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Welcome to The Screenwriting Life.

Join us as professional screenwriters, Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna, whose combined credits include writing and production on such films as Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Captain Marvel discuss the craft, journey and business of writing for the screen. From dialogue to delivery, Meg and Lorien will guide you through the process, offering inside tips and tricks to help you become the best writer you can be.
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The Screenwriting Life with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna Meg LeFauve & Lorien McKenna

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Welcome to The Screenwriting Life.

Join us as professional screenwriters, Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna, whose combined credits include writing and production on such films as Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Captain Marvel discuss the craft, journey and business of writing for the screen. From dialogue to delivery, Meg and Lorien will guide you through the process, offering inside tips and tricks to help you become the best writer you can be.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support

    53 | Honor Your Calling As A Creative & Screenwriter (Create Out Loud w/ Jen Louden)

    53 | Honor Your Calling As A Creative & Screenwriter (Create Out Loud w/ Jen Louden)

    FOR MORE CREATE OUT LOUD: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/create-out-loud-with-jennifer-louden/id1559415253

    What would it take for you to turn down an offer from JJ Abrams (you know the guy who created Lost among other block-busters)? Ask Meg LeFavue, the Oscar-nominated writer of Inside Out, who had to do just that after committing to her creative calling to become a screenwriter. Meg LeFauve and her frequent writing partner and podcast co-host Lorien McKenna get extremely candid about the challenges and essential importance of committing to your artistic path and sticking with it.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    52 | Screenwriting: The Joys, The Rage, The Legacy

    52 | Screenwriting: The Joys, The Rage, The Legacy

    Writing isn't just about craft and science. It's about translating the highs and lows of being a human being into art, and that journey can be a roller coaster, whether you're an emerging writer or a seasoned pro.

    Speaking of seasoned pros, today, we ask them those tricky questions: what brings you the most joy about writing, what pisses you off about writing, and what scene do you want to be remembered by. 

    The guests, in order of appearance: 


    John August - Episode 35
    Andrew Stanton - Episode 39
    Marti Noxon - Episode 40
    Sheila Hanahan-Taylor - Episode 43
    Javier Grillo-Marxuach - Episode 46
    Michael Arndt - Episode 49
    Vanessa Taylor - Episode 51


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    • 40 min
    51 | Vanessa Taylor On Non-Verbal Storytelling Secrets

    51 | Vanessa Taylor On Non-Verbal Storytelling Secrets

    Not only is Oscar-nominated writer Vanessa Taylor's resume impressive, it's beautifully varied. Vanessa has written on serialized network TV shows, high-concept prestige premium cable dramas (GOT anybody??), a YA novel adaptation, and even a creature feature love story w/ celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (yes, we are talking about The Shape of Water.) But Vanessa sees powerful themes that tie her work together like a commitment to propulsive story engines driven by high-agency characters who tell us WHO they are, through their behavior.
    Vanessa offers us BEAUTIFUL advice in today's episode, and we can't wait for you to hear it!

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    50 | The Day To Day Process Of Screenwriting

    50 | The Day To Day Process Of Screenwriting

    50 Episodes! How did we get here? Hard work EVERY DAY.

    Today, we're focusing on the day-to-day, minute-by-minute process of writing. How to we title our documents? How do we comb through our material? How do we edit. All of that gets answered today!


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    • 50 min
    49 | Michael Arndt's Act 1 Masterclass

    49 | Michael Arndt's Act 1 Masterclass

    Little Miss Sunshine's script, penned by our guest Michael Arndt, won almost every major industry award, and for good reason. Its warmth, humor, and surefooted commitment to its themes makes it one of the finest scripts written this century. And SO many of those themes show up in Act 1. Michael has become a bit "obsessed" with act 1's lately, because it's our chance to maximize the "rooting interest" around our hero so that our audience has no choice but to keep watching. 
    FOR MICHAEL'S (AMAZING) WEBSITE: https://www.pandemoniuminc.com/

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    48 | Connecting Craft To Money And Career (As Screeenwriters)

    48 | Connecting Craft To Money And Career (As Screeenwriters)

    To enter contests, or NOT to enter contests? Do I need to live in LA? What if I'm not your run-of-the mill white dude writer? What if I'm OLDER than my competition? All of these questions are answers, no-holds-barred, in today's episode where we take YOUR questions.


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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
386 Ratings

386 Ratings

thecandicemarie ,

Still I Write *in my Maya Angelou voice*

I don’t know why I titled this review the way I did. It’s late. I always ALWAYS listen to this show before bed because it’s the part of the day when I get to be intentional about my dreams, literal and aspirational. And I used to listen to the guy version of this type of podcast but I felt like there were some pre requisites for that course. Like how to face imposter syndrome 101. Your fabulous show starts where I think we all start and your amazing work is the possibility of where we can end up. It’s the realness for me. So please please keep going. I want to actually get to use my imaginary Oscar acceptance speech where I thank you both for this podcast being a light in the darkness (literally at the moment) and for the audience to be like ‘Yeah I love that podcast too!’. But if you need hard evidence for how your show helps me, this review is proof. It may have issues with syntax and grammar and my insecurities scream their mocking taunts and STILL I WRITE. Because you need to know that I know that I’m a screenwriter. And that I learned that from you.

_janine21 ,

Must listen!

I thought the screenwriters life was a lost dream I would look back on fondly. After 3 years of not writing or letting myself get in idea zone this podcast gave me the confidence to begin again. Knowing that all writers struggle with self doubt and hating their work gave me the space to give myself compassion.

The practical writing tools that the hosts as well as their guests provide are invaluable. Learning about how they create a character and plot gave me the tent poles to structure my story in a way I had never been able to do.

I’m forever in your debt. My creative little girl thanks you for letting her speak again.

Jacob Medjuck ,

Dear Santa

I love my wife. My work. And my children. A century more of that please.

Also - I hope I die before Meg, Lorien, and Jeff - a world without weekly new episodes of this podcast would be pointless. Their ferociously generous coaching has disassembled and rebuilt my entire approach to storytelling, repeatedly. Forever grateful.

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