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5 Takeaways from Hulu's 'Ramy'

Viewers watching season two of Ramy (co-written and played by Ramy Youssef) will note the writers have set aside his hilarious quest for love for a much deeper, philosophical quest. As the title character tells Sheikh Malik, played beautifully by Mah...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Creative Strategies to Survive 'Distance Learning' and Keep Writing this Fall

With many school districts here in the U.S. planning to open this fall with “full distance” or “hybrid” learning in short order, many writer-parents are anxiously wondering how to keep working their day jobs — let alone keep writing and preserve our ...

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'The Current Occupant' Poses Thought-Provoking Questions, But Offers No Answers

The Current Occupant has a huge hook: it’s a movie about a man in an insane asylum who believes he’s President of the United States. It plays on internet conspiracy theories right and left, not to mention the merits of the 25th amendment—and what wou...

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Q & A with 'The Haunting of Hill House' and 'Oculus' Screenwriter Jeff Howard, Moderated by Sade' Sellers

Screenwriter-producer Sade’ Sellers hosts this one-on-one conversation with screenwriter and producer Jeff Howard (The Haunting of Hill House, Oculus). They answer audience questions about breaking in, writing for horror and more!

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5 Skills You Need to be a Successful Screenwriter

Most professional screenwriters will agree that writing is only one aspect of their job. Many emerging screenwriters are surprised to find that once their screenwriting career takes off, they devote more and more time to other aspects of the business...

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5 Takeaways from Hulu's 'The Great'

The Great is the study of a patriarchal, fascist, arrogant and clueless leader, Peter III of Russia. It’s also the story of a rebellious and disillusioned bride that thought her union would bring her true love, but instead brings her nothing but grie...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 7 Mindset Perspectives to Motivate Your Writing

Between the pandemic, sweeping societal upheavals, and general world news, it is a massive understatement to say there’s a lot going on right now. It’s easy to get derailed or give up hope. A few weeks ago, I wrote about ways to stay productive and t...

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5 Takeaways from Hulu's 'Palm Springs'

Palm Springs is absolutely the kind of film that you should go into blind. It’s a delight knowing nothing about it and being pleasantly surprised at every turn. So, if you’ve already seen it, this article is for you, because there will indeed be spoi...

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Denim Richards on Writing 'The Zoo'

According to actor-writer-director Denim Richards, “The arts chose me, I didn’t choose the arts.”

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