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An exceptional resource for screenwriters and those trying to break into the business.

Hope-Denee Fortier

Screenwriting Unchained is the lightsabre of screenwriting books: the Story-Type Method cuts through to the essence and guides you when you are lost.

Matthias Hoene

Screenwriting Unchained is a remarkable achievement and any storyteller will benefit from it. It’s an unmissable contribution to the topic.

Jean Harambat

I really hate to review this book, because I don’t want the competition knowing about it–it’s that good.

Steven Enloe

Highly recommended for anybody in the business of film, with an interest in film, or simply with an interest in how and why stories work.


Like the previous book, a great and practical book/manual to utilize.

Piet Marais

Emmanuel writes in a wonderfully conversational way, I feel that he is here, talking to me, like a friend. I learnt from page one and could not stop.

Brian O'Baoill

Just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be anything more to add on the subject of screenwriting, this book finds it.

Simon Bovey

I think I have read most of the decent screenwriting books available and this one is by far the best value for money/time/effort.

Marcin Ostasz

I found it great for helping with a novel, as well as a screenplay!

Lenny Kadner

Screenwriting Unchained is an incredibly comprehensive book and an impressive achievement indeed.

Ed Clarke

The Screenwriter’s Troubleshooter is a masterclass in getting unstuck.

Michi Lantz

Great examples and ties in well with Emmanuel’s first book “Screenwriting Unchained”. I highly recommend this book for screenwriters.


If you’re not convinced by some the stuff you’ve read on how to go about writing a ‘Hollywood’ film, then check this book out.

Tony Wilkes

Without a doubt the best book on screenwriting and story structure available today.

Gregory Kourilsky

Brilliant anaphylactic deconstruction of scriptwriting.

Robert Atkinson

Without question the most useful book in the marketplace on the writing and development process.

Dan MacRae

One of those seldom books that makes you rethink what you know and inspires you to look outside the Hollywoodian paradigms.

Frederick Peter Howard

Great book and well presented – a must read for new and experienced screenwriters.

Piet Marais

If, like me, you are always looking for new ways to improve your writing and make it more efficient, this book belongs to your library, along with the best books devoted to the writing (and screenwriting) trade.

Gilbert Gallerne

This is a lesson from a master of his craft.

Sebastian Foster

I found advice that would help with the rewrite of my current animated TV series, advice I didn’t even realise I was looking for.

Adam Cullen

I have read many books on this subject, and this is among the best out there.

Toby Garfath

The Dogma-Busting Method

In this first volume, written for storytellers eager to reach a wide audience at home and abroad, Oberg sets out a dogma-busting method that will transform the way you develop screenplays.
"The lighsabre of screenwriting books"

The companion course adds dozens of clips, training videos, hands-on topics, quizzes and even gamification to deliver, like our other courses, the best online training experience in town!

Average Rating: 4.9 stars (based on 19 ratings)

The Survival Kit

Building on his ground-breaking approach, Oberg identifies forty of the most common screenwriting problems and helps anyone involved in the FIlm & TV script development process to resolve them.
"A masterclass in getting unstuck".

To make the most of this and any further volume in the Story-Type Method series, make sure you watch Oberg's free online presentation on the Three Dimensions of Screenwriting.

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 5 ratings)

The Showrunner's Secrets

In this third volume, Oberg shares career-boosting secrets for the modern series maker, focusing on getting your series commissioned: creating an irresistible bible, a compelling pilot, unforgettable characters and addictive storylines.

The companion course explores advanced series development techniques and helps you master series design at season level through detailed case studies of successful serials and limited series.

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 25 ratings)

To write is Human to edit is Devine.

I liked everything about the book. It was as clear as an azure day of summer.

The Best!

One of the best books I've ever found after many many years of research. So useful. Helped me immensely. At first it seemed like an irritating exercise in selling his other book...but this one is invaluable. Made my screenplays go off in directions I never imagined. Buy it. Buy it now.

Great for a finish!

If you are far along (or even half way) in your readings about screenplay writing, having read several other books and need a great capping-off, this is the book. Mr. Oberg provides an essential check list for your 'almost' finished play. He also provides several hints and standards which can be vey helpful and inspiring. I give this book a very high recommendation.

Despite its cheesy title and cover, this book really delivers. It acknowledges the existing formulas but also allows for the fact that not all movies adhere precisely to the three act structure. Story structure advice is simple and practical. Ironically, many craft books are unfocused and wordy but “Screenwriting Unchained” covers a lot of ground in a concise way. This book has a lot of astute analysis of modern films that I found insightful. The concepts in this book are clearly and simply explained. I found it very useful to my writing and my understanding of film.

This is great

Oberg's experience shines through. His answers are directly useful to developing a story for screenwriting.

Practical reference book

The content of this book is well presented to enable writers to use it as an easy reference book. Great examples and ties in well with Emmanuel's first book" Screenwriting Unchained". I highly recommend this book for screen writers.

Is your script in a jam, and you can't find your way out of it? Look no further...

Are you a newbie or an experienced writer? It doesn’t matter. This. Book. Is. Brilliant! I will hold this book close to my scriptwriting heart from now on. I have read many screenwriting books, several great ones. Still, none of them deal with step-by-step practicality and solutions to the script problems you will find yourself in. It will define your writing craft as a moment of” before and after I had this book”. You’ll wonder where this screenwriting book has been all your life. Even if you haven’t read Emmanuel Oberg’s first book Screenwriting Unchained (which I think you should too), you will be forever grateful to buy this book. I know I am. It’s like a Swiss knife for writers. Everything you need to solve a script problem is in it. The structure of the book works as a tactical and practical handbook for any writer. It’s totally fluff-free and gives you truly actionable advice. But it’s also a reference guide with the freedom to dive in wherever you need. You don’t have to read this book from cover to cover but can identify the specific problem you have and learn about it in its particular section. You get all essential information compiled intelligently in chapters so you can solve issues fast if you’re on a tight deadline. Where The Screenwriter’s Troubleshooter really stands apart is the incredibly detailed look at the various script problems that will occur. Emmanuel Oberg understands the nuances that make a great story. He offers practical methods to help a writer reach that goal by providing solutions to the most common and typical problems to a script. The book provides specific, useful insights and guidance. This is a go-to book in every way possible. It’s not just a problem solver but also educational. It will help you see more clearly what story and structure are really about. The Screenwriter’s Troubleshooter is a masterclass in getting unstuck. It provides a set of tools that finally help you get out of your misery to help you solve what you thought was unsolvable. Read it, use it, be creative! This book is your friend.

Sound advice

I love Emmanuel Oberg's first book, Screenwriting Unchained, and have found this to be a good addition to my toolset as a writer. It is designed to be read non-sequentially, with information organised into chapters based on common notes you might get from a studio. However, there is real value in simply swimming around and reading at your leisure. Doing so I found advice that would help with the rewrite of my current animated TV series, advice I didn't even realise I was looking for.

A fiction writer's friend!

The review copy showed me where my story ran off the rails. That alone is worth the read. I found it great for helping with a novel, as well as a screenplay!

Une façon d'aborder l'écriture de scénario très complète et originale. A recommander.

Contrairement à beaucoup de manuels verbeux, trop théoriques ou sans consistence, celui-là vous permettra certainement de passer un cap dans votre travail d'écriture. Emmanuel Oberg vous tient la main sans vous prendre de haut et vous délivre un concentré d'information et d'astuces.

Nachdem ich wirklich schon viele gute Bücher über das Schreiben gelesen habe, dachte ich, es gäbe nix neues mehr, nichts was mich überraschen könnte. Irrtum. Oberg hat mir mit seiner Unterteilung in characterled/plotled/themeled Dramaturgie sehr geholfen. Auch die Zusammenhänge mit der Bedürfnispyramide von Maslow hat für diverse Aha-Erlebnisse gesorgt. Er befreit von einer "zwanghaften" Dramaturgie und bringt viele neue Impulse, die auch für RomanautorInnen sehr erhellend sein können. Sein Englisch ist klar und gut verständlich. Absolute Leseempfehlung!

Another way to look at dramatic writing. Tends to be a bit repetitive but, that's okay.

One of the best books on screen writing so far. Very detailed and to the point, Emmanuel goes to the insights of a project in a very clear and understandable way. This is not a how-to kind of book, but one that gives you the tools to analyse and approach your story in a more natural way. I was lucky enough to attend two workshops in where Emmanuel expands the contents presented on the book. Absolutely worth it.

This is a fantastic handbook for screenwriters, or for anyone working with them. It is clear enough to be accessible if you are new to screenwriting, but deep and wide-ranging enough to work as a guide for experienced professionals, or for producers or development executives. The theory is explained clearly, with great examples from a wide range of films. I particularly like the practical exercises, which make the process of writing less intimidating, and help you 'self-assess', both on scene writing and overarching story structure. I have read many books on this subject, and this is among the best out there.

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