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Script Format | A Beginner’s Guide to Screenplay Writing

Final Draft
Screenwriting Software

Freshmen Screenplay:
Screenwriting Tone: The Definitive Guide

Go Into the Story

Industrial Scripts:
How to Write a Screenplay: Your 30-Step Guide

John August

Nashville Film Institute:
Structure of a Screenplay: Everything You Need to Know

Oxford Royale:
10 Tips for Writing Your Own Screenplay

The Simple Guide to Writing Animated Screenplays
Everything Screenwriters Need to Know About Transitions

Screenplay Readers:
How to Write Screenplay Action & Description Text

Film Theory

The Script Lab.:
Mastering the Art of Revising & Editing Your Screenplays

Script Reader Pro.:
16 Screenwriting Tips that Will Improve Your Script Today



Getting Your Screenplay Ready to Be Submitted

Filmmaker Magazine:
15 Steps to Take After You Finish Your Script

Film on a Shoesting:
How to Sell Your Story to Netflicks

Final Draft:
You’ve Finished Your Screenplay. Now What?

What to Do Once the Screenplay is Written

Rave Scripts:
What to Do with a Finished Screenplay

How to Create the Ultimate Screenplay Pitch Deck

Script Mag.:
7 Steps to Take Once You Finish Your First Screenplay

Script Mailer:
How to Submit Your Script to Agents & Producers


The Black List
Black List Screenplay pool that gets ranked by film executives.

Raindance Screenplay Reading Service
Raindance offer a screenplay reading service and will provide you with feedback.

Shooting People Screenplay Database offer a screenplay database which members can submit scripts to for consideration by indie. film producers.


BBC Writers

The Black Board

Done Deal Pro.

Film School

Indie Talk Screenwriting Forum


Scribe Lounge

Screenwriters’ Forum

Script Chat

Script Mother

Script Shadow

Simply Scripts

Stage 32 Lounge

Write to Reel

Writing Forums

Screenwriting Contests

Winning a screenplay contest can help to get your work noticed.

Austin Film Festival

Final Draft Big Break


Nicholl Fellowship


Script Pipeline

We Screenplay


BORK, Erik:
The Idea: The Seven Elements of a Viable Story for Screen, Stage or Fiction
(Overfall Press, 2018)

The Craft of Character: How to create deep and engaging characters your audience will never forget
(Mark Boutros, 2020)

DANCYGER, Ken et al:
Alternative Scriptwriting: Contemporary Storytelling for the Screen
(Rouledge, 2023)

Screenwriting is Filmmaking: The Theory and Practice of Writing for the Screen
(The Crowood Press, 2019)

The Definitive Guide to Screenwriting
(Ebury Press, 2003)

Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting
(Random House, 2005)

The Screenwriter’s Problem Solver: How to Recognize, Identify, and Define Screenwriting Problem
(Delta, 1998)

The Screenwriter’s Workbook: Excercises and Step-By-Step Instructions for Creating a Successful Screenplay
(Delta, 2007)

FULLER, Claire:
Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook
(Bloomsbury, 2023) (check for current year)

Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach
(Continuum International Publishing, 2004)

GUYOT, Paul:
Kill the Dog: The First Book on Screenwriting to Tell You the Truth
(Domestique Inc., 2023)

HARRIS, Charles:
Complete Screenwriting Course: A complete guide to writing, developing and marketing a script for TV or film
(Teach Yourself, 2014)

HICKS, Will:
The Screenwriter’s Workout: Screenwriting Exercises and Activities to Stretch Your Creativity, Enhance Your Script, Strengthen Your Craft and Sell Your Screenplay
(independently published, 2019)

HOWARD, David & MABLEY, Edward:
The Tools of Screenwriting: A Writer’s Guide to the Craft & Elements of a Screenplay
(St Martin’s Press, 1996)

JEFFREYS, Stephen:
Playwriting: Structure, Character, How and What to Write
(Nick Hern Books, 2019)

McKEE, Robert:
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
(Methuen, 1999)

OBERG, Emmanuel:
Screenwriting Unchained: Reclaim Your Creative Freedom and Master Story Structure: Book 1 (With The Story-Type Method)
(Screenplay Unlimited Publishing, 2019)

OBERG, Emmanuel:
The Screenwriter’s Troubleshooter: The Most Common Screenwriting Problems and How to Solve Them: Book 2 (With the Story-Type Method)
(Screenplay Unlimited Publishing, 2019)

POWIS, Kevin:
Screenwriting Structure and Paradigms Broken Apart: A guide to the dark arts of screenplay structure
(independently published, 2023)

ROGAN, Michael:

Book 1: How to Write a Screenplay That Doesn’t Suck and Will Actually Sell: Your Ultimate, No-Nonsense Screenwriting 101 for Writing a Screenplay
(Scriptbully, 2018)

Book 2: How to Write a Movie Script with Characters that Don’t Suck
(Scriptbully, 2018)

Book 3: How to Write a Script With Dialogue That Doesn’t Suck: Your Ultimate, No-Nonsense Screenwriting 101 for Writing Screenplay Dialogue
(Scriptbully, 2018)

Book 4: Screenplay Format Made (Stupidly) Easy
(Scriptbully, 2018)

Book 5: How to Sell a Screenplay in the 21st Century: Your No-Nonsense Screenwriter’s Guide to Launching a Film Career
(Scriptbully, 2018)

Screenwriting for Dummies
(For Summies, 2022)

SMITH, Perry & SANDERS, Eric:
SceneWriting: The Missing Manual for Screenwriters
(Bloomsbury, 2022)

SNYDER, Blake:
Save the Cat!: The Only Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need
(Michael Wiese Productions, 2005)

STRUNK, William:
The Elements of Style
(Pearson, 1999)

The Screenwriter’s Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script
(Silman-James, 2019)

Screenwriting Prompts: Inspiring Prompts to Spark Your Next Masterpiece: Screenwriting Inspiration Journal/Notebook for Writers and Film Students
(independently published, 2021)

YORKE, John:
Into The Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them
(Penguin, 2014)