Are Screenwriting Competitions Worth It?

by Angela Bourassa (@angelabourassa1) I want to make it clear up front that I am someone who co-founded and co-runs a screenwriting competition. I’m also a writer who has entered a lot of screenwriting competitions and had mixed experiences. A few years back, I won the LA Comedy Festival screenwriting competition. I got a check... Continue Reading →

Four Seasons of Life to Draw Story From

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Some seasons in our life are more exciting than others. Many days come and go without a single notable event. The times that do stand out may be full of joy, great sadness, anxiety-inducing drama, or simple gratitude. When telling stories, we generally want to include a day or term of the... Continue Reading →

Finding a Way into the Story of PATERNO

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Debora Cahn has written for some of the most beloved shows in the history of American television. Having written on The West Wing from 2002 to 2006, she followed with work on other juggernauts such as Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy. Continuing her work dealing with complex situational dramas, Cahn is currently writing on Homeland. Most recently, she... Continue Reading →

Using Animals Symbolically in Your Stories

by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) Some animals we love and invite into our homes as family. Other animals we revile and imagine as pure evil. The most ancient stories that humankind told often involved animals, as they offered kinship, antagonistic struggle, and sources of food in areas where plants and vegetables didn’t easily grow. Aside from the... Continue Reading →

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