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!
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 Brittany N•
I really loved taking this course. It forced me to sit down and write almost every day, and I really appreciate that. I've learned so much, and I love the fact that I can learn things from fellow students.
I'm ALREADY optimistic about my confidence and capabilities. I write down crazy ideas all of the time. This will not give me a framework for which I can have tons of fun and maybe get a show out there!
By Joey L•
Excellent quality assignments. Really the best online writing course I've found. This is a teacher that knows what he's doing, and how to draw out the best of his students' unique ideas and talents.
By Kristin H•
The applied projects were great, and I learned a lot from the peer review assignments. However, I would have liked to get more professional or structured feedback on my work or ideas at some point.
By Tim M•
Great course. Learned a great deal about script writing. Much of the peer feedback was very helpful and useful, but a small portion of the peers were did not seem to be very engaged or helpful.
By Ciera M•
Very enjoyable course! However, I think that it would have been nice to have some more professional viewing of our work, since several of us were taking in this information for the first time.
By Michelle B•
Would like a little bit more about how to protect my intellectual rights. In addition, I would like to know how to properly create a series bible.
By Paula M•
Great course that was well paced, in helping me gather my ideas on paper and completing a first episode for my series concept--- Thank you
By Zeid A•
It's a great course that helped me learn a lot. I wish the grading was depended on on more people other than course colleagues.
By aman g•
Quite good introductory course on script writing, enjoyed writing my first pilot episode of my series
By David G•
I enjoyed the class. Wish there was a little more feedback from a mentor or instructor.
By Jessie U•
I enjoyed it! It gave me the introductory skills I needed to begin script writing.
By Amritesh S•
The tag in my certificate is missing. If anyone knows why please let me know.
By Sharon E L•
Good course, pushes students to be creative and step out of the box!
By Ayush G•
The course is perfect but it can be little more descriptive
By Esther M•
Love the project orientation of class
By Adewuyi O•
I enjoyed the class perfectly,thanks
By maayan c•
really really nice and helpfull.
By Benjamin A•
A good place to provide the structure and discipline for your first script writing endeavour. However, the most fundamental element is the peer review feedback, in order to adapt and develop your work. This was more or less absent from the course, with the yes/no grading system and 'optional' written feedback, most fellow students wrote nothing or simply a single line of no constructive value. This may be because you must read and assess 5 peer projects and I suppose some people feel it is too time consuming. Also, the outdated videos still promise feedback from the course creator for the top 5 highest peer graded projects, but this was only the case the first time the course ran. I felt the videos themselves didn't offer any real 'lessons' or insight into scriptwriting, again it was really just the enforced deadline that was useful, if you have the personal discipline and integrity you could achieve the same without the course.
By Candace L•
I enjoyed taking the course because I really need deadlines in order to complete writing assignments. However, the class doesn't do much to concretely help you be a better writer or get to that finish line with skill. If I hadn't studied screenwriting already, I don't think I would've had a clue of what a TV script is supposed to look like, how to create characters, plot points, etc. The 90-second video instructions for what each act should include are vague. The approach that you can't read books to learn how to write also means that are no resources given as guidance. I like that there's a peer review requirement, but people rarely left feedback. It would've been nice if collaboration was somehow mandatory.
By Dmitry K•
I understood the point that in script writing matters more than theory but I don't think that it's right that all marks I got I received from other with me with zero feedback from lectors and teachers.
Definitely I wouldn't pay for sertificate but as first step and making some ready draft for further polishing the script this course was enough. So from one side it helped me to move forward with my idea but on other hand I didn't get any professional feedback and advices from teacher. There were some very useful comments from other students but I also need some help from people who are real professionals in it.
Participants aren’t required to give written feedback and so most of the time they skip that part. You’re left with essentially an up or down vote on most critiques without much context as to why and then asked to revise based on that, which is difficult to do. The helpful tips for each assignment are on the discussion board but they really should be part of the instructions because they are basically more comprehensive instructions. The videos are helpful encouragement. The deadline schedule is useful to keep you on track.
By Shaun D•
The course is only good for pushing you to write, introducing you to the software and a very basic introduction to formatting a script. There is no ‘teaching’ beyond saying ‘there is a beginning a middle and an end- go and write it!’
By Dulce J C•
Material or better explanation of the format of some of the deliverables would be helpful. The internet contains different formats and examples; unless all of them are correct, a bit of more direction would be better.
By Ramiro A Z•
I like the course, it is pretty good to learn screenplay, but
They need to explain a little some topics that new writers maybe don't understand. Submerge more in some topics and explain it.