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Writing Movies for Fun and ProfitWriting Movies for Fun and Profit
Robert Ben Garant & Thomas Lennon
Possibly the most practical book on screenwriting ever written, and definitely the funniest. The co-writers of Night at The Museum and other hits (and flops) share insider secrets of how writers function within the Hollywood studio system, and teach everything you need to know to be a succesful (and wealthy) Hollywood writer. Hardcover, 320 pp. $29.99.

Writing SubtextWriting Subtext

Dr. Linda Seger
A book that not only knows the power of subtext but shows you how to use it to strengthen and deepen your screenwriting. Softcover, 163 pp. $19.95.


Memo From the Story Dept.Memo From the Story Dept.

Christopher Vogler & David McKenna
Picking up where his immensely successful The Writer's Journey left off, Christopher Vogler has produced an authoritative guide for screenwriters in the art of structure and character development. Softcover, 254 pp. $29.95.

Riding The AlligatorRiding The Alligator

Pen Densham
Rather than offering up yet another "how-to" book on screenwriting, Oscar-nominated Pen Densham instead delivers an inspiring, motivational and infinitely helpful guide to finding one's inner artistic voice, overcoming self-doubt, and dealing with challenges of living life as a writer. Softcover, 248 pp. $27.95.

Story LineStory Line
Jen Grisanti
This tremendously original approach to scriptwriting guides both aspiring and established writers through a process of mining one's own life experiences to enhance the authenticity and emotional depth of fiction. Softcover, 226 pp. $29.95.

The Art of Storytelling for Dramatic ScreeplaysThe Art of Storytelling for Dramatic Screenplays

Jack W. McAdam
An expert screenwriter shares his craft and tricks of the trade with an emphasis on dramatic structure, character driven plots and, most importantly, the art of telling a story. Softcover, 222 pp. $26.95.

Creative ScreenwritingCreative Screenwriting

Christina Kallas
Focusing on emotional structure, Creative Screenwriting sets out a genuinely original and creative approach to writing for the screen. Structured like a screenplay, the book moves through the pre-credit sequence to the epilogue, interweaving theory, practice, and case studies. Softcover, 240 pp. $30.00.

The Woman in the StoryThe Woman in the Story
Helen Jacey
Venturing where other screenwriting guides fear to tread, The Woman in the Story provides screenwriters and storytellers with a groundbreaking creative paradigm for the creation of memorable female characters. Softcover, 211 pp. $32.95.

Essentials of ScreenwritingEssentials of Screenwriting
Richard Walter
If you're fortunate enough to win a seat in Professor Richard Walter's legendary class at UCLA film school, you can be confidant that your career has just taken a quantum leap. He knows what it takes to write a script that sells -- from idea to polished draft to lucrative studio deal. In this updated edition, Walter integrates his highly coveted lessons and screenwriting principles from his two previous books, and includes new advice on how to turn your ideas into great movie or tv scripts. Softcover, 376 pp. $20.00.

The Coffee Break Screenwriter	The Coffee Break Screenwriter
Pilar Alessandra
You do have time to write your screenplay! Leading Hollywood screenwriting instructor Pilar Alessandro shows you how to write a screenplay without quitting your job or leaving your family. Packed with more than sixty ten-minute writing tools, The Coffee Break Screenwriter keeps it focused and simple. Writers -- from novice to professional -- benefit at every stage of the writing process with this relaxed, "ten minutes at a time" method. Softcover, 264 pp. $29.95.

Reflections of the ShadowReflections of the Shadow

Jeffrey Hirschberg
What do all classic films have in common? Compelling stories driven by brilliant characters -- both good and bad. This powerful book will show you how to write a great screenplay, teleplay, or novel by helping you create one-of-a-kind heroes and villains that audiences will never forget. Softcover, 261 pp. $33.95.

The Virgin's PromiseThe Virgin's Promise

Kim Hudson
In storytelling, the Virgin and the Hero have a yin and yang relationship as they journey to embrace their power as individuals. This unique book demystifies the complexities of archetypes and clearly outlines the steps of a Virgin's Journey to realize her dream. Screenwriters who put this practical guide to use will be able to enrich their writing with this provocative new theory. Softcover, 192 pp. $23.95.

Basic Filmmaking: ScreenwritingBasic Filmmaking: Screenwriting

Robert Edgar-Hunt, John Marland & James Richards
This book explores existing movies to illustrate key concepts and contains exercises designed to test and build on the reader's understanding of screenwriting. The text includes drafts of a short screenplay written for the book; taking the reader through the complete process from formulating the initial draft to preparing film pitches. Softcover, 207 pp. $35.95.

Crafting Short Screenplays that ConnectCrafting Short Screenplays that Connect

Third Edition
Claudia Hunter Johnson
Learn to write compelling screenplays that connect with your viewer's emotions using the techniques and guidance found in this book. It introduces the crucial element of "human connection" to the screenwriting and story creation process for short films, increasing your ability to write richer, more resonant screenplays that will touch audiences. Softcover, 321 pp. $35.95.

Writing and Script: A Very Short IntroductionWriting and Script: A Very Short Introduction
Andrew Robinson
Without writing, there would be no recording, no history, no science, and of course, no books, newspapers or emails. But when, where and how did it start? And how do we decipher forgotten scripts? Softcover, 157 pp. $11.95.

The Hollywood StandardThe Hollywood Standard

Second Edition
Christopher Riley
This is the definitive guide to professional script formats, written by Hollywood's foremost authority. Inside you will learn how to use format to communicate your ideas clearly and powerfully, as well as how to eliminate common mistakes so your script looks professional. This new edition has been considerably expanded and updated. Softcover, $29.95.

Screen PlaysScreen Plays

David S. Cohen
Every green-lighted screenplay travels a long and harrowing road from idea to script to celluloid. In this fascinating survey of contemporary film craft, David Cohen of Script and Variety magazines interviews screenwriters from across the board--Oscar winners and novices alike--to explore what sets blockbuster successes apart from downright disasters. Softcover, 342 pp. $19.99.

Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That SellGenre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell

Stephen V. Duncan
This pragmatic guide does not attempt to probe the deepest psyche of screenwriters and directors of famous or seminal films, nor does it attempt to analyze the deep theoretic machinations of films. Rather, its simple goal is to give the reader, the screenwriter, a practical guide to writing each popular film genre. Employing methods as diverse as using fairy tales to illustrate the "how to" process for each popular genre, and discussing these popular genres in modern television and its relation to its big screen counterpart, Steven V. Duncan provides a one-stop shop for novices and professionals alike. Softcover, 203 pp. $20.95.

The Soul of ScreenwritingThe Soul of Screenwriting

Keith Cunningham
In The Soul of Screenwriting, Keith Cunningham distills the wisdom of more than twenty years of his screenwriting and story development seminars. Starting from within the writer's creative experience, he asks two crucial and often overlooked questions: How do we get to the core of our story? And how do we balance our concern for the finished product with our own creative process? Softcover, 477 pp. $32.95.

Gardner's Guide to Screenplay: The RewriteGardner's Guide to Screenplay: The Rewrite

Julie Selbo
Gardner's Guide to Screenplay: The Rewrite is the quintessential guide for screenwriters looking to make their first draft screenplay that is ready to send to producers or agents - or to go before the camera. This book offers step-by-step guidance on how to illuminate characters more fully, focus the story and bring out the theme in the rewriting process. This must-have companion to Julie Selbo's first book is for screenwriters serious about getting their film story produced. Softcover, 304 pp. $38.95.

Romancing the A-List: Writing the Script the Big Stars Want to MakeRomancing the A-List: Writing the Script the Big Stars Want to Make

Christopher Keane
Savvy writers know that the secret to selling your script is to write sommething that the bankable actors will want to make. Romancing the A-List focuses the screenwriter's attention on the only sure way of getting a movie made - the A-List actor. Softcover, 217 pp. $22.95.

Understanding ScreenwritingUnderstanding Screenwriting
Tom Stempel
Feisty, clever, entertaining, and full of insight for novice and expert screenwriters alike, Understanding Screenwriting is the perfect book for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of how screenplays work. Softcover, 230 pp. $24.95.

The Anatomy of StoryThe Anatomy of Story

John Truby
John Truby is one of the most respected and sought-after story consultants in the film industry, and his students have gone on to pen some of Hollywood's most successful films. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited forst book, and in it he shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script. The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of concepts and archetypes from philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby's own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative. Hardcover, 445 pp. $33.00.

45 Master Characters45 Master Characters

Victoria Lynn Schmidt
45 Master Characters will make your characters and their stories more compelling, complex and original than ever before. You'll explore the most common male and female archetypes - the mythic cross-cultural models from which all characters originate - and learn how to use them as foundations for your own unique characters. Softcover, 298 pp. $16.50.

The Screenwriting FormulaThe Screenwriting Formula

Rob Tobin
The Screenwriting Formula is not just about how to write a killer screenplay - it also explains the structure that movie executives are looking for, as well as how ro transform an idea into a fully-loaded script, packed with action and ready to go. With The Screenwriting Formula, you have eveything you need to take you from idea to the big screen. Softcover, 202 pp. $16.50.

Emotional Structure: A Guide for Screenwriters Emotional Structure: A Guide for Screenwriters
Peter Dunne
Emotional Structure, by Emmy and peabody Award-winning producer, writer, and teacher Peter Dunne, is for those times when the plot fits nicely into place like pieces in a puzzle, yet an elemental, terribly important something remains missing. Scene after scene, Dunne's guide shows you how to develop the dramatic equilibrium of incident and response, of intellect and emotion that will turn your screenplay's problems into its power. Softcover, 405 pp. $19.95.

Fast, Cheap & Written That WayFast, Cheap & Written That Way

John Gaspard
This book bursts open the thinking behind 23 very successful low-budget movies and shares techniques for making a little go a long way. It includes in-depth interviews with screenwriters with such credits as Academy Award-nominated films as You Can Count on Me, Metropolitan, and Capote. Softcover, 304 pp. $32.95.

Gardner's Guide to Screenplay: From Idea to Successful ScriptGardner's Guide to Screenplay: From Idea to Successful Script

Jule Selbo
The most practical and inspiring book for the beginning and experienced screenwriter. Featuring the Eleven Step Story Structure, this system is hailed as the gold standard for understanding film story through character. Full of examples and excercises and story breakdowns of major motion pictures, this book will stimulate your creativity. Softcover, 332 pp. $38.95.

How to Write a ScreenplayHow to Write a Screenplay

Mark Evan Schwartz
This book is the first screenwriting manual written in the form of a screenplay, about an aspiring screenwriter named Danny who'll go through extreme lengths and mysterious places to be able to write a brilliant screenplay to win the heart of Bebe, the girl he is hopelessly in love with. The book also includes a foreward explaining how to get the most out of the screenplay, the log line, the synopsis, character bios, the treatment and "The Pitch"-- an important scene showing the author pitching his screenplay to a big-shot producer. Softcover, 110 pp. $19.95.

The Scene Book: A Primer For the Fiction WriterThe Scene Book: A Primer For the Fiction Writer

Sandra Scofield
The Scene Book is a guide to crafting more effective scenes in fiction. In clear, simple language, award-winning author Sandra Scofield shows both the beginning and the seasoned writer how to build better scenes, the underpinning of any good narrative. Softcover, 247 pp. $17.50.

Screenwriting for TeensScreenwriting for Teens: The 100 Principles of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know
Christina Hamlett
This book gives teens -- who go to movies more than any age group in the world -- the tools to do more than just watch those movies; it gives them the tools to write their own films. Targeted to the interests and vocabularies of junior high school students, each chapter defines a concept, illustrates it with examples of current and/or classic films, and challenges its readers with creative writing, analytical, and discussion exercises. Softcver, 228 pp. $25.95.

Crafting Short Screenplays That ConnectCrafting Short Screenplays That Connect

Second Edition
Claudia Hunter Johnson
The beauty and power of any story lies in its ability to connect with its audience. Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect is the first screenwriting guide to introduce connection as an essential aspect of creating stories for the screen and of the screenwriting process itself. Written with clarity and humour, this book teaches the craft of writing short screenplays by guiding beginning writers through carefully focused exercises. Softcover, $37.95.

Real ScreenwritingReal Screenwriting: Strategies and Stories from the Trenches
Ron Suppa
Real Screenwriting provides the real deal on the art, craft, business, and everyday life of a screenwriter. Written by a former entertainment lawyer turned successful Hollywood film producer and produced screenwriter, and gleaned from the author's popular screenwriting seminars at UCLA Extension school, this book provides aspiring writers with the inspiration and tools they need to get their stories on the page, and eventually onto the screen. Softcover, 409 pp. $31.95.

How to Be Your Own Script DoctorHow to Be Your Own Script Doctor
Jennifer Kenning
How to Be Your Own Script Doctor is the first book to teach screenwriters of all levels how to professionally evaluate and amend their script the same way as a professional. It's a focused, analytical tool dedicated solely to the rewriting process of a screenplay - and an inexpensive alternative to hiring a professional. Softcover, 164 pp. $18.95.

How to Build a Great ScreenplayHow to Build a Great Screenplay: A Master Class in Storytelling for Film
David Howard
Drawing on decades of practical experience and savvy, David Howard deconstructs the craft of screenwriting and carefully reveals how to build a good story from the ground up. He eschews the "system" offered by other books, emphasizing that a great screenplay requires dozens of unique decisions by the author. Using examples from classic films such as Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Trainspotting, North by Northwest, Chinatown, and others, this is a veritable bible for the burgeoning screenwriter. Softcover, 446 pp. $19.95.

Writing the Character-Centered ScreenplayWriting the Character-Centered Screenplay
Andrew Horton
Since it first appeared in 1994, Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay has become a "must read" for screenwriters everywhere and turned many a novice into a professional screenwriter. In this expanded edition, Horton surveys the New Hollywood while always emphasizing the one element of a film that truly holds our interest -- character. Softcover, 237 pp. $23.95.

The Death and Life of DramaThe Death and Life of Drama: Reflections on Writing and Human Nature
Lance Lee
Using examples from both well-known classics and recent films, Lance Lee investigates how writers handle dramatic elements such as time, emotion, morality, and character growth to demonstrate why some films work while others do not. The Death and Life of Drama offers a rich understanding of the principles of successful dramatic writing for screenwriters and indeed everyone who enjoys movies and wants to know why some films have such enduring appeal for so many people. Softcover, 258 pp. $27.95.

The Way of the ScreenwriterThe Way of the Screenwriter
Ammon Buchbinder
This is much more than a "how-to" manual; it illuminates the why behind the how, treating screenwriting as the convergence of storytelling, writing and filmmaking. Full of useful contemporary examples, this is a book that will powerfully enhance the practical skills of beginning and experienced screenwriters alike. For anyone who loves movies, The Way of the Screenwriter reveals a rarely seen view into the heart of the world's pre-eminent storytelling medium. Softcover, 283 pp. $24.95.

Writing Short FilmsWriting Short Films
Second Edition
Linda Cowgill
Making short films is the best training ground for any aspiring filmmaker. In today's Hollywood, it is far easier to get an agent, producer or studio mogul to view a short film than it is to read a feature length screenplay. Using several popular examples, this book takes the reader through each and every step necessary to write a successful short screenplay. Softcover, 256 pp. $21.95.

Creating CharactersCreating Characters
Marisa D'Vari
Jumpstart your creativity with this captivating and powerful set of writing techniques to craft exciting characters who shock, surprise, and fascinate. Creating Characters introduces a new system of characterization that gives you the power to capture the personality traits of each character -- their mental fixations, unconscious thoughts, and defense mechanisms -- to write deeper, more authentic characters. Softcover, 233 pp. $35.95.

Save the Cat!Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need
Blake Snyder
He's made millions of dollars selling screenplays. Now one of Hollywood's most successful spec screenwriters tells all in this fast funny, and candid look inside the movie business. Save the Cat is just one of many ironclad rules for making your ideas more marketable and your script more satisfying -- and saleable. This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat. Softcover, 195 pp. $29.95.

Screenwriters' MasterclassScreenwriters' Masterclass
Kevin Conroy Scott
The secret of writing a successful screenplay is sought after by ever-growing numbers of scribes and enthusiasts. Screenwriters' Masterclass offers state-of-the-art advice in that line, through interviews with nineteen of the leading scriptwriters of our day whose insights are invaluable to any aspirant. Interviewees include: Ted Tally, Chris Weitz, Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Alex Garland, Alexander Payne, Scott Frank, and David O. Russell. Softcover, 391 pp. $34.50.

Ten Minutes to the PitchTen Minutes to the Pitch
Chris Abbott
Countless late nights at the computer and untold amounts of blood, sweat and tears have gone into your screenplay, but now that it's done, what do you do with it? Your next step in "the Pitch", but unless you possess the skills and know-how, your brilliant script will never progress beyond the printed word. Ten Minutes to the Pitch is a priceless resource, jam-packed with essential information that you are going to need to know before you pitch your idea. Softcover, 120 pp. $15.95.

Psychology for ScreenwritersPsychology for Screenwriters: Building Conflict in Your Script
William Indick
To make their stories come alive, screenwriters must understand human behaviour. Using this book, writers can make Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Alfred Adler, Erik Erikson, and Joseph Campbell their writing partners. Psychology for Screenwriters helps scribes craft psychologically resonant characters and conflict. You'll learn to create convincing motivation, believable identity development, and archetypes that produce authentic screen moments. Softcover, $37.95.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to ScreenwritingThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting
Third Edition
Skip Press
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting will shine the spotlight on the creative and buisness aspects of the trade and help you get your script from the computer screen to the silver screen. In this revised and updated Complete Idiots Guide, you get a step-by-step walkthrough of the screenwriting process: picking a winning idea, structuring and writing a script, and packaging a final draft for sale. Also includes tips on writing for television. Softcover, 378 pp. $24.00.

Screenwriting: The Sequencing ApproachScreenwriting: The Sequencing Approach
Paul Joseph Gulino
Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach
explores an often over-looked tool that can be key in solving the problem of sustaining audience involvement. The Sequence Approach has its foundation in early Hollywood cinema and has been rediscovered and used effectively at an increasing number of film schools. This concise, fascinating book exposes a wider audience to the approach for the first time, introducing the concept and then providing Sequence analysis of eleven significant feature films made between 1940-2001. Softcover, 230 pp. $21.95.

Screenplay: Writing the PictureScreenplay: Writing the Picture
Robin U. Russin & William Missouri Downs
This is a complete screenwriting course that provides in-depth discussions of theme, development, story research, script plotting and structuring, character development, methods that aid the actual writing and rewriting processes, the ins and outs of marketing and pitching scripts, and much more. Softcover, 438 pp. $34.95.

From Script to ScreenFrom Script to Screen
Linda Seger & Edward J. Whetmore
In interviews with over 70 of the top professionals in the film industry, Seger and Whetmore examine each artist's role in making a great script a great film. Along the way, you will meet the industry's leading writer's, directors, producers, actors, editors, composers, and others behind the scenes, each of whom offer their input into the collaborative art of filmmaking, vis a vis screenwriting. Softcover, 232 pp. $27.95.

Writing the Comedy FilmWriting the Comedy Film
Stuart Voytilla/Scott Petri
This book takes you into the world of comedy, and helps you discover the essential elements in writing for comedy. Using concise examples from the masters of the trade -- from Preston Sturges to the Farrelly Brothers -- Voytilla and Petri show you how to apply the time-proven "tenets of laughter" to your comedy screenplay. Softcover 213 pp. $20.95.

Writing Treatments That SellWriting Treatments That Sell
Second Edition
Kenneth Atchity and Chi Li Wong
Using dozens of examples from actual productions, Writing Treatments That Sell provides step-by-step instructions for preparing dynamite treatments for both film and television. Revised and expanded, this guide to writing treatments is an essential component to laying the foundation of a successful career in screenwriting. Softcover, 257 pp. $19.00.

Crafty Screenwriting
Crafty Screenwriting
Writing Movies That Get Made

Alex Epstein
Seasoned Development Executive, Alex Epstein shows the reader how to write a script that will make a producer think, "This is a movie!" Fresh, provocative, and funny, this book answers questions other books don't even ask and cheerfully slaughters the sacred cows of how-to screenwriting. Softcover, 274 pp., $18.00.

Raindance Writers' LabRaindance Writers' Lab: Write and Sell the Hot Screenplay
Second Edition
Elliot Grove
In this practical guide to screenwriting, the reader will learn everything from the basics of developing an idea, to making that all important sale. The included CD-ROM contains interviews with screenwriters, sample screenplays, writing exercises and much more. Softcover, 239 pp. $42.95.

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Aristotle's Poetics for ScreenwritersAristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters
Michael Tierno
In this book, Tierno examines the fundamentals of screenwriting, using techniques outlined in Poetics. He then applies these concepts to modern movie classics, including Citizen Kane, Rocky and Pulp Fiction. Tierno shows the reader how Aristotle's classic work can be invaluable to screenwriters and to anyone interested in plot structure. Softcover, $17.99.

Scenario: The Craft of ScreenwritingScenario: The Craft of Screenwriting
Tudor Gates
In Scenario, all of the essential building blocks of a film are discussed in depth: the need for a strong premise; the roles of protagonist and antagonist; the orchestration of plot, characters and dialogue leading to a clear resolution. This well-written, clear book, which will both instruct first -time writers, serve as a valuable check-list for established authors, and will help actors, teachers & directors in their task of deconstructing and assessing scripts. Softcover, $26.00.

Robert McKee
Substance, structure, style, and the principles of screenwriting. Award-winning methods from the man regarded as the world's premier screenwriting teacher. An insightful, practical book. Hardcover, $43.95; CD, $39.95.

Secrets of Screenplay StructureSecrets of Screenplay Structure
Linda J. Cowgill
Articulates the concepts of successful screenplay structure in clear language, based on the study and analysis of great films from the 30s to the 90s. Also covers ensemble and non-linear films. $21.95.


Alternative ScriptwritingAlternative Scriptwriting: Writing Beyond the Rules
Second Edition
Jeff Rush & Ken Dancyger
In a field where novelty often equals commercial success, scriptwriters often strive to create screenplays that are innovative and exceptional. Going beyond the conventional three-act structure and exploring more inventive approaches, Alternative Scriptwriting, second edition, challenges readers to take creative risks with genre, tone, character and structure. Examples and case studies demonstrate what works, what doesn't and why, and exercises encourage writers to explore new ways of viewing their work and test the limits of their skills. $44.50.

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