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The Bricks of Breaking In: TV Showrunner Moira Kirland On Staffing Season

Growing up with a playwright father, The InBetween showrunner Moira Kirland was interested in writers at a very young age. Yet even with that influence in her life, she didn’t start out with the goal of becoming a writer herself.

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Make Your Own Table Read With This Writing Tool

As writers, we often work in isolation; churning out pages then reworking and revising again and again. You’d love to hear your work read out loud, listen as your characters come to life to see if you’ve captured their voices and have consistency to ...

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The Bricks of Breaking in: Tips on Breaking in From Emmy-Nominated Writers

Photo credit: Michaell Lynn Jones Just like there are so many directions you can take a story, there are also many different paths to take when breaking in as a writer. The one common theme, whatever road you go, is that developing a career as a tele...

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Sublime Primetime 2019: Celebrating Emmy®-Nominated Writers

Photo credit: Michael Lynn Jones The Writers Guild of America, West along with Writers Guild Foundation, Variety and Final Draft brought together many of this year’s Emmy® Award writing nominees for an evening to honor their hard work.

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The Bricks of Breaking In with 'The Bold Type' Showrunner Wendy Straker Hauser

Photo Credit: Getty Images For The Bold Type showrunner Wendy Straker Hauser, writing for television wasn’t even on the map when she graduated college. “It honestly took me a long, long time to figure out that I wanted to be a TV writer. Probably ove...

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'Wreck-It Ralph's' Phil Johnston on Screenwriting as a Second Career

It can feel impossible to make the switch to screenwriting after you’ve established a career in another industry. Yet with hard work, focus and dedication, it can happen.

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Lit Manager Sonia Gambaro on Seeking Representation

Photo credit: Neide B Photography “How do I find representation?” It’s a big question for aspiring writers. It’s also one that is asked, in most cases, prematurely; writers are often so eager to get their careers going that they reach out to reps bef...

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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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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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