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Film Genre for the Screenwriter

by Jule Selbo

Film Genre for the Screenwriter is a practical study of how classic film genre components can be used in the construction of a screenplay. Based on Jule Selbo's popular course, this accessible guide includes...


Genre: A Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen

by Andrew Tidmarsh

What makes tragedy tragic? What makes comedy comic? What does Much Ado About Nothing have in common with When Harry Met Sally? Seneca with Desperate Housewives? Goldoni with Frasier?

In Genre: A Guide to Writing...


Writing for Visual Media

by Anthony Friedmann

This updated edition of Writing for Visual Media will enable you to understand the nature of visual writing that lies behind the content of all visual media. This unique kind of writing must communicate to audiences...


Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures in the Screen Trade

by William Goldman

From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new...


Constructing Dialogue: Screenwriting from Citizen Kane to Midnight in Paris

by Mark Axelrod

Unlike most screenwriting guides that generally analyze several aspects of screenwriting, Constructing Dialogue is devoted to a more analytical treatment of certain individual scenes and how those scenes were...


Rewrite 2nd Edition: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in your Screenplay

by Paul Chitlik

Legendary screenwriting instructor and award-winning writer Paul Chitlik presents an easy-to-read, step-by-step process to take your script from first draft to submission.


Writing the Science Fiction Film

by Robert Grant

Writing the Science Fiction Film describes the kinds of stories that work best as science fiction, explores the parameters of the science fiction genre, and shows what science fiction can offer to writers that...


The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny

by Steven Kaplan

While other books give you tips on how to "write funny," this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding...


Shakespeare for Screenwriters: Timeless Writing Tips from the Master of Drama

by J. M. Evenson

Shakespeare for Screenwriters is the first book to use Shakespeare's works to examine the fundamentals of screenwriting. The book offers insight into what makes Shakespeare's creations so powerful by analyzing...


On Story-Screenwriters and Their Craft

by Austin Film Festival, Barbara Morgan & Maya Perez

Austin Film Festival (AFF) is the first organization of its kind to focus on the writer's creative contribution to film. Its annual Film Festival and Conference offers screenings, panels, workshops, and roundtable...


The Devil's Guide to Hollywood

by Joe Eszterhas

Mike Ovitz told him his Wilshire Blvd. "foot soldiers" would hunt him down. He's antagonized almost everyone at the top in Tinseltown. And now, Joe Eszterhas tells everything he knows -- in brief, quotable bursts...


Cut to the Chase: Writing Feature Films with the Pros at UCLA Extension Writers' Program

by Linda Venis

Accomplished writers from the renowned UCLA Extension Writers' Program provide an invaluable how-to book for aspiring feature film writers

Millions of people dream of writing a screenplay but don't know how...


Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist

by Walter Bernstein

In an immensely alive and pointed memoir by a writer who was himself blacklisted during what Lillian Hellman so aptly called "scoundrel time, " Bernstein recounts his passage from idealist to scapegoat. Chronicling...


Writing the Horror Movie

by Marc Blake & Sara Bailey

Tales of horror have always been with us, from Biblical times to the Gothic novel to successful modern day authors and screenwriters. Though the genre is often maligned, it is huge in popularity and its resilience...


The Psychology of Screenwriting: Theory and Practice

by Jason Lee

The Psychology of Screenwriting is more than an interesting book on the theory and practice of screenwriting. It is also a philosophical analysis of predetermination and freewill in the context of writing and...


Writing History in Film

by William Guynn

Historical film has been an important genre since the earliest silent films. The French Revolution, the American Civil War, the conquest of the New World, World War II--all have been repeatedly represented in...


Writing Screenplays That Sell, New Twentieth Anniversary Edition

by Michael Hauge

For more than twenty years, Writing Screenplays That Sell has been hailed as the most complete guide available on the art, craft, and business of writing for movies and television. Now fully revised and updated...


Green Shadows, White Whale

by Ray Bradbury

In 1953, the brilliant but terrifying titan of cinema John Huston summons the young writer Ray Bradbury to Ireland. The apprehensive scribe's quest is to capture on paper the fiercest of all literary beasts...


Writing History in Film

by William Guynn

Historical film has been an important genre since the earliest silent films. The French Revolution, the American Civil War, the conquest of the New World, World War II--all have been repeatedly represented in...


Screenwriters on Screen-Writing: The Best in the Business Discuss Their Craft

by Joel Engel

Before any lights, camera, or action, there's the script--arguably the most important single element in filmmaking, and Screenwriters on Screen-Writing introduces the men and women responsible for the screenplays...