Denis McGrath is in the middle of a series of posts on his blog about the system of writing in the US and Canada.

He's following the scripting process on an ongoing television series from beginning to end, looking at the various drafts and documents you turn in, and who they go to. Why you shouldn't put dialogue in your treatments. And at which points in the process you can get away with putting in a bit of handwavium.

First part
Second part
Third part
Fourth part

More to come, so stay tuned to his blog.

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by MaldwynP

    on 23 Aug 2009 13:25

    Now you're getting it.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by shining shadow

    on 22 Aug 2009 17:13

    Sorry but I'm struggling to see the relevance of these blogs. What possible use can this knowledge be to frustrated screenwriters in Britain? Is it not just going to frustrate them a little bit more?

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Marc

    on 19 Aug 2009 14:42

    'As far as I'm aware, no British dramas use a writers' room'

    Emmerdale does, kind of.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by MaldwynP

    on 19 Aug 2009 09:29

    When you say you are looking to publish your book what do you mean? If you are not going the self publishing route you can try Autonomy or you will need an agent before a publishing house will even talk to you.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by mystery88

    on 19 Aug 2009 07:58

    Hi anyone can help me, I am looking to publish my book but I am facing with some difficulties in which right channel should I go and I also need some feedback if you can go to www.livelifelikeyouweredying.blogspot.com and comment on my blog that will be great.. so at least I know if the stories too boring or interesting enough to publish. Thank you

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Chris39934

    on 17 Aug 2009 20:03

    One advantage of a writing room is that a collaborative effort sometimes produces better results.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by MaldwynP

    on 17 Aug 2009 17:13

    Yes the BBC are going to have a Writer room.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by AspieBoy

    on 17 Aug 2009 11:41

    I would imagine the writers room system is pretty expensive, so it's hard to imagine it ever taking hold here, especially in the current economic climate.

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by Piers

    on 17 Aug 2009 09:23

    orpheusblake: As far as I'm aware, no British dramas use a writers' room. On the comedy front, I believe that My Family does and My Hero used to - I'm hoping to try and talk to the people on My Family when the new series goes into production, and find out how it compares to the US system.

    MaldwynP: It's a vastly under-rated pastime.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by MaldwynP

    on 16 Aug 2009 16:44

    I believe the original BBC Writers Room used this system for Huddlines. Comedy masters such as Andy Hamilton, Spike Milligan etc. would hang around in the smoke filled room wondering if their sketches had made it that week,

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