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ISA Names Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2019

Each year, the International Screenwriters’ Association puts out its elite list of screenwriters to watch and 2019 is packed with twenty-five diverse talents who have gone above and beyond to grow, improve, and get noticed, smashing their...
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Breaking into Screenwriting is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

“I broke in sooooo fast!!!”… Said no writer anywhere ever.Seriously. I mean… in the 90’s, maybe? Back then, it seemed like writers were emerging from complete obscurity to sell a screenplay seemingly overnight (only...
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Here’s What We Found Out About Ageism In Hollywood

Ageism. It’s a thing!  But what does it really mean? Is it simply a matter of screenwriters reaching an expiry date on their fortieth birthday, or is there more to it than that? Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke with veteran agent...
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There Will Always Be A Market For A Script We Can’t Put Down

“There Will Always Be A Market For A Script We Can’t Put Down” Says Seth Renshaw Seth Renshaw worked in PR, media sales and then with CAA’s Marketing department before transitioning to film and television with David...
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Don’t Ruin a Good Read! Screenwriting Mistakes to Avoid

While I don’t fashion myself a script or story consultant (because, let’s face it, there are already enough of those – including a few really great ones – out there), the simple reality is that at this point in my career, I...
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The DO’S and DONT'S of Taking Notes

The other day, I had a call with a new coaching client, who had sent me his original screenplay prior to his initial session with me. The script had some good things going for it, but me being me, I had thoughts, some conceptual, some technical. The...
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Producer Jason Mirch Discusses The State Of The Entertainment Industry

Jason Mirch is a feature film, television, branded entertainment, and digital content producer and executive with over 15 years of experience. Mirch was the Head of feature and television development at Image Nation, a finance and production company...
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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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What I Learned In 5 Years With Stan Lee

In honor of Captain Marvel coming out this past weekend (go see it, it’s another great Marvel movie!), I figured I’d write a bit about what I learned from the most unexpected business partner I’d ever have: Stan Lee.Now,...
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Write Screenplays And Worlds That Are Close To You - Manager Alex Creasia

Alex Creasia is a Literary Manager and Producer at Pathfinder Media. He represents writers and directors around the globe focusing on all formats of TV, Film, books, podcasts and digital. Recently his company merged with UMedia an international...
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How to Win an Oscar for Best Short Film

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the people who give out the Oscar, do a wonderful thing every year. They give Oscars to short filmmakers! The Oscar for Best Short Film (they give out two—Live Action and Animation)...
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Amanda Bermudez On “Nightingale”

Amanda Bermudez is a storied screenwriter with many accolades including the ISA Top 25 Writers to Watch. Having grown up throughout the United States, Bermudez has sought to explore under-represented narratives in a variety of media. Upon...
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Moving Beyond Screenplay Structure

I have been studying, practicing, and teaching screenwriting for three decades, and the one thing I’ve learned is that young screenwriters (in experience, not age) struggle to learn the craft. What they don’t always...
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Screenwriter Jodi Levitan On “Finding Distance”

Jodi Levitan began her writing career without words, first finding success writing mime and clown routines. Those routines grew into longer stories, and those stories grew into full-length, award-winning screenplays. She spoke with Creative...
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Are You Sabotaging Your Dream of Being A Writer?

I was my own worst enemy.I had a really bad habit of sabotaging myself as a writer. Just when I saw a bit of traction in my writing, I would stop for a few days, weeks, even months once I’ve gotten more readers, more comments, more engagement...
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Erica Tachoir Talks “Scattering Jake”

Erica Tachoir is a writer, director, and actor based in Brooklyn. Her screenplay Scattering Jake was received wide screenplay contest recognition. Her short film Too Sunny FOr Santa (starring Natalia Dyer from Stranger...
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Portrait of a Promising Young Screenwriter

Don’t worry, this is not going to be another one of my venting, finger shaking, scolding blog posts. Which probably means that no one will be reading this but… what the hell. The bottom line is that for this one, no one angered me,...
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5 Ways to Get Your Screenwriting Year Off to a Great Start

I am, by nature, a planner. Calendar, task lists, goal sheets, schedules, productivity journals and life planners are all my friends, so I love taking a little time come January, both privately and with my coaching clients, to look back and learn...
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Breaking In: Representation – GETTING SIGNED

When one of my clients emerges from a meeting with a potential manager that, for all intents and purposes, seems to have gone well (good flow to the get-to-know-you conversation, interests in similar types of projects, maybe a few people in common...
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10 Ways to Write More – The Working Writers’ Edition

The below is a guest blog from working writer Greta Heinemann, producer on NCIS NEW ORLEANS, winner of the Final Draft Big Break Contest, once a CBS Mentoring Program participant, and Humanitas New Voices Prize recipient. Greta is repped by UTA and...
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