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Victoria Rose – Young & Hungry

Victoria Rose is a Los Angeles based, award-winning screenwriter and an emerging presence in the industry. She attended the University of Southern California where she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production with an emphasis in...
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Amanda Overton – Young & Hungry

Amanda Overton began her scholarly adventure as a molecular biologist, working in genetic labs for a few years before she realized that line of work was far too micro a lens for her to explore the question of how people work. She jumped ship and...
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Subtext: That Passive/Aggressive Friend You Hate, But Can't Drop

On Facebook and a myriad of other places, people put forth various requisites or must haves, do’s and do nots, they claim are needed to write, if not a great screenplay, at least a perfectly serviceable one. One of the most popular ones...
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“Make Them Forget They’re Reading A Script” Says Manager Jonathan Hersh

As part of our continuing series of interviews with agents and managers, Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke with Jonathan Hersh from Housefire Management about how screenwriters should be working with their representatives.How does a screenwriter...
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Brian T. Arnold – Young & Hungry

Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke with Young & Hungry screenwriter Brian T. Arnold about his screenwriting journey.Brian T. Arnold grew up in Bluefield, West Virginia and studied Broadcast Journalism at Concord University. In addition to...
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Jason Scott Goldberg – Young & Hungry

Jason is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America with over 100 hours of original programming to his name. His most recent credits include E!’s hit series Botched and Disney’s reboot of Bug Juice. Horror is his genre of...
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Chris Courtney Martin – Young & Hungry

Each year, the top movers and shakers, green lighters and executives create the Young & Hungry list to showcase Hollywood’s Top New screenwriters. Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke to many of them about how they shape their...
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Honoring the Little Moments: Lost in Translation

An interview with Sofia Coppola, and an examination of her Oscar-winning screenplay.When Sofia Coppola began writing Lost in Translation, her first original screenplay after her adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, she knew there were certain...
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On Writing Child Characters: “Children Don’t Think Like Little Adults”

One of the challenges of writing great characters is getting inside the heads of persons of much different background than yourself. It takes great effort and empathy to understand those of differing gender, age, ethnicity, or orientation in order...
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Coloring Scenes

It's all in the writing. After all the structuring is done, the scenes themselves have to shine. Most often, when I read a script, I think to myself, "It needs color." Color the characters; color the scenes; color the dialogue. It's all in the...
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Building a tapestry: Kenneth Lonergan on Manchester by the Sea

Kenneth Lonergan discusses making the story your own, the use of flashbacks, and rooting your script in realism. Playwright and screenwriter/director Kenneth Lonergan returns to the big screen after a 16-year absence with Manchester by the...
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Manager Andrew Kersey’s Advice To Screenwriters...

Manager Andrew Kersey’s Advice To Screenwriters: “Develop Your Craft. Develop Your Voice And Your Time Will Come.” Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke with manager Andrew Kersey who represents screenwriters. He shares his...
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Test Your Story Concept

I recently taught a webinar for The Writers Store on Story Development. In it we talked about the importance of testing your story concept before you end up like Charlie Kaufman in Adaptation lost in a sea of notes and pages with no idea...
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Why Is Mrs. Maisel So Marvelous?

Why Is Mrs. Maisel So Marvelous? Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino Tell All! It is a rare surprise that a near perfect TV show is made. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, now in its second season on Amazon Prime Video, is one of those shows...
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Create Your Pitch Part II: Sell, Don’t Tell

Lee Nordling on why all writing is selling, the danger of detail, evoking an emotional response, and conceiving your story in broad strokes. Welcome to the second piece of the pitching pie-that’s-not-in-the-sky.“But I’m still...
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Create Your Pitch Part I: Baiting the Hook

Lee Nordling on giving away the good part, the problem with high concept pitches, and the importance of hitting the producer between the eyes. This begins a two-part series on various ways you can improve your hitting percentage with pitches....
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Lee Jessup’s Screenwriting Resource Guide

On any given day of client meetings I will find myself rattling off my favorite resources when it comes to any and all things screenwriting. Books, blogs, competitions, labs, programs, fellowships, consultants, I’ve made it a point to get to...
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“Be Savvy, But Follow Your Heart”

“Be Savvy, But Follow Your Heart” Filmmaker Phil Volken’s Ode To Screenwriters Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke to filmmaker (don’t call him a writer-director) about screenplays and what attracts him to a project. If...
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Reality Check

In working with screenwriters for nearly three decades, I’ve noticed three writing issues that arise over and over again. In each case, a reality check should prove empowering.1. Appearance is importantAfter a tweet that touted my...
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Sharpen the Screenwriting Craft With Your Voice

“Sharpen the Screenwriting Craft With Your Voice.” ISA’s Craig James On Navigating Your Career Every screenwriter has a story. Every story needs a voice. Screenwriters must keep writing to develop their unique voice in order to...
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