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How TV went from ‘one-night stand’ to a ‘long-term relationship’

Anyone who’s been following the television industry – whether you write TV or simply watch it – knows the industry has changed dramatically over the past few years. Streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have upped the anti when it comes to fresh new shows like Stranger Things and rebooting classic stories like The Handmaid’s Tale. We’re also watching more limited series like the six-episode show Alias Grace instead of 22-espisode procedurals.

Isn’t it Romantic? Making Sense of the Romance Genres

If you’ve got a great idea for a movie centered on a romance the first thing you need to do is understand the structural differences that define each romance genre. Here are the three primary romance genres and some thoughts on how to approach them.

Episode guide: Myths and Monsters unearths treasure chest of story gold

Myths and Monsters goes deep into Euro-centric stories, exploring the myths from ancient Greece, fairy tales and the Viking sagas. ScreenwritingU breaks down all six episodes.

Writer Kelly Fullerton goes deep on the Simone Biles biopic

The new Lifetime movie, The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar, is based on Biles’ autobiography from 2016. The biopic details the hardships and sacrifices Biles, played by Jeanté Godlock, made on the road to winning a combined total of 19 ...

10 Tips for Networking at the Sundance Film Festival

If you’ve never been to the Sundance Film Festival and you're thinking about going next year, now is the time to start planning. Sundance is the place to make connections, see inspiring movies (and now TV shows) and learn about new trends. ...

4 reasons not to use flashbacks

Discussing whether flashbacks are a good idea with writers is about as easy as trying to choose your favorite Star Wars movie. There really isn’t one definitive answer. We just want to say that avoiding flashbacks more often than not is probably a good rule of thumb for all screenwriters.

Video: Counterpart creator talks about new J.K. Simmons show

ScreenwritingU's Shanee Edwards talks to the creator of Counterpart, the story of a UN employee who discovers the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension.

Video: The secret to writing a fantastic, fun, fabulous kids movie from Paddington 2 writers

Video: ScreenwritingU's Shanee Edwards interviews the Paddington 2 writers to find out how to write for kids and adults in a sequel.

Do You Overwrite? Here’s How to Stop.

One of the biggest mistakes screenwriters can make is overwriting their screenplay.  Unless you’re Aaron Sorkin, whose screenplay for The Social Network was a whopping 164 pages with scenes lasting eight pages, you need to keep the dialogue, scene descriptions and page count as short and tight as possible. It’s worth repeating that film is a visual form of storytelling and we want to support the images with our screenplay, not the other way around. Here are a few guidelines to keep you from writing too much.
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