Writing Advice From The Jury Of Hollywood's Most Prestigious Screenwriting Competition!

By Arun Fulara. Posted on May 11, 2016

As screenwriting contests go, there are few bigger than The Academy’s Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. It is an international screenwriting competition that receives thousands of scripts from the world over. The Fellowships were started in 1985 with the stated aim of aiding new screenwriters & previous fellows include the writers of films like Erin Brockovich, Short Term 12The Transformer series of films, Castle (TV Series) amongst others.

This years' winners were recently announced; Elizabeth Chomko, What They Had, Andrew Friedhof, Great Falls, Anthony Grieco, Best Sellers,  Sam Regnier, Free Agent, Amy Tofte, Addis Abeka.

The jury sat down to look back on the entries this year & share their experience & expertise. It makes for an interesting reading & would be of great value to any writer. The jury includes Stephanie Allain (Dear White People, Hustle & Flow), Julia Chasman (25th Hour, Quills), Albert Berger (Nebraska, Little Miss Sunshine), Peter Samuelson (Arlington Road, Revenge of the Nerds) and Dana Stevens (Safe Haven, Life or Something Like It, For Love of the Game). 

We've distilled some of this wisdom for you. Read on;

1. Write more

"The more you write and the more you free yourself from outside expectation and the more you freely express yourself, that’s how you’ll start to find your authentic voice."

- Stephanie Allain

2. Write With Passion

"Write what you feel. Write with passion."

- Julia Chasman

3. Write With Imagination

"Go ahead and be as imaginative as you can be."

- Dana Stevens

4. Write What You Care For

"You have to have a feel for what you’re writing about, and you have to care about it deeply."

- Albert Berger

5. Rewrite

"Hone your script so you feel it is so good that there’s nothing else you can do."

- Stephanie Allain


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