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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 ...

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.
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