Writing & Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays
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What happens when ‘happy ever after’ isn’t quite so simple? Today’s attitudes to love and romance are as varied and diverse as individuals, and audiences want and need more sophisticated, authentic films that show how we live and love now. So what does this mean for the screenwriter developing a romcom? And how do they write heart-warming stories for a genre that is constantly evolving, from bromcom to zomcom to famcom?

Writing and Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays offers a fresh approach to creating narratives for this ever-changing genre. Moving away from rigid and limited definitions that have evolved out of mainstream genre films, the book embraces a working definition that crosses cultural and national boundaries to give screenwriters around the world a truly international perspective on writing comedic love stories.

It will be the first screenwriting guide to reflect the diversity of approaches in today’s films that deal with the human need for emotional and physical intimacy using humour – the contemporary romantic comedy.


Helen Jacey is a screenwriter, author, and story consultant who has developed numerous projects across film, TV, radio, advertising and fiction for the UK and international industry. Helen’s first book The Woman in the Story (2010) has been described as the seminal screenwriting guide to creating stronger female characters and she has trained writers and filmmakers across the globe. Helen also lectures on scriptwriting at Bournemouth University, UK.

Craig Batty is Associate Professor of Screenwriting at RMIT University, Australia. He is a screenwriter, script consultant and script editor, with experiences in short film, feature film, television and online drama. He is the author, co-author and editor of eight books, including Writing and Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays (published by Creative Essentials), The Creative Screenwriter: Exercises to Expand Your Craft, Movies That Move Us: Screenwriting and the Power of the Protagonist’s Journey and Screenwriters and Screenwriting: Putting Practice into Context.