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Play and Script-Writing

Writing for performance: TV, film-scripts and screenplays, plays, soaps and comedy

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£11.99

Writing Dialogue for Scripts (Writing Handbooks)


Rib Davis
A & C Black Publishers Ltd
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£9.99

Writing Comedy: A Guide to Scriptwriting for TV, Radio, Film and Stage


Ronald Wolfe
Robert Hale Ltd

Slightly old-fashioned but thorough step-by-step guide to writing comedy for TV, radio, film and stage. ‘A "how-to" book on comedy writing by someone who really knows how to’, Denis Norden commented.


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£9.99

Writing Comedy (Writing Handbooks)


John Byrne
A & C Black Publishers Ltd

John Byrne breaks down the basics of writing comedy into simple steps and show you how to make the most of your individual comedy writing abilities.  Starting with the basics of writing jokes and short pieces, the book moves on to sitcoms and full length routines.  The author shows how to tailor material for radio, TV and print, and how to make contacts in the business and follow them up.  Fully updated to cover new markets from the Internet to broadband and interactive TV.


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£9.99

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting


Skip Press
Imprint Unknown

From the famous Idiot’s Guide series, this insider’s book demystifies the whole process and covers the screenwriter’s craft from structure to presentation.


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£9.99


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Writer's Handbook: Guide to Writing for Stage and Screen


Barry Turner
Macmillan

Collection of pieces on writing for the Screen, theatre, tv and radio, with insiders' contributions from Bob Ritchie, Timothy West, Mal Young and others.  Over 400 useful listings.  Our reviewer said: 'This book won’t teach you how to write plays – there are plenty of good books out there that can do this – but it will show you what to do with them next, and that’s important too.'


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£8.99

Writing a Play (Writing Handbooks)


Steve Gooch
A & C Black Publishers Ltd

The author uses his experience as a writer, teacher and literary manager to cover all stages of play-writing, including plotting and structure, characterisation, dialogue, rewriting, presentation, marketing and financial practicalities.


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£12.99

The Screenwriter's Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem (Dell Trade Paperback)


Syd Field
Delta (imprint of Dell Publishing)

In a follow-up to Screenplay, Syd Field returns to assist professional and aspiring screenwriters with this workbook. Using well-known films as examples, Field shows the writer how to recognise, locate, and solve problems in a screenplay.  This fairly basic approach may be just what you need.


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Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434: The Industry's Premier Teacher Reveals the Secrets of the Successful Screenplay


Lew Hunter
Perigee

Inspirational guide, regarded as something of a classic by those in the business, from an established screenwriter.  Hunter provides down-to-earth advice on everything from timing and rewriting to building characters and writing natural-sounding dialogue.


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£11.00

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting


Syd Field
Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group

A relaxed and inspirational classic from the golden days of screenwriting which shows you the movie world from the inside out.  Providing examples from well-known movies, Field explains the structural and stylistic elements as well as writing techniques basic to the creation of a successful film script.


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£16.99

The Complete Book of Scriptwriting


J.Michael Straczynski
Titan Books Ltd

A practical American approach, which starts with the fundamental skills required to write a feature film script, but broadens out to include other movies, sitcoms, soaps, serials and variety shows.


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Successful Script Writing: How to Write and Pitch Winning Scripts for Movies, Sitcoms, Soaps and Serials


Jurgen Wolff, Kerry Cox
Writer's Digest Books

A practical American approach, which starts with the fundamental skills required to write a feature film script, but broadens out to include other movies, sitcoms, soaps, serials and variety shows.


Play and Script-Writing

£7.99

Screenwriting (Teach Yourself: writer's library)


Raymond Frensham
Teach Yourself Books

How to transform your creative ideas into a format that will really work on screen.  Gives a good general round-up of the subject and specialist inside advice on subjects such as characterisation and the use of visual language.  Total Film Magazine said: 'everything that you need to know can be found between these covers'.


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Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting


Robert McKee
HarperAudio

In this huge and ambitious book, the distinguished author approaches screenwriting from a set of principles, but then gives a detailed analysis of how story works. Our  reviewer commented on his approach: 'As McKee puts it,  the art of story is the dominant cultural force in the world,  and film is its dominant medium.'


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£9.99

Writing For Television 3e: How to Write and Sell Successful TV Scripts


William Smethurst
How To Books

Professional tips and techniques, including how to sell your work and how much you can earn. Writers’ Monthly’s reviewer commented: ‘I can state categorically that Mr Smethurst’s advice does work’.


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Screenwriting


Lew Hunter
Robert Hale Ltd

Inspirational guide, regarded as something of a classic by those in the business, from an established screenwriter.  Hunter provides down-to-earth advice on everything from timing and rewriting to building characters and writing natural-sounding dialogue.


Play and Script-Writing

£15.99

WRITING FOR SOAPS (Writing Handbooks)


CHRIS CURRY
A&C Black

A veteran of the British soap Brookside shows you how to write for soaps - the biggest market for modern day dramatists - including useful inside information such as the specifics of the teamwork involved.


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£9.99

Art Of Dramatic Writing: Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives


Lajos Egri
Touchstone

Upmarket approach focusing on character, conflict and creative interpretation of human motive.


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£9.99

How to Write Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie Method


Viki King
William Morrow Paperbacks

Using the emotional journey of the hero, this tells you how to create a story idea, use the correct screenplay format, develop plot, portray characters, write realistic dialogue, handle writer's block, and submit a manuscript in a friendly and upbeat style. The author helps you get the story in your head onto the page, in effect guiding you through the writing of a movie.


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Teach Yourself Screenwriting New Edition (TY Creative Writing)


Ray Frensham
Teach Yourself

A good starting-point for screenwriters, covering writing, ideas and developing them, characters, structure, editing your work, how the industry works and how to sell your screenplay. Our reviewer said: 'if you think you’d like to try your hand at screenwriting and are not sure what’s involved, this is probably the best book to start with.'


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£7.99

Elements of Style for Screenwriters


Paul Argentini
Lone Eagle Publishing Co ,U.S.

Presenting itself as essential reference for screenwriters, this focuses on the art of clear and concise screenwriting, including the principles of screenplay formatting, structure and style.


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