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1st Edition

Creative Labor and Professional Practice

ISBN 9780415642675
Published April 1, 2014 by Routledge
164 Pages

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Book Description

Screenwriting: Creative Labor and Professional Practice analyzes the histories, practices, identities and subjects which form and shape the daily working lives of screenwriters.

Author Bridget Conor considers the ways in which contemporary screenwriters navigate and make sense of the labor markets in which they are immersed.

Chapters explore areas including:

  • Screenwriting histories and myths of the profession
  • Screenwriting as creative labor
  • Screenwriters’ working lives
  • Screenwriting work and the how-to genre
  • Screenwriting work and inequalities

Drawing on historical and critical perspectives of mainstream screenwriting in the USA and UK, as well as valuable interviews with working screenwriters, this book presents a highly original and multi-faceted study of screenwriting as creative labor and professional practice.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Setting the ‘scene’  1. Screenwriting histories and myths of the profession  2. Screenwriting as creative labor  3. Screenwriters’ working lives  4. Screenwriting work and the how-to genre  5. Screenwriting work – who’s in and who’s out?  Conclusion: Screenwriting as good work  Appendix One: How-to titles and authors  Appendix Two: Indicative publishing information for five ‘guru’ how-to texts  Bibliography

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Bridget Conor is a lecturer in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King¹s College London and previously taught at Goldsmiths College and AUT University in Auckland. She has published in the areas of screenwriting research and creative labor studies and her previous work focused on the production of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy in New Zealand.