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Riding The Alligator


"I wrote the screenwriting book I wished I had when I was starting out."

-Pen Densham                

Riding the Alligator is different from other screenwriting books in that it takes a non-dogmatic approach to finding your own, personal creative power, and shares Pen’s secrets for SELLING YOUR CREATIONS.


It's THE BEST-SELLING BOOK hailed by Hollywood hitmakers like Ron Howard, Paul Haggis, Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman, as well as heads of major studios and professors from top film schools including USC, UCLA, NYU and AFI.

Also included are essays by BOX OFFICE DOMINATING SCREENWRITERS who share their personal recipes for success: Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Iron Man 3), Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Avatar), Eric Roth (Forrest Gump), Robin Swicord (The Jane Austin Book Club), Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t Jump), Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), Todd Robinson (White Squall, Phantom), and more.

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Pen encourages artists who write from the heart and strive for originality.

Ron Howard, Academy Award winning director

[Pen's] words on the creative process are inspiring and useful; his insight into the business is essential.

Paul Haggis, Academy Award winning writer / producer / director

If you're thinking about writing a screenplay, do yourself a favor and hop on Pen Densham's 'Alligator.'

Jeff Bridges, Academy Award winning actor

An invaluable resource that is certain to become a must for all new screenwriters.

Robert Mandel, Dean, AFI Conservatory

It's like getting a UC screenwriting course for under $30!!!

Robin Wright, Golden Globe winning actress

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