The Dallas Public Library owns several instructional DVDS, including Tales from the Script and the popular The Art of Screenwriting series. Series volumes cover such topics as adaptation; character; dialogue and description; and narrative and structure.
The Dallas Public Library also has a wide variety of popular books on screenwriting, including:
Make Your Story a Movie: Adapting Your Book or Idea for Hollywood by John Robert Marlow
Crafty Screenwriting: Writing Movies That Get Made by Alex Epstein
Screenplay: the Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
Consider also Robert McKee’s Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting. At 466 pages, it’s not to be thrown around lightly.
Script consultant Derek Rydall’s book is titled I Could’ve Written a Better Movie Than That!
A staff favorite is Blake Snyder, who wrote Save the cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need and Save the Cat! Goes to the Movies: the Screenwriter’s Guide to Every Story Ever Told. Mr. Snyder was an American screenwriter, author, and mentor. He died unexpectedly August 4, 2009, of a pulmonary embolism. More information at the Movies That Work website.