Creative writing – online resources #7: The Script Lab

To date on this site we have focused more on literary forms – especially fiction and poetry – than on scripts. It’s good to be able to redress the balance a little here. The resource I’ve selected to showcase in this post is a website called The Script Lab.

The website provides an extraordinarily rich range of resources. They include:

  • Screenwriting 101 – a series of introductory articles on screenwriting;
  • Screenwriting Basics – practical resources on such matters as genre and how to write the first ten pages of a script. Screenwriting Basics contains my favourite part of the site, namely ‘Sequence breakdowns‘ – this part provides very analytical, concrete examples of the craft of scripting sequences of 10-15 minutes;
  • How to write a screenplay, which organises tips around categories that will be familiar to most readers here (story, character, structure, voice etc.)
  • TSLU – ‘The Script Lab University’, designed to host courses, seminars, forums etc. (This looks promising, though I haven’t actually sampled this part of the site).

Two thoughts have occurred to me many times as I have been exploring the site over recent weeks. First, the insights and guidance provided could, in may cases, be applied to other forms of writing beyond screenwriting – to drama and fiction, for example.

Second, in the process of dealing with questions about how to write a script, the site provides inspiration and helps to build confidence. Having gone more than half a century with no desire to write a script myself and no belief that I actually could, even if I wanted to, I now catch myself thinking that I’d rather like to and perhaps might even be capable of doing so.


About Anthony Haynes

Director, Frontinus Ltd Communications Associate, FJWilson Talent Services


  1. Reblogged this on kellycautillo and commented:
    Something I hope will be useful to those of you considering Script Frenzy this year.

  2. Quite enlightening! Great post. Thanks for sharing!

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