Amazon has launched its new Storywriter program, offering free, cloud-based screenwriting software. It’s the media giant’s latest effort to expand its original video and TV content. It will now also accept drama series submissions, in addition to the comedy and children series submissions.
This is part of Amazon Studios, which launched in 2010 as a way to crowdsource the process of finding new material for film and television programs. Writers can upload and make their works public, gain feedback, and ultimately have the opportunity to have their script purchased from Amazon. The children’s show Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street came to Amazon through this medium.
The software is aimed at newcomers who haven’t made a name for themselves in the screenwriting world. It coheres to the strict screenwriting form that some might not know despite their interest in getting into the craft. Amazon Storywriter auto-formats, supports the import and export of PDF files, FDX files, and Fountain formats. It saves work online, and includes an app for Chrome on both Mac and PC.