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Simple Themes and Important Conversations About Representation (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, an exclusive interview with actor turned screenwriter Neal McDonough, meet-up-and coming screenwriter Jordan Simon, read about why the 2021 musical film Annette didn’t hit the right notes in storytelling, and more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, an exclusive interview with actor turned screenwriter Neal McDonough, meet-up-and coming screenwriter Jordan Simon, read about why the 2021 musical film Annette didn’t hit the right notes in storytelling, and more!

Where Genre Has No Limits: Spotlight on Screenwriter Jordan Simon

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Screenwriter Jordan Simon shares with Script his ambitions to shake up the industry as a Black sci-fi writer and overall creative, his love for storytelling in specific worlds and time periods, and more.

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Review of Annette—Just Because Something Is Happening Doesn’t Mean It’s Compelling

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Script contributor Joy Cheriel Brown reviews 2021 musical Annette and why the film didn't hit the right notes in a fully formed and warranted storyline.

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INDIE SPOTLIGHT: An Interview with SXSW Short Film Roommates Filmmakers Ashley Eakin, Kelsey Johnson and Actress Kiera Allen

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Roommates director and co-writer Ashley Eakin, co-writer and actress Kelsey Johnson, and actress Kiera Allen talk about their creative collaboration and journey, why it's important to them to tell their stories and have these important conversations and representation about disability, and more!

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Thematic Simplicity: An Interview with Boon Co-Writer and Actor Neal McDonough

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Neal McDonough speaks with Script about stepping back into Nick Boon's shoes, this time from a writer's perspective, creating films he's excited about with a nod to old-school filmmaking and storytelling from films like Rocky and Unforgiven, and what's next for him in his career as a screenwriter.

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David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

David Adams Cleveland: On Truth Revealing Itself in Historical Fiction

Award-winning novelist David Adams Cleveland discusses the timeliness of his new novel, Gods of Deception.

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The WD Interview: Lisa Jewell

The New York Times-bestselling British author discusses creating thrilling plot twists and developing characters in her 19th novel, The Night She Disappeared, in this interview from the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Writer's Digest.

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Literary Agents in Person (That Worked for Me at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference)

Author Anat Deracine found her agent at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. Now she’s sharing what she’s learned to help other writers become authors. Here are her 5 tips for successfully pitching literary agents in person.

Tips for Reading Poetry in Front of an Audience

8 Tips for Reading Your Poetry in Front of an Audience

Poet's Market editor and published poet Robert Lee Brewer shares eight tips for reading your poetry in front of an audience.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Strength Lost

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character lose their powers.

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Managing Point of View: Mythbusting

In the first of this three-part series, novelist and WD columnist Sharon Short breaks down 7 of the most common myths about choosing which POV is right for your story.

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

Channel Your Inner Authorpreneur for Your Writing Labor of Love

As self-publishing continues to become an attractive and popular options for writers, it’s important to know what you’re getting into and to have the right expectations. Here, author and entrepreneur Tom Vaughan shares how to channel your inner “authorpreneur” to help your book find its readers.

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Mark Kurlansky: On Coincidences Driving Memoir

Award-winning author, playwright, and journalist Mark Kurlansky discusses the experience of channeling Ernest Hemingway in his new memoir, The Importance of Not Being Ernest.

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."