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Five Takeaways: The Hunt

Your weekly break-down of a popular movie or television episode to see what a screenwriter—or any writer, for that matter—can take away from what’s on screen: what worked, what didn’t, and how you can use what’s popular to craft better stories.

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7 Tech Tools to Set You Up For Success While Working (and Writing!) From Home

Working from home (along with an extra side of existential dread) appears to be the new norm for the next while, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Even if we’ve written at home for years, now we might also be wrangling kids 24/7, plus our lives and...

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Week 2: Lee Jessup on What Writers CAN Do Now

This week Lee discusses the latest updates on agency layoffs, online pitching trends and answers your questions from social media. 

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3 Tweaks to Un-Muck Your Script Notes Process - Part 1

Death. Taxes. And script notes.

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From Concept to Congratulations: The Big Break Journey

Todd Goodlett has been “on cloud nine” since finding out that his original script, The Arsonist’s Handbook, was Final Draft’s Big Break 2019 TV Grand Prize Winner. A feat, he says, he once never imagined, and that has already taken him to places of h...

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Five Takeaways From Episode One of Netflix's ‘Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker’

Your weekly break-down of a popular movie or television episode to see what a screenwriter—or any writer, for that matter—can take away from what’s on screen: what worked, what didn’t, and how you can use what’s popular to craft better stories.

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The Fast Five: The Digital Pitch Era Has Arrived

It’s an interesting time as everybody in the industry begins working from home and meetings shift to the virtual world. Television festivals scramble to adapt as well and have started launching digital marketplaces to still give exhibitors a chance t...

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Coronavirus: 7 Ways To Cope During a Crisis As a Writer

Fear and panic (not to be confused with the shape-shifting imps, Pain and Panic, from Disney’s Hercules, which also seem apt considering the circumstances) are spreading as fast as COVID-19 these days. In response to the global pandemic, we’ve either...

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Lee Jessup on What Writers Can Do Now

Screenwriting Career Coach Lee Jessup shares insights on how writers can be proactive during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Have a question for Lee? Submit it here before 3/24!

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