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OnWriting is a screenwriting podcast brought to you by the Writers Guild of America, East. It's a show about the stories we see on our screens and the people who make them happen. Each week, writers from the film, television, news and digital media industries talk to us about their work - from pitching to production, from process to favorite lines, and everything in between. Season 1 is hosted by Jordan Carlos. Seasons 2 & 3 are hosted by Caroline Waxler. Seasons 4-6 are hosted by Kaitlin Fontana. Seasons 7 - 10 are hosted by Geri Cole.

OnWriting: A Podcast of the WGA East Writers Guild of America, East

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 52 Ratings

OnWriting is a screenwriting podcast brought to you by the Writers Guild of America, East. It's a show about the stories we see on our screens and the people who make them happen. Each week, writers from the film, television, news and digital media industries talk to us about their work - from pitching to production, from process to favorite lines, and everything in between. Season 1 is hosted by Jordan Carlos. Seasons 2 & 3 are hosted by Caroline Waxler. Seasons 4-6 are hosted by Kaitlin Fontana. Seasons 7 - 10 are hosted by Geri Cole.

    David Simon (“We Own This City”)

    David Simon (“We Own This City”)

    Host Geri Cole talks to David Simon, co-creator and showrunner of the new HBO miniseries WE OWN THIS CITY, about how he sees the mini-series as the coda to his legendary show, THE WIRE; the lessons he learned as a journalist that have helped him as a television writer; and why the drug war is one of America's worst policies and needs to end.
    David Simon is a Baltimore-based screenwriter, journalist, author, and television producer. A former crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, he is the author of two books of narrative nonfiction—Homicide and The Corner—and is the creator of the celebrated HBO series THE WIRE, which depicts the political and socioeconomic fissures in an American city. His other television credits include the NBC drama HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET and HBO’s THE CORNER—both adaptations of his nonfiction books—as well as HBO’s GENERATION KILL, TREME, and THE DEUCE. He was a 2010 MacArthur Fellow and has received numerous accolades over the course of his career, including an Edgar Award and multiple Emmy and Writers Guild Awards.
    His latest project is the crime drama miniseries WE OWN THIS CITY. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by fellow Baltimore Sun alum Justin Fenton, the show details the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption surrounding it.
    The six-part miniseries premiered in April 2022 on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
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    • 57 min
    Melissa Silverstein in conversation with Liz Meriwether (“The Dropout”)

    Melissa Silverstein in conversation with Liz Meriwether (“The Dropout”)

    Geri hands it over to guest host Melissa Silverstein, the founder and publisher of Women in Hollywood, for a conversation with THE DROPOUT creator and showrunner Liz Meriwether.
    Liz Meriwether is a writer, showrunner, and producer known for her work as the creator and showrunner of the hit comedy series NEW GIRL and the sitcom BLESS THIS MESS, as well as for writing the screenplay for the 2011 romcom NO STRINGS ATTACHED.
    Guest moderator Melissa Silverstein is the founder and publisher of Women and Hollywood, an initiative and website that educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and the global film industry.
    THE DROPOUT is a Hulu limited series based on the ABC podcast of the same name. The series follows the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.
    The series premiered in March 2022 and is available to stream on Hulu.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 45 min
    Jonathan Tropper, “The Adam Project”

    Jonathan Tropper, “The Adam Project”

    Host Geri Cole speaks with Jonathan Tropper about The Adam Project's eight-year journey to the screen, how to write a great action scene, the rules of writing time travel, and why you don't tell Bob when to drink the Coke.
    Jonathan Tropper is a screenwriter, novelist, and producer. He is the internationally-acclaimed author of six novels, the two most recent of which—This Is Where I Leave You and One Last Thing Before I Go—were both New York Times bestsellers. His screenwriting credits include THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU (the 2014 film adaptation of his novel), the 2017 feature KODACHROME, showrunner of the sci-fi series SEE, co-creator and showrunner of the action series BANSHEE, and creator and showrunner of the martial arts drama series WARRIOR.
    Most recently, he wrote the screenplay for the sci-fi adventure film THE ADAM PROJECT. The film follows time-traveling fighter pilot Adam Reed who, after accidentally crash-landing in the year 2022, must team up with his 12-year-old self on a mission to save the future.
    The film was released in March and is now streaming on Netflix.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 44 min
    Soo Hugh, "Pachinko"

    Soo Hugh, "Pachinko"

    Host Geri Cole is joined by PACHINKO showrunner, writer, and producer Soo Hugh to talk about how the writers adapted the acclaimed novel to keep it focused on family over colonialism; the process of crafting a complex, authentic story that couldn't have been told the same way a decade ago; and the power inherent in telling extraordinary stories of ordinary people.
    Soo Hugh is a writer and producer whose past credits include sci-fi and horror drama series like CBS sci-fi mystery UNDER THE DOME, ABC sci-fi drama THE WHISPERS (which she created) and AMC horror anthology THE TERROR (for which she was co-showrunner), among others.
    She is currently serving as creator, writer, showrunner, and producer of the Apple TV period drama PACHINKO. Based on the acclaimed novel by author Min Jin Lee, PACHINKO chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. The story begins with a forbidden love, and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan, and America to tell an unforgettable story of war, peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning.
    The series’ first three episodes premiered in March 2022, and new episodes are streaming weekly on AppleTV+.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 41 min
    Mariama Diallo, “Master”

    Mariama Diallo, “Master”

    Host Geri Cole talks to writer-director Mariama Diallo about the uncanny—and all-too-real—experience of navigating predominately white spaces as a Black woman, the complexities of identity, the importance and necessity of your community, and more.
    Mariama Diallo is a writer and director whose short film “Hair Wolf” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival—where it won the Short Film Jury Award—and was then released on HBO and the Criterion Channel. Diallo also co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in the short film “White Devil,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is a writer-director on the Peabody Award-winning HBO series RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS.
    Her latest project—and feature debut—is MASTER, a supernatural horror film about three Black women striving to find their place at a prestigious New England university whose frosty elitism may disguise something more sinister.
    The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and will arrive on Prime Video (and in select theaters) starting March 18.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 46 min
    Bruce Miller and Yahlin Chang, "The Handmaid's Tale"

    Bruce Miller and Yahlin Chang, "The Handmaid's Tale"

    Host Geri Cole welcomes THE HANDMAID’S TALE creator, showrunner, writer, and EP Bruce Miller and writer and EP Yahlin Chang to the show to talk about how real-world refugee stories give the show inspiration and guidance, the ways in which writing can be both cruel and cathartic, and how the show encourages everyone—both above and below the line—to bring their A-game.
    ** - Please note: This episode comes with a spoiler alert as well as a content warning for a discussion of sexual violence against women and other traumatic topics. - ** 
    Bruce Miller is a television writer and producer who, before HANDMAID'S, was well known for his work as showrunner and writer for popular sci-fi series like EUREKA and ALPHAS. For his work on The Handmaid's Tale, Miller won the 2017 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
    Yahlin Chang is a writer and producer who wrote on several series including DIRTY SEXY MONEY, PAN AM, and SUPERGIRL, before joining the writers' room of THE HANDMAID'S TALE. She was nominated for a 2021 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama for the series.
    THE HANDMAID'S TALE is a dystopian television series based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel of the same name. The series portrays life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was the United States which is ruled by an ultra-religious fundamentalist regime. Faced with a world devastated by environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate, the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude. One of these women, Offred, is determined to survive the terrifying world she lives in, and find the daughter that was taken from her.
    The series—which has received multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, Writers Guild Awards, among many others—premiered on Hulu in April 2017, and is currently in production for its 5th season. Seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Hulu.
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    Before it was a podcast, OnWriting was a print publication. Check out OnWriting: The Print Archives.
    Read shownotes, transcripts, and other member interviews: www.onwriting.org/
    Follow the Guild on social media:
    Twitter: @OnWritingWGAE | @WGAEast
    Facebook: /WGAEast
    Instagram: @WGAEast

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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52 Ratings

52 Ratings

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All time fav

Wonderful interviews! All the right questions are asked for an insightful, fascinating final podcast. Keep them coming!

Barry Nash ,

Worst interviewer ever!

I just listened to the David Simon interview with host Geri and i have never heard a more poorly done interview. It’s not a conversation. It’s ask a question and sit back while saying hmm & wow every 30 seconds, then ask next question. Clearly not her medium. Cringe.

theestar clothes ,

Learning and growing

Love these podcast as a new writer I get the insight to push and move forward with my projects

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