your confidence in your ideas and abilities, and you’ll feel prepared to pitch your first script and get started on your next. Here is a link to a trailer for the course. To view the trailer, please copy and paste the link into your browser. This is a course designed to tap into your creativity and is based in "Active Learning". Most of the actual learning takes place within your own activities - that is, writing! You will learn by doing. "Thank you so much for your direct way of teaching this course. It was encouraging for us all to creatively flow and find our own voice in writing and developing our scripts. This aspect was very important to me." Ingrid The course curriculum is simple: you’ll write, revise your work, and share feedback with your peers. I am a proponent of Experiential Learning (active learning). My lectures are short (sometimes just two minutes long) and to the point, designed in a step-by-step process essential to your success as a script writer. I will guide you but I won’t "show" you how to write. I firmly believe that the only way to become a writer is to write, write, write. “David's lecture style for this course is inspired. The videos are succinct and engaging. When I watch the lectures I feel David’s sincere desire for me to create something truly amazing. He is teaching us how to write a script, and he is providing wisdom and tools that will help us do so in a compelling way - by writing; not by watching him talk at us.” - A R Adamson What you’ll need to get started: To begin with, any basic word processor will do. During week two, you can choose to download some free scriptwriting software such as Celtx or Trelby or you may choose to purchase Final Draft, or you can continue to use your word processor and do your own script formatting. Learner Review: "I am in love with this course. Having never written a script before, or any substantive fiction since college (15 years ago) I had a small idea in my head that has now exploded into something I really believe in. David's guidance is spot on, he's his own compelling story teller, he gives you enough, and then you have to figure it out, make it happen, WRITE! WRITE! WRITE! " If you have any concerns regarding the protection of your original work, Coursera's privacy policy protects the learner's IP and you are indeed the sole owners of your work. *About Project-Centered Courses: This is a ‘project-centered course’, which means it is designed specifically to help you complete a personally meaningful real-world project, with your instructor and a community of learners with similar goals providing guidance and suggestions along the way. By actively applying new concepts as you learn, you’ll master the course content more efficiently; you’ll also get a head start on using the skills you gain to make positive changes in your life and career. When you complete the course, you’ll have a finished project that you’ll be proud to use and share. Time: 1-2 hours of study, 30+ hours of active project work...

Top reviews

Jun 13, 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 27, 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.

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By Nicholas N

Oct 9, 2018

This course will teach you the proper way to create a three act- screenplay. I loved it.

By Robert M

Jul 23, 2019

This course changed my life and helped me harness a genius within i never thought i had!


May 21, 2020

Thank You for teaching me this course. I hope this will make my career more effective.

By Ellie

Jul 24, 2017

I really enjoyed the course and feel I have learned a lot that I can use in the futtur


Jun 11, 2020

i really had fun. learnt a lot and i am really excited thank you for the opportunity

By Tshepo M

Dec 30, 2019

Amazing course. Thank you for directing and guiding my process into scriptwriting.

By Annette B

Mar 29, 2019

Excellent preparation for those of us interested in writing scripts for movies, t

By Shiva K P V V

Sep 30, 2016

Quite exciting from the first video lesson itself. Great motivation and guidance.

By Rennes L T

Jul 26, 2017

A really tough module but definitely fruitful in getting you started in writing!

By Atharva

Oct 28, 2020

Very nicely explained by David Wheeler Sir it was difficult course but worth it

By Karolina A A

Jun 17, 2019

Awesome and very good course. Thanks for them you can get very useful knowledge

By Sasha J D E

Feb 4, 2018

This course is really fun. It really gets my creative juices going as a writer.

By David D

Apr 5, 2018

This course is challenging and has pushed me to develop my ideas and writing.

By Eyebiokin S S

Jun 24, 2020

An excellent and step-by-step breakdown of the basic skill of screenwriting.

By Deepak S

Aug 8, 2017

I love this course. I want to thank our mentor Jan for helpful instructions.

By Matthew L

Apr 29, 2018

This is just what I needed to get moving! Very clear and helpful deadlines.

By Lisa E

Jun 13, 2016

Wonderful class to get that idea out of your head and on paper...finally!!!

By Yotam E

Apr 26, 2020

Great course, the videos are very helpful and the peer grading works well

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 Liam G

Aug 6, 2016

Straight to the point. The way any writing course should be. Brilliant.

By Yunus Ç

Aug 6, 2020

Thx for all.I learned very good information about writing a script.

By Terrence M

Jul 4, 2017

Really enjoyed this course. I learned a lot, and it got me writing.

By Fiona B R

Aug 5, 2019

I really learnt a lot from this course, would highly reccommend.

By J J K 1

May 19, 2020

An interactive forum should be encouraged, as it being done so!