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Writers Helping Writers Our weekly podcast runs about 8-12 minutes – enough to consume while you’re downing your half-cafe-mocha-latte between writing sessions at whatever coffee shop you’re currently camped out. We cover topics familiar to all writers. We don’t claim to be experts, but we want to share our experiences and hope you’ll share yours so we can all learn from each other.

Writers Helping Writers Our weekly podcast runs about 8-12 minutes – enough to consume while you’re downing your half-cafe-mocha-latte between writing sessions at whatever coffee shop you’re currently camped out. We cover topics familiar to all writers. We don’t claim to be experts, but we want to share our experiences and hope you’ll share yours so we can all learn from each other.
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Writers Helping Writers Our weekly podcast runs about 8-12 minutes – enough to consume while you’re downing your half-cafe-mocha-latte between writing sessions at whatever coffee shop you’re currently camped out. We cover topics familiar to all writers. We don’t claim to be experts, but we want to share our experiences and hope you’ll share yours so we can all learn from each other.

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@WGTherapy

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Episodes

Session #54 - Interview with Writer/Producer/DP Travis Joe Dixon

9/18/2018
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Travis Joe Dixon, a writer/producer/DP joins us in Session #54 to share his experience behind the keyboard and the camera, and his work on recent timed filmmaking contests. SHOW NOTES: Reach Travis on:

Duration:00:13:44

Session 53 - The Art of the Plot Twist

9/11/2018
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What makes a good plot twist? We all love being blown away by a being through an awesome curveball in movies and shows. In today's session we discuss what makes them work, and what doesn't. Tweet us your favorite twists! SHOW NOTES: Visit session page on Writersgrouptherapy.com page for links to films discussed

Duration:00:14:57

Session 52 - A Blockbuster One Year Retrospective

9/4/2018
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52 weeks ago, we started Writers Group Therapy to help other writers navigate their writing, careers and Hollywood. How are we doing? In this 52nd session, we look back on a year of podcasts. Thanks to all our listeners, those from Session #1 to those that are just joining the group now. SHOW NOTES: Tom's Favorite Session: Ready Player One http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2018/04/readyplayer1 Rachanee's Favorite Session: Interview with Dan O'Shannon (Writer/EP on "Modern Family")...

Duration:00:10:29

Session 51 - Moving to LA and Living the Dream

8/28/2018
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We've already talked about WHY you might want to move to Los Angeles to pursue your dream of screenwriting for the next Emmy or Oscar winner (See Session #38), but what happens when you actually decide to make the move? In today's session we talk about tips for making the move to Los Angeles and surviving when you get here. SHOW NOTES: Session #38 - Do you need to be in LA? - http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2018/05/session-38-la/ The Newcomer's Handbook for Moving to and Living in Los...

Duration:00:18:00

Session 50 - We Have Bad Taste

8/21/2018
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Sometimes you just can't help but like a show or movie that everyone else thinks are completely unfit for human consumption. In this week's session we discuss the things we loved that others hated. **Spoiler alert! - We discuss key plot points to movies and TV shows, most listed below, but may have missed a few.** SHOW NOTES: Lady in the Water: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452637 Dinotopia: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0310443 Covington Cross: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103391 Joan...

Duration:00:16:03

Session 49 - Tom Hates The Last Jedi

8/15/2018
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Did you ever see a movie in the theater and really enjoy it, but then, months later watch it again and think "what was I thinking!?" In this week's Session, we discuss Tom having this same revelation in regards to "The Last Jedi." SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:15:39

Session 48 - A Writer's Guide to Diversity

8/7/2018
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In our session today, we discuss the how and why of creating diverse characters and stories in your scripts, avoiding stereotypes, and how diverse shows and movies have changed over time. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:16:34

Session 47 - SDCC Wrap-up

7/31/2018
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Did you get your nerd on for Comic-Con? We just spent a few days in San Diego at the Comic-Con watching great short films at the film festival and going to panels and in general just enjoying all the geek culture we could. We'll tell you what we saw and learned in this week's session. SHOW NOTES: Comic-Con: https://www.comic-con.org/

Duration:00:13:17

Session 46 - Remaking Nostalgia Television

7/24/2018
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Everything old is new again...on TV! In the past year, and into the Fall season, reboots of "Magnum PI," "Charmed," "Murphy Brown," "Lost in Space" and many others will hit flat screens everywhere. In this week's session, we take a writer's perspective on remaking nostalgic TV classics. SHOW NOTES: Deadline.com's Fall 2018-19 Broadcast TV Schedule Grid: https://deadline.com/2018/05/tv-schedule-2018-broadcast-season-fall-lineup-grid-1202392365/ TVByTheNumbers Fall TV 2018 Every New...

Duration:00:13:59

Session 45 - How to Write Personal Statements

7/17/2018
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Have you ever been confronted by the dreaded "personal statement," required with many screenwriting fellowships or contest? Do you hate writing...about yourself? In this week's session, we break down what to include, and what not to include, in your personal statement. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:09:29

Session 44 - Maximizing Your Convention Experience

7/10/2018
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Making the trek to Nerdvana in San Diego, also known as Comic-Con? Or any of the other hundreds of cons around the world? We discuss, as a writer, how to make the most of your time at whatever con you're attending. SHOW NOTES: San Diego Comic-Con: https://www.comic-con.org/ ConventionScene.com (listing of cons): http://www.conventionscene.com/schedules/comicbookconventions/

Duration:00:11:42

Session 43 - Protecting Your Rights

7/3/2018
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You wouldn't writing a brilliant screenplay or TV pilot and then just give it away, would you? We discuss protecting your rights as a writer in this session of Writers Group Therapy, and look at how to protect your work when you submit it to agents, managers, contests and fellowships.

Duration:00:10:48

Session 42 - Building Your Team

6/26/2018
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Screenwriting isn't the solitary endeavor people often think it is. It takes a team. In Session 42, we discuss who you need on your team, when to bring them on and where you might find them. SHOW NOTES: None this episode.

Duration:00:10:21

Session 41 - After Draft One - Rewriting

6/19/2018
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You've made it to THE END of your first draft. Congrats! Now what? In Session #41, we delve into the art of the rewrite. SHOW NOTES: None this episode.

Duration:00:11:47

Session 40 - Writing Query Letters

6/12/2018
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You've finished your masterpiece! Now what? Chances are, you're going to need a query letter to submit your script anywhere. So what is a query letter and what do you put in it? SHOW NOTES:

Duration:00:13:32

Session 39 - Prototypes

6/5/2018
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There are no new ideas, it's been said. So how do you come up with original stories? One way, study the prototypes for your story ideas. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:09:43

Session 38 - Do you need to be in Los Angeles?

5/29/2018
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"You have to go to LA," is what "they" say if you want to get into the screenwriting business. But do you? We debate in session #38. SHOW NOTES: None this episode.

Duration:00:11:46

Session 37 - Interview with Writer/Actor Sarah J Eagen

5/22/2018
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The multi-talented Sarah J Eagen, a writer/actor in Los Angeles, who also has a degree in neuroscience, is our guest in this session of Writers Group Therapy. Sarah scored an 8 on the Blacklist with one of her scripts and she is currently working with the showrunner of a new CW show. SHOW NOTES Sarah's Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sarahjeagen

Duration:00:11:14

Session 37 - Interview with Writer/Actor Sarah Eagen

5/22/2018
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The multi-talented Sarah Eagen, a writer/actor in Los Angeles, who also has a degree in neuroscience, is our guest in this session of Writers Group Therapy. Sarah scored an 8 on the Blacklist with one of her scripts and she is currently working with the showrunner of a new CW show. SHOW NOTES Sarah's Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sarahjeagen

Duration:00:11:14

Session 36 - When Shorts Become Features

5/15/2018
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Can making a short film help you get your feature film get made? We discuss some case studies of films that have done just that in this week's session. SHOW NOTES: “Whiplash: From Short to Feature” https://vimeo.com/183575305 Deadpool/Celine Dion “Ashes” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX11yw6YL1w “Dirty Laundry” (“Punisher” short film” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWpK0wsnitc “Alive in Joburg” (basis of “District 9”) https://youtu.be/le3y0QlLjJE Napoleon Dynamite short film...

Duration:00:10:57