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Writing Holiday Films, Comedies, and Biopics (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, an intimate conversation with King Richard scribe Zach Baylin about writing biopics, learn about female trailblazer Alice Burton Russell Micheaux, the pros and cons of pursing an MFA, and more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, an intimate conversation with King Richard scribe Zach Baylin about writing biopics, learn about female trailblazer Alice Burton Russell Micheaux, the pros and cons of pursing an MFA, and more!

UNDERSTANDING SCREENWRITING: Better Than, Not as Good as…

Daniel Craig stars as James Bond in NO TIME TO DIE, an EON Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios film Credit Nicola Dove © 2021 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Tom Stempel, the old professor, cannot resist a little compare and contrast, this time with No Time to Die, The French Dispatch, and They’ll Never Believe Me.

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Making Real Change at Reel Works with Co-Founder and Executive Director, John C. Williams

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Script's Editor Sadie Dean speaks with Reel Works co-founder and Executive Director John C. Williams about the initiatives and programs at the Brooklyn based organization, his passion to foster young and diverse voices, and the importance of preparing these young creatives for the creative industry workforce.

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Going Outside the Realm of the Classic Zombie Horror Film with Black Friday Director Casey Tebo

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Black Friday director Casey Tebo shares with Script what attracted him to the screenplay written by Andy Greskoviak, character development, and advice for first-time filmmakers.

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Alice Burton Russell Micheaux: “Breaking Barriers on Two Fronts”

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Film history texts often neglect female screenwriters and completely omit the names of women of color, such as Alice Burton Russell Micheaux, wife of filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. Script contributor Dr. Rosanne Welch rightly so celebrates the female screenwriters who came before us with attainable insight about filmmaker Alice Burton Russell Micheaux.

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FLICK THE HALLS: Why We Love Watching Holiday Movies

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Find out how to write the next great holiday movie script in the upcoming webinar FLICK THE HALLS: Writing The Next Holiday Classic with Jon James Miller on Thursday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m. PDT, only at Script University.

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TV Writer Podcast 120-The Executive Chair Author & TV Writer Kelly Edwards (Our Kind of People)

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No more reverse engineering! Former development exec Kelly Edwards lifts the veil, and tells you exactly how to get a 'yes' to your pitch in her new book, The Executive Chair.

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Ask the Coach: Is an MFA Worth It?

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In this weeks' "Ask the Coach," Jenna Avery addresses a reader’s question about whether or not to pursue an advanced writing degree.

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Breaking & Entering: Screenwriting’s Seven Dirty Words

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The job of the writer is to engage us on the page with words. Choose each one carefully. Focus on creating “a good read,” a high compliment inside the industry. Keep your eyes on that prize! Avoid these description pitfalls Barri Evins deems “Screenwriting’s Seven Dirty Words.” Plus, a bonus Writer’s Workout to hone your sentences and strengthen your scenes.

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Making Irreverent Humor Relevant with Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn Writer-Director Radu Jude

Still-BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn writer-director Radu Jude speaks with Script's Editor Sadie Dean about shaping the film's story, his collaboration with his cinematographer, and the legacy he hopes to leave behind as a storyteller.

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Making a Plan with King Richard Screenwriter Zach Baylin

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King Richard screenwriter Zach Baylin speaks with Script's Editor Sadie Dean about his emotional connection to the Williams family story, harnessing Richard Williams' voice, and offers practical advice for writing biopics.

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How To Find the Right Professional Editor for Your Writing

How To Find the Right Professional Editor for Your Writing

It's not enough to know when your manuscript is ready for a professional edit—it's knowing who is the right fit to do the editing. Here, Tiffany Yates Martin discusses how to find the right professional editor for your writing.

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Understanding the Writer and Agent Relationship (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, read an intimate interview with Verve Literary Agent and Partner David Boxerbaum about the state of the spec market, the relationship between a writer and agent, and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ending Your Story Too Soon

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ending Your Story Too Soon

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 ending your story too soon.

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes with Magic

FightWrite™: Fight Scenes With Magic

In this post, trained fighter and author Carla Hoch explores the process of writing fight scenes with magic—how to make the unbelievable believable, how limitations bring us closer to our characters, and more.

Invoice Template for Freelance Writers

Invoice Template for Freelance Writers

If you're a freelance writer who is able to secure assignments, an essential tool you'll need is an invoice. In this post, Writer's Digest Senior Editor Robert Lee Brewer shares a very basic and easy invoice template for freelance writers to get the job done (and get paid).

3 Things Being a Broadway Wig Master Taught Me About Storytelling

3 Things Being a Broadway Wig Master Taught Me About Storytelling

A career behind the curtain helped Amy Neswald in creating her own stories. Here, the author shares 3 things being a broadway wig master taught her about storytelling.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Out of Control

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Out of Control

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let things get a little out of control.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Next Steps

Here are the final steps for the 14th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript. Here are some tips and guidelines.

NaNoWriMo’s Over … Now What?

NaNoWriMo’s Over … Now What?

After an intense writing challenge, you might feel a little lost. Here are some tips from Managing Editor and fellow Wrimo Moriah Richard for capitalizing on your momentum.