A Short and Definitely Not Comprehensive List of Resources for Learning About TV Writing
Because this seemed necessary. Not actually SPN meta, but hopefully a useful resource for those who engage in criticism (positive or negative!) of the writers/writing. If you have additional or better resources, please let me know.
The first is more directly informational; the second two are interviews/panels with writers that may vary on how informative they are with respect to television production/writing in general.
You can learn a lot from reading teleplays,like what tends to be in a script and—perhaps more importantly-what doesn’t. A really good resource for learning about structure, but also very good for seeing what aspects of a TV episode are in the scripts. Not many SPN scripts here—although there are a few—but reading scripts for any show you watch is informative.
Blogs (and other)
Blogs aren’t really my focus, so there are probably a lot of good writing blogs that I don’t know about. These are just a couple that I’m aware of.
There are a lot of TV writers on Twitter. Some of them occasionally talk about various aspects of their jobs. For SPN, I know @adamglass44 at least does, or did, but I’m not sure of any that do so frequently enough to be listed here. But following writers on shows you’re interested is definitely a potential resource.
Never seen this (don’t have Sundance) but listing it because it sounds like a good resource.
These are not necessarily the best books out there (I really don’t know); they’re the ones that I read and I chose them based on three criteria: focus on hour drama, recent publication (the industry has changed a lot and you want the most current info) and relative inexpensiveness. Links go to Goodreads.
DVD Commentaries with Writers
Very hit-or-miss—you never know what’s going to be talked about in a commentary. But this can be a good way to learn about how specific episodes were developed from story to script—and by extension, a good way to pick up on the typical writing and story development process. I don’t have much of a list here, because I don’t focus that much on commentaries, but this is a very informative one.
- SPN 5x04 “The End” DVD Commentary (sorry no link.)