Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing (Plume)

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Nationally known as the leading teacher of screenwriting, Walter makes his classes available to all screenwriters, offering the essential how-to's as well as a wealth of practical advice.

Product Details

  • Series: Plume
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (August 26, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452263476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452263475
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Very Informative but long winded

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 13, 2008
By Kris Gucker
OK, first the bad news out of the way: This book is often very pompous and uses a lot of lengthy descriptions to illustrate simple points. Walter loves the sound of his own keyboard and often diverges into long lists and lofty philosophy on how your screenplay should leave audiences misty eyed and gasping in awe at the glory of humanity.

Five Stars

 on August 1, 2014
By david stenstrom
It spoke in terms that attracted me, in my terminology. And it’s not overwritten.

Screenwritting Craft Book

One person found this helpful.
 on December 25, 2012
By Gary W. Towner
Great reading and a great reference book. I have used it to improve my own screenwritting efforts and can recommend it.


 on July 7, 2011
By Christello
This is a must read for all hopeful screenwriters. Richard Walters tells you the truth and speaks to you in a mature, fun and friendly, encouraging way.

Great read

 on May 11, 2009
By Scott A. Cornfield
Richard Walter knows whereof he writes. I wouldn’t make this the first book I read about screenwriting–lots of others offer more basic theory. Instead, his book gives you some great insight and overview of the craft and business of screenwriting and it’s all done in a very entertaining way (much like when you hear him speak live).

Direct Advice

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 31, 2007
By Fred Woodbridge
It was on a whim that I decided to read this book and boy, am I glad my muse was alert! The information contained here is gold, and to the point. That latter reason is why I gave it a five-star review: there’s no bushwhacking going on here, it’s succinct and immediately useful information.

This is the one for me!!

One person found this helpful.
 on January 12, 2010
By Carma Chan
In 1991 when I went looking for a book on how to write movies, I thumbed through what was on the shelf at a bookstore and this is the one that grabbed me. What I remember is that rather than dish out a formulaic approach or dry lecture, Richard Walter spoke to me as a struggling fellow writer. He understands the soul of the beast that I am. He makes me love this painful process. After reading this book, I turned a 260-page meandering rough draft of a novel and in two weeks turned it into a 120-page screenplay. I’ve re-read his book and I’ve given it to a few people and recommended it to many writers. I’ve since attended his basic workshop and advanced screenwriting lab, and there is something about his style of coaching writers that works beautifully for me. I always come away refreshed, liberated, and eager to write.

Great help with screenwriting

One person found this helpful.
 on December 17, 2007
By rSh
I read this book twice. It is written very directly but is entertaining at the same time. It does well at explaining what to do and what not to do. There is a section at the end regarding technology that should probably be out. It kind of felt like my grandpa was writing a chapter on computers after using one for the first time. Stick with what you know. The rest is excellent.

A fat-free book

13 people found this helpful.
 on January 8, 2001
By Amazon Customer
This book is not only helpful to screenwriters, but it’s immensely helpful to beginning writers of fiction, too! It’s one of the FEW I’ve seen where the author gets right to the meat without wasting page after endless page analyzing films or offering up screenplays of his own or those of students. If you want someone to get to the point about screenplays and storytelling, this is it! A must-read!

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