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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

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 585 Ratings

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

    93 | LIVE Story Workshop From the SLO Film Festival (Plus a Q+A)

    93 | LIVE Story Workshop From the SLO Film Festival (Plus a Q+A)

    Another WONDERFUL story workshop from Meg + Lorien. 

    To see Jeff's film in CLEVELAND on 7/6 @ 7:30pm, buy tickets here: https://omniwebticketing6.com/cleveland/cedarlee/?schdate=2022-07-06&perfix=131376


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    92 | Writers Rooms: Getting Granular w/ David F.M. Vaughn

    92 | Writers Rooms: Getting Granular w/ David F.M. Vaughn

    David F.M. Vaughn, award-winning actor, director, composer, and writer, is obsessed with getting detailed about the behind-the-scenes aspects of this sometimes very mysterious business. Having just come off of his first staffing gig, David has TONS of insight about what a writers room REALLY looks, and how we can prepare for them. 


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    • 59 min
    91 | How To Vacation As A Writer

    91 | How To Vacation As A Writer

    Writing can feel like a never ending grind, but we of course need to find the space to take a vacation. Today we talk about how and WHY it's essential to our process.

    TO LEAVE AN APPLE PODCAST REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAG8mgrVQys


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    • 52 min
    90 | Finding The Thematic “Thesis Statement” Of Your Script w/ Maggie Cohn

    90 | Finding The Thematic “Thesis Statement” Of Your Script w/ Maggie Cohn

    Maggie Cohn and her co-showrunner Antonio Campos knew that in adapting one of the most popular documentaries of all time (The Staircase), they had to have their own fresh take. And in finding this, Maggie discovered that she uncovered a unifying “thesis statement” to keep her story and emotional thematic on rails as they wrote. It’s a fascinating conversation, and we hope you enjoy it!


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    • 50 min
    89 | Helping Writers Get Repped, The Personal Logline, Taking Meetings, and More w/ Joey Tuccio

    89 | Helping Writers Get Repped, The Personal Logline, Taking Meetings, and More w/ Joey Tuccio

    For Joey Tucccio, the founder of Roadmap Writers, "you're a human first, and a writer second." Excelling at your craft has as much to do with your understanding of yourself as it does with your writing, and Joey goes DEEP on all of that, today!

    FOR MORE ON ROADMAP WRITERS: https://www.roadmapwriters.com/

    TO SEE JEFF'S MOVIE: Click the link below and look for Block EEEE (The movie is called, ALWAYS, LOLA)

    https://marinadelreyfilmfestival.ticketspice.com/2022-marina-del-rey-film-festival

    DATE: Wednesday, June 22, 7:30PM – 9:00PM PDT

    ADDRESS: Cinemark 18 and XD 

    6081 Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90045




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    • 57 min
    88 | Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet: Why Destabilization Is Essential For Your Writing

    88 | Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet: Why Destabilization Is Essential For Your Writing

    Both Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman are giants in our industry, and yet, they’re the FIRST to admit that every project is a brand new journey filled with excitement, fear, beauty, panic, and a profound sense of mystery. Find out how and why their new show The Man Who Fell To Earth was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of their career in today’s show!


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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
585 Ratings

585 Ratings

Wally ML ,

Essential Pod.

As a screenwriter, this is an essential pod. In the long journey of writing, finding time to write, needing to write, the accompaniment of Meg and Lorien, and Jeff, along with their guests, is invaluable. And through the highs - and low lows of the industry - their advice is tremendous. Couldn’t recommend more.

Markenable ,

Generous, Relatable, Inspiring

It makes sense that Pixar writers would have the most approachable podcast about writing. As someone who struggles a lot with my artistic imperative, I so appreciate their real talk about every aspect of a writer’s life. I don’t feel judged or behind - I feel met, understood and encouraged while listening. So brave the lava and get writing!

ekn0803 ,

Best screenwriting podcast, hands down

Before finding this show, I got a bit tired of listening to screenwriting podcasts. Most podcasts educate you about the craft and business of screenwriting, but they seem to neglect or skim over the hardest part: the emotional experience of being a writer. But not this show. This show perfectly balances craft with navigating the emotional component of writing, and I finally feel that, as they say, you are not alone!

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