I'm sure most people would agree that doctors need medical education and constant training, but what about actors, artists, writers? Is talent alone enough to succeed, or can your career in this increasingly competitive world be bettered by learning?
I thought I'd set up a poll to see what others think. It's probably best geared towards screenwriters, but I'd like to invite all writers to participate. The poll is on the left hand side of the blog, under my profile, and has a variety of options for you to choose from. I've enabled multiple option selection, so please do click any that apply to you. (I'm not sure how easy it will be to interpret multiple options but that's for me to worry about!)
Question: What level of writing education have you undertaken/would consider undertaking?
- Postgraduate education: screenwriting MA's, PGDips, creative writing MA's, etc
- Undergraduate education: English degrees, writing degrees, etc
- Writing Courses: for instance, 10 weeks of screenwriting nightclasses, intense weekend courses, Writer Academys, etc
- Occasional Workshops, Seminars, Masterclasses: such as the Adrian Mead, Raindance or Script factory workshops, or perhaps at Book, Film or Screenwriting festivals
- Writing books and guides: such as Robert McKee's Story, Stephen King's On Writing, William Goldman's Which Lie Did I Tell etc.
- Studied existing scripts or books: you can learn a lot from what's already been written
- Transferable experience: perhaps you are an actor, director or producer who has studied scripts, an editor or publisher who knows the business, etc. Also, I spelled this one incorrectly on the poll but I can't change it...
- None: you can't learn anything about writing from other people. If you have it, you have it.
I'll keep the poll open for one week - so until 12:00 GMT Tuesday 7th April.
I'd love to hear your views.