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Script contributor Stewart Farquar takes a closer look at why legacy entertainment industry has now become part of the problem rather than a solution in terms of providing rich and well-written female characters.


Reel Impact: Movies and TV that Changed History - “24,” Jack Bauer, and the Torture Lie

History is written and rewritten in films and on TV. Frank Deese pulls back the curtain on the beginnings of the hit television series "24" and how it soon influenced contemporary events in America and beyond.


Writing Sci-Fi for Broadcast

Script contributor Tara Bennett speaks with current sci-fi showrunners Jeff Rake (Manifest), Chris Sheridan (Resident Alien), J.H. Wyman (Debris) and Todd Helbing (Superman & Lois) about how they’ve approached making successful, mainstream sci-fi TV today.


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Whether it’s the dialogue you want to learn more about, or the structure, or aesthetic, 'WandaVision' will be worthy of study by writers for a long time. Bryan Young examines the storytelling techniques used in the nine-part Disney+ series.


How To Get Your Script Contest Ready

Screenwriters are desperate to jump-start their careers. There are different avenues to achieve that, like entering competitions, internships, query letters, and networking, but no clear path into the industry. This webinar aims to help screenwriters focus on one of the best ways to break in: contests.


THE WRITER’S VOICE PART 3: Applying Your Voice to Multiple Genres and Formats

In the final installment of this series in how to establish your writer's voice, TV writer/screenwriter Aadip Desai provides tools on how to apply your voice to multiple genres and formats.


Doubling Down on Authentic Storytelling with ‘Best Sellers’ Screenwriter Anthony Grieco and Director Lina Roessler

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Screenwriter Tom MacRae talks about his new film and musical 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie', writing in historical and personal significance into the movie and adapting his stage play to a film. Plus, he shares insight on his lyric writing process and offers advice for scribes interested in writing a musical.


Screenwriters Need a Change of Scenery Too: The Importance of Writers Residencies

Script contributor Sonya Alexander shares three reasons why screenwriters should consider participating in a writers' residency to focus, network, and find complete isolation in your work.


Ask the Coach: Do Experts Help or Hinder Writers From Reaching Their Goals?

Welcome back to “Ask the Coach," today’s question is about whether or not writing and marketing experts and gurus help writers or just get in the way.

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