History of National Screenwriters Day

ScreenwritingU.com, the leading education source for screenwriters worldwide, founded National Screenwriters Day. Its purpose is to recognize the talents behind the scripts coming out of the television and film world.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day in July of 2016.

On January 5, when the credits roll on your favorite show or movie, admire the writers on National Screenwriters Day!


You’ve probably heard of Steven Spielberg, the great director, who is known for Saving Private RyanRaiders of The Lost Arc, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

But do you know that Spielberg didn’t write any of those movies? They were all written by the screenwriter (Robert Rodat, Lawerence Kasdan, and Melissa Mathison respectively).

Inside the industry, these screenwriters are well known for their ability. They crack the story, create great roles for actors, and write memorable dialogue. But there are also writers in living rooms all around the world, tapping away at their keyboards, writing what could be the next breakout movie.

Listen to what Ryan Reynolds said when he received the award for Best Actor.

“I’d like to take this chance to thank the screenwriters, not just the ones on Deadpool, but everywhere. It is a hugely undervalued asset in Hollywood. They are the architects. They make us look good.”
– Ryan Reynolds accepting the 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor

So why haven’t we heard of these creative souls?

You will. Starting right now with National Screenwriters Day!


  • Research the latest interviews with top screenwriters to learn about their mysterious vocation.
  • Look up the origins of your favorite movie. Who is the screenwriter?
  • Using #NationalScreenwritersDay on social media and share your favorite screenwriter.
  • Encourage a screenwriter you know.
  • Work on your screenplay.
  • Take a course on screenwriting to boost your career.