Writing for Soaps

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A&C Black, Nov 8, 2007 - Reference - 176 pages
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Soap opera has become the most popular form of radio and television drama and now constitutes the biggest market for modern day dramatists. For the new writer, as well as those experienced in other genres, this book reveals how Soap works. As well as covering the specifics of Soap writing, Chris Curry guides the writer through the uniquely collaborative process from storylining to finished script.

'A clear, honest, practical and funny guide to soap writing' - Valerie Windsor.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Soap Writers Remit
4
2 Once Upon a Story Conference
17
3 Wheyhey A Commission Now What?
36
4 Page One Scene One Speech One
49
5 More Soap Ingredients
73
6 Really Nearly Real
90
7 On the Hook
106
8 No I Liked It I Did Its Just
113
9 Health Warnings
122
10 Sample Storyline Breakdown
126
11 Sample Script
130
12 And the Next Exciting Episode?
162
Index
168
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About the author (2007)

Chris Curry has written many hours of Soaps such as Brookside and Albion Market. Her other television work includes episodes of House of Eliott and a full-length drama for BBC2. She has had twelve plays produced by Radio 4 and two theatre plays performed.

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