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Craig and John look at why the books and seminars purporting to teach screenwriting are generally terrible, trying to reduce the hard work of the craft to a series of formulas and templates.

It’s a rare podcast in which I sway Craig’s opinion whatsoever, but if you listen really carefully, I think he leaves the show just slightly less negative about screenwriting books than he started. It’s all about degrees with Craig.

Plus, we get a visit from the LAPD, follow-up on residuals, and a bit more about unionizing videogame writers.

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(Note that none of the books listed above are actually recommended. But we talk about them, so it feels fair to provide links.)

You can download the episode here: AAC.

UPDATE 12-13-11: The transcript of this episode can be found here.