The Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time

The Coffee Break Screenwriter: Writing Your Script Ten Minutes at a Time

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Got ten minutes? Write your screenplay. At last, leading Hollywood screenwriting instructor Pilar Alessandra shows everyone who’s ever wanted to write a screenplay how to do it — without quitting their jobs or leaving their families. Packed with over sixty 10-minute writing tools, The Coffee Break Screenwriter keeps it focused and keeps it simple. Now, writers can make real progress on their scripts with only ten minutes of stolen time.

The writer receives guidance and tips at every stage of the often intimidating writing process with a relaxed, “ten minutes at a time” method that focuses the writer and pushes him or her forward. At each step, writers are encouraged to “Take Ten” and tackle an element of their scripts using the templates and tools provided. “What You’ve Accomplished” sections help writers review their progress. And “Ten Minute Lectures” distill and demystify old-school theory, allowing the writer to unblock and keep writing.

What People Say

“I had a ‘first-draft paperweight’ on my desk for months. With Pilar’s help, my scripts have transformed from desk clutter into calling cards. I’ve been hired by Warner Bros., signed with ICM, and am a new member of the WGA. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be in the position Iam today if it weren’t for Pilar.”
— Bill Birch, writer of Shazam, Warner Bros.

“Pilar’s techniques not only fine-tune your draft but serve as lessons that stick with you and make you a better writer overall. I highly recommend her if you want to take your writing to the next level!”
— Monica Macer, staff writer Prison Break and Lost; former creative executive Disney Studios

Pilar Alessandra is the director of the Los Angeles writing program “On the Page,” which has helped thousands of screenwriters write and develop their feature and television scripts. She’s worked as Senior Story Analyst for DreamWorks and Radar Pictures and has trained writers at ABC/Disney, MTV/Nickelodeon, the National Screen Institute, the Los Angeles Film School, The UCLA Writers Program, and more. Her students and clients have sold to Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Brothers, and Sony and have won prestigious competitions such as the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition and the Nicholl Fellowship. See her website at


Vital statistics

ISBN-10: 1932907803
ISBN-13: 978-1932907803
Publication date: August 1, 2010
Language: English
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

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