There are so many books, websites, and blogs out there on scriptwriting. Here are a few of our favorites.


Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way (Pan Macmillan, 1997)

Lajos Egri, The Art of Dramatic Writing (Wildside Press, 2007)

Christopher Vogler, The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, 3rd Edition (Michael Wiese Productions, 2007)

Joseph Campbell, The Hero with A Thousand Faces, (New World Library, 2008)

Viki King, How to Write a Movie in 21 Days: The Inner Movie Method (HarpersCollins Publishers, 1993)

David Trottier, The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (Silman-James Press, 2005)

Linda Seger, Creating Unforgettable Characters (Holt Paperbacks, 1990)

Robert McKee, Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting (HarperEntertainment, 1997)

Syd Field, Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting (Delta, 2005)

David Ball, Backwards & Forwards: A Technical Manual for Reading Plays (Southern Illinois University Press, 1983)

Jeffrey Sweet, The Dramatist's Toolkit: The Craft of the Working Playwright (Heinemann Drama, 1993)

Scott McCloud, Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels (Harper, 2006)


Need inspiration? The Internet Movie Script Database houses the largest collection of free scripts online. 

Want to read the summaries, treatments, and learn more about your favorite films? The AFI Catalog database contains entries from over 30,000 American feature-length films and 17,000 short film. It is an ongoing project, as they continue to update the catalog. 

For all your scriptwriting needs, head on over to The Script Lab, where you'll find a wealth of resources, including tips on how to write a screenplay, movie reviews, and feature articles on anything and everything related to film! 

Writing a stage or radio play? Visit and check out their collection scripts and audio plays available for purchase. 

Want to track what type of spec scripts are selling in Hollywood? It's on TheGrid is an excellent resource to find out the "who, what, where, when and how" for scripts in the market.


John August Screenwriter John August (Charlie's Angels, Big Fish) taps his considerable wealth of knowledge to respond to readers' questions.

Go Into the Story Scott Myers analyzes the screenwriters trade through columns like "Scene Description Spotlight" and "Daily Dialogue."

The Producer's Perspective Wanna take your play to Broadway? Get an earful of how producers see the biz on 42nd St.

Just F-ing Entertain Me Julie Gray gives her "effers" (readers) the nitty gritty on script issues--but she treats it with a fun, conversational tone.

Screenwriting Tips... You Hack Don't click if you can't take it: The straight dirt in bullet-sized pills.

Jane Espenson She's already 'said everything she needs to say' about TV writing, so she no longer maintains the site. But the archives are gold. Gold!

The Comics Reporter Blammo! All the comic news you can digest.

Scott McCloud A great resource for comics newbies to turn their ideas into ink and paper.

Script Shadow Who knows? Carson Reeves knows. See what scripts are being buzzed in HWood, and read in-development scripts yourself.

The Bitter Script Reader Why is he bitter? Cause he doesn't want to see the same mistakes in every script--especially not yours.

Alex Epstein is a TV and movie scriptwriter, an author, and a blogger. This is no-nonsense scriptwriting advice.