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The TV Writer's Workbook: A Creative Approach to Television Scripts

At a Glance

  • A straightforward handbook on breaking into TV writing
  • Guides you through the development process of creating a TV show
  • Written by a seasoned pro who worked on hits like Everybody Loves Raymond and Coach

Writing for television is a business. And, like any business, there are proven strategies for success. In this unique hands-on guide, television writer and producer Ellen Sandler shares the trade secrets she learned while writing for hit shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and Coach. She offers concrete advice on everything from finding a story to getting hired on a current series.

Filled with easy-to-implement exercises and practical wisdom, this ingenious how-to handbook outlines the steps for becoming a professional TV writer, starting with a winning script. Sandler explains the difference between "selling" and "telling," form and formula, and theme and plot.

In The TV Writer's Workbook, discover:

  • A technique for breaking down a show style so you're as close to being in the writing room as you can get without actually having a job there
  • The 3 elements for that essential Concept Line that you must have in order to create a story with passion and consequence
  • Mining the 7 Deadly Sins for fresh and original story lines
  • Sample scripts from hit shows
  • In-depth graphs, script breakdown charts, vital checkpoints along the way, and much, much more!

With the TV Writer's Workbook, you'll be on your way to a career on the small screen before you know it!

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Meet the Author: Ellen Sandler

Ellen Sandler was nominated for an Emmy as a Co-Executive Producer of Everybody Loves Raymond. She has created over 20 pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Family, Oxygen and the Disney Channel and has consulted internationally on pilots for the ABC Australia; the CBC Canada; Media Marketing, Dubai; and MediaCorp, Singapore. A writer/producer on more than a dozen prime time TV shows, she is the author of The TV Writer’s Workbook (Bantam/Dell).

Ellen is also a playwright and director. Her most recent theatrical project was her adaptation of N.Y. Times food writer Mimi Sheraton’s book, The Bialy Eaters, which st...

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