Adventures in the Screen Trade is a book about Hollywood written in 1983 by American novelist and screenwriter William Goldman. The title is a parody of Dylan Thomas's Adventures in the Skin Trade.
The book is divided into three parts.
"Part One: Hollywood Realities" is a collection of essays on various subjects ranging from movie stars and studio executives to his thoughts on how to begin and end a screenplay and how to write for a movie star.
"Part Two: Adventures" has stories from eleven projects that Goldman has been involved with, from Charly and Masquerade, to the Academy Award winning Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men, to some projects that didn't get made, like a musical remake of Grand Hotel.
"Part Three: Da Vinci" has Goldman showing the reader how he would go about adapting his own short story "Da Vinci" into a screenplay. The full text of "Da Vinci" and the subsequent screenplay he wrote are included, followed by interviews with key movie industry figures, including director George Roy Hill, cinematographer Gordon Willis and composer Dave Grusin.