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5 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

(Photo by Alexis Mire) I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy lately. It’s been an obvious subject of conversation in the wake of the Orlando massacre and high profile sexual assaults. Violence is often the result of one person’s inability to connect with and appreciate the value and integrity of another person. In that regard, […]

Aaron Sorkin vs. Aristotle

23 hours agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig consider a new master class in screenwriting taught by Aaron Sorkin, and a very old Greek word (anagnorisis) championed by Aristotle. Both are useful!

Love Between the Covers: Inside the World of Romance Writing

BY TYLER MOSS By day, Mary Bly is a tenured professor of Shakespearean literature. But millions of readers may know her better by her nom de plume—Eloisa James, bestselling author of more than 25 romance novels. Bly is one of the subjects...Show More Summary

Jake Marmer on Billy Woodberry’s Bob Kaufman Documentary And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead

A new documentary by Los Angeles filmmaker Billy Woodberry, And When I Die, I Won’t Stay Dead, takes a close look at the mysterious beat poet Bob Kaufman. Of Jewish and Caribbean roots, Kaufman improvised street performances, playfully invented many of the words used in his poetry, and was called, by Amiri Baraka, “a maximum […]

How To Write 50,000 Words In A Month With Grant Faulkner

NaNoWriMo changed my writing life in 2009 when I wrote the first few thousand words of what eventually became Stone of Fire. Writing a speedy first draft without self-censoring is still what I aim for with my books, and in today’s show I discuss how it can be done with Grant Faulkner. In the intro, […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 255: New and Old Hollywood — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. And this is Episode 255 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig is out sick today. But lucky for us we already had a guest lined up. This […]

Feel Space: Poets 4 Orlando

All the way from Myrtle Broadway to Broadway Lafayette to 72nd Street and from Strawberry Fields to Sheep’s Meadow, I hoped I’d run into anyone looking like me who might be headed to Poets 4 Orlando, a reading and gathering held in vigil for the victims of the shooting at Pulse. Two days earlier, Brenda […]

New and Old Hollywood

With credits ranging from Captain Phillips to The Hunger Games, plus several stints in WGA contract negotiations, Billy Ray knows as much as any screenwriter about the realities of working writers and the turmoil in the industry. He joins us to talk about his new Amazon pilot, The Last Tycoon, which charts the behind-the-scenes drama at a 1930s Hollywood studio.

Scriptnotes, Ep 254: The One with the Kates — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. So, today’s episode has a little bit of swearing, not a lot. But if you’re driving in the car with your kids, this is your warning. Thanks. Kate: Previously on Scriptnotes: John: My One Cool Thing is The Katering […]

Advice From and on Poetry

Like many embarrassing poets, I’ve been working on a “novel.” No, it’s worse than that: I’m working on “a novella in two parts,” Shit Advice for Today’s Men and Women, the first half of which is “Shit Advice Columnist,” in which the protagonist/narrator writes an advice column about defecation. I started this book when I […]

Advice on Hots for Married Men

Dear Poetry: Advice on Hots for Married Men, and Making Friends and Writing Poems Without a Car I think my friend has the hots for me, but he’s married and I’m single. What should I do? Art is art and life is “A monograph on infidelity” (Ted Berrigan) Who has the hots for whom? If […]

The One with the Kates

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig welcome Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney, the Australian creator/stars of The Katering Show (a previous One Cool Thing).

Bookshots: 'Death Confetti' by Jennifer Robin

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Buses, weirdos, Tootsie rolls. Review by Cath Murphy Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Death Confetti Who wrote it? Jennifer Robin, performance artist and writer of grotesque prose. Plot in a Box: The...Show More Summary

Writing Lesbian Fiction With Clare Lydon

As writers, we bring life to the page and through those experiences, others can live vicariously. We often write outside our own realm of personal experience, so it’s fantastic to learn from Clare Lydon today about writing lesbian fiction and gain an insight into what some get wrong in the portrayal of gay characters. In […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 253: Television Economics for Dummies — Transcript

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this John. So today’s episode has a little bit of swearing. Not a lot, but if you’re driving in the car with your kids, this is your warning. Thanks. [Episode begins] Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My […]

Muhammad Ali’s Linguistic Theatrics

At NPR, Juan Vidal reminds us of Muhammad Ali’s way with words: “Ali had a love of language, and a skill for linguistic theatrics that, while plainspoken, packed heft. He was Whitman donning white trunks and a robe. Not bad for a man who may have suffered from dyslexia, who barely graduated from high school.” […]

Television Economics for Dummies

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Jonathan Groff -- the Black-ish writer/producer, not the actor -- joins John and Craig to explain the new vocabulary of television and why companies are all about ownership.

Book Marketing: Facebook Advertising For Authors With Mark Dawson

Facebook advertising is a core part of my business now, and I only started using it because of Mark Dawson. In this interview, we discuss why Facebook Ads are so powerful and some specific examples as to how to use them, wherever you are in your author career. If you’d like a demo, you can […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 252: An Alliance with House Mazin — Transcript

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 252 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, it’s another craft episode. In […]

Nursing Futurism

Siren Aria (a fragment) …It’s still conductive, pornographic. The plumbing a listening hose for strangers rooting around  In the house’s howls: I unwelcome Pan-  Am out of breath.  Fearing the mammograph. Does one Sioux Chief Full-Slip Repair Coupling from south of Peculiar, Missouri glued after the other,  Inhaled, make an argument? Does the rig an […]

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