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Aristotle's Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization

At a Glance

  • A vivid illustration of Aristotle’s classic structure in today’s storytelling
  • Offers a multitude of tips from a seasoned studio story analyst
  • Serves as a valuable checklist for making sure your story is on track

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Long considered the bible for storytellers, Aristotle's Poetics is a fixture of college courses on everything from fiction writing to dramatic theory. Now, Michael Tierno shows how this great work can be an invaluable resource to screenwriters or anyone interested in studying plot structure.

In carefully organized chapters, Tierno breaks down the fundamentals of screenwriting, highlighting particular aspects of Aristotle's work. Then, using examples from some of the best movies ever made, he demonstrates how to apply these ancient insights to modern-day screenwriting.

This highly readable guide covers a multitude of topics, from plotting and subplotting to dialogue and dramatic unity. Along the way, Tierno also gives tips based on his years as a story analyst, where he has learned what studios look for when they read a screenplay.

His quick wit and easy-to-follow explanations of some of the Poetics' most difficult passages illuminate one of the most important books on story structure ever written.

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Meet the Author: Michael Tierno



Michael is an award-winning writer/director and story analyst for Miramax Films, teaches screenwriting seminars nationwide.

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