The Essential Web Resources for Screenwriters: Inaugural Edition

Welcome to our inaugural edition of The Essential Web Resources for Screenwriters! There’s plenty of online content out there about the craft and business of screenwriting, but our Library team is here to analyze and recommend web resources that are worth your time!

To start, here are 4 web resources recommended by Lauren O’Connor, our WGF Librarian.

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MICHAEL HAUGE’S STORY MASTERY

Hauge posts interesting blog posts about the bare essential elements of story. The posts are very easily digestible and can be a great motivator while you write. I will forever be indebted to this guy for his six stage plot structure chart (He breaks it down more easily and in a visual way). You can download that very chart on this website.

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UCLA SCRIPT RESOURCES

Where can I find scripts to purchase?  Where can I read scripts online?  This site is a great aggregate for finding scripts in libraries and special collections as well as on the web.

TV WRITING

If you're specifically looking for pilot scripts, you'll find a lot of early circulated drafts on this site. It's amazingly helpful because they're mostly early drafts. You're seeing what sparked the writer, what caught on, sold and got pushed toward production, which can be invaluable if you're trying to write your own pilot. 

 

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SCRIPT MAGAZINE

A comprehensive site with great articles and resources about all the contests to enter. It's a good starting point if you're looking for where to push forward or just some no frills inspiration.