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Bricks of Breaking In: TV Writer Andrea Ciannavei on Building a Creative Career

While there is no one path to break in as a film or TV writer, there are a lot of similar challenges — both internal and external — that aspiring writers have to confront. Below, Mayans M.C. writer Andrea Ciannavei shares how she faced the odds to gr...

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Writer-Producer Christine Boylan on Building a Screenwriting Career

Building and growing a television or film writing career can come with great obstacles, as well as great opportunities. Writer Christine Boylan shares her experiences and advice on making the journey from aspiring, to working writer. 

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Beyond Words 2019: Award-Nominated Screenwriters Talk Breaking In and Breaking Story

Photo credit: Michael L. Jones This year’s Beyond Words panel hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation, the Writers Guild of America West and Variety, was moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt and featured an exceptional array of the WGA-nominated screenwrit...

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The Bricks of Breaking in: Sal Calleros on Mentorship

Mentorship can be vital to a writer looking to break into the industry, but finding a mentor and building a relationship with that person can be challenging.

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Sublime Primetime 2018: Writing Advice from Emmy-Nominated Writers

Photo credit: Michael Lynn Jones Several of this year’s Emmy®-nominated writers gathered on September 12 for Sublime Primetime; an annual panel hosted by the Writers Guild of America, West, the Writers Guild Foundation and Variety. Moderator Lisa Joy...

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7 Tips to Stay Motivated When Writing Isn't Your Day Job (Yet!)

It’s your dream to be on the writing staff of a television show or to sell your feature film script. Until that happens, you’re working a day job, grabbing spare moments to write. So, how do you stay motivated until your breakthrough?

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Madeline Zima Makes her Writing and Directorial Debut with "Warm Human Magic" at Dances With Films Festival

At the age of two, actress Madeline Zima performed in her first TV commercial. From there, she went on to roles in The Nanny, Californication and Heroes. Recently, Madeline stepped into a whole new type of role — that of writer-director.

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