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Legendary screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network, Steve Jobs) is partnering with the online education platform Master Class to offer a course on screenwriting that's being made available later this summer.
Over the course of 25 video lessons spanning five hours, Sorkin is going to share "his rules of storytelling, dialogue, [and] character development," critique select student submissions, and work with real-world examples from the decades he's spent writing movies, TV shows, and plays.
(A Master Class press release suggests he'll lead the class through a virtual writer's room session creating a new episode of The West Wing as a means of "demonstrating his process.") The course isn't fully available yet, but Master Class is accepting preenrollment for and promising early access in exchange.
Sorkin is a fascinating choice to lead a course like this, if only because he's one of the most distinctive screenwriters on the planet.
There are plenty of writers with the ability to find a good story, tell it, and get out of the way; Sorkin is not one of those writers.