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Best Screenwriting Books You Should Read

There are countless Screenwriting courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (2005)

 Best Screenwriting Books You Should ReadHollywood’s script guru teaches you how to write a screenplay in “the ‘bible’ of screenwriting” (The New York Times)—now celebrating forty years of screenwriting success!Syd Field’s books on the essential structure of emotionally satisfying screenplays have ignited lucrative careers in film and television since 1979.
Author(s): Syd Field

The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting (2016)

 Best Screenwriting Books You Should Read"The Nutshell Technique cracks the code behind why we love the movies that we love. It guides you to organically write the story you want to tell." Veteran script consultant Jill Chamberlain discovered in her work that an astounding 99 percent of first-time screenwriters don't know how to tell a story. What the 99 percent do instead is present a situation.
Author(s): Jill Chamberlain

Adventures in the Screen Trade: A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting (1989)

 Best Screenwriting Books You Should ReadNow available as an ebook for the first time!No one knows the writer’s Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman.
Author(s): William Goldman

The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction (2018)

 Best Screenwriting Books You Should ReadMost screenwriting books tend to focus on story structure, scene writing, navigating the business, and other parts of the craft that come AFTER the initial choice of the central concept for a story.Multiple Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning writer/producer Erik Bork (HBO’s Band of Brothers) takes a different approach.
Author(s): Erik Bork

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller ()

 Best Screenwriting Books You Should ReadJohn 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, including Sleepless in Seattle, Scream, and Shrek. The Anatomy of Story is his long-awaited first book, and it shares all his secrets for writing a compelling script.
Author(s): John Tru| Oct 14, 2008

The Screenwriter’s Bible, 6th Edition: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (Expanded & Updated) (2014)

 Best Screenwriting Books You Should ReadThe 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 200,000 copies in its twenty-year life.
Author(s): David Trottier

Write to TV (2014)

 Best Screenwriting Books You Should ReadLearn to craft smart, original stories and scripts for a variety of television formats and genres, including comedy, drama, pilots, animation, made-for-TV movies, late night, and reality television. Hear directly from studio and network executives, agents, and managers on what they’re looking for in new writers and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Author(s): Martie Cook

Screenwriting for Teens: The 100 Principles of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know (2006)

 Best Screenwriting Books You Should ReadThis books gives teens -who go to the 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.
Author(s): Christina Hamlett

Screenwriting For Dummies (2008)

 Best Screenwriting Books You Should ReadSo you want to be a screenwriter? Whether you want to write a feature film or a TV script or adapt your favorite book, this friendly guide gives you expert advice in everything from creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to the studios. You get savvy industry tips and strategies for getting your screenplay noticed!
Author(s): Laura Schellhardt, John Logan

Best Screenwriting Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some screenwriting books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Naked Screenwriting

Author(s): Lew Hunter; Meg Gifford
ID: 2937271, Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

The Creative Screenwriter: 12 Rules to Follow—and Break—to Unlock Your Screenwriting Potential

Author(s): Hoxter, Julian
ID: 2575255, Publisher: Rockridge Press, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Format: epub

Robert De Niro at Work: From Screenplay to Screen Performance

Author(s): Adam Ganz, Steven Price
ID: 2883783, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to Chicago Tribune, others are drafted by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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