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Charles Deemer

Oregon Literary Review

MFA, Playwriting, University of Oregon

Writing faculty, Portland State University (part-time)

Retired playwright and screenwriter.
Active novelist, librettist and teacher.

Email: cdeemer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Monday, January 31, 2005  
Publishers of Practical Screenwriting are working on the cover and need blurbs for the back cover. I have lots about my electronic screenwriting tutorial. Here's the selection I sent them to choose from.

From reviews ...

"an extraordinary book that promises to become the bible of screenwriting for the novice. And that's not an exaggeration!" -- John Jarvis, StoryCraft Fiction Writers Page

"For the first time (to my knowledge) the "book" is written for the way one works rather than expecting one to follow the author's suggested line of thought....Charles has done a superb job compiling as much as one needs to know to write a screenplay. It is a trove of information and guidance. Just add your own story." Cam Eason, The Book Nook

"the remarkable electronic book on Screenwriting...Screenwright has everything that you would expect in a well written screenwriting work book....Screenwright is a fresh approach to helping your screenwriting and one that deserves consideration from everyone starting out." John Hopson, Virtual Screenwriter at London Screenwriters Workshop

"If you're new to this screenwriting thing, unsure of yourself and the jargon, and you need some straight talk about your career path, start with Screenwright. Charles is friendly, an experienced teacher and writer. He gives you a broad spectrum of what this business is all about, from what a concept is, to how to write with a partner, to how to write a query letter." Christine DeSmet, Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum newsletter.

"...the strength of Screenwright is that it presents fledgling writers with a range of options, within which to explore their own personal approach to screenwriting.... this book is ideal for those just dipping into the big pool of screenwriting." Chris Owen on misc.writing.screenplays newsgroup.

Testimonials from those who bought Screenwright ...

"He takes a lot of the various theories and puts it all in one text. He also takes into account that different people write in different ways. Lots of examples, plus he actually writes a screenplay within the pages of the text, applying the things he's talking about. If I could only choose one resource, this is the one I'd get." B.E., college screenwriting professor.

"What a stupendously successful effort. You know, in many ways it's better than most of the screenwriting classes I took way back when in the UCLA film program. I am totally blown away..." K.M.E., screenwriter.

"Four years ago, I embarked on my journey into the screenwriting world. The very first piece of material I purchased was your e-book, "Screenwright: The Craft of Screenwriting". As these four years have passed, I have made great strides. I am now represented by a literary agent from The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency in New York City. ... All of this was made possible by a wonderful 'electronic book' which gave me my first 'push' and insight into the mechanics and details of the craft. Your instruction is by far, the best and most easily digested source of information I have ever laid my eyes upon. Thank you, Sir, for getting me started in this field." B.F., Screenwright purchaser.

"I have to tell you that your product is simply one of the best tutorials that I have ever come across in any subject. I have lived by it and have used it as a base to begin my screenwriting. I'm a college educated person who is a television host/reporter and I am finally branching out and pursuing a longtime goal of learning the craft of screenwriting. Your program was WELL worth the money and more." J.D., Screenwright purchaser.

"Charles, Screenwright is great! I'm sure the masses will soon identify you as the Syd Field of the information superhighway. Thanks for bringing such a wonderful resource to writers!" N.L., Screenwright purchaser.

"I purchased your writing disk back in 1997 and it is still of great value today. Since then I made quarter-finals with two screenplays and am still writing away." J.P., Screenwright purchaser.

"I loved your book. I have read many books on the subject of Screenwriting and yours is one of the best I've seen. It's very comprehensive, easy to follow, and I love the format. I think that it's a great way to present material. Thanks so much for writing it." S.P., Screenwright purchaser.

"Screenwright is my new center of gravity. I remain polarized to its content. This E-book has unraveled the mystery and confusion. I finally discovered the software I need to begin writing." D.W., Screenwright purchaser.

I suppose this is the most "successful" thing I've written in terms of great feedback and positive consequences (it helped land me my university job, a job offered to me, not one that I sought out). It still sells pretty well, in its eighth edition. The decision to write this in hypertext and sell it from my website, a decision made in 1997, was ahead of the curve and has paid off. Be curious to see how the linear college textbook version does. Well, I hope ha ha! (More about Screenwright).

1/31/2005 09:08:00 AM | 2 comments

I just purchased your Screenwright program and enjoying it. Still a newbie 'forest' person hacking out specs scene by scene. I have the movies in my head, and I can see them on the screen, it's just this writing thing in between the two visions that has me stumped (smirk). I am using Hollywood Screenwriter now but I took a look at Sophocles (from your recommendation) and it looks pretty decent. Just wanted to pop in and say your course is wonderful and I am learning quite a bit
Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment. C.
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