One of the most influential books in all history. Greek and English on facing pages, plus Butcher's famed 300-page exposition and interpretation of Aristotle's ideas. Seminal discussions of art and morality, poetic truth, much more.

Aristotle's Theory of Poetry and Fine Art

A host of hugely enjoyable examples drawn from Lynn's varied and successful career bring these rules to life, covering everything from inspiration, collaboration and the Seven Deadly Sins to the perils of unmotivated comic business, pitching screenplays in LA, sexist jokes and lunch with the Inland Revenue. Comedy Rules offers an enlightening journey into the world of comedy and an indispensable companion to the elusive art of its creation.

Comedy Rules by Jonathan Lynn

Award-winning novelist K.M. Weiland shares her acclaimed method for achieving memorable and moving character arcs in every book you write. By applying the foundation of the Three-Act Story Structure and then delving even deeper into the psychology of realistic and dynamic human change, Weiland offers a beat-by-beat checklist of character arc guidelines that flexes to fit any type of story.

Character Arcs by K.M. Weiland

Linda Seger shows how to create strong, multidimensional characters in fiction, covering everything from research to character block.

Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger

An analysis of dramatic principles by Gustav Freytag. Freytag seeks to determine the laws according to which great plays are composed, supplementing the rules of Aristotle’s ‘Poetics’ by reference to the works of Shakespeare, Lessing, Goethe, and Schiller. Freytag shows how the central idea of a play is selected and developed from the raw material, defines the dramatic as emotion leading to action, or action producing emotion, explains dramatic unity as the result of the adequate motivation of every action, emphasizes the need of probability, magnitude, and progressive interest in the actions chosen and discusses the nature of the “katharsis” or emotional renewal effected by tragedy.

Freytag's Technique of the Drama

Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

Edgar explores the building-blocks of structure, plot, genre and on through the construction of scenes and characters. He shows how plays share a common architecture without which the uniqueness of their author's vision would be invisible. How Plays Work is a masterclass for playwrights and all theatre practitioners, but also a fascinating guide to the anatomy of drama.

How Plays Work by David Edgar

John Yorke, the creator of the BBC Writers' Academy, takes us on a journey to the heart of storytelling, revealing that there truly is a unifying shape to narrative forms - one that echoes the fairytale journey into the woods and, like any great art, comes from deep within. From ancient myths to big-budget blockbusters, he gets to the root of the stories that are all around us, every day.

Into the Woods by John Yorke

Invisible Ink is a helpful, accessible guide to the essential elements of the best storytelling by award-winning writer/director/producer Brian McDonald. Readers learn techniques for building a compelling story around a theme, engaging audiences with writing, creating appealing characters, and much more.

Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald

The book examines Pixar’s character development, unique, intricate story structure and use of theme, all of which are key to the studio’s storytelling achievements. This book is great for writers interested in writing for animation or mainstream feature films, animators or aspiring directors who want to know how some of the best-animated films work, and even Pixar fans or film buffs who are interested in learning more about the awesome world of storytelling.

Pixar Storytelling by Dean Movshovitz

Storytellers must understand human behavior to make their stories come alive. This guide is based on the premise that screenwriters must understand human behavior to create believable characters. The theories of personality and psychoanalysis are clearly described, with simple guidelines, thought-provoking exercises, vivid film images and hundreds of examples from classic movies. You can learn the fundamental psychological models and how to apply them to your screenplays to make your characters come to life and learn how to write and reflect real human drama.

Psychology for Screenwriters by William Indick

Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have.

Stephen King on Writing

Based on the lessons in his award-winning class, Great Screenwriting, The Anatomy of Story draws on a broad range of philosophy and mythology, offering fresh techniques and insightful anecdotes alongside Truby’s own unique approach to building an effective, multifaceted narrative.

The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

Lajos Egri shows how it is essential for the author to have a basic premise - a thesis, demonstrated in terms of human behavior - and to develop his dramatic conflict on the basis of that behavior. Premise, character, conflict: this is Egri's ABC. His book is a direct, jargon-free approach to the problem of achieving truth in a literary creation.

The Art of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri

Many arts organizations today find themselves in financial difficulties because of economic constraints inherent in the industry. While other companies can improve productivity through the use of new technologies or better systems, these approaches are not available in the arts. Costs go up, but the size of theaters and the price resistance of patrons limit what can be earned from ticket sales. Therefore, the performing arts industry faces a severe gap between earnings and expenses. What, then, does it take to create and maintain a healthy arts organization? The Art of the Turnaround shares with readers ten basic rules for bringing financially distressed arts organizations back to life and keeping them strong. 

The Art of the Turnaround by Michael M. Kaiser

This Norton Critical Edition collects seven different tale types, including multicultural versions and literary rescriptings. Along with the introductions and annotations by Maria Tatar are twenty-four critical essays exploring the various aspects of fairy tales, and new interpretations.

The Classic Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar

Scott Sedita gives you advice and exercises for breaking down comedy scripts, writing jokes and delivering them with comedic precision. Plus, you'll find in-depth sections on Sitcom History, The Three Pillars of Comedy, Auditioning for Sitcoms, and his acclaimed comedic technique The Sedita Method! Most importantly, you will be introduced to his famous sitcom character archetypes.

The Eight Characters of Comedy by Scott Sedita

A great deal of good writing is not just about crafting words with skill, it is about getting a clear idea of the logical relation between the ideas in every sentence. Once you understand that, you will not only create better prose but you will do it with less effort.

The Elements of Style by William Strunk JR and E.B. White

This book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. The Hidden Tools of Comedy unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy. Kaplan deconstructs sequences in popular films and TV that work and don't work and explains what tools were used (or should have been used).

The Hidden Tools of Comedy by Steve Kaplan

This book allows you to participate in the processes that have made Syd Field's workshops invaluable to beginners and working professionals alike.  Easy-to-follow exercises, a clear explanation of screenwriting basics, and expert advice at every turn--all the moment-to-moment, line-by-line help you need to transform your initial idea into a professional screenplay.

The Screenwriter's Workbook by Syd Field

This book provides a comprehensive answer to the age-old riddle of whether there are only a small number of 'basic stories' in the world. Using a wealth of examples, from ancient myths and folk tales via the plays and novels of great literature to the popular movies and TV soap operas of today, it shows that there are seven archetypal themes which recur throughout every kind of storytelling.

The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker

The Writer's Journey provides insights and observations from Vogler's pioneering work in mythic structure for writers.

The Writers Journey by Christopher Vogler

Writing for Emotional Impact goes beyond the basics and argues that Hollywood is in the emotion-delivery business, selling emotional experiences. Karl not only encourages you to deliver emotional impact on as many pages as possible, he shows you how, offering you hundreds of dramatic techniques to take your writing to the professional level.

Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias

Rhetoric is what gives words power. It isn't the exclusive preserve of politicians: it's everywhere, from your argument with the insurance company to your plea to the waitress for a table near the window. It convicts criminals (and then frees them on appeal). It causes governments to rise and fall, best men to be shunned by brides, and people to march with steady purpose towards machine guns.

You Talkin' To Me by Sam Leith