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Finding Inspiration in the Story Behind the Story

It’s no secret that the most beloved and powerful stories come out of tragedy, adversity and struggle.

On Writing Disability

I was born with spina bifida and I love movies. These things have always been true. Yet, I never saw myself much on movie screens, unless you count something like Forrest Gump. My lumping myself in with a character who, in fact, is mentally ...

3 Secrets of Successful People that Work for Writers Too

Why do some writers produce so much and others flounder and flail time after time? Is there a secret ingredient that makes all the difference between someone with the success of Steve Jobs and the rest of us mere mortals?

When Is the Idea Worth Pursuing the Draft?

How do you know when the idea you have is THE idea. We're here to help you figure that out -- best we can.

Should you “cheat the page” to alter your script’s page count? The Zookeeper’s Wife screenwriter says absolutely not.

The Zookeeper's Wife screenwriter Angela Workman sat down with ScreenwritingU to talk about the challenges of bringing this powerful story about animals and war to film.

Been let down by screenwriting competitions before? The PAGE Screenwriting Awards are different than the rest

There are a lot of screenwriting competitions out there. Some offer real opportunities for writers, and some seem like they just want to take your money. Lucky for all of us, one competition seems to soar above the rest: The Page International Screenwriting Awards.

The success of Hidden Figures defies the gravity of Hollywood

We hear a lot of stories about filmmakers struggling for years, sometimes over a decade, to get a film produced. But for Ted Melfi, co-writer and director of Hidden Figures, the planets just seemed to align. What’s so fascinating about the ...

The Road To Oscar: Best Original Screenplay

The hardest thing to write and get made these days is an original script. Here are the five nominees for Best Original Screenplay and a bit about how their screenwriters got the films made.

The Road to the Oscars: Best Adapted Screenplay

How do you go from dreaming of being a screenwriter to one day waking up an Oscar nominee? Here are brief biographies of this year’s nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay to help answer that question.

WGA awards: Importance of telling your story – particularly for minority groups

Although the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) Awards unfolded within the glamorous Beverly Hilton Hotel, the February 19 ceremony was loaded with speeches about public service, civic action, and the responsibility of a writer to stay true to his or her unique voice.

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 ...
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