The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 26, 2008 - Performing Arts - 304 pages
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Why is TV writing different from any other kind of writing? How will writing a spec script open doors? What do I have to do to get a job writing for TV? Writing for television is a business. And, like any business, there are proven strategies for success. In this unique hands-on guide, television writer and producer Ellen Sandler shares the trade secrets she learned while writing for hit shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and Coach. She offers concrete advice on everything from finding a story to getting hired on a current series.

Filled with easy-to-implement exercises and practical wisdom, this ingenious how-to handbook outlines the steps for becoming a professional TV writer, starting with a winning script. Sandler explains the difference between “selling” and “telling,” form and formula, theme and plot.
Discover:

• A technique for breaking down a show style so you’re as close to being in the writing room as you can get without actually having a job there
• The 3 elements for that essential Concept Line that you must have
in order to create a story with passion and consequence
• Mining the 7 Deadly Sins for fresh and original story lines
• Sample scripts from hit shows
• In-depth graphs, script breakdown charts, vital checkpoints
along the way, and much, much more!


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Review: The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts

User Review  - Chakara - Goodreads

I enjoyed the information in this book but I did find it a little dry and repetitive. I also would like to see a Tv Writers Workbook that focuses more on original pilots versus Specs. Read full review

Review: The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts

User Review  - Goodreads

I enjoyed the information in this book but I did find it a little dry and repetitive. I also would like to see a Tv Writers Workbook that focuses more on original pilots versus Specs. Read full review

Contents

VVHATYQU NEED TO KNOW 11
13
PART II WHATYOU NEED TO DO 35
37
The Outline
112
The Script
128
Rewriting Again and Again and Again
140
The Hearing Test
157
Final Polish
163
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
180
Agents and Managers
216
To Live and Die in L A
226
How Many Producers Does It Take ?
232
28 And Another Thing
239
Showbiz Meanings for Regular Words
246
Spec Script Competitions
259
Sources 26
267
Recommended for the Writers Library
275

The Business
200
Now That You Know Some People 20
207

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About the author (2008)

Ellen Sandler has over twenty years of experience in the TV writing business. She was Co-Executive Producer and writer on the Emmy-winning hit series Everybody Loves Raymond, and has written for over 25 prime-time network television series, including Taxi, Kate and Allie, and Coach. She is a highly-regarded script consultant, and in addition to her Television Writing workshops in LA and NYC, is a frequent featured speaker at schools and universities across the country.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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