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Write On with 'GLOW' Co-Creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch

GLOW co-creators Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive discuss the way they approach character, their choice to take the show to Las Vegas in Season 3, how they got their starts as writers, and more. 

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: GMC — Your Secret Weapon for Story Conflict and Character Development

A few weeks ago, we covered methods to try when your plot rocks, but your characters fall flat. Today, we delve into another useful tool for getting clear on your characters and their motivation with GMC: Goals, Motivation, and Conflict. I was first ...

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 5: The Interview, Continued

With fellowship applications submitted but fellowship interviews still on the horizon, we are currently digging into exercises and other ways to prep for an in-person or Zoom interview. And while only a fraction of applicants will make it to the inte...

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5 Takeaways from Netflix's 'Unorthodox'

Is a limited series a TV show, or really just a big, fat movie? That’s the question at the heart of this week’s screenwriting takeaway.

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Write On with 'Dead to Me' Creator & Exec Producer, Liz Feldman

Dead to Me creator and executive producer Liz Feldman discusses the shifting tones in the show, her work writing on Two Broke Girls, how she got her start as a writer, and much more. 

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 4: The Interview

Applications have been turned in, but it’s too soon to take a victory lap/victory nap just yet. One of the reasons applying to fellowships is such a great process for all writers to partake in is because it parallels the absolute marathon-like gambit...

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Big Break Welcomes Newest Judge: Development Exec, Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas, TV executive for MRC Studios, wants a more diverse Hollywood. The TV development manager, who is of South Asian descent, uses his platform to uplift, embolden and champion diverse voices and writers in the industry. It's why he was the p...

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Weekend Writing Inspiration: 5 Ways You Can Tell It’s Time To Stop Developing & Start Writing Pages

When is it time to stop developing your story and start writing actual pages? If you’re a writer who plots, plans and designs your scripts in advance, at some point you may ask yourself, “How do I know when I’m ready to start writing?”

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Co-Creators of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance on Writing a Show for Everyone

How about this for a dream job: You get to bring The Dark Crystal to a whole new generation and make previous fans happy. For Will Matthews and Jeffrey Addiss, this is reality. Here, they tell me all about it and what’s next on deck for them. Warning...

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