Aaron SorkinTeaches Screenwriting

Aaron Sorkin

Teaches Screenwriting
13 VIDEO LESSONS, 12 min/lessonAll-levelsLesson Workbooks
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Watch, listen, and learn as Aaron teaches the essentials of writing for television and film.


A downloadable workbook accompanies the class with lesson recaps and supplemental materials.


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Lesson Plan

  • 01


    Meet Aaron. He's an Oscar winner, a TV hitmaker, and the writer of some of the smartest dramas ever to hit the screen. And now, he's your instructor.

  • 02

    Intention & Obstacle

    Every great story is born from intentions and obstacles. Learn how to build the "drive shaft" that will set your script in motion.

  • 03

    Story Ideas

    How do you know if your idea is good enough to turn into a script? Aaron walks you through the steps every writer should take to test an idea—and decide whether it will work best in TV or film.

  • 04

    Developing Characters: Part 1

    Aaron shares some of the decisions he made to develop some of his most unforgettable characters—like The Social Network's Mark Zuckerberg and The West Wing's Toby and Leo.

  • 05

    Developing Characters: Part 2

    Your characters don't have to be like you—or even likeable. Drawing on examples from A Few Good Men and Steve Jobs, Aaron explains why he always empathizes with his characters even if he disagrees with them.

  • 06


    Good research is the key to a great script. Bad research is a waste of time. How can you tell the difference? Aaron shares lessons from Malice and The Social Network to help you gather the information you really need.

  • 07

    Incorporating Research

    You have pages of research—now what? Avoid clunky exposition and learn how to seamlessly weave research into your story.

  • 08

    The Audience

    Aaron knows that the audience isn't just watching his work. They're participating in it, too. Learn how to write stories that will keep them engaged and entertained.

  • 09

    Rules of Story

    The rules of great drama aren't new. Here, Aaron explains how most of them were laid out more than 2,000 years ago by Aristotle in his Poetics, and how to use those lessons to become a diagnostician for your own story ideas.

  • 10

    Writing Scenes: Part 1

    A great story is more than just a collection of great scenes. Learn how to give your script momentum from one beat to the next.

  • 11

    Writing Scenes: Part 2

    Your script only has one opening scene. Make it memorable by introducing your theme, grabbing the audience, and setting up your characters' intentions and obstacles.

  • 12

    Writing Captivating Dialogue

    If you want to write Aaron Sorkin-worthy dialogue, learn from the master himself on how to make music with your words and put them to the test by performing your own scenes out loud.

  • 13

    Closing Thoughts

    In the final lesson, Aaron offers his parting wisdom and leaves you with one more assignment that will last the rest of your life.

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