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The Bricks of Breaking In: Abbott Elementary Writer Brittani Nichols On The Importance Of Community As A Writer

How did WGA nominated and NAACP Image Award winning writer, actor and comedian Brittani Nichols (Abbott Elementary, A Black Lady Sketch Show) first fall in love with entertainment? Just like so many, her passion came from watching television. She exp...

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Writer Robert Hewitt Wolfe On Being Ready For Opportunity

Looking back on his youth, Robert Hewitt Wolfe (Prodigal Son, Elementary, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) was always writing. He started his first novel at the age of ten. Started his second in high school and his third in college, although he didn’t fin...

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How the showrunner of Lopez vs Lopez turned real life into a sitcom

Creating a sitcom based on real-life situations is nothing new. Ray Ramono created Everybody Loves Raymond based on his standup which reflected his real family. Even back in the 1950s I Love Lucy had echoes of Lucy and Desi’s life.

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Writer Ray Utarnachitt On Finding Your Own Path

A passion for writing can spark itself in so many different ways. For Ray Utarnachitt (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), it was making kung fu movies with his brother and cousins in junior high that lit his passion for writing. Inspired by his first family-...

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The Bricks of Breaking In: Krista Carpenter on finding representation

Seeking representation can feel like a mystery for writers. How do you know when you’re ready for a rep? How do you connect?

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The Bricks of Breaking in: Showrunner Glen Mazzara on building your career and craft

It was the books showrunner Glen Mazzara (Damien, The Walking Dead, The Shield) read as a child that ignited a lifetime passion for writing. As a little kid, he started creating comic books and short stories — experiences Mazzara remembers fondly.

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The Bricks of Breaking In: TV writer Y. Shireen Razack on empowering yourself as a writer

All the way back to middle school, Y. Shireen Razack (New Amsterdam, and the upcoming Vampire Academy) found herself drawn to creative pursuits, although it wasn’t something she ever thought she was good enough to pursue until much later in her life.

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