The Art, Craft, and Business
of Film and Television Writing
Walter shares his inside knowledge of successful screenplay writing and the industry
that buys those plays.
Plume 224 pp. 0-452-26347-6 $15.00
FITZGERALD DID IT
The Writer’s Guide to Mastering the Screenplay
“If you try to write a screenplay, as I do,
and you don't know what you're doing,
as I don't, you have to read this book,
as I have. Repeatedly.”—Cathleen Schine.
Penguin 208 pp. 0-14-027576-2 $12.95
The conductor of UCLA’s legendary graduate workshop—Screenwriting 434—
presents a book as spirited, candid, and wise
as the course on which it is based. Hunter
guides readers through every stage of the
screenwriting process by actually having
them write an original screenplay. “I heartily
recommend this book for beginners and
pros alike.”—Steven Bochco.
Perigee 352 pp. 0-399-51838-X $14.95
THE WHOLE PICTURE
A Screenwriter’s Handbook
The most complete, well-rounded, and
practical guide to screenwriting which
explores the many aspects of the writer’s
relationship with the art of filmmaking,
written in a casual voice and full of vivid
examples from the best and the worst in
Plume 342 pp.
indicates that a full Table of Contents is
available at www.penguinputnam.com/toc
HOW TO WRITE
The first animation
a foolproof and
through every step of
the animation writing process—from a top,
Emmy Award-winning animation writer.
13 b/w illustrations.
Overlook 255 pp. 1-58567-240-8 $27.95
BEYOND THE WORDS
The Three Untapped Sources
of Creative Fulfillment for Writers
Explores three neglected but essential
aspects of the creative process—Percolation,
Revision, and Going Public. Includes anecdotes, essays, examples, and exercises to help
writers realize and maintain balance, flow,
and health in their work by being mindful
of the whole writing process.
Tarcher 208 pp. 1-58542-155-3 $19.95
Also in Tarcher: Room to Write 0-87477-825-5.
THE RIGHT TO WRITE
An Invitation and Initiation
into the Writing Life
“Prose and anecdotes [that] sparkle with
fresh-lived experience” (Publishers Weekly)
from a seasoned poet, playwright, fiction
writer, and essayist with extensive credits
in film, television, and theater.
Tarcher 240 pp. 1-58542009-3 $12.95
Also in Tarcher: The Writer’s Life: Insights from
The Right to Write 1-58542-103-0.
WRITING TELEVISION SITCOMS
EVAN S. SMITH
The first published description of Premise-Driven Comedy, the writing method Smith
has developed and popularized; tips from
writer-producers who have worked on series
from Frasier to The Cosby Show and
Roseanne; a complete story outline from the
series Home Improvement; explicit advice on
how the business works and how to get an
agent; and script layout guidelines for all
three sitcom formats.
Perigee 240 pp. 0-399-52533-5 $14.95
A FRIEND IN THE BUSINESS
Honest Advice for Anyone Trying
to Break into Television Writing
“The best book ever written on breaking
into TV as a writer.”—D. B. Gilles, NYU’s
Tisch School of the Arts, author of
The Screenwriter Within. Masello shares
insider secrets such as: finding someone to
read your spec script, protecting your ideas,
bagging a good agent, landing a staff job
(and keeping it), keeping full credit for your
work in the office and on the screen, choos-ing the right collaborator, collecting residuals and script fees, and joining the Writers
Guild of America.
Perigee 272 pp. 0-399-52602-1 $13.95
How to Write for the $4 Billion
Commercial Video Market
“A lively, affirmative, upbeat and informative book that is also enormously practical.”
—Richard Walter, author of Screenwriting.
Plume 368 pp. 0-452-26868-0 $16.95