Writing TV Scripts: Successful Writing in Ten Weeks

Writing TV Scripts: Successful Writing in Ten Weeks

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By (author) Steve Wetton, Edited by Dr. Graham Lawler

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  • Publisher: Aber Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 242 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 214mm x 18mm | 222g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Abergale
  • ISBN 10: 1842850628
  • ISBN 13: 9781842850626
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Sales rank: 756,894

Product description

Who else wants to write tv shows? Written by professional screenwriter Steve Wetton - creator of the BBC's hit series 'Growing Pains' and who has written for performers such as BRIAN CONLEY, LENNY HENRY, RUSS ABBOTT, and THE TWO RONNIES - this is a passionate and generous book, which shares insider tips and techniques. Drawing on examples on well-known sit-coms, dramas and soaps - from Fawlty Towers to Friends - the book guides the aspiring screenwriter through all the stages of planning to borrowing techniques to make your script stand out to discussing the logistics of formatting and submitting scripts This book includes details on; using one script to approach different people; how to get your script to the right person; payments and the role of an agent; using one script to approach different people; how to get your script to the right person; payments and the role of an agent

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Author information

Steve Wetton has many years of experience of writing for TV and stage. he is the creator of the hit TV series Growing Pains and has written for Brian Conley and Lenny Henry. He has taught creative writing at derby University and the Welsh Writer's Holiday. Steve Wetton is married and lives in Derby.

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Reviews for the first edition I would have this on my shelf as my writer's bible Don Shaw Z-Cars 5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to write for television, buy this book!, By A Customer This review is from: Writing TV Scripts: Successful Writing in Ten Weeks (Studymates Writers Guides) (Paperback) No-one can teach anyone how to write, but this book is packed full of advice about the CRAFT of writing for television. If you have the talent, then the information in this book will allow you to hit the ground running when it comes to presenting your work to television companies like a professional. Engaging and Informative, By Wishing_to_be_annonymous - See all my reviews This review is from: Writing TV Scripts: Successful Writing in Ten Weeks (Studymates Writers Guides) (Paperback) What Steve Wetton has acheived in his book is remarkable. It's rare to find a book on creative writing that connects you to its author in such a way. Reading through the book made me feel like I was being taken under Mr Wetton's wing such was the warmth of his honest and intelligent narrative. The meat of the book is to "write a 30 minute calling card in 10 weeks". That's certainly possible given the logically structured chapters and exercises. I particularly appreciated the exercises, which certainly gave my writing a kickstart, and the useful step by step guide stating the author's preferred method of getting from the initial story's premise to the final draft. It's hard to find a better book designed for the fledgling television writer. It really is that good.

Table of contents

Part One Testing the water 1 Easy does it 2 Prepare to be inspired 3 Who says talk is cheap(or easy)? 4 Getting into Shape 5 Let's get Busy 6 Some tricks of the trade Part Two taking the plunge 7 Method over Madness 8 Up Close and Personal 9 Fine Tuning 10 Inside the Home stretch 11 You Deserve Promotion 12 Being a writer-Not just playing at it