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Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box

Crafty TV Writing: Thinking Inside the Box
Your Price: $27.95 CDN
Author: Alex Epstein
Publisher: Holt McDougal
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 352
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 0805080287
ISBN-13: 9780805080285
About the Book:

Crafty TV Writing is recommended by the Writers Guild Initiative!

Everyone watches television, and everyone has an opinion on what makes good TV. But, as Alex Epstein shows in this invaluable guide, writing for television is a highly specific craft that requires knowledge, skill, and more than a few insider's tricks.

Alex Epstein, a veteran TV writer and show creator himself, provides essential knowledge about the entire process of television writing, both for beginners and for professionals who want to go to the next level.

Crafty TV Writing explains how to decode the hidden structure of a TV series. It describes the best ways to generate a hook, write an episode, create characters the audience will never tire of, construct entertaining dialogue, and use humour. It shows how to navigate the tough but rewarding television industry, from writing your first spec script, to getting hired to work on a show, to surviving — even thriving — if you get fired. And it illuminates how television writers think about the shows they're writing, whether they're working in comedy, drama, or reality TV.

Fresh, funny, and informed, Crafty TV Writing is the essential guide to writing for and flourishing in the world of television.

What people say:

"No need for me to ever write a book on TV writing. Alex Epstein has covered it all… along with a few things I wouldn't have thought of. Save yourself five years of rookie mistakes. Crafty TV Writing and talent are pretty much all you'll need to make it." — Ken Levine, writer-producer, M.A.S.H., Cheers, Frasier, The Simpsons, Wings, Becker

"No bull, no padding, no paradigms or diagrams, just an enormously entertaining account of the state of the art from first-hand experience, laid out with clarity and enthusiasm." — Stephen Gallagher, writer-director: Dr. Who, Oktober, The Eleventh Hour

"Crafty TV Writing dishes out practical advice from an author who's obviously been in the trenches. I wish he had written it 15 years ago. I could have retired by now." — Paul Mather, writer-producer, Corner Gas

About the Author:

Alex Epstein has worked as a development executive, television story editor, and television writer for more than a decade. He co-created the comic drama series Naked Josh, and was head writer for the science fiction series Charlie Jade. A graduate of Yale University and the UCLA School of Film and Television, he is also the author of Crafty Screenwriting.