The best books on screenwriting

Recommended Reading List

Looking for great books? This is my personal selection of the best books on screenwriting. For this book list, I polled filmmakers, writers, producers, and experts in the field on the books they recommend. I try to thoughtfully curate all of my reading lists so that you can be sure that any book recommended on this page is worth your time. On top of that, the page also includes links to notable articles and podcast episodes.

Essays are often written in the first-person, in which writers use their own personal experiences to reflect on a theme or topic for the reader. Many acclaimed authors I love —like James Baldwin and Toni Morrison—combine these pieces into collections of social commentary. The book pickings below are my favorite essays to read and I obviously read every single one of them. Here are some of the best essays to read. ⬇️

The best books about screenwriting

Save the Cat

by Blake Snyder
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Helps authors to create a plot structure using fifteen plot points.

The Writer’s Journey

by Christopher Vogler
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A deep analysis on how ancient mythology has an effect on present day movies and television.

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