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Another Successful Virtual Pitch Challenge

Wow! Another Pitch Panel & Pitch Challenge in the books! We were blown away by the submissions this round and it was hard to narrow down our top picks, but first...   One Important Thing Executives Look for in a Pitch:The...
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How Screenwriters Should Plan Their Writing Days

Unless you’re a TV writer working in a highly structured environment in a TV writers’ room, most screenwriters have to create their own work schedules. You may choose to keep regular nine to five, Monday through Friday, office hours to...
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“Balancing Parental Unconditional Love With Truth” Morten Tyldum Talks

“Balancing Parental Unconditional Love With Truth” Morten Tyldum Talks ‘Defending Jacob’: Defending Jacob is a thriller streaming on Apple TV+ starring Chris Evans and Michelle Dockery. It was adapted by screenwriter...
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Turbo Charge Your Dialogue

Screenwriters are often told that actions speak louder than words, or the time-honored adage, “show us, don’t tell us.” But carefully constructed dialogue is vital to make your screenplay pop. Dialogue expresses the thoughts of...
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Virtual Table Read Event - Offbeat by Marshall Gillson

International Screenwriters’ Association To Feature OFFBEAT by Marshall Gillson in Virtual Table Read Event, Directed by Randall Winston (Scrubs, Mixed-Ish). November 19th, 2020 – International Screenwriters’ Association has...
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Something to be Grateful For

Thanksgiving is next week and the year 2020 is coming to a close, so we're taking stock of all that we're grateful for! This week, and every week, we're grateful for all you writers who keep honing your craft and continuing to excel. Even if you...
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When Is Your Script Ready?

There is a question I get from nearly every writer I meet. When is my script ready? Before I dive in, though, I’d like to take a little breath and survey the surroundings that have settled thus far.This year has been filled with ups and downs...
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Navigating The Agent and Manager Conundrum

There’s a wall in Hollywood that every screenwriter stands before, staring up at its towering height with dread and discouragement. That blockade is built on the foundation of six words: We Do Not Accept Unsolicited Material. Etched on the...
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What Screenwriters Should Look For In A Mentor

Very few screenwriters became successful on their own. Many sought the guidance and tutelage of more experienced working writers (mentors) to help them get their foot on the rung of the career ladder at some level. There are many reasons...
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“Who Are You? How Do Others See You?” Desa Larkin-Boutte On ‘Zora And Zizi’

Creative Screenwriting Magazine has announced the Grand Prize Winner of our Unique Voices Screenplay Competition. Desa Larkin-Boutte certainly won us over with her unique take on identity and race wrapped in a TV comedy of mistaken identity...
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ISAConnect Spotlight

Today it's about our ISAConnect members. They have been making strides in the writing world and we want to give them a proper shout out.  If you've been thinking about joining ISAConnect, but you're not sure if you want to make the leap, maybe...
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5 Ways Screenwriters Can Be More Productive

Screenwriting productivity is notoriously difficult to define because being a screenwriter can’t always be measured by the number of pages written. Writers are known for being distracted by “research” on the internet or watching...
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Writing and Appreciating Your Script, Moment to Moment

We have all heard about how important it is to be present, to stay aware of the power of the moment and squeeze every drop from this life and live it to the fullest. We don’t often hear an argument against this, as if someone out there is...
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Your Voice Matters

No matter where you're at in the world, your voice and your story matters. Don't ever forget that. :) Words are powerful. They have the ability to bring about change. The below writers shared their unique voices with the world and look at the...
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How to be Funny During a Pandemic

Mark Twain said that comedy is “tragedy plus time,” but where’s the comedy in the middle of the tragedy? And we’re all familiar with the concept of whistling past the graveyard. But how can you create comedy when you’re...
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Shouting From the Rooftops - Another Week of Success

We continue to be astounded by our ISA writers and the successes they have achieved over the past year. It speaks volumes that they have continued to push forward even with the uncertainty and chaos of these last few months. As always, we are...
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7 Things You Need To Know About Adaptations

I’m sure there’ve been many times when you’ve read that book, graphic novel, or even listened to a song and thought… that would make a great movie or TV show. The popularity and success of such works have created an...
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The Rise Of The Zoom Room. Will TV Writers’ Rooms Survive?

The pandemic has thrown the film and television industries for a loop; an all other industries for that matter. We are all united in our quest to carry on writing television in the age of social distancing. Many showrunners have chosen to go virtual...
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“Vida” Enjoyed Three Glorious Seasons On Starz And Opened The Doors To More

“Vida” Enjoyed Three Glorious Seasons On Starz And Opened The Doors To More LatinX TV Series: Tanya Saracho is the showrunner behind the popular LatinX television series, Vida on Starz. Vida is more than a...
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Improving Your Logline

Logline Breakdown ProcessHello from Max Timm, the ISA’s Director of Education, VP of Development with Creative Screenwriter Prods, and coach/consultant for The Story Farm! What you are about to consume is information, education, tips, and...
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