Readings for Writers: Pick of the Week 3/11/15

Every week or so, a member of the Grub community recommends a book they find helpful or inspirational from a craft perspective. This week, Grub instructor Cheryl Eagan-Donovan recommends one of her favorite screenwriting books. 

Now Write! Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers edited by Sherry Ellis is a great value: quick writing prompts from experts that I use for in-class warm-up exercises and as weekly take-home handouts to help when writers get stuck trying to meet page quotas. The sheer volume of material and the variety of activities make this an indispensable text for me. The book is organized by specific skills useful for screenwriters and focuses on craft. Top rate writers and industry insiders offer their secrets for success - a master class!

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About the Author

Cheryl Eagan-Donovan is a writer and documentary filmmaker. She studied writing and literature at Goddard College, has a BS from Boston University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She has published poetry and articles about Shakespeare, screenwriting, and film. She teaches screenwriting, film and literature at Lesley University and Northeastern University. Her new film, Nothing is Truer than Truth, is based on the book Shakespeare By Another Name. Cheryl is a lecturer at Shakespeare conferences around the country. Her debut documentary, All Kindsa Girls, screened at art house theaters and film festivals in London, Toronto, and throughout the US, is featured in Paul Sherman's book Big Screen Boston, and was short-listed for the PBS series POV. The film's theatrical screenings included the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Boston. She served as President of Women in Film & Video/New England for several years and was the 2012 Judge for the WIFVNE Annual Screenwriting Competition. She also served as a panelist for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 2012 Play/Screenwriting Fellowship. She served on the Board of Directors of The Next Door Theater in Winchester, Massachusetts for five years, and was just elected to the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship.

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