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Though we're open to all levels of experience in the ASG, we hope our members take advantage of the many opportunities for self-education on screenwriting technique, formatting, and professionalism. We have some great bookstores right here in Austin, chief among them our meeting host: BookPeople. Following are a list of useful books and a list of links to screenwriting classes in the Austin area.

Classes in Screenwriting

A common request related to education in screenwriting is "Are there any classes offered in Austin?" Here are some offered both through groups and individuals you might check out. (If you know of more to add here, please let Wendy Wheeler know at scripts@wendy-wheeler.com.)

Online Classes in Screenwriting


For self-teaching, here are some of the top screenwriting and writerly craft books our group has discovered.

  1. Stealing Fire from the Gods by James Bonnet
  2. The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri
  3. Screenplay, The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
  4. Zen and the Art of Screenwriting by William Froug
  5. Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hauge
  6. Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds by Michael Hauge
  7. The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Screenwriter by Karl Iglesias
  8. Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias
  9. How to Write a Movie in 21 Days by Viki King
  10. Story by Robert McKee
  11. Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger
  12. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  13. The Screenwriter's Bible by Dave Trottier
  14. The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogler
  15. The Comic Toolbox by John Vorhaus
  16. The Whole Picture by Richard Walter
  17. Screenwriting: The Art, Craft and Business of Film and Television Writing by Richard Walter
  18. The Hollywood Creative Directory or Spec Screenplay Sales Directory


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