Teach Yourself: Complete Screenwriting Course
Getting your script right starts with the first idea and continues to selling your polished draft screenplay. Teach Yourself: Complete Screenwriting Course will take you through the whole process from beginning to end, and on – to getting an agent, working with others and developing a screenwriting career.
It also tells you the truth about screenwriting. Too many books, in my opinion, make the process of writing seem very neat and prescriptive, and make writers feel like failures if it doesn’t all fall into place first time. The reality is that writing is messy.
Everyone is different and the book explains the different ways that screenwriters can choose to work – with quotes and advice from top professionals, experienced screenwriters, and also directors, producers and executives who work all the time with writers.
Practical exercises will teach you the craft of writing for film and television, both mainstream and independent, the art of building your own plots, characters, dialogue and scenes. It gives you the skills you need to succeed.
It also helps you critique your own work and deal with typical screenwriting problems as they arise.
Hollywood and non-Hollywood
Unlike most other screenwriting books, Complete Screenwriting Course is not prescriptive. It shows you the mainstream Hollywood way, but also references many other styles and cultures from around the world, to help you find your own personal approach. You’ll learn the rules, but also how to break free of them, if you wish.
Develop your voice
This book is filled with essential writing tools, including techniques for overcoming writer’s block and how to find your unique voice. You will learn how to pitch and get your work optioned, how to work as part of a team and how to make the best use of social media. It’s a book to keep by your side whether you’re starting or already experienced – a comprehensive companion that you will want to keep coming back to.
Complete Screenwriting Course has been in Amazon’s screenwriting best seller lists, sold out completely at London Screenwriters’ Festival and is already recommended reading on MA screenwriting courses.
Raindance – Madison Rumowicz in In Our Opinion
Adrian Bain – The Screenplay
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