Aaron Sorkin teaching screenwriting MasterClass online
Aspiring screenwriters, now’s your chance to get up close and personal with the Oscar-winning storytelling skills of Aaron Sorkin, as it was announced Wednesday the wordsmith will teach an online course via the education platform MasterClass.
Sorkin, whose writing credits include feature films like The Social Network, Moneyball, Steve Jobs, and TV programs such as The Newsroom and The West Wing, will teach screenwriting to cyber students through 25 video sessions, interactive assignments, and a 30-page workbook. The class will cover topics ranging from dialogue and story pacing to plot and character development.
“There’s a great tradition of writers from one generation giving a hand to the next group coming up—a tradition I got a lot of benefit from,” Sorkin said in a statement. “I think new screenwriters will come away from the MasterClass with a new sense of confidence.”
In addition to Sorkin, several other celebrities have entered the realm of cyber schooling in the past. Christina Aguilera launched her MasterClass singing course earlier this year, while James Franco taught Introduction to Screenwriting for Short Films via Skillshare in 2014. Kevin Spacey, Usher, Serena Williams, James Patterson, and Dustin Hoffman also teach courses on MasterClass, with open enrollment currently underway for an upcoming directing course to be taught by world-renowned filmmaker Werner Herzog.
All MasterClass courses are available on the platform’s website for $90.
Watch a trailer for Sorkin’s class in the video above, and check out a few preview photos from his teaching sessions, below.