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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Writing for the Screen

Creative and Critical Approaches

ISBN 9780230550759
Publication Date September 2008
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Approaches to Writing

This fresh approach to scriptwriting, innovative in style and approach, incorporates both creativity and critical appraisal as essential methods in writing for the screen. Contemporary case studies, in-depth analyses and interactive exercises create a wealth of ideas for those wishing to work in the industry or deepen their study of the practice.

Craig Batty is Senior Lecturer in Screenwriting at Bournemouth University, UK. He is a writer and script consultant, and has published widely on screenwriting.

Zara Waldeback devised the Creative Screenwriting MA at Thames Valley University and has previously worked at Brunel and Sussex Universities, UK. She freelances as a script editor and has worked for British Screen, First Film Foundation and Film London.

1. Establishing Practice
2. Subject: Ideas into Character
3. Structure and Narrative
4. Visual Storytelling
5. Dialogue and Voice
6. The Cultures of Screenwriting
7. Key Points and Foundations Exercises
8. Exploring Possibilities
9. Subjects: Ideas into Character
10. Structures and Narratives
11. Visual Storytelling
12. Dialogues and Voices
13. Further Cultures of Screenwriting
14. Key Points and Speculations Exercises


One of the most accessible – and yet comprehensive – books on screenwriting that I have ever read. The book manages to be instructive without being academic, entertaining without resorting to entertainment, and pragmatic without being anecdotal. The result is a fully-dimensional approach to both the craft and the business of screenwriting that surpasses other, more singular-minded works – truly a revelation for neophyte writers and a useful brush-up tool for seasoned pros as well' - David Kukoff, Northwestern University, US
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