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Writers Group Therapy is a podcast by writers for writers. We cover timeless topics for writers on the craft, important issues related to the business of writing, and interviews with up-and-coming and established writers, agents, and other people who will appear in a writer's life at some point in their journey.


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Writers Group Therapy is a podcast by writers for writers. We cover timeless topics for writers on the craft, important issues related to the business of writing, and interviews with up-and-coming and established writers, agents, and other people who will appear in a writer's life at some point in their journey.








Session #185 - Fast Hollywood

Fashion was the first to get “fast” with “Fast Fashion.” Then saw the rise of “Fast Publishing” and “Fast Music.” Is Hollywood the next creative realm to get to the cheap and trendy treatment? We discuss what is “fast” and how it’s going to come for Hollywood. SHOW NOTES: TikTok Is Turning the Publishing World Into Fast FashionFast Fashion an music festivals and concertsAsylum movies and the blockbusters they ripped off


Session #184 - Interview with “Sexpecations” writer/actor/producer Jenna St. John

In this session, we chat with Jenna St. John, the writer/actor/producer whose indie comedy series “Sexpectations” reach #3 on the top comedies list on iTunes/AppleTV ahead of “Parks and Recreation.” SHOW NOTES: Jenna on IMDB“Sexpectations” on IMDBFacebookInstagramApple TV


Session #183 - “Full Circle” creator/screenwriter Ed Solomon

Special guest, producer and screenwriter Ed Solomon talks about his writers journey and new show “Full Circle” on Max. Ed is know for writing blockbusters like “Men in Black,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” His latest show “Full Circle” featuring Claire Danes, Dennis Quaid and Timothy Olyphant is streaming on Max. SHOW NOTES: Ed Solomon on IMDB“Full Circle” on IMDBWatch “Full Circle” on MaxWords By Words Show Patreon Page About "Full Circle": An investigation into a botched kidnapping uncovers long-held secrets connecting multiple characters and cultures in present day New York City.


Session #182 - 2024 Industry Bingo

In this episode, we fill out our 2024 Industry Bingo cards with our predictions for the entertainment industry. Some predictions cover AI, unions, streaming, influencers, pilot season, and more. SHOW NOTES: None this episodes


Session #181 - Holiday Deals and Writing Holiday Movies

This session we expound on the Black Friday and Holiday deals that might appeal to writers and filmmakers. We also discuss writing holiday movies and what are the key elements that go into them. SHOW NOTES: Writing Christmas Films & Navigating the Holidays: The ULTIMATE Guide7 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF GREAT HOLIDAY MOVIESPi.ai - a conversive AI ChatbotThe 61 Best Thanksgiving Movies: Your Holiday Movie Feast (I guess there were more Thanksgiving movies than we thought!)


Session #180 - Interview with “Always Lola” Screenwriter/Director Jeffrey Crane Graham

Writer/Director Jeffrey Crane Graham discusses his new award-winning, John Hughesian coming of age dramedy “Always Lola” that is premiering for rent/purchase on most streaming platforms including Amazon Prime, YouTube and AppleTV. Jeffrey also teaches screenwriting and produces and cohosts the podcast “The Screen Writing Life.” SHOW NOTES: Always Lola on IMDBApple TVThe Screenwriting LifeJeffrey’s website and screenwriting class


Session #179 - Post WGA strike state of the industry

In this session we discuss the state of Hollywood post WGA strike while the SAG-AFTRA strike continues, as wells our own personal writing updates. SHOW NOTES: Box Office: Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras Tour’ Is No. 1 With $33M, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Rides to $23M 2023 Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series On Broadcast, Cable & Streaming


Session #178 - Pariah’s Lament author Richie Billing

Richie Billing is a UK-based author, podcaster and writing instructor whose debut novel, “Pariah’s Lament” was published in March 2021 by Of Metal and Magic Publishing. We discuss his writing, teaching and more. SHOW NOTES: www.richiebilling.comThe Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed podcastFantasy Writing Classes Richie Billing bio Richie Billing writes all kinds of stories, but mostly fantasy fiction. His tales often explore real-world issues, zooming in on the characters and their troubles. His short fiction has been widely published, with one story adapted for BBC radio. His debut novel, Pariah's Lament, was published by Of Metal and Magic Publishing in March 2021. Richie also hosts the podcast The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed, a venture inspired by the requests of readers of his acclaimed craft book, A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook. When not writing, Richie works as an editor and digital marketer and teaches creative writing both online and in his home city of Liverpool. Most nights you can find him up into the early hours scribbling away or watching the NBA.


Session #177 - Interview with Author and Screenwriter Jane L. Rosen

Jane L. Rosen is an author, screenwriter, and former Huffington Post contributor. Jane often takes inspiration from real-life stories and interviews to craft her novels. Her first novel “Nine Women, One Dress” was translated into ten languages. Her second novel “Eliza Starts a Rumor” has been optioned by NBC. “A Shoe Story” and “On Fire Island” are out now. SHOW NOTES: https://janelrosen.comhttps://www.instagram.com/janelrosen“On Fire Island” on AmazonNBC Developing “Eliza Starts a Rumor” Drama Series


Session #176 - Interview with Dusk Wave Arts CEO Paul Graham

Dusk Wave Arts CEO, Vision Holder and Lead Writer Paul Graham brings attention to neurodiverse issues through digital audio comics and games. We discuss the development of his company and his stories. Show Notes: Instagram: @duskwavearts FB: www.facebook.com/dwavearts Dusk Wave Arts Website: https://duskwavearts.com "The Glove": https://theglove.comicswithaudio.com "Criminal King": https://criminalking.comicswithaudio.com


Session #175 - We’re Back but Hollywood is still on Strike - Year 7 Premiere

We’re back from our Summer break, starting off our 7th year of Writers Group Therapy, but the WGA, and now SAG-AFTRA, are still on strike. We catch up on all the latest and look towards a fall with no premieres. SHOW NOTES: Talks Between Writers, Studios at a Standstill After Week of Trading BarbsAMPTP Hires New Crisis PR Firm as Strikes Go OnLinear TV Falls Below 50 Percent of Viewing for First Time


Session #174 - Interview with Abbott Elementary & Harley Quinn Showrunners Schumacker and Halpern

NOTE: This episode was recorded prior to the WGA going on strike. From their unusual start from a Twitter feed that became “S**t my dad says,” show runners Patrick Schumacker and Justin Halpern are celebrating the success of their shows “Abbott Elementary” and “Harley Quinn.” We discuss their unique start, juggling show running duties on two shows and what the future holds. SHOW NOTES: Justin Halpern on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3824767 Patrick Schumacker on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3824575 Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justin_halpern Patrick on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PMSchumacker) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/PMSchumacker/) Abbott Elementary: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14218830 Harley Quinn: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7658402 Bios Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker are Emmy-nominated creators, showrunners and executive producers through their company Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions whose overall deal is at Warner Bros. Television. Series include HBO Max’s animated hit HARLEY QUINN for WBTV and DC Entertainment which is now in its 4th season and its spin-off NOONAN'S which was recently ordered to series for HBO MAX. Justin and Patrick’s newest series, ABBOTT ELEMENTARY with Quinta Brunson, is a hit series that garnered multiple Emmy wins and nominations including a nomination for best comedy series where they serve as executive producers and showrunners. Previously, Halpern and Schumacker were the showrunners and Executive Producers of NBC’s POWERLESS for WBTV and DC Entertainment. Prior to that, Halpern and Schumacker co-created Fox’s SURVIVING JACK as well as CBS’s S#*! MY DAD SAYS. S#*! MY DAD SAYS was adapted for television based on Halpern’s New York Times bestselling book, Shit My Dad Says. Justin and Patrick have also been involved with such popular series as iZOMBIE, COUGAR TOWN, and HOW TO BE A GENTLEMAN. Justin & Patrick recently finished writing the feature BIRTHRIGHT based on the graphic novel by Joshua Williamson for Universal Pictures with Ruben Fleischer and Skybound producing.


Session #173 - Kingdom Legacy Book #3, Writers Strike & Year 6 Wrap Up

We wrap up the 6th year of Writers Group Therapy (Can you believe it's been 6 YEARS!) with a discussion of Rachanee’s recently published third novel in the Kingdom Legacy Series: “Heir of Memory & Shadow,” a look at the first week of the writers strike, and our summer plans. SHOW NOTES: https://www.rachanee.nethttps://www.amazon.com/Heir-Magic-Mischance-Kingdom-Legacy-ebook/dp/B0C3GW3K25https://schoolyardstudio.net


Session #172 - Script Doctoring with Shannon Massey Smith

Does your script need some TLC? Maybe a script doctor can help. Shannon Massey Smith shares the ins and outs of being, and working with, a script doctor. SHOW NOTES: Girls to The Front Productions: girlstothefrontproductions.com Shannon on IG: @ShannonMasseySmith Discord: S_Massey


Session #171 - "Blindspotting" Showrunner Rafael Casal

“Blindspotting” creator/writer/producer/director/actor Rafael Casal (Miles) talks about how touring with his music and poetry transformed into telling stories about his community in Oakland, CA in the award-winning Starz series. Show Notes: Rafael Casal on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2592137/ Blindspotting: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7242142/ Season 2 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tWaD6jLE04 Follow Blindspotting on Social Twitter: @blindspottingtv Instagram: @blindspottingstarz


Session #170 - Tidbits from Stephen King’s “On Writing”

This session, we discuss what Tom learned about Stephen King and writing from his book “On Writing” including the tools and techniques King uses and recommends as well as revealing details about his journey to becoming a published author. Book Description from Amazon.com: Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. SHOW NOTES: https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Memoir-Craft-Stephen-King-ebook/dp/B000FC0SIM/ Tom’s Note: Special thanks to writer/actor/producer Gary Kohn (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0463376) for recommending this book to me during a script breakdown he did with me. You can watch that at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE3Y7kmPzG0&t=983s


Session #169 - Screenwriting with Tyler Mowery from Top Development

Our guest this session is screenwriter, YouTuber, and podcaster Tyler Mowery who recently rebranded his YouTube Channel with 266,000 subscribers as “Top Development.” We talk about Tyler’s journey, process and script consultant services. SHOW NOTES: Top Development YouTube ChannelTop Development WebsiteTyler on TwitterInterview with Get It Made X Founders Matt and Sylvie Boda


Session #168 - WGA Priorities

SHOW NOTES: Writers Group Therapy Session #166 - CreAItors http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2021/05/session-134-ai/ Writers Guild Highlights Compensation, Mini-Rooms in 2023 Negotiations Pattern of Demands https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/wga-pattern-of-demands-2023-negotiations-vote-1235335884/ Writers Guild Highlights Compensation, Mini-Rooms in 2023 Negotiations Pattern of Demands https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/business-news/wga-2023-negotiations-priorities-1235327971/


Session 167 - Promoting Your Writing

In this session, we discuss promoting your written works and compare promoting books, scripts, shorts and web series. SHOW NOTES: https://www.rachanee.nethttps://www.youtube.com/@thegameserieshttp://www.laurieloveman.comDesigncrowd.comhttps://www.designcrowd.com


Session #166 - CreAItors

Our future AI overlords have made significant progress since our last episode about AI (Session #134 – Artificial Intelligence in Hollywood: http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com/2021/05/session-134-ai/). We talk Buzzfeed replacing writers with chatbots, DnD OGL and AI dungeon masters, ChatGPT and its screenwriting skills and more. SHOW NOTES: Attack of the Chatbots: Screenwriters’ Friend or Foe?BuzzFeed's Stock Soars After They Announce They'll Use A.I. Instead Of Writers To Create Content 'Monkey Selfie' Lawsuit Ends With Settlement Between PETA, Photographer