How to Write Continuing Drama
■Authoritative – written by a very experienced radio and tv writer
■A growing market of creative writers ready to snap up this book.
■Huge market- there are many thousands of novice creative writers in the UK alone
Who else wants to write for the ‘soaps’?
‘Soaps’ like Eastenders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Casualty, Holby City, and of course the ever-popular Archers on BBC Radio 4 all need new story-lines to keep them fresh and that means new writers. It really could be your lines being uttered by an actor in a scene on tv or radio.
This book explains how:
-continuous drama is made and the role of the script writer. – how to write for established characters in a ‘soap’. – howto develop your writing style so that it becomes compelling writing.
Who is this for? – All students of creative writing in colleges and universities
– College and university central and department libraries
– Teachers, tutors and lecturers
– Public and reference libraries
– General readers, older creative writers who attend The Fishguard Writer’s Holiday, Swanick et al
Author Chris Thompson Territory World all language Price £12.99 €14.99
Format Paperback, 215 x 135mm, 160pp ISBN 978-1-84285-118-0
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterclass By Angela M. Churmon Format: Paperback| Verified Purchase If you have an ambition to write for any of our much loved soaps you have to buy this book. It’s professional, accessible and covers everything you need to know. I read it in one sitting, cover to cover and it’s now a permanent feature on the corner of my desk, a top knotch reference book. Chris gives examples of storyline documents, scene by scenes, scripts and goes through the whole process from start to finish. He also gives an invaluable insight into how soaps work from the inside out. It is a Masterclass on paper.
5.0 out of 5 stars By Don Bledsoeon – The last book I could find on structuring and writing soap opera or continuing dramas was written… years ago. This is current and most of the referenced programs are still on the air. It’s been very helpful in writing my own web series show in setting up storylines and writing scenes that follow it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Reviewed in the United States
Reading this really made me want to dive in and get started on my own Soap. I loved how everything was broken down and explained, from the different positions on a writing staff, to the way the writing process goes, to the examples of script excerpts and how they can change going along the process. Super informative.
The late Chris Thompson wrote for the top UK soap Emmerdale on ITV and for the Archers on BBC Radio 4. He was a former teacher who started writing when he was a deputy head. The volume of work he was offered meant he had no choice but to give up teaching.
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