If you have a script or the idea for a script or screenplay, this is an area where I cannot be of real help. However, I am pleased to recommend Patricia Verducci, a truly gifted film and television writer and excellent teacher, who offers coaching and developmental consulting on scripts. Please visit Pat’s website for more information.


Bennet, James. 2011. The Work of Art. The Atlantic Monthly.  direct link.

Burroway, Janet. 2014.  Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft.  Ninth edition. Pearson. Publisher’s page.

Charters, Ann. 2015. The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction New York: Macmillan.  Publisher’s page.

King, Stephen. May 2011. Herman Woulk is still Alive. The Atlantic Monthlydirect link.

Paul, Richard and Linda Elder. 206.  How to Read a Paragraph: The Art of Close Reading. pdf at

Schwarz, Christina. 2006. A Close Read: What makes good writing good. The Atlantic Monthly. preview

Formal Classwork

In some cases a traditional, structured class may suit your needs best. There are many online courses in fiction writing, but they vary greatly in quality. One excellent program is available at The University of California. Please visit the UCLA Extention Program in Fiction Writing for more information.