Screenwriting Tool Kit

Formatting Tutorial – General Format Tips

Formatting Tutorial – Location Slug Lines

Formatting Tutorial – Writing Description

Formatting Tutorial – Camera Lingo

Formatting Tutorial – Using Parentheticals

Formatting Tutorial – Dialogue Tips

Formatting Tutorial – Format Your Screenplay Online

The Screenplay

Concise advice to jumpstart your understanding of this unique literary form.


Ten Writing Mistakes to Avoid

Book: Screenplay by Syd Field

Book: The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler

Ira Glass

Ira Glass is creator and host of the award-winning radio program This American Life. Ira and his staff are narrative ninjas who can make a story out of anything.

Ira Glass on Story:  Part 1 of 4 | Part 2 of 4 | Part 3 of 4 | Part 4 of 4

Ira Glass Story Manifesto

Legendary Authors

Iconic writers share their pithy rules of writing.

John Steinbeck Six Tips on Writing

David Ogilvy 10 Tips on Writing

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments


For  two decades, Pixar has created one cinematic masterpiece after another. A peek at how they did it.

Andrew Stanton: Clues to a Great Story TED Talk

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

Just For Fun

Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Indiana Jones and the Empire Strikes Back. Hear his war stories and writing philosophy in this conversation from the Austin Film Festival.