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YA Storytelling, Writing Horror, and How to Create Tension and Conflict with Location (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, exclusive interviews with horror filmmakers Simon Barrett, Elle Callahan, Kate Dolan, and Netflix’s ‘Nightbooks’ screenwriting partners Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Plus, how to create conflict and tension with the use of a singular location, and so much more!

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script Magazine, exclusive interviews with horror filmmakers Simon Barrett, Elle Callahan, Kate Dolan, and Netflix’s ‘Nightbooks’ screenwriting partners Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Plus, how to create conflict and tension with the use of a singular location, and so much more!

Interview with Nightbooks Screenwriters Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis

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Script Magazine contributor Nanea Taylor Taylor interviews Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, the screenwriters behind the Netflix film Nightbooks, which is streaming now—produced by Sam Raimi and Mason Novick.

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Birds of Paradise Writer-Director Sarah Adina Smith on Capturing YA Storytelling with Dancing

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Script's editor interviews Sarah Adina Smith about the adaptation process from source material to script, the importance of how dance numbers served both story and characters, and her filmmaking journey.

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Where Genre Has No Limits: Spotlight on Screenwriter Elizabeth Ditty

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Script contributor Nanea Taylor speaks one-on-one with screenwriter Elizabeth about her writing journey, what stories she's driven to write, and her stretch goals for the next 5-10 years.

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How Adventures of a Mathematician Writer-Director Thor Klein Found Story in the Details

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Script's editor Sadie Dean interviews Adventures of a Mathematician writer-director Thor Klein about how his research influenced his screenplay and the importance of paying attention to every detail on screen. Plus, Thor shares invaluable advice for screenwriters adapting true stories.

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The ABCs of Horror: An Interview with Simon Barrett

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Script contributor Sonya Alexander speaks with horror filmmaker Simon Barrett about his latest film V/H/S/94, the influence of horror streaming platforms, and how the landscape of horror has changed since he first got his start.

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You Are Not My Mother at TIFF21: Bringing Rural Folklore to the City

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Script contributor Heather Taylor had the opportunity to speak to writer-director Kate Dolan about her feature debut, You Are Not My Mother, going with your gut, and embracing horror (despite what film school tells you).

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Making Magic with Witch Hunt Writer-Director Elle Callahan

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Script Magazine contributor Nanea Taylor interviews writer-director Elle Callahan on her upcoming fantasy, horror, thriller, Witch Hunt. The movie stars Gideon Adlon, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Christian Camargo, and is produced by Defiant Studios.

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Haunted Hangouts Crew Talks Horror Movies That Shaped Us and Our Latest Adventures Out in the Actual World

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Formerly known as the Ghost Bros, the newly dubbed Haunted Hangouts Crew, are back to tell you about the horror movies that made us. Get ready for this Halloween season and every Halloween season with us, as we explore what good and inspiring horror writing is to us.

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How Old Henry Writer-Director Potsy Ponciroli Used Location to Create Tension and Conflict

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Script's editor Sadie Dean interviews writer-director Potsy Ponciroli about his new Western Old Henry, how location was the leading vehicle in story and character discovery, and the importance of research. Plus, Potsy shares first-hand advice on writing period pieces.

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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."

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

Things To Consider When Writing About Ghosts and the Supernatural in Fiction

From maintaining subtlety to visiting haunted places, author J. Fremont shares everything to consider when writing about ghosts and the supernatural in fiction.

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

6 Effective Steps To Promote Your Forthcoming Book on Social Media and Feel Good About It

Social media is a daunting albeit important aspect of promoting our work. Here, author Aileen Weintraub offers six steps to promote your book on social media authentically.

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).

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Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

Author May Cobb discusses offering readers a summer of mayhem with her new novel, My Summer Darlings.

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.

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Character Exploration and Development in Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers, showrunners and more who share a common thread of character exploration and development!