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Screenwriting for Dummies, 2nd Edition

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction. Part I: So You Want to Write for Pictures. Chapter 1: Introducing the Art of Screenwriting. Chapter 2: Preparing to Think Visually. Chapter 3: Diving In to the Screenwriter?s Mind. Chapter 4: Approaching Screenwriting as a Craft. Part II: Breaking Down the Elements of a Story. Chapter 5: Unpacking Your Idea. Chapter 6: Plot Part I: Beginnings. Chapter 7: Plot Part II: Middles. Chapter 8: Plot Part III: Endings. Chapter 9: Character Building. Chapter 10: Say What? Constructing Dynamic Dialogue. Chapter 11: The Nontraditional Film. Chapter 12: Maintaining an Audience?s Trust. Part III: Turning Your Story into a Script. Chapter 13: Mapping Out Your Screenplay. Chapter 14: Surviving Writer?s Block. Chapter 15: Formatting Your Screenplay. Chapter 16: Putting It Together: Structuring Your First Draft. Chapter 17: Take Two: Rewriting Your Script. Chapter 18: Adaptation and Collaboration: Two Alternate Ways to Work. Part IV: Selling Your Script to Show Business. Chapter 19: Before You Send It: Premarketing Considerations. Chapter 20: Getting Your Screenplay Noticed. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 21: Ten Screenwriters You Should Know. Chapter 22: Ten Screenwriting Myths. Index.

About the Author

Laura Schellhardt holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and degrees in Theatre and Creative Writing from Northwestern University in Chicago. Her scripts have been produced in New York (SPF, The Hangar, The Exchange Theatre), Seattle (Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT), Chicago (Northlight Theatre, Serendipity Theatre, New Leaf Theatre, Citadel Theatre), Washington DC (The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth), Providence (Trinity Repertory Company, Brown University), Minneapolis (Theatre Limina), North Carolina (Center for Performing Arts), and Provincetown, Massachusetts (Provincetown Repertory Theatre, Provincetown Theatre Company). Original works include The K of D, The Chair, Courting Vampires, Shapeshifter, The Apothecary's Girl, Inheritance, and Je Ne Sais Quoi. Adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Outfit (Jeff Award Nominee), and Creole Folktales. Laura is a recipient of the Theatre Communications Group 2007-8 Playwriting Residency, The Jerome Fellowship, the New Play Award from ACT in Seattle, and a Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship. She has participated in the SoHo Rep. Writer/Director Lab and the O'Neill National Playwright's Festival. Laura has assisted in the development of new work at The Goodman, Steppenwolf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, and Trinity Repertory Company. She has studied writing with the likes of Paula Vogel, Maria Irene Fornes, Erin Cressida Wilson and has taught alongside Oscar-nominated John Logan of Aviator and Sweeney Todd fame. Laura currently heads the playwriting program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and teaches workshops across the country.


"Ideal for general readers, the book uses everyday examples and addresses social issues such as sweatshops and fair trade." Moneywise June 2008 "A guide for absolute beginners, it will take you through the whole process". Writers Forum June 2008

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