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Finding Your Voice as a Writer and Documentary Films Making Waves at Tribeca Film Festival (From Script)

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, exclusive interviews with documentary filmmakers behind Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story and No Ordinary Life, and expert advice from Dr. Format on conveying camera direction in screenplays. Plus, interviews with horror-comedy film Werewolves Within screenwriter Mishna Wolff and director Josh Ruben, and much more!

In this week’s round-up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, exclusive interviews with documentary filmmakers behind Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story and No Ordinary Life, and expert advice from Dr. Format on conveying camera direction in screenplays. Plus, interviews with horror-comedy film Werewolves Within screenwriter Mishna Wolff and director Josh Ruben, and much more!

UNDERSTANDING SCREENWRITING: Tom Sees You Two Taylor Sheridans and Raises You a Brad Ingelsby

UNDERSTANDING SCREENWRITING: Tom Sees You Two Taylor Sheridans and Raises You a Brad Ingelsby

Mare of Easttown, HBO

Tom Stempel reviews two Taylor Sheridan films, Tom Clancy's Without Remorse and Those Who Wish Me Dead, and Brad Ingelsby's Mare of Easttown.

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TRUE INDIE: Breaking in Remotely—Interview with Screenwriter Amie Charney, Harlequin Creator Fund Recipient

TRUE INDIE: Breaking in Remotely—Interview with Screenwriter Amie Charney, Harlequin Creator Fund Recipient

Screenwriter Amie Charney

Hoping to break into screenwriting from outside L.A.? Script contributor Rebecca Norris chats with screenwriter Amie Charney, the first recipient of the Harlequin Creator Fund for television writing, about developing her pilot with Harlequin and eOne, breaking in remotely from San Antonio, and why it's never too late to chase your dreams.

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ASK DR. FORMAT: Directing the Camera Without Using Camera Directions

ASK DR. FORMAT: Directing the Camera Without Using Camera Directions

Dave Trottier, Dr. Format, shares advice on how to convey camera direction in your script, without writing camera direction.

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The Making of an Icon Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story

The Making of an Icon Lady Boss: The Jackie Collins Story

Photo courtesy AGC Studios

“I loved the idea of making a film that could intertwine fact and fictional storytelling, and through the spinning together of the two, arrive at an authentic portrait of a woman who often shared her most private self in her fictional writing.” —Laura Fairrie

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PART I: What Is the Writer’s Voice, And Why Is It Important?

PART I: What Is the Writer’s Voice, And Why Is It Important?

In this three-part series, TV writer/screenwriter Aadip Desai, will dig into the concept of a writer’s voice and see if he can make more sense of it for all of us. Of course, this applies most to emerging writers (not young) and those who have broken in but are still developing their voices.

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Horror Screenwriters on the Verge Spotlights Screenwriter Jeremiah Lewis

Horror Screenwriters on the Verge Spotlights Screenwriter Jeremiah Lewis

In this new column, Script contributor Nanea Taylor speaks with up-and-coming horror screenwriters about their writing process, what projects they are currently working on, and shares some insider tips of the trade.

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Sitting Around the Campfire with Werewolves Within Screenwriter Mishna Wolff and Director Josh Ruben

Sitting Around the Campfire with Werewolves Within Screenwriter Mishna Wolff and Director Josh Ruben

(Left to right) Catherine Curtin as “Jeanine Sherman,” Milana Vayntrub as “Cecily Moore,” Harvey Guillen as “Joachim Wolfson,” Cheyenne Jackson as “Devon Wolfson,” George Basil as “Marcus,” Sarah Burns as “Gwen,” and Sam Richardson as “Finn Wheeler” Josh Ruben’s WEREWOLVES WITHIN. Courtesy of Sabrina Lantos. WEREWOLVES WITHIN is an IFC Films Release.

In this double-header, Script's editor Sadie Dean speaks with both screenwriter Mishna Wolff and director Josh Ruben, the creative duo behind the pleasantly hilarious, coolly stylized jump-scare, whodunit horror film Werewolves Within.

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Defining History No Ordinary Life Interview With Documentary Filmmaker Heather O’Neill

Defining History No Ordinary Life Interview With Documentary Filmmaker Heather O’Neill

No Ordinary Life. Photo courtesy Array Films.

"Cynde, Maria, Jane, Mary, and Margaret took the images that defined history for their generation, yet their own stories have not been told, until now. The shifting scenes between the inhumanity and beauty they filmed, woven with their moments of humor, illustrate how they tried to cope with all they were witnessing. The wars and crises they covered produced images that can be difficult to watch, so I strived to create a balance of stories and images." —Heather O'Neill

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Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2022

Writer's Digest Best Live Streams, Podcasts, and YouTube Channels 2022

Here are the top live streams, podcasts, and YouTube channels as identified in the 24th Annual 101 Best Websites from the May/June 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

What Is Fan Fiction in Writing?

What Is Fan Fiction in Writing?

You might have heard the term, especially if you’re in online fandoms, but what exactly is fan fiction? Managing Editor Moriah Richard explains.

5 Ways To Use Short Stories To Grow as a Writer

5 Ways To Use Short Stories To Grow as a Writer

Short story writing can be a gateway to writing your novel—but they’re also fun and worthy stories in their own right. Here, author Dallas Woodburn shares 5 ways to use short stories to grow as a writer.

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not having an online presence.

Shirlene Obuobi: On Writing From Experience

Shirlene Obuobi: On Writing From Experience

Physician, cartoonist, and author Shirlene Obuobi discusses the writerly advice that led to writing her new coming-of-age novel, On Rotation.

WD Poetic Form Challenge

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Kimo Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the kimo.

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

Tattoos and their artists can reveal interesting details about your characters and offer historical context. Here, author June Gervais shares 8 things writers should know about tattoos.

Tyler Moss | Reporting Through Lens of Social Justice

Writing Through the Lens of Social Justice

WD Editor-at-Large Tyler Moss makes the case for reporting on issues of social justice in freelance writing—no matter the topic in this article from the July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character leave clues for people to find them.