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Screenwriter & Playwrights Resources

Screenwriter Resources

BBC Writers Room
BBC Writers Room promotes new writing talent in film, television, radio, and theatre. Browse different genres of screenwriting, such as film, short film, situation comedy, television drama, radio drama, and radio situation comedy, learn how to use script writing software, such as Script Smart, and browse sample scripts for inspiration.

Screen Writing Goldmine
This blog offers podcasts, training, and other professional tips and advice for screenwriters. Browse articles of interest, find out more about screenwriting software, and read about the variety of workshops offered.

Done Deal Professional
This website covers the business and craft of screen writing. Read information on contests, sample releases and queries, and browse forums and newsletters for advice on improving the script.

Sixty Best Blogs for Aspiring Screenwriters
Browse top rated blogs for screenwriters on film, games and animation, learn more about script review and adaptation, and read advice from professional writers and screenwriting professors.


Playwright Resources


Playwriting 101
This playwriting tutorial was written by playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Dorf, whose plays have been produced in more than 45 states and on five continents. This comprehensive guide includes an introduction on the various types of plays and offers concrete advice on specific topics such as dialogue, formatting, lyrics, character development, stage direction, and transitions.

New Dramatists
This organization connects writers with one another and the writing field in order to better navigate the difficult journey of a career in the theater and playwriting.

The Drama Review
The quarterly journal published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press offers a wealth of information and advice for playwrights. View the latest in published scripts, find out how to improve your own writing, and connect with other playwrights.

Script Frenzy
This comprehensive guide offers information on the script writing process, including creating conflict, developing and casting characters, and staging the play.

Wright Angle Productions
Wright Angle Productions is a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting playwrights in the development of new scripts and presenting these new scripts to the general public as staged readings and full productions.


General Writing Sources


Ask Betty
This website from the English Department at University of Washington allows users to submit grammar related questions for a quick and comprehensive response. Find out more about general grammar rules for college writing and read professional academic editing marks in order to better understand your professor’s comments.

Brown University Writing Center
This online writing center contains sample writing pieces and essays, guides, references, and other lists to support writers in all stages of the writing process.

Dartmouth Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
This guide is a comprehensive one compiled for writers at all levels and stages of the writing process. Find out about writing the academic paper and how to craft writing in order to fit a particular field, context or voice.

Creative Writing Prompts and Exercises
This website contains a listing of prompts and exercises for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction writers designed to improve daily writing and craft.

Guide to Grammar Writing
A comprehensive guide useful for students for whom English is a second language. Browse grammar related categories such as word and sentence level, paragraph level, and essay and research levels. View power point presentations for further understanding and take a quiz to gage content mastery.

Guide to Grammar and Style
Witty, humorous, and comprehensive, this website offers a variety of grammar and style related topics suited for the college student writer.

Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab
This online writing lab is particularly helpful for students for whom English is a second language. Browse grammar related topics, find out how to craft a thesis statement, and identify proper ways to cite your sources.

Poets and Writers Magazine
This online and print magazine offers useful information for creative writers in the fields of screen and playwriting, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Find out more about degree programs in creative writing, read about professional development opportunities and browse different fellowships and writing contests.

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Writing Center
Learn more about specific paper formats, find answers to style and grammar related questions, and read about writing for a particular field, subject, or context.

Top Creative Writing Blogs for Students
Browse top rated creative writing blog for student writers, read about perfecting the craft and how to develop plot and characters, and find out more about the publication process.