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Write On with Big Break Grand Prize Winners Jeff Cassidy and Myles Reid
Since winning the 2018 Big Break Screenwriting Contest, writers Jeff Cassidy and Myles Reid have been busy taking industry meetings with managers, agents, and producers. In this episode of Write On, Cassidy and Reid discuss their Big Break experience...
Creed II Screenwriter Juel Taylor Talks His Big Break, Collaboration and the Importance of Having a ‘Fire Script’
Locking himself in a room for days is not necessarily Juel Taylor’s idea of fun, but for the 31-year-old co-writer of Creed II, it’s what got the job done.
Playwriting for the Screenwriter II: Submissions & Successes
Photo courtesy of Julieta Cervantes / www.broadway.com So you’ve written a play! You’ve honed your characterization and dialogue, you’ve kept in mind theatre’s technical challenges, and you’ve generated ideas to creatively inspire an audience. Congr...
Screenwriting Conferences: How to Prepare and Make the Most of Your Experience
When it comes to networking opportunities, few things can beat a good screenwriting conference. The happy hours, the panels, the chance to commiserate with people who understand the existential crisis of changing genres… For many writers, it’s an eve...
Networking For The Introvert (and The Ambivert): How to “Put Yourself Out There”
Networking is a must. You have to “put yourself out there” to further your screenwriting career, but it’s not always that easy. Cue cold sweats.
How To Be a Fan Of Your Own Work
It can be hard to separate yourself from your work. You try not to make it personal but, of course, it is. Your writing is the combination of your thoughts, your skills, your life experiences and your passions. To type that first sentence on a blank ...
How Do You Tell the Story… About Your Story?
So you've finished a script. Your character motivations are on point. There's a satisfying, poignant resolution. You caught a few spelling errors. That's it, right? Turns out there's this whole other world after you've finished writing. You know, the...
Five Steps to Successful Pitching
Being able to write a decent script is just half the job of a professional screenwriter. Usually after breaking in with a spec script, an agent or manager will send you on a bunch of general meetings with production companies.
Selling the Big Pitch with Ice Cube
Humbug writers Todd R Jones and Earl Richey Jones discuss pitching, persistence and the people who ask: “So what have you worked on that we can see?”
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