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FROM OUR INSTRUCTORS
Ackerman, Hal. Write Screenplays That Sell… The Ackerman Way. Tallfellow Press (September 2003). Insights and coaching from the longtime Co-Chair of the UCLA screenwriting program.
Blacker, Ben & Ben Acker. The Thrilling Adventure Hour. Archaia Entertainment, LLC (August 20, 2013). Anthology of graphic stories based on the popular long-running live stage show and podcast.
Chitlik, Paul. Rewrite: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthen Structure, Characters, and Drama in your Screenplay (2nd Edition). Michael Wiese Productions (November 1, 2013).
Landau, Neil. 101 Things I Learned in Film School. Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (May 20, 2010). Concise, valuable tips for screenwriting.
Landau, Neil. The Screenwriter’s Roadmap: 21 Ways to Jumpstart Your Story. Focal Press (October 4, 2012). Includes interviews with successful screenwriters like David Koepp, David S. Goyer, Tony Gilroy, and many more.
Landau, Neil. The TV Showrunner’s Roadmap: 21 Navigational Tips for Screenwriters to Create and Sustain a Hit TV Series. Focal Press (December 20, 2013). Includes interviews with the showrunners for Breaking Bad, Modern Family, Homeland, and many more.
Landau, Neil. TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution. Focal Press (December 24, 2015). Featuring in-depth conversations with game-changing content creators, industry mavericks, and cultural influencers.
ETB Screenwriting: website from author, teacher, and consultant Laurie Hutzler, creator of the Emotional Toolbox to help you create compelling characters to drive your story.
No Budget Film School: Mark Stolaroff has designed a series of classes specifically for the no budget filmmaker, whether he or she is working with a budget of $200,000 or $2,000.
OTHER RECOMMENDED READING
Bennett, Xander. Screenwriting Tips, You Hack: 150 Practical Pointers for Becoming a Better Screenwriter. Focal Press; 1 edition (September 28, 2011). No nonsense yet thoughtful advice from an industry insider.
Egri, Lagos. The Art of Dramatic Writing. Merricat Publications (November 24, 2009). Written for playwrights, but the lessons apply to screenwriting, too.
Field, Syd. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (Revised Edition). Delta (November 29, 2005). Classic bestseller.
Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Anchor Books (September 1, 1995). Charming guidance and reflections to help writers find their voice and overcome their demons.
Snyder, Blake. Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need. Michael Wiese Productions (May 25, 2005). An show biz insider’s secrets to help sell your script.
Stern, Leonard & Diane L. Robison. A Martian Wouldn’t Say That: Memos TV Execs Wish They Hadn’t Written. Tallfellow Press (September 1, 2000). On the lighter side, a pamphlet compiling some of the most absurd notes ever given by film and TV executives.