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TWIC/When is Your Screenplay or Pilot Ready for Competitions?

At a Career Coaching Intake Session this week, a new client just at the start of her screenwriting journey and wanting to make sure she goes about it in the smartest way possible, came to meet me armed with questions. She told me that she...
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Amy Amani Talks “When In Rome” & “Dazzleland”

Amy Amani is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. Here is her writing journey. When I watch a movie or TV I like to be transported, to escape. My writing reflects that need to break from reality and to be a...
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T. Siena Talks “Border Dogs”

T. Siena is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. Born in the US and raised in a rural Italian village, her earliest memories are of hiding in the forest around Gypsy campfires and listening to the Romani...
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M.B. Sieve Talks “Prayer”

M.B. Sieve is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. He has garnered over sixty film writing awards including Grand Prize for Best Screenplay at the Nevada International Film Festival and the Beverly Hills...
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Victoria Lucia Talks “Out Of F*cking Time”

Victoria Lucia is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. She was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. As a biracial woman, Victoria finds herself interested in exploring “otherness” in her...
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Bonnie Gross Talks “Lady Parts”

Bonnie Gross is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. She is a comedy television and sketch comedy writer/producer, who likes to tell the stories of strong and dynamic females. She hopes to change the conversation...
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MLiz Talks “Third Party”

MLiz is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. She is an award-winning Los Angeles based writer-director who originally hails from Seattle. Her independent web series Manic Pixie Dream Wife toured the world at...
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Rachel Kempf Talks “Dirty Words”

Rachel Kempf is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. She is a screenwriter with a passion for kick-ass female-driven comedy and a shameful history of writing smutty romance novels (don’t judge). Her scripts...
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Jack Matosian Talks “Ice Saki”

Jack Matosian is one of ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2020. He is an award-winning screenwriter, with writing credits for the Disney Channel, who is motivated by his desires to make people think and to make people...
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Sundance 2020: ISA’s Table Read My Screenplay Event

At Sundance 2020, I was able to attend the International Screenwriters’ Association’s Table Read My Screenplay event, which allowed the winner of the contest, M Rowan Meyer to watch as his script for a...
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The Circle of Lady Parts

It has been a whirlwind of a month. Ups and downs. Lows and highs. It’s almost as if I’m doing this thing called life. June marked my two-year anniversary of moving to Los Angeles. For those of you who do not know, I purchased a one-way...
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Elaine Loh Talks “Stringer”

As part of our continuing series showcasing up and coming screenwriters, Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke with Elaine Loh. Elaine was just named a Top 25 Writer to Watch in 2019 by the International Screenwriters’...
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Table Read My Screenplay Winner Releases Short Film

Felix Morgan, Winner of the 2016 Table Read My Screenplay Competition, Releases Short Film with Louis Norton Selzer After meeting in 2016 at the Table Read My Screenplay - London showcase, Felix Morgan and Louis Norton Selzer struck up a...
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Tracking Your Screenplay Submissions: From Contests to Execs

With the deadlines for The Nicholl, AFF and the TV network fellowships happening pretty much NOW, this seems like as good a time as any to do some much-needed housekeeping and get your submission tracking in order. With that in mind…For many...
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The 5 Powers of Screenwriters

Writers often feel powerless in the face of pursuing their goals. They feel helpless in the face of a business they perceive to be difficult to enter and succeed. We fight off overwhelming feelings of confusion when developing our stories. It...
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ISA Returns to Park City with Table Read My Screenplay

The International Screenwriters’ Association (ISA) is thrilled to return to Park City, UT, during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, to showcase their Table Read My Screenplay winning script with a live table read.The event will take...
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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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Tossed Salad, Scrambled Eggs, and the Sundance Film Festival

How can I be expected to get any writing done when there are eleven seasons of Frasier on Netflix? That was my first thought when I sat down to write about my experience winning the 2018 Table Read My Screenplay Competition. Some iteration of...
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No Redford, But Everything Else at Table Read During Sundance Rocked

Robert Redford was supposed to be there. The “Table Read My Screenplay” winner and the TRMS bigwigs were invited to a very small and intimate VIP party Friday night during the first week of the festival. It was so Tony, that the...
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Should Screenwriters Enter Screenwriting Contests?

  There are as many ways to break into screenwriting as there are ways to skin a cat. One of the ways to make it as a screenwriter is to enter reputable screenwriting contests. Careers have been launched as frequently as money wasted in entry...
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