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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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Episodes

Session 96 - 2019 Pilot Season Analysis

7/23/2019
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In this week's session, Tom and Rachanee take a writer's high-level look at the 2019 pilot season to see how diversity is doing, what's trending, what's not, and what's new again. SHOW NOTES: Hollywood Reporter: TV Pilots 2019: The Complete Guide https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-pilots-2019-complete-guide-1172633

Duration:00:12:38

Session 95 - Interview with Screenwriter and Therapist Carolyn Martin

7/16/2019
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Carolyn Martin is a screenwriter and retired licensed counselor, marriage and family therapist who reached out to us after listening to Session #89 - Writing Hard Scenes. Her experience with victims and patients who have experienced various physical and mental trauma intrigued us. This session is our interview with her where we discuss how her work as a therapist helps inform her writing, and how we shoudl approach writing these sorts of scenes. SHOW NOTES: Mariposa Psycho Therapy:...

Duration:00:14:01

Session 94 - When to Throw in the Towel

7/9/2019
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Do you ever feel like it’s never going to happen? Is this business just not for you? In today’s session, we discuss when is it time to throw in the towel and try something else. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:13:00

Session 93 - Should you write a reboot?

7/2/2019
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With studios more risk adverse to original ideas and seemingly rebooting anything under the sun, should you write a reboot? In today's session, we discuss how writing reboots works for or against you in contest and pitches. SHOW NOTES: Session #27 - Contest, Fellowships & Festivals: http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2018/03/session-27-contests/ Session #79 - Is it a Sequel, a Remake, or a Rehash?: http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2019/03/session-79-sequel-remake-rehash/

Duration:00:12:50

Session 92 - Interview with Mike Blum, Chief Creative Officer at Pipsqueak Animation

6/26/2019
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In today's session, we interview Mike Blum, Chief Creative Officer at Pipsqueak Animation. Mike is a writer, director and producer who started making animated films while at Disney Feature Animation. SHOW NOTES: Pipsqueak Animation: http://www.pipsqueakfilms.com

Duration:00:18:42

Session 91 - Best Summer Ever!

6/18/2019
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What are you writing plans for the Summer? In this session, we talk about strategy and options for making the most of your time as a writer over the Summer. SHOW NOTES: None this episode.

Duration:00:11:01

Session 90 - Rachanee and Tom Go Back to School with Masterclass

6/11/2019
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Everyone in Hollywood has a webinar, podcast or workshop that will answer all you questions about getting into and working in the business. Masterclass is a unique online educational platform where some of the most successful, highest regarded, industry icons will share their wisdom and techniques with you. In today's session, Rachanee and Tom share their experiences become students in Masterclass.

Duration:00:12:02

Session 89 - Writing Hard Scenes

6/4/2019
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They're not something we, thankfully, as writers, have personally experienced. So, how do you write scenes depicting rape or abuse, murder or drugs? We discuss in this week's Writers Group Therapy. SHOW NOTES: none this episode

Duration:00:13:40

Session 88 - Homage or Ripoff?

5/28/2019
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Where's the line between paying homage and ripping off a well known movie or TV show? SHOW NOTES: IMDB "Biggest Movie Ripoffs" https://www.imdb.com/list/ls000660189/ Ranker "16 Popular TV Shows Sued for Being Rip-offs" https://w ww.ranker.com/list/popular-TV-shows-sued-for-copyright/robert-wabash The Richest "25 Most Shameless TV Show Rip-offs" https://www.therichest.com/shocking/25-most-shameless-tv-show-rip-offs/

Duration:00:14:44

Session 87 - Jump the Shark

5/21/2019
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It's not everyday that a TV show makes it to four seasons, the magic number for syndication, let alone go beyond to seven, or 10, or even, as record holder The Simpsons currently stands, 30. In this session, we discuss what makes a show go the distance. Why doesn't it "jump the shark"? SHOW NOTES: Longest Running Primetime TV Series

Duration:00:13:18

Session 86 - Interview with Steven Smith - Documentarian and Author

5/14/2019
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In this week’s session we interview documentarian and author Steven Smith. Steven has produced over 200 documentary features ranging from “The Sound of Music,” to “Star Wars,” to “Aquaman.” We discuss his love of film and telling the stories behind the stories. SHOW NOTES: none this episode

Duration:00:17:05

Session 85 - What's Your Writer's Story?

5/7/2019
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Besides the stories we put into our scripts, we all have our own "writer's story." How does your writer's story influence how and what you write? We discuss our stories and how they drive us in today's session. SHOW NOTES: See also: Session #45 - Writing Personal Statements: www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2018/07/session-45-personal/

Duration:00:11:31

Session 84 - Interview with Deck the Halls Podcast Writer Ashley Quach

4/30/2019
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In today's session, we interview podcast writer Ashley Quach from the "Deck the Halls (with Matrimony)" podcast. SHOW NOTES: Sassquach Website: http://www.sassquach.com/ Deck The Halls (with Matrimony) Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deck-the-halls-with-matrimony/id1187670279 Sassquach Radio on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sassquachradio

Duration:00:16:50

Session 83 - What's Happening In Hollywood?

4/23/2019
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The past few months in Hollywood have been CRAZY! In today's session, we discuss what's going on between the WGA (Writers Guild of America) and the ATA (Association of Talents Agents), the college admissions scandal and the stars caught up in the sting, the dumping on Netflix by the Academy, actors and directors, and Disney's takeover of 20th Century Fox. SHOW NOTES: Hollywood Reporter: As Academy Confronts Netflix Question... Hollywood Reporter: Over 7,000 Writers Fire Their...

Duration:00:24:29

Session 82 - Tom's Adventures in Wonder Con

4/16/2019
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Wonder Con, produced in the Spring in Anaheim, California by the same company that produces San Diego Comic Con (i.e. the mothership of all comic cons), provides opportunities for writers to network and learn, as well as have a lot of fun. Tom shares his experiences from his trip to Wonder Con 2019 in this week's session. SHOW NOTES: Wonder Con Website: https://www.comic-con.org/wca

Duration:00:13:18

Session 81 - Writing in a (Genre) Rut

4/9/2019
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Are you stuck in a genre rut? We're often told, as writers, to focus on one genre. If you're going to write horror, then write horror, Got an idea for a rom-com? Forget it! Does being in a rut, in what we write and watch, make us less well rounded as writers? What can you do to get out of a rut? SHOW NOTES: Netflix Category Code Full List: https://netflix-codes.com/

Duration:00:11:29

Session 80 - Surviving Hollywood

4/2/2019
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Living the dream in Hollywood - it's a marathon, not a sprint. How do you survive the ups and (frequent) downs? What keeps you going? We help Tom with his latest freak-out and give you some ideas to make your journey an enjoyable, or at least more bearable, one. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:11:50

Session 79 - Is it a Sequel, a Remake, or a Rehash?

3/26/2019
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"Mary Poppins Returns," "The Force Awakens," "Star Trek," "Fast & The Furious"...are these sequels, remakes, reboots or just rehashes? Why, besides money, does Hollywood seem to reinvent the wheel with franchises? SPOILERS! SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:11:36

Session 78 – How to be a Relationship Pro

3/19/2019
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How do you build relationships like a pro in the industry? Do you send holiday gifts? Birthday cards? Friend on Facebook? Why professional relationships are important and how to maintain them in this week's session. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:10:15

Session 77 - Best Practices in Fair Use

3/12/2019
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How did they get away with using all those companies in "Ralph Breaks The Internet"? (May contain SPOILERS!) In today's session we discuss Fair Use. Note: We are NOT lawyers. Consult an actual attorney before you make your multi-million dollar, pop-culture-themed movie. SHOW NOTES: Hollywood Reporter: Making of "Ralph Breaks the Internet: How Disney Turned eBay and Amazon Into Cartoons Gamespot.com: "31 Things We Learned About Ralph Breaks the Internet" Stanford: Four Factors to...

Duration:00:12:29