Screenwriting is Storytelling: Creating an A-List Screenplay that Sells!

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While most screenwriting books focus on format and structure, Kate Wright explains how to put story at the center of a screenplay. A compelling story, complete with intriguing characters and situations created with these screenwriting tricks of the trade can become a box office blockbuster film.

Screenwriters will learn:

– Developing themes within the plot
– Using structure to define the story
– Creating memorable characters
– Establishing moral dilemmas and conflicts
– Achieving classic elements of storytelling in a three-act dramatic structure
– Mastering different genres

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039953024X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399530241
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces

Customer Reviews


 on September 4, 2013
By Philomen Clark
What I like about the information that is given in this book it is valuable and fairly easy to understand. I am the type of reader that I must go slow and re-read to get a better understanding. I’m attempting to just read it then go back and review. What helps me in this process that I love is using Kindle where I can add notes & find definitions without a large notebook and pencils/pens and a dictionary.

It takes the right tools to write a great novel or screenplay

 on October 21, 2009
By Peter Taskivit
‘Screenwriting is Storytelling’ reveals some of the greatest treasured secrets in screen writing, and writing in general. The spooky idea of writing a query letter or synopsizing your work– when the least thing any writer can do is to say in a few words what took him/her ten years to write–is revealed by using a spine, concept key to the story. I have read countless books in writing and a great deal of them is absolutely useless, but there are some that are real treasures in the art of writing and they should go on onto posterity. And this is just one of those (yes, you can start a phrase with the word ‘and’).

Very impressed!

2 people found this helpful.
 on September 14, 2006
By Whamo
In my quest to learn the craft of screenwriting, I’ve found Wright’s book to be the best by a wide margin. Save your money, time, and effort. Buy this book, first, for a firm grasp of the craft. Wright’s explanation of structure ties together the loose ends better than any other book. Her discussions, observations, and directions for writing the spine and theme of a story separate this book from the others. You benefit from her experience as a script doctor, as to the common mistakes journeyman writers make, which hopefully you will avoid, after reading this book.

Intelligent and helpful approach to screenwriting

6 people found this helpful.
 on December 21, 2005
By Bonnie
I’m teaching a class at UCLA in screenwriting and I recently dipped back into the “how to” literature and found this gem. It’s now on my “highly recommended” list. Kate Wright is an experienced professional who has worked both sides of the desk, as I have, (as a writer and editor) and offers many extremely helpful, and clearly written suggestions which will strengthen and clarify the writer’s approach to storytelling. Unlike other masters – McKee who is encyclopedic in his treatment of the subject, and Field, who is highly structural, Wright offers a concise but integrated approach that really examines the “why” of each choice in a way that makes you want to jumpstart your writing. I loved this book and will recommend it to my students.


 on November 8, 2013
By Savanna Coleman
This book is simple and easy to read. I should have had this one in my screenwriting 101 class. I would recommend it to any student who plans on writing novels, stage or screenplays. It will be very helpful in addition to what isn’t taught in class.

Five Stars

 on September 30, 2015
By Ronnie Cook
A must for the serious writer

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