Before We Start -- The Principles of Drama; Starting Out -- What's It About?; Character and Emotion -- Who Does What and Why; The Three-Part Nature of Film Structure; Plotting -- The Twists and Turns; Fade In: Openings and the Main Exposition; The Middle -- Keeping the Story Alive; Fade Out: Revelation, Climax and Resolution; Constructing the Scene; Dialogue: The Search for the Perfect Line; The Subtext of Meaning; Keeping Focused: What Does My Protagonist Really Want?; Index.
Linda J. Cowgill, author of Writing Short Films and Secrets of Screenplay Structure, currently heads the screenwriting department at the Los Angeles Film School. She has written for film and television, and taught at the American Film Institute, Loyola Marymount University, and the Boston Film Institute. She has presented The Art of Plotting seminar in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami.