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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.

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.

Location:

Los Angeles, CA

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@tom_loveman

Language:

English

Contact:

2162462765


Episodes

Session #127 - Interview with Heather-Fitzgerald - YA Fantasy Author

1/18/2021
Heather Fitzgerald is the author of the young-adult fantasy series The Tethered World. Heather discusses her path to becoming an author, the influences that inspired her and launching a franchise in the Christian book market. SHOW NOTES: Website: http://www.heatherllfitzgerald.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeatherLLFitz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heatherllfitzgerald/ Audio Book Giveaway! First ten (10) to email Heather via her website get a code for a free audio version of one...

Duration:00:28:29

Session #126 - Taxes for Creatives with Mike Miller, CPA

1/4/2021
Our guest is Mike Miller, CPA from Cleveland, Ohio, (disclaimer: Mike is Tom's accountant) to discuss what creatives should consider when preparing their tax returns. Including: What qualifies as a creative performer? Do you need an LLC? What's deductible and what's not? What about stimulus checks and more! SHOW NOTES: Contact Mike Miller at ‭(440) 461-4066‬ or mikeamcpa@aol.com Tom and Rachanee are NOT certified public accounts and this interview is provided for general informational...

Duration:00:18:44

Session #125 - Year End Wrap Up with Special Guest Steven Smith

12/21/2020
Join us for a not-so-nostalgic look back at this year, a look forward at what's coming, and our special guest Stephen Smith and the Story Behind "A Christmas Carol" webinar. SHOW NOTES: Steven Smith: www.mediasteven.com 'A Christmas Carol: The Surprising Story behind Dickens’ Classic' Webinar (12/23/2020) by the New York Adventure Club

Duration:00:35:46

Session #124 - Interview with Kelley Carter - Entertainment Journalist and Executive Producer

12/15/2020
We interview Kelley Carter, the Sr. Entertainment Reporter for ESPN's "The Undefeated," about her career, starting from her days at Michigan State University, to the Detroit Free Press and USA Today and now creating a scripted drama for Showtime.

Duration:00:40:30

Session 123 - Interview with Miralee Ferrell - Publisher and Award-Winning Novelist

12/8/2020
We interview award-winning author and publisher Miralee Ferrell this week. She has published 26 books three of which have been produce by the Hallmark Channel as movies. Her publishing company, Mountain Brook Ink, opened in 2014, is "a publisher of high-quality inspirational fiction,” whose tag line is “fiction you can believe in.” They work with new and established authors, including children’s authors. We discuss her journey as a writer and publisher and her advice for writers trying to...

Duration:00:33:22

Session #123 - Interview with Miralee Ferrell - Publisher and Award-Winning Novelist

12/7/2020
We interview award-winning author and publisher Miralee Ferrell this week. She has published 26 books three of which have been produce by the Hallmark Channel as movies. Her publishing company, Mountain Brook Ink, opened in 2014, is "a publisher of high-quality inspirational fiction,” whose tag line is “fiction you can believe in.” They work with new and established authors, including children’s authors. We discuss her journey as a writer and publisher and her advice for writers trying to...

Duration:00:33:22

Session 122 - Interview with Wendy Wilkins - Award-winning screenwriter and Comedian

11/24/2020
We welcome screenwriter/comedian Wendy Wilkins to the podcast this week. Wendy has been a Warner Brothers Writers' Workshop Participant, an ABC/Disney Writing Program Finalist, a Final Draft's Big Break Contest Top-10 Finalist, a Women In Film: NY/Meryl Streep Writers Lab Finalist and a 2018 Austin Film Festival Second Rounder along with 50 other competition placements and awards. We discuss her experience in the fellowships and contests, about her path as a writer and her prolific work in...

Duration:00:37:26

Session 121 - Weird American Film & TV Tropes

11/10/2020
American movies and TV shows are watched around the world, but to others, we do some weird stuff. For this lighter session, we analyze the depiction of Americans in entertainment based on the Buzzfeed list “37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-American.” Show Notes: Buzzfeed article “37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-American”: https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/questions-about-americans-in-movies

Duration:00:47:12

Session 120 - Interview with Libby Ward - Award-Winning Comedy Writer & Author of “Luchadoremice"

10/20/2020
In today's session, we interview Libby Ward, the author of the bilingual children's book "Luchadoremice," which she also illustrated, and discuss her work writing for TV ("Be Cool, Scooby Doo!", "Sex Sent Me to the ER," and "Q Wunder"), and her other many talents! SHOW NOTES: Sneaky Varmint (Libby's Website): http://www.sneakyvarmint.com "Luchadoremice": http://www.luchadormice.com Libby on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sneakyvarmint Libby on Twitter:...

Duration:00:25:36

Session 119 - Interview with Julia Irzyk, Head Agent & Owner - The Library Agency

10/6/2020
The Library Agency Owner & Head Agent Julia Irzyk is our guest in today’s session. Julia talks about how the landscape is changing for her business and clients with Covid, the WGA/agency battle, and too many zoom meetings, and how to survive it all. Show Notes: The Library Agency: https://www.thelibraryagency.com

Duration:00:29:17

Session 118 - Interview with Robin Who of the Frantastic Stories podcast - Practical podcasting advice

9/22/2020
We go meta in this session why you might, or might not, want to start one and giving you some practical how-to advice on producing your podcast. In the interview, we welcome Robin Who, writer and host of the Frantastic Stories podcast with “stories of every shade of life.” Show Notes: Where to find Robin Who online: Website is http://www.frantasticstories.com/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1Pf2KTx2Y1gUaBjG1nLBTD?si=JchZvRZUQ_Cd9om8A1S7mg Apple podcasts:...

Duration:00:35:53

Session 117 - Interview with Actor/Writer/Producer Susan Gallagher

9/1/2020
Susan Gallagher is an actor/writer/producer who can be seen on the former YouTube, now Netflix show “Cobra Kai,” as Homeless Lynn, as well as the upcoming Sam Medina film “22 - The Unforgotten Soldier.” We discuss building your own career and how she’s doing it outside of Hollywood. Show Notes: Cobra Kai on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/81002370 A Portrait of a Woman at Dawn: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B087J9882T Susan Gallagher online: IMDb:...

Duration:00:21:22

Session 116 - Interview with "Power Project" screenwriter Mattson Tomlin - 2020 WGA MBA - Mulin on Disney+ - Back on Set with Covid

8/18/2020
In this session, we talk with Mattson Tomlin, the screenwriter of the action/sci-fi Netflix film "Power Project." (23:15) Mattson also scripted and produced the upcoming film "Little Fish" starring Olivia Cooke and has gained attention for being brought onboard to co-write "The Batman" with Matt Reeves. We also discuss the new WGA MBA contract, Mulan and other big budget films on the small screen, and back on set in Covd. SHOW NOTES: "Power Project" on Netflix:...

Duration:00:41:21

Session 115 - Contained Scripts

7/14/2020
Contained scripts are in high demand and it's not just because Covid-19 has made big film productions extremely more complicated and costly. Indie filmmakers have a real opportunity with their smaller productions to find distribution and an audience. Those filmmakers need scripts. We discuss writing a contained script and why you might want to. SHOW NOTES: Inktip: https://www.inktip.com Screenwriter Staffing: https://www.screenwritingstaffing.com/ Network ISA Writing Gigs:...

Duration:00:26:56

Session 114 - Playstation Emerging Filmmaker Program Finalist Roundtable

6/16/2020
We round up most of the finalists of the 2017 Playstation Emerging Filmmaker Program, of which Tom was one, to see how their various experiences since the contest unfolded. How did winning/or not winning, affect their screenwriting career? Panelists (See http://www.writersgrouptherapy.com for full show notes):

Duration:00:41:22

Session 113 - Franchise Fatigue - When is enough, enough

5/27/2020
In this session, we discuss the creative and business behind the endless franchises and how writers are affected by them. SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:18:40

Session 112 - Sci-Fi Author John Scalzi - WGA Claims Dismissed - Steven Soderberg Leads DGA Covid Committee - AMC vs NBCU

5/5/2020
In this session of Writers Group Therapy, we interview interview John Scalzi, the Hugo-Award Winning, NY Times & Amazon Best Selling science fiction author. Also WGA has claims dismissed - Steven Soderberg and DGA Covid 19 Planning - Unions ask for deductions back - NBCU vs AMC - and more! SHOW NOTES: John Scalzi's website: https://whatever.scalzi.com/ Follow John Scalzi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/scalzi Unions Ask Congress to Restore Business Expense Deductions for Hollywood Workers...

Duration:00:41:22

Session 111 - Screenwriter and Blogger Jaime Jessup - WGA News - Hollywood Logjam - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - HITRECORD - SXSW

4/28/2020
In this session of Writers Group Therapy, we interview screenwriter and blogger Jaime Jessup. Also: WGA News, Virtual SXSW, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Writers Room, HITRECORD.org and more. SHOW NOTES: Jaime Jessup's Blogs: http://calamityjay.blogspot.com/ https://medium.com/@calamityjay SXSW-Amazon Virtual Fest Sets Lineup for April 27 Launch https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sxsw-amazon-virtual-fest-sets-slim-lineup-april-27-launch-1291101 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Mulling How to Incorporate...

Duration:00:43:56

Session 110 - Literary Agent Joseph Fronk - Quibi - Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin - How production can safely restart

4/21/2020
In this session, we talk with manager-turned-agent Joseph Fronk about working through the Covid 19 crisis and what writers should be doing now to prep for after. Also a Quibi review, Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin and how Hollywood can restart production safely. SHOW NOTES: Quibi: https://quibi.com Artistry: https://www.artistry.net Masterclass: https://www.masterclass.com

Duration:00:42:18

Session 109 - WGT Live - Author/Documentarian/Producer Steven Smith - Living and Working in Hollywood in Covid-19 times

4/1/2020
In this session, one of our favorite guests is back, screenwriter, producer, documentarian and author Steven Smith, to discuss working in Hollywood in Covid 19 lockdown times. Steven is a 4-Time Emmy nominee; producer and writer of over 200 documentaries for television, home video and other media. He has authored two books, his newest coming out in May, is the biography “Music by Max Steiner: The Epic Life of Hollywood’s Most Influential Composer." SHOW NOTES: None this episode

Duration:00:36:12