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Essentials of Screenwriting


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Richard Walter is a celebrated storytelling educator, movie industry expert and longtime co-chairman of the graduate screenwriting program at UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

A screenwriter and widely published author, his books include the novels Escape from Film School and Barry and the Persuasions, as well as the non-fiction works The Whole Picture: Strategies for Screenwriting Success in the New Hollywood, Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing and The Essentials of Screenwriting.


"This inspiring and comprehensive book teaches the nuts and bolts of screenwriting with clarity, wisdom, and humor."--Alexander Payne, Oscar-winning writer/director of Sideways

"In his legendary lectures, and now in this book, [Walter] kicks you in the tail, gets you laughing, and with invaluable specifics, makes that blank page seem surmountable."--Dustin Lance Black, Oscar-winning writer of Milk

"In the gold rush atmosphere of screenwriting, Richard Walter is a wise guide."--Andrew Bergman, writer/director of The Freshman and Honeymoon in Vegas

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