Volume 6, Issue 1


This page will serve as a resource for current and prospective screenwriters. One of the best ways to get started in screenwriting is to go out and just read as many as possible. There is a myriad of screenwriting instructional books available as well. Even after writing a few screenplays, though, one of the best ways to hone the craft is to keep reading screenplays and books about them.

The quality of some screenwriting books on the market is questionable at best, but a few of the widely accepted books include the following:

How Not to Write a Screenplay, by Denny Martin Flinn
-Flinn is a professional screenplay reader. He knows what gets thrown away. It will teach you the proper formatting and other basic information.

Secrets of Screenplay Structure, by Linda J. Cowgill
-Cowgill’s approach to teaching screenwriting assumes a basic knowledge of the form. She is more conceptual; this will hone screenwriters.

The Screenwriter’s Bible, by David Trottier
-Trottier presents a very condensed and expansive array of information, from basic structure to marketing.Another great source for screenwriting information, but one which also much be regarded with utmost discrimination, is the Internet. Simply entering the subject into Google heeds well over a million hits. So where to begin? These are a select few sites which have proven useful.

-This site provides a lot of basic information that can also be found in the aforementioned books. This is the budget way of learning the ropes.

-This is the American Screenwriters Association. The site is somewhat confusing to navigate, but look under the “Resources” heading for a variety of often-overlooked topics.

-The infamous Writer’s Guild of America. This link takes you immediately to the West branch. When you’re ready to register a screenplay or join the Guild, this is where to go.

-The specialty of this site is getting screenplays out there. The best part of this site is the extensive information about screenwriting contests.