Bookshelf

The best screenwriters have always been great readers. Watching sitcoms or mind-numbing reality shows won’t do. Your experience alone won’t always bail you out either; you can’t experience everything. You need to read. A lot. Here are a few books on the craft of storytelling.  Enjoy.

SCREENWRITER’S BOOKSHELF

Poetics, by Aristotle

The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell

Anatomy of Story, by John Truby

The Short Screenplay, by Dan Gurskis

Story, by Robert McKee

Three Uses of the Knife, by David Mamet

The Screenwriter Looks at the Screenwriter (Interviews

with screenwriters), by William Froug

The Art of Dramatic Writing, by Lajos Egri

Four Screenplays, by Syd Field

3 Screenplays, by Richard Price

Screenwriter’s Compass, by Guy Gallo

books-to-read (printable version)

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