I got this question recently:
“Do you think it is just enough to read lots of different scripts and self teach through that or do you suggest actually taking any courses from professionals or anything similar to that?”
I’m not huge on eduction. It certainly helps but I would say it’s fairly unimportant. Since you’re going to be writing for a long time without pay you’re going to need to be really self motived and write a lot. That’s the most important thing. And with the constant writing you should be reading a lot of scripts, reading screenwriting how-to books, and simply seeing a lot of movies, and thinking about what you’ve seen and read. With that said, if the time and money isn’t an issue then taking a few classes might be worth while. There are a lot of useless classes out there so be careful and make sure you’re getting what you pay for.