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:
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.
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