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Keep Calm And Write On. Or Not. Creative Self-Care For A World On Fire

In times of distress, being creative can feel like a luxury. But, as much as it can be a struggle to focus on a project in times of turmoil, sometimes creating something new is one of the few things that can actually help one overcome stressful times...

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5 Screenwriting Takeaways From Hulu's 'Pen 15'

Sometimes the state of the world may make adults think we have a monopoly on existential dread, but Pen15 is here to remind us that junior high schoolers have it pretty bad, too. The show's big hook—two women staring down middle age yet effortlessly ...

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Breaking In: The Writer's Journey

What's next after finishing that script, placing in a screenwriting contest, or even getting optioned?

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Write On with 'Antebellum' Co-Writer and Directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz

Antebellum co-writer and directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz discuss how the story came to Gerard in a dream, writing their first feature script, their work in activism and advertising, and more. 

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Unscripted: This Week in Screenwriting News (September 18, 2020)

Screenwriting career consultant Lee Jessup discusses this week's success stories, industry news, online events, and more.

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'No Escape' Screenwriter-Director Will Wernick on Notes and the All-Important Ending

The best part about writing this column is meeting and interviewing some amazingly talented and genuinely nice artists; and writer-director-producer Will Wernick is no exception. Even over the phone, Wernick, 38, exudes such a calming cadence and fri...

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Notes Are Feelings, Not Facts: 4 Tips to Giving Good Script Feedback

I believe that being able to give good notes is more important than being a good writer. Before you drag me on Twitter, hear me out. Being a good writer means being able to tell a story well and effectively—which is great. That’s probably why you’re ...

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Write On with 'The Broken Hearts Gallery' Writer-Director Natalie Krinsky

The Broken Hearts Gallery writer-director Natalie Krinsky discusses her script's long journey to the screen, how her own life experiences inform the story, her work on TV shows like Grey's Anatomy, and Gossip Girl, and much more. 

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FYC: 3 Common Story Problems in Beginner Pilots

With online writing classes and screenwriting books available at the click of a button (and a lifetime of TV watching under our belts) it’s no wonder that writing for television feels more accessible than ever.

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