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Interrogating writing practices: Perspectives from the screenwriting industry

journal contribution
posted on 13.08.2018, 00:00 by Craig BattyCraig Batty, S Taylor
This article contributes to the developing body of research on screenwriting practice by outlining a set of perspectives from the screenwriting industry that speak of writers, their practices and their creative works. Drawn from interviews undertaken with screenwriters, script editors, script executives and script consultants, these perspectives relate not only to issues specific to screenwriting and screenwriting pedagogy, but also to the discipline of creative writing more broadly. Taking as our approach the argument that some works "aimed at helping screenwriters with their screenplays [are seen as being] beneath academic value", whilst as the same time there is a need "not to theorize practice per se, but to interrogate and intellectualize practice in order to generate new knowledge and new ways to practice" (Batty 2014), our intention here is to speak directly to creative practice concerns by presenting viewpoints from the field. We have themed these concerns into the following discussions, which we posit as useful for practitioners, educators and students alike: Screenwriting and Education; Screenwriting and the Human Condition; Becoming a Screenwriter; Being a Screenwriter; and Screenwriting and Collaboration.

History

Volume

1

Start Page

1

End Page

10

Number of Pages

10

ISSN

2058-5535

Publisher

National Association of Writers in Education

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

RMIT University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Writing in Practice