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The Screenwriter's Workbook

At a Glance

  • A step-by-step guide to screenwriting
  • Provides a tried-and-true workshop approach to writing a screenplay
  • Follow the workbook through to the finish and end up with a complete script

No one knows more about screenwriting than Syd Field. Now the ultimate Hollywood insider shares his secrets and expertise in this bestselling workbook for a new generation of screenwriters.


Filled with fresh insights and anecdotes from the author and analyses of films from Pulp Fiction to Brokeback MountainThe 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.


Product Details
  • Publisher: Delta Publishing
  • Date available: 01/10/2010
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Return policy: 10 days

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Syd Field


Acclaimed as "the guru of all screenwriters" (CNN), Syd Field is regarded by many Hollywood professionals to be the leading authority in the art and craft of screenwriting in the world today. The Hollywood Reporter calls him "the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world."


His internationally acclaimed best-selling books Screenplay, The Screenwriter's Workbook, andThe Screenwriter's Problem Solver have established themselves as the "bibles" of the film industry. They are used in more than 395 colleges and universities and have been translated into 19 languages.


Field chaired the Academic Liaison Committee at The Writer's Guild of America, West, is currently on faculty at the USC Master's of Professional Writing Program, has taught at Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, the AFI and many other noted institutions. He has been a special script consultant to 20th Century Fox, the Disney Studios, Universal and Tristar Pictures.


He is a creative screenwriting consultant to the governments of Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Norway, and has collaborated with such noted filmmakers as Alphonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien), James L. Brooks (Broadcast NewsAs Good As It Gets), Luis Mandoki (When A Man Loves A Woman), Roland Joffe (The Killing FieldsThe Mission), and Tony Kaye (American History X).


By special invitation of the Ministries of Culture, Field has taught screenwriting workshops in Buenos Aires, Brussels, Berlin, Frankfurt, London, Mexico City, Munich, Oslo, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Vienna, Zurich, and Johannesburg, South Africa. He has conducted workshops for the Canadian Film Industry in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton, was the keynote speaker at the International Film Festivals in Berlin, Rio de Janeiro and Oslo, Norway, and the President of the International Film Jury at the 1998 Flanders International Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium.


Field is also a special consultant to the Film Preservation Project for the famed Getty Center and was the first inductee into the prestigious Screenwriting Hall of Fame of the American Screenwriting Association.


Some of Field's former students include Anna Hamilton Phelan (MaskGorillas in the Mist), John Singleton (Boyz N the HoodPoetic Justice), Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire), Laura Esquival (Like Water For Chocalate), Michael Kane (The Color of Money), and Kevin Williamson (ScreamScream 2 & 3).