The Screenwriter’s Workbook (Revised Edition)

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At last! The classic screenwriting workbook—now completely revised and updated—from the celebrated lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author, Syd Field: “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world”*

No one knows more about screenwriting than Syd Field—and now the ultimate Hollywood insider shares his secrets and expertise, completely updating his bestselling workbook for a new generation of screenwriters. Filled with new material—including fresh insights and anecdotes from the author and analyses of films from Pulp Fiction to Brokeback Mountain—The Screenwriter’s Workbook is your very own hands-on workshop, the book that allows you to participate in the processes that have made Syd Field’s workshops invaluable to beginners and working professionals alike. Follow this workbook through
to the finish, and you’ll end up with a complete and salable script!

Learn how to:
• Define the idea on which your script will be built
• Create the model—the paradigm—that professionals use
• Bring your characters to life
• Write dialogue like a pro
• Structure your screenplay for success from the crucial first pages to the final act

Here are systematic instructions, easy-to-follow exercises, a clear explanation of screenwriting basics, and expert advice at every turn—all the moment-to-moment, line-by-line help you need to transform your initial idea into a professional screenplay that’s earmarked for success.

The Perfect Companion Volume to Syd Field’s Revised and Updated Edition of Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

*Hollywood Reporter

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Delta; Rev Upd edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385339046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385339049
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great book on how to approach writing as a process

One person found this helpful.
 on March 26, 2015
By E. M. Hobo
This book shows you what it means that you work as a screenwriter. It approaches screenwriting from a point of view of a developmental process, starting with an outline, proceeding to a treatment, to end up with a whole screenplay. All in all a great guide on how to work professionally focusing on the organization of your writing process.

Practice, Practice

 on January 17, 2016
By Somathedes
This was Syd’s attempt to help struggling writers master the basics of screenwriting. His original book, “Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting” is still the greatest reference for teaching hopeful screenwriters story structure. This workbook gives you a place to practice his techniques. So it is.

Pretty cool!

 on March 18, 2017
By Bunny
If screenwriting can be learned as a craft, this is the book you want to check out. Pretty cool!

Five Stars

 on July 14, 2017
By storyacademy
Start and end the screenplay with the master teacher for screenwriters, Syd Field!

Five Stars

 on July 28, 2017
By L.A
Arrived on time, as described!

Good Advice for Novels Too!

 on June 29, 2014
By Nikki Bennett
I used the tips in this book to begin outlining a novel. I’m horrible at outlining, and this gave me a very good roadmap on how to really flesh it out, including where to put the acts, plot points, etc. Although I’m writing a novel, not a screenplay, I’ve gotten a lot out of this book.

Get this and go for it! You have nothing to lose.

 on June 4, 2015
By T. Page
My husband got this wild idea to write a screenplay. He’s never done anything like this in his life. He’s a musician. But, Mr. Field’s book and workbook are helping him develop his story into something unique and exciting.

Very good information and I highly recommend this book and "The …

 on October 13, 2015
By R. Whitehouse
Very good information and I highly recommend this book and “The Foundations of Screenwriting”. If you want to learn to write a screenplay here you go.

How to develop a 120-minute story

6 people found this helpful.
 on July 5, 2007
By Douglas Brown
I guess I won’t find out just how effective the advice in the book is until I sell a screenplay, which means I need to write one first and then try to sell it. I do think this book will be helpful in that regard. It will help you structure your story and think about the primary issues – the writing part. However, if you are truly new to the screenplay genre you will need a companion volume that talks about simple presentation aspects, which are fairly precise in the screenplay business.

He knew his craft.(and art)

 on September 18, 2014
By Victoria Hammond
Sorry this great man is gone. I am collecting everything I can find that he did, for he knows whereof he speaks. I hope I get my screenplay done soon, pitch it, sell it and see it produced. If I do, it will be thanks to Syd Field.

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