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.


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)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: