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Write On with Emmy®-Nominated 'The Handmaid's Tale' Showrunner Bruce Miller

Emmy-Nominated The Handmaid's Tale Showrunner Bruce Miller discusses how the show stays true to the original book, collaborating with Elisabeth Moss and the rest of the cast, what it takes to be a showrunner, and much more. 

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Write On with Career Coach Carole Kirschner

Carole Kirschner is the creator of the CBS Diversity Writers Program, director of the WGA Showrunner training program, and a highly sought-after entertainment career coach. Carol discusses what it takes to get into the programs she is involved with, ...

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Tech Tips: Alternate Dialogue

You’re not sure whether the most hilarious comeback line to use is “So’s your mother!” or “I know you are but what am I?” You think the kid should say “I want my two dollars” but your writing partner believes “You owe me two dollars” is far better. Y...

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Write On with Emmy®-Nominated Veep Showrunner David Mandel

Emmy-nominated showrunner David Mandel discusses crafting the final season of Veep, his experiences working on other shows including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, and Saturday Night Live, and much more. 

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Tech Tip: ScriptNotes in the Navigator

Of all the features in Final Draft 11 designed to help you track, brainstorm, bookmark and edit your story’s ideas, ScriptNotes may be the most obvious; annotating a script is probably as old as the craft itself. New ideas, edits, questions, links to...

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Write On: #BeTheChange with Writer-Director-Producer Micho Rutare

Writer-director-producer Micho Rutare discusses his deep note trailer for THX, how he broke into the industry, how his background has affected his career and much more.

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Tech Tip: Reformatting

Sometimes paragraphs in Final Draft are inadvertently misformatted – Action paragraphs mistakenly render as character names, Scene Headings look like Transitions, lines of dialogue look like Parentheticals.

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Write On with Matt Dy of Lit Entertainment Group

Literary manager Matt Dy discusses his tenure at Austin Film Festival as their contest director, why he made the move to Los Angeles to join the team at Lit Entertainment Group and more. 

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Tech Tip: Breakdown your Script with the Story Map and Beat Board

Ah, the corkboard. The writer’s roadmap; a finite space for infinite ideas that will eventually become a blueprint for a script. For many writers (and writers’ rooms) the corkboard is an essential tool used for script-breakdown, note taking and more....

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