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Introduction!

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If youve ever asked yourself:!
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How can I get more writing done in less time?!


What are the best podcasts, forums, and blogs?!
What software should I be using?!
Are there any screenwriting grants that I can get?!

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Youre in the right place.!
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Whether you are an aspiring screenwriter or an established pro looking to take your
career to the next level, your most valuable resource is your time.!

There are a dizzying array of websites, software packages, and more. Its easy to get
overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices and to waste time on the wrong things.!

Thats why I wrote 139 Essential Resources For Screenwriters. As a former film
executive with MGM who works with writers, directors, and producers, Ive had the
chance to test a wide variety of resources for screenwriters and other creative pros.!

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This list of tools and resources focuses on:!
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What I use myself!


What I recommend to my clients!
What top screenwriters I know recommend and use!

If you use a tool or resource that isnt on this list and you think it should be, drop me a
line at spalmer@goodinaroom.com and Ill check it out.!
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PS. You dont need to do everything in this eBook. Just pick an area that interests
you, and add one resource to your creative process. Small changes can have big
effects.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this e-book is for educational purposes only. I am doing
my best to provide you with the most accurate information and to link to the most
trustworthy sources. However, I am not liable for any losses you may incur. You use the
information I provide or the information I link to at your own risk.!

I do not receive money to positively review any products, services, or websites. I do


include affiliate links to products, services, and websites which I believe are the best
and most helpful.!

By reading this e-book, you agree that you alone are responsible for your business
decisions as they relate to the content of this e-book. I do not guarantee that using the
material in this e-book will make you successful.!

No part of this e-book may be reproduced, copied, sold in whole or part in any form,
without my prior written consent. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved.

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About The Author!

Stephanie was the Director of Creative Affairs for MGM where she heard over 3000
pitches and supervised the acquisition, development, and production of feature films.!

Some of her projects included 21, Legally Blonde, Be Cool,


The Brothers Grimm, Agent Cody Banks, Agent Cody
Banks 2, A Guy Thing, and Good Boy. Prior to MGM, she
worked at Jerry Bruckheimer Films on Armageddon, Con
Air, and Enemy of the State.!

She is the author of the book, Good in a Room: How To


Sell Yourself And Your Ideas And Win Over Any Audience
(Random House, 2008). She has been featured by The
Today Show, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio
and in Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Moviemaker, and Script
magazines.!

Stephanie has given presentations and led workshops for organizations including
William Morris Endeavor, Warner Brothers, Google, UCLA, USC, Asia Media Festival,
The Screenwriting Expo, Austin Film Festival, and The Great American PitchFest. She
is the moderator for the American Film Markets annual Pitch Conference.!

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Connect with Stephanie on Facebook and Twitter.!
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Table Of Contents!
Grants!
News!
Software!
Scripts!
Competitions!
Pitchfests!
Books!
Forums!
Notes!
In A Nutshell!
Podcasts!
Videos!
Classes!
Bloggers!
Extras!
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Grants!

Have you ever wanted someone to help you develop your material, potentially pay you
to learn, nurture your relationships with industry insiders, and essentially launch you
directly into a screenwriting career? These grants and programs are competitive but if
you can get in, your chances of long-term success go way up.!

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Sundance Screenwriters Lab!

A five-day workshop where independent feature film writers can


work on their scripts with more experienced screenwriters as
Creative Advisors. Held just before the Sundance Film Festival.

Film Independent Screenwriting Lab!

Meets 2-3 times a week for 5 weeks in Los Angeles. You meet
with experienced screenwriters as well as producers and other
industry professionals.
NBCs Writers On The Verge!

A 12-week program devoted to up and coming TV writers with


diverse backgrounds. Youll develop spec and pilot material and
learn how to pitch it.
CBS Writers Mentoring Program!

A six-month program dedicated to opening doors to


screenwriters with a diverse background. You get matched up
with two mentors, one an executive, one a senior writer on a
current series. Youll develop a plan for your career and receive
ongoing support.
Nickelodeon Writing Program!

A salaried position for up to one year. Nickelodeon is not only


looking for quality writing talent, they are looking for diversity in
your background and in your personal and professional
experience. This is right for you if you feel connected to material
geared for kids and young people.

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News!

Sometimes youre writing and you dont want to pay any attention to the news at all. But
sometimes you want to know whats going on especially if it pertains to a decisionmaker youre about to meet, a project youre currently working on, or a pitch youre
working up to try and get an assignment. These sites will help you get the inside scoop.!
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Studio System News!

The majority of Hollywood business news reported on


Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety is duplicative.
While each site has some unique content, the easiest way to
get the top stories of the day is to subscribe to Studio System
News daily email roundups.

Deadline!

If youre researching a specific project, person or


competitive projects, search on Deadline to see how theyve
covered it and whether there are any relevant interviews.
The Hollywood Reporter!

Reading the free articles available online is usually


sufficient. Pay attention to the Next Generation lists and
video roundtables.

Variety!

Read the free articles online. Pay attention to 10


Screenwriters To Watch, 10 TV Scribes To Watch lists,
and Varietys Night in the Writers Room.

Spec Scout!

Spec Scout tracks all reported spec and pitch sales


information in their Scoggins Report. See who is selling,
buying, producing and representing projects that are being
purchased in the current marketplace.

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Software!

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Screenwriting!

There have been some terrific recent innovations in the world of screenwriting software
to help you do more than just format your screenplay correctly. These are the top three
programs I recommend for professional and aspiring screenwriters.!
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!Fade In!
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!Renders text crisply, supports unicode (text in other languages) and dual dialogue, allows you to find/
!replace, undo just about anything, has fully functional syncing iOS and Android versions, and is
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!screenwriter Craig Mazin (Hangover 2, Identity Thief).
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!A minimalist, distraction-free experience that utilizes plain text. Readable in any text editor, exports to
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!long document, and the lead developer is top screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie And The
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!Fully-featured, cloud-based screenwriting, storyboarding, and production software with free and
!monthly subscription options. Works for individuals writing scripts and teams who need to collaborate
!on budgets, schedules, shot lists, and more. Integrates with iOS (and some Android) apps such as
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!youre an experienced professional screenwriter, you probably already have this. If youre starting out
!and wondering what software to buy, I recommend one of the other applications.
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Writing!

Prior to going to script, you may want to assemble large quantities of research, build
an outline of your project that includes many more scenes than you might need, and
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!For many writers this is the go-to program for outlining. The Outline View is simple, fast, searchable,
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!A complete word processor packed with features that offers a new approach to managing lots of
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!A free, minimalist, online app for creating an outline. Works across all platforms and is good for taking
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Audio/Video!

Many screenwriters have a writing process that uses audio and video to capture
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!An award-winning camera app for your iPhone. Real-time 4x zoom, multiple shooting modes and
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Automation!

It can be hard to imagine how often you do something on the computer that could be
automated. For example, how often do you type your name, copy text into a text file to
strip the formatting, or resize a window to fit the full screen? Automation saves you
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!A text expander that lets you sort snippets (typing shortcuts) into groups, control the cursor and
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!Does just about anything. Text expansion, clipboard history, form autofill, application launch, file
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!Automation is typically about doing things, but this app automates not-doing by preventing you from
!accessing online content that might distract you (e.g., Facebook, news sites). You can set a timer for
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Maintenance!

Carpenters, cooks, and other tradespeople understand the need to keep tools sharp
and clean. But how do you do that when your tools are virtual? You maintain your tools
by updating software, scanning for viruses, and repairing your drives.!

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!A more powerful disk utility than Mac OSs Disk Utility. Lets you repair permissions, rebuild directories,
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!Fast, thorough, real-time scanning and protection from viruses, spyware, and other malware.
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!Stores passwords, registration keys, and banking information in one place. Syncs across platforms
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Backups!

If youre going to invest your time, energy, and money into writing something important,
youve got to protect your work from classic user error like spilling a drink or
accidentally erasing something, as well as from fire, flood, theft, electrical storm, and
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!Creates a complete, bootable copy of your main drive. If your main drive fails, even if you have your
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!Widely recommended and for good reason. Cloud storage that offers 2 GB free and integration with
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!Slightly more powerful and more flexible cloud storage than Dropbox; has options to sync any folder
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!The complete cloud storage backup solution. The app can be slow to load, but the interface is very
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Scripts!

Every successful writer I know, at some point, has taken one screenplay and analyzed
it down to the atomic level. They know the core story, every beat, every sequence,
every scene, every shot. They can watch the movie and turn the pages of the script in
their head.!

Beginners may be willing to watch lots of movies and read lots of scripts. Its fun, and it
feels like a complete education. Unfortunately, theyre only building superficial
knowledge. They dont really understand whats going on at the deeper levels inside the
movie.!

Theyre like a person who can look at an analog watch and tell the time and they think
that means they know how to build a watch. If you want to know how to build a watch,
at some point, you will have to take a watch apart, piece by piece, down to the tiniest of
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Black Swan script

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The Kings Speech script

12 Years A Slave script

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30 Rock pilot script

New Girl pilot script

Modern Family pilot script

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Breaking Bad pilot script

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Competitions!

One of the best ways to get noticed by screenwriting representatives especially if you
dont have many Hollywood connections is by winning a competition or contest. !

Winning a competition is not an automatic ticket to success, but your work is more likely
to be read by potential managers, agents and producers.!

The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting and Austin Screenwriting


Competition are the top two contests because many agents, managers, and executives
will consistently read winning scripts.!

The other contests are all worth considering. Winners of these contests have gone on
to find representation and sell material. However, in my experience, these are not direct
pipelines to decision-makers. They are accolades that you add to your portfolio and
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Contest!

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Pitchfests!

If you do not have any Hollywood connections, pitchfests can be a way to get in the
game. They are a great way for you to meet other screenwriters and get practice
presenting your ideas. These are the three pitchfests I recommend each a different
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!American Film Markets Pitch Conference!
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!American Film Market (AFM) is the largest film market in the world roughly a billion dollars is spent
!over the course of this conference to purchase material and make deals. The pitchfest is perhaps the
!most prestigious because you cant buy your way in you have to compete for one of approximately
!ten slots. If you get in, you get to pitch on stage, to A-list producers, in front of 700 people, many of
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!Great American Pitchfest is a 2-day conference and 1-day pitchfest. This is a great way to meet other
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!Stage 32 is a social network dedicated to creative professionals in film, TV, and theatre. Happy
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Hollywood!

Want to know more about what Hollywood is really like? These books will help you to
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Adventures In The Screen Trade!

The classic work from the screenwriters POV, fun, erudite, and highly
readable, by one of the most decorated screenwriters, William Goldman.
This is where Nobody Knows Anything comes from. Dont know what I
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The hub of Hollywood is the agency, and the hub of the agency is the
mailroom. If you want to understand how all of the pieces fit together and
learn more about the highs and lows of being an agent, this is the book to
read by journalist David Rensin.

How To Manage Your Agent!

A recent and necessary addition to the library of every professional


screenwriter. Packed with useful information about how the film and TV
businesses work, this book by TV writer and development exec Chad
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Tales from the trenches from the producers point of view and full of
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Screenwriting!

What books should beginning screenwriters read? What books should advanced
screenwriters re-read? While there are a lot of books about screenwriting (more than
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Save The Cat! And Save The Cat Strikes Back!!

These two books by Blake Snyder (RIP) provide a complete


structural approach to writing a screenplay. Snyder offers new
definitions of story genres with the tropes you must honor, a method
for breaking your story, an extremely detailed beat sheet with a
breakdown of the structure of the finale, explanations of how to
create the board, and tips about how to avoid the most common
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On Directing Film!

Often the screenplay that gets optioned or purchased gets rewritten in concert with
the director because while the screenplay tells the story, it doesnt actually
translate to a specific roadmap for the order in which images should be presented.
Mamet explains a higher level of screenwriting where youre creating a series of
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Writing Movies For Fun And Profit!

Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (Night At The Museum, Reno 911) are
successful screenwriters and two of the best pitchers in the business. This book not
only explains screenplay structure but provides an inside look at what its like to be
a screenwriter living in Los Angeles now. A very entertaining and informative read.

Cinematic Storytelling!

All writers, especially aspiring writers, need to focus on story and


story structure. But at higher levels, how the camera moves within a
scene becomes crucially important, especially when a screenplay is
converted into a shooting draft. This book by Jennifer Van Sijll
explains 100 of the most common conventions in this regard and is a
must-read for directors and advanced writers.

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TV Writing!

While its true that story is story, no matter if its film or TV, the worlds of film and TV are
very different and the details are important. If you want to write for television, you need
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Into The Woods!

John Yorke is a British TV writer (East Enders, Robin Hood) who also set up the
BBC Writers Academy and has wonderful insight both as a writer and a teacher.
An erudite examination of story, especially with regard to act structure, that
pertains to both film and TV. His explanation of the 7-act structure of Raiders of
The Lost Ark is not to be missed.

Small Screen, Big Picture!

Having served as a development executive and a TV writer, Chad Gervich is


knowledgeable about all of the genres and subgenres of TV, the players involved,
the issues that pertain to writers, and provides clear explanations of exactly what
aspiring writers need to do to break into any aspect of the TV industry.

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The TV Writers Workbook!

Ellen Sandler (Emmy-nominated Co-Executive Producer of Everybody Loves


Raymond) has written the best book about how to write a spec or pilot for TV. Her
approach is methodical and precise, covering how to find stories, analyze existing
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Inspiration!

Im a writer, too, and I know how easy it is to get lost in self-doubt, negative thinking,
and paralysis. When this happens to me (and if theres no ice cream in the house) I turn
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The War Of Art!

Steven Pressfields enduring masterwork detailing the battle between the creative
person and Resistance. With the straight talk you expect from a veteran of many
creative wars, Pressfield explains how to conceive of the creative process as a
battle and of yourself as a warrior. My copy has been highlighted extensively.

The Creative Habit!

You might not expect a dancer to provide insight into writing, but world-class
choreographer Twyla Tharp has done just that. As she explains her creative
process and her methods for establishing self-discipline, youll discover new ways
to approach your writing and the courage to see your projects through.

Wild Mind!

Beloved writing teacher Natalie Goldberg provides a Zen Buddhist approach to


writing that completely ignores structure and the constraints of any medium and
embraces your instincts, your feelings, and pure creativity. Her method for writing
practice is an essential tool for every writers toolbox.

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Forums!

Making a movie is a collaborative art, but screenwriting is often a solo performance. A


community of like-minded people can help you develop your network, learn from
colleagues, and take the edge off of the inevitable loneliness all writers face. If youre
looking to connect with other screenwriters and creative professionals, these are the
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Notes!

Many aspiring writers expect that theyll write a script and sell it without ever having it
looked at by a professional. This is a big mistake. There is a strong likelihood that they
will help you improve your script and, in the event that your script is terrific already, a
professional can get your script to legit managers, agents, and producers. It just takes a
quick email that starts out with, This is one of the best things I have read this year.!

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!A larger coverage service with more analysts from around the country (and a few international
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!youre paying for. They hire readers with experience and provide extensive and supportive
!commentary on your work.

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In A Nutshell!

Would you like a short, clear, direct explanation of how to write a screenplay? John
August, David Mamet, Joss Whedon, and Emma Coats from Pixar have each created a
brief guide to screenwriting. All are true; each is different.!

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Letter To The Writers Of The Unit, by David Mamet!

Top Ten Writing Tips, by Joss Whedon!

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Podcasts!

To whom are you listening when youre driving home from work at rush hour? These
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An accessible podcast for Hollywood professionals as well as for people


interested in Hollywood. Kim Masters hosts and he interviews top creative pros
and other headline makers. Like Charlie Rose, but with a Hollywood focus.

Nerdist Writers!

Nerdist Writers is moderated by Ben Blacker (Thrilling Adventure Hour; Supah


Ninjas) and discusses writing in a variety of mediums, from TV and film to
comic books and songs.

Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith!

Jeff Goldsmith interviews screenwriters, directors, and other filmmakers


specifically about their creative process. This is a more in-depth look into the
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The most widely listened to screenwriting podcast. Starring top Screenwriter


John August (Go, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) and his friend, top
screenwriter Craig Mazin (Hangover 2, Identify Thief). This is where you get
the real inside baseball tips on how to get hired, handle representation, and
deal with the thorny situations that befall screenwriters. John and Craig also do
3-page challenges where they critique the first three pages of listenersubmitted scripts on air.

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Videos!

One of the best ways to learn about the craft and business of screenwriting is by
watching interviews with successful, working screenwriters. Here are my go to
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Classes!

If youre interested in taking a screenwriting class, there are a wide variety of options.
The key is to find a program that has generated successful alumni and which is taught
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Writers Boot Camp!

A respected method to develop screenplays and a long list of


successful alumni to attest to it. Founder Jeffrey Gordons system
helps you complete a script every six months in ten hours a week.

ScreenwritingU!

A complete online screenwriting university with a wide variety of


screenwriting classes teaching the craft from different angles. Their
alumni have a track record of success which is a testament to the
value of the ScreenwritingU methodology. Check out the
ScreenwritingU Interview Series.
Go Into The Story!

Veteran writers Scott Myers (Trojan War, K-9) and Tom Benedek
(Cocoon, Free Willy) team up to teach a variety of classes including
their Screenwriting Master Class and modular classes on Scenes,
themes, TV Pilots, Dialogue, and more.
UCLA Extension Program!

Offers a wide variety of writing courses for the writer who lives in Los
Angeles, including three levels of feature film writing and three levels of
TV writing. A brick-and-mortar classroom with a live teacher provides a
different experience as well as more networking opportunities.

How To Be A Professional Writer online course!

If you are interested in becoming a professional screenwriter, or if


you are a creative pro interested in taking your career to the next
level, check out my course, How To Be A Professional Writer.!

It includes in-depth strategies and tactics to help you create a


strategy for your career, get in the room with decision-makers,
deliver effective pitches, and perform at your best in high-stakes
meetings.

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Bloggers!

There are so many screenwriting blogs but whose blogs are worth your time? To
whom should you be paying attention? If youre a working or aspiring film or TV writer,
you should be paying attention to the following ten screenwriting blogs. These blogs are
not only the most popular and influential, they provide helpful information and useful
perspective on the art, science, and business of screenwriting.!
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Known as an author of fiction (Gates Of Fire, Legend of Bagger Vance,


The Last Amazon, The Profession) and, most especially, as an author of
books about writing (The War Of Art, Turning Pro, The Authentic Swing).
Due to his success in multiple mediums and brutally honest, generous,
motivating POV in his books about writing, Pressfield is one of the most
respected experts about writing and the creative process.
John August!

A top screenwriter known for Go, Big Fish, Charlies Angels, Titan A.E.,
Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, and The
Nines (which he wrote and directed). He is also a playwright (Big Fish the
broadway musical), TV writer (Chosen), and technology developer (FDX
Reader, Bronson Watermarker, Highland, and Less IMDb).

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An Emmy-award winning writer known for TV shows such as: M*A*S*H,


Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Wings, Everybody Loves Raymond,
Becker, and Dharma & Greg. His blog was named one of the best 25
blogs of 2011 by Time Magazine. Levine has also been the radio/TV playby-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego
Padres, and has hosted Dodger Talk on the Dodger Radio Network.
Doug Richardson!

A well-regarded studio screenwriter (Die Harder, Bad Boys, Money Train,


Welcome To Mooseport, Hostage). His blog chronicles the screenwriting
process in a way thats both entertaining and educational its a rare
glimpse into the creative process and lifestyle of a top screenwriter. His
movies have grossed more than $800M and he just published his third
novel, Blood Money.

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The Bitter Script Reader!

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Provides a window into what happens when you submit your script its
read by him (or someone like him). The Bitter Script Reader has read for
Oscar-winning production companies and one of the Big Five agencies,
so hes seeing the material submitted by top screenwriters, directors, and
producers, and from that perspective has his finger on the creative pulse
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An Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, best known for his work on
the HBO miniseries Band Of Brothers and From The Earth To The Moon.
In my opinion, Bork has great insight into concept development and story
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Editor and Online Community Manager of Script Magazine and a webinar


instructor for The Writers Store. She is Co-Founder and moderator of the
weekly Twitter screenwriters chat, #sjecriptchat, and co-wrote the
narrative adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Slavery by
Scott Myers!

Wrote the movies K-9, Alaska, and Trojan War. He won the UCLA
Extension Writers Program Outstanding Instructor Award in 2005 and
currently teaches screenwriting at the University of North Carolina in
Chapel Hill. Myers also runs the official blog of The Black List and his site
is a treasure trove of interviews, tips, and screenwriting inspiration.
Jen Grisanti!

As Vice President of Current Programs at CBS/Paramount, Grisanti


covered numerous shows including Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place,
Medium, Numbers, NCIS, The 4400, and Girlfriends. In addition to
blogging, she teaches and has authored two books, Storyline: Finding
The Gold In Your Life Story and Change Your Story, Change Your Life.

Terry Rossio!

An Oscar-nominated studio screenwriter who, with his writing partner Ted


Elliott, wrote the DreamWorks animated feature Shrek, Aladdin, Godzilla,
Pirates Of The Caribbean series and many more. My advice is to go to
his blog, scroll to the bottom, click on 3 (Columns), tab-click on all 53 of
the columns, and read them all. Theyre that good.

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Extras!
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Here are a few more resources to give you the edge.!
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Film School!
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worldwide community of filmmakers helping filmmakers - essentially, its a curated and
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version of film school. Great place to ask questions, build your network, and get advice
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!Carson Reeves provides reviews and helpful analysis of produced screenplays, hit movies, TV pilots,
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!Save The Cat Beat Sheets expand on what Blake Snyder did in his second book, Save The Cat!
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!beat-sheet breakdowns of classic and current movies. A great way to speed up your genre education.
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!Script Formatting Guide from the Academy Nicholl Fellowship!
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!Want to know how to format your script? Heres a set of guidelines from one of the most respected
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!Do you have an idea for a movie or TV show? Are you worried about someone stealing your idea? Its
!understandable that you want to copyright and protect them. This is the site where you do that.
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