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The Polka King takes on the light and dark side of the American dream

Based on the true story of Ponzi scheming polka singer Jan Lewan, the writing-directing team of Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky prove that having compassion for your characters can lead to a big emotional payoff.

Virtual Reality Is Here to Stay and It Needs Screenwriters

(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Sundance Film Festival 2017 was all about virtual reality. It was everywhere, so if you think VR is still a thing of the future - think again. VR is here, and it needs screenwriters. In a condo just off Main Street in ...

Taking Wisdom from One of Kevin Smith’s Very First Haters

All the writers I know have at least one person in their past who told them they would never make it. In my case, it was a creative writing professor in college. Too often it’s a critical parent who thinks writing isn’t really a career or a disgruntled spouse waiting for the income to start rolling in to relieve financial woes.

National Screenwriters Day is January 5 and we want to celebrate with you

Just when you thought the fun of the holidays was over, we’re here to tell you about an exciting new holiday that celebrates all the scribes who know the joy (and pain) of typing the words FADE IN. Thursday January 5, is the first annual National Screenwriters Day and we have several ways for you celebrate.

The 3 Major Ways Screenwriters Self-Sabotage before They Even Sell the Script

Are you self sabotaging your own success as a screenwriter? Here's how to stop doing it and forge a path to that first sale.

Five Myths of Being a Screenwriter

So, you want to be a screenwriter? Congratulations. Becoming a screenwriter is the most incredible, challenging, rewarding, disappointing, exciting, rollercoaster ride of self-discovery you’ll ever take. Here are 5 myths about the most mazing career in the world.

What Can You Learn From Reading Produced Screenplays

One bit of advice that writers are always given is: read, read, read. For screenwriters that advice is sometimes: watch, watch, watch. But only watching movies, and not reading scripts, can be a real mistake. Reading screenplays, particularly of movies you respect, can be an invaluable experience.

ScreenwritingU’s guide to writing horror scripts: 13 chilling subgenres

Halloween is upon us, so we thought it was a good time to take a closer look at the ever-evolving (and ever-lucrative) horror genre. Here's our guide to 13 horrific sub-genres.

If you write about horror, you need to know about The BloodList

You need to know about The Blood List, an annual survey of screenplays compiled of the best dark scripts that fit into the wide horror genre. We sat down with The Blood List creator, Kailey Marsh, to find out more.

5 Ways to Fight Overthinking and Submit that Script!

Have you ever hit a wall exactly at the moment when you should be feeling the most accomplished? Welcome to analysis paralysis, otherwise known as overthinking.

Should you rewrite for free?

Very often in exchange for an attachment, a producer will ask you to write changes to your script for free. And, if they bring on a director or an actor you’re doing it again. This can go very well…or it can go badly. Should you do it? Maybe. Here are five rules to help you decide.

Morgan: Screenwriter Seth W. Owen mashes up Frankenstein and current headlines in this sci-fi flick

Screenwriter Seth W. Owen is an American actor and writer who grew up in Canada, where he found success in both careers but came to Hollywood to cast his net in a bigger pond. Morgan became his breakthrough project, not only making it onto the 2014 Blacklist, but also catching the eye of director Luke Scott at Scott Free Productions.
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