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How I Wrote That is a podcast presented by The Stephens College M.F.A. in TV and Screenwriting, and hosted by Khanisha Foster. In each episode, we sit down with the top women in writing. They invite us into their homes and studios so we may ask how they got there. We discuss how they write, what they write, and the advice they would give to those listening. Stephens is dedicated to increasing the number of women working in television and film. How I Wrote That cultivates the relationship between those who have already made it and those who are dreaming up.

How I Wrote That is a podcast presented by The Stephens College M.F.A. in TV and Screenwriting, and hosted by Khanisha Foster. In each episode, we sit down with the top women in writing. They invite us into their homes and studios so we may ask how they got there. We discuss how they write, what they write, and the advice they would give to those listening. Stephens is dedicated to increasing the number of women working in television and film. How I Wrote That cultivates the relationship between those who have already made it and those who are dreaming up.
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How I Wrote That is a podcast presented by The Stephens College M.F.A. in TV and Screenwriting, and hosted by Khanisha Foster. In each episode, we sit down with the top women in writing. They invite us into their homes and studios so we may ask how they got there. We discuss how they write, what they write, and the advice they would give to those listening. Stephens is dedicated to increasing the number of women working in television and film. How I Wrote That cultivates the relationship between those who have already made it and those who are dreaming up.

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How I Wrote That Guest Tara Hernandez

8/19/2019
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Tara Hernandez started working on The Big Bang Theory as an assistant to the executive producer in season 4, and became a staff writer in the middle of season 5. From there she rose in the ranks to be a co-executive producer, helping to craft the series finale before moving to work on the show’s spin-off Young Sheldon. The key to pitching sitcoms – there’s the event and then there’s the story. The event is the thing that happens but the story is her emotional realization that comes from the...

Duration:00:24:03

Screenwriter/Producer Cindy Chupack - How I Wrote That

8/12/2019
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Cindy Chupack has won two Emmys and three Golden Globes as TV writer/producer whose credits include “Sex and the City,” “Better Things,” “Divorce,” “Modern Family," “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and most recently Showtime’s darkly comic hour “I’m Dying Up Here.” She is the author of two comic memoirs: the New York Times bestseller The Between Boyfriends Book: A Collection of Cautiously Hopeful Essays, and The Longest Date: Life as a Wife. Last year she directed her first episode of television...

Duration:01:03:21

Dominique Morisseau - How I Wrote That

3/3/2019
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A Macarthur Genius Grant fellow in 2018 Morisseau has written a 3 play cycle, titled The Detroit Projects which includes: Detroit '67, Paradise Blue, and Skeleton Crew. In television, she served as a story editor for the television series Shameless and she wrote the book for the jukebox musical Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations which is slated to open on Broadway in March 2019. “It was so transformative to see how many people responded to seeing something new, to hearing...

Duration:00:49:45

Marie Jamora - How I Wrote That

2/6/2019
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Marie Jamora is an award-winning Filipino music video director and commercial director who is best known for her music videos, commercials, and feature film What Isn’t There. “As a woman I always feel like my work has to be perfect, or else why am I there, but that’s unmanageable because you have to give yourself room to make mistakes so that you can be better.”

Duration:00:42:06

Denise Hewett - How I Wrote That

11/3/2018
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Denise Hewett founded Scriptd, a script database for the entertainment industry (think google for scripts) that is a pipeline for diversity and content discovery, creating a script culture similar to the book culture so the public can pay to read scripts for the first time ever (like e-books) and upvote them on the site. “What’s cool about our platform is that because it’s inclusive you can go on there and read all kinds of different stories.” “I think the thing that breaks the noise, that...

Duration:00:33:14

Rachael Feldman - How I Wrote That

9/13/2018
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Writer-director Rachel Feldman has directed more than 60 hours of television, beginning with Doogie Howser, M.D. Thanks to her mother’s love of sharing stories Feldman became enamored of classic films, worked as a professional child actor into her teens. “I think like most artists I was very comfortable with my imagination at a very early age. As a child I occupied myself very well by turning almost any inanimate object into a character, including my box of Crayola crayons which was the...

Duration:00:38:19

Teresa Hsiao - How I Wrote That

8/23/2018
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Teresa Hsiao majored in finance and worked for Lehmann Brothers before finally chasing her true life dream of being a writer. She began writing for a Canadian children’s show and credits now include Family Guy and American Dad. “I went from one male-dominated industry to another male-dominated industry. It’s a little demoralizing, but It’s the nature of how it is right now. Hopefully it will change as we do get more voices in the room.”

Duration:00:42:19

Amy Rardin - How I Wrote That

8/2/2018
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Amy Rardin has written as part of a team with Jessica O'Toole for dramas from Greek to The Carrie Diaries to Jane the Virgin and became the executive producer of the Charmed reboot in 2018. Moving from writing unproduced features into television she realized, “This is the most creatively fulfilled I’ve been in years.” “You have to always find the emotion behind it. If it gives you a visceral reaction, it’s a good thing and you shouldn’t ignore that.”

Duration:00:36:25

Helen Estabrook - How I Wrote That

7/12/2018
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Helen Estabrook, producer of Whiplash and executive producer of Casual began her career as an actress but quickly transitioned. “I see the role of the producer as the person who can speak all languages fluently, all aspects of the budget and the business of it and you know all aspects of the creative.” “Being a producer is being someone who is ready to encourage every other person’s best work.”

Duration:00:33:25

Allison Schroeder, Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek Podcast

6/23/2018
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This week How I Wrote that sat down with a trio of working writers who also work hard for their union. Elizabeth Martin & Lauren Hynek are a writing team responsible for the live action Mulan but they also serve as Co-Chairs of the Committee of Women Writers at the Writers Guild of America, West. They each offer solid advice on the business of screenwriting as well as the craft. Hynek says the benefit of writing as a team is a more cohesive script, “We would fight about a scene and then...

Duration:00:46:40

Dara Resnik Podcast

1/5/2018
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Writing for I Love Dick and Pushing Daisies, Dara takes us through the worst move to LA, writing partner breakups, and the thrill of each writers room. It was a full on party sitting down with her at Jim Henson Studios. Tune in. Tell your friends. On the show she writes for, I Love Dick, “It’s foreplay.”

Duration:00:34:43

Samantha Bailey And Fawz Mirza Podcast

12/20/2017
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A peek at how Chicago does it. Sam Bailey of Brown Girls fame (Hey HBO!) and Fawz Mirza of the critically acclaimed film Signature Move talked about careers that start outside of Hollywood, and how you find success by creating your own work. Samantha Bailey “I wasn’t seeing it, especially for younger women of color, like women in their 20s. I always felt like I heard in college like, “Oh you’re gonna work Sam when you’re in you’re late thirties.” I was like, that’s dope, but like in the...

Duration:00:40:44

Marquita Robinson

10/28/2017
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Marquita Robinson began as a staff writer on Survivor's Remorse (on Starz) before moving to New Girl in 2016. She shares stories that help define the work of a staff writer and how to handle those precipitous first years of your writing career. "I like characters who are aware of what they are and they’re not pretending to be anything else, but the joke isn’t their skin color."

Duration:00:38:57

Meg LeFauve Podcast

10/8/2017
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Meg LeFauve of Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, and now Captain Marvel takes us through a master class on writing, producing, child psychology, and how to trust your worth. “You suddenly realize, oh no no. Nobody is going to tell you you’re a writer. You have to claim that. It’s a claiming. It’s not an ordination. It’s a claiming.”

Duration:01:00:29

Alexa Junge

2/15/2016
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Alexa Junge has written for some of America's greatest tv shows. She is currently on Grace and Frankie, and has written for Friends and United States of Tara. Alexa lays out what she's learned about a story in the rooms of some of the very best. “Good story breaking means you’ve looked at the story from every angle, and you know you’re not gonna like hit a dead end and blow everything up.”

Duration:00:54:39

Niceole Levy

2/15/2016
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Niceole Levy is in the writers' room for The Mysteries of Laura. She walks up through Berlantiland, how writing programs propelled her career, and her days as a police dispatcher. "One of the things the writing programs, or just continuing to work will push you to do is say, but how can I be different? Sometimes that’s all you have to do to be different, just go to the place in yourself where there’s an honest thing about this story, and be willing to reveal it, and you never have to tell...

Duration:00:47:02

Guinevere Turner Interview

2/15/2016
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Guinevere Turner wrote American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page, and the breakthrough movie Go Fish. She also wrote for and acted on The L-Word. Guinevere talks about making a movie on no budget, collaborating on scripts, what draws her to a project. “To be scared, but then also so deeply moved by a movie? I was like, that’s impressive. If you’re gonna give me a horror, if you’re gonna give me scary stuff, you better earn it.”

Duration:01:07:37

Tanya Saracho

2/15/2016
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Tanya Saracho, a playwright who writes for tv, has written on How To Get Away With Murder, Looking, and Girls. She's a member of The Kilroys, a group for gender parity in theatre. “Just let us play the complicated characters . . . Viola Davis, Keri Washington’s character . . . Sandra Oh’s character, like, they’re not likeable all the time, you know, but it’s because . . . something about them are you, because that’s how people are right? Complicated, sometimes dark, sometimes funny.”

Duration:00:38:59

Nell Scovell Interview

2/15/2016
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Nell Scovell, Co-Executive Producer for The New Muppet Show leads us through writing across genres, being a woman writing for Late Night, co-writing Lean In with Sheryl Sandberg, and the beauty of a hilarious voice. “I was never scared by the risk and the idea that I didn’t know how to do something, actually, it made me want to do it more.”

Duration:00:24:09

Carol Barbee Interview

2/15/2016
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Carol Barbee, Showrunner for Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, gives us an inside look at what it means to lead a writers' room. “It’s not my job to have all the answers, but it is my job to recognize the answers.”

Duration:00:36:15