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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.

1. Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need (2005)

Best Screenwriting Books You Should ReadHere’s what started the phenomenon: the best seller, for over 15 years, that’s been used by screenwriters around the world! Blake Snyder 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, including: The four elements of every winning logline The seven immutable laws of screenplay physics The 10 genres that every movie ever made can be categorized by ― and why they’re important to your script Why your Hero must serve your Idea Mastering…
Author(s): Blake Snyder

2. 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. In this revised edition of his premiere guide, the underpinnings of successful onscreen narratives are revealed in clear and encouraging language that will remain wise and practical as long as audiences watch stories unfold visually—from hand-held devices to IMAX to virtual reality . . . and…
Author(s): Syd Field

3. 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. In order to explain the difference, Chamberlain created the Nutshell Technique, a method whereby writers identify eight dynamic, interconnected elements that are required to successfully tell a story.Now, for the…
Author(s): Jill Chamberlain

4. 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. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood’s inner sanctums…on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President’s Men, and other films…into the plush offices of Hollywood producers…into the working lives of acting greats such as Redford, Olivier, Newman, and Hoffman…and into his own professional experiences and creative thought processes in the…
Author(s): William Goldman

5. 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. His experience in the industry and as a screenwriting professor and coach have led him to recognize that it’s the selection of the initial idea that is the most important part of the process — with the most impact on the project’s chance of success. And as Mr. Bork knows from experience, this choice takes a lot…
Author(s): Erik Bork

6. 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. Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby’s own…
Author(s): John Tru| Oct 14, 2008

7. 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. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover five books in one!A Screenwriting Primer that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics;A Screenwriting Workbook that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final…
Author(s): David Trottier

8. 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. Gain access to sample outlines, script pages, checklists, and countless other invaluable resources that will help you break into the industry and put you on the path to immediate success. In Write to TV, Second…
Author(s): Martie Cook

9. 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

10. 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 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.

The Wall Will Tell You: The Forensics of Screenwriting

Author(s): Hampton Fancher
Publisher: Melville House, Year: 2019, Size: 550 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2342034

Gender Inequality in Screenwriting Work

Author(s): Natalie Wreyford
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311410

Constructing Transgressive Sexuality in Screenwriting: The Feiticeiro/a as Character

Author(s): LJ Theo
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2153486

Screenwriting 101: Mastering the Art of Story

Author(s): Angus Fletcher
Publisher: The Teaching Company, Year: 2017, Size: 36 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2171652

Ethics in Screenwriting: New Perspectives

Author(s): Steven Maras (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2016, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1678550

Hollywood Screenwriting Directory Spring/Summer: A Specialized Resource for Discovering Where & How to Sell Your Screenplay

Author(s): Douma, Jesse (editor); Perez, Dinah (Editor)
Publisher: F W Media, Year: 2016, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2071876

How to Write a Script with Dialogue That Doesn’t Suck

Author(s): Michael Rogan
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2016, Size: 106 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2240988

Storyboarding: A Critical History

Author(s): Chris Pallant, Steven Price
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2015, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1419131

Trough of Hell: How to Conclude Act Two of Your Screenplay with Maximum Impact

Author(s): H.R. D'Costa
Publisher: , Year: 2014, Size: 372 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 1172479

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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