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Welcome to The Screenwriting Life, a podcast where Oscar-nominated writer Meg LeFauve and Emmy-nominated writer Lorien McKenna discuss not only the craft and business of Screenwriting, but also the emotional life: the ups and downs of being a creative, to remind you that you are not alone and to keep writing.

The Screenwriting Life with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna Meg LeFauve & Lorien McKenna

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 898 Ratings

Welcome to The Screenwriting Life, a podcast where Oscar-nominated writer Meg LeFauve and Emmy-nominated writer Lorien McKenna discuss not only the craft and business of Screenwriting, but also the emotional life: the ups and downs of being a creative, to remind you that you are not alone and to keep writing.

    204 | The Hero's Journey ft. Christopher Vogler

    204 | The Hero's Journey ft. Christopher Vogler

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    Though Chris Vogler is generally credited with introducing the FRAMEWORK of The Hero's Journey into modern Hollywood discourse, it almost didn't happen. When someone else plagiarized his memo and trafficked it to Jeffrey Katzenberg trying to take credit for it, Chris faced a crossroads. Find out HOW he managed that, and became an essential creative pillar behind the development of THE LION KING.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    203 | BONUS: TSL Workshops Exclusive Preview Episode

    203 | BONUS: TSL Workshops Exclusive Preview Episode

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    • 30 min
    202 | Turning The Tables: Meg and Lorien Interviewed By Screenwriting Teacher/Author Andrew Zinnes

    202 | Turning The Tables: Meg and Lorien Interviewed By Screenwriting Teacher/Author Andrew Zinnes

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    Over the lifespan of our show, you've heard Meg and Lorien interview a ton of incredibly talented writers, but today, we turn the tables, and get to hear from them! (And a bit from producer Jeff too...)

    Andrew Zinnes, a screenwriter and teacher himself, helped compile a book of interviews by top-tier screenwriting pros (including Meg), so today, he wanted to enrich the conversation presented by the book by hearing from all of TSL!

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    201 | Mail Bag + Thoughts About the Dreaded Act 2b

    201 | Mail Bag + Thoughts About the Dreaded Act 2b

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    On today’s show, we answer your (excellent) questions. Among the topics we discuss are:

    How to lean into our best writer selves

    How many drafts we “really” need to be taken seriously

    How to improve readability in our work

    Advice for sharing undeveloped ideas with executives

    Deepening our midpoint and act 2b.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    200 | Discovering & Embracing Your Strengths As A Writer (ft. Showrunner Joey Slamon)

    200 | Discovering & Embracing Your Strengths As A Writer (ft. Showrunner Joey Slamon)

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    Joey's impressive resume in TV includes shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, Arrested Development, and I'm Sorry, which she show-ran for two seasons next to Andrea Savage. And even so, she's the first to acknowledge her both her strengths and growth areas as a writer, which has been one of the most valuable tools to propel her to the very top of a the writers room.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    ANNOUNCEMENT: Episode Drops TOMORROW.

    ANNOUNCEMENT: Episode Drops TOMORROW.

    Thanks for your patience! Our new episode this week will be dropping TOMORROW in your feed.

    • 38 sec

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
898 Ratings

898 Ratings

slothrunner2100 ,

Watch out, Craig Mazin and John August!

Brilliant screenwriting tips, tools, insights and analysis from two kickass women screenwriters. Love it!!

Dddaeas ,

Excellent podcast

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danielrashid ,

Thank you Meg & Lorien 💛

Can’t afford to go to film school? Doesn’t matter. Just listen to this podcast. I’ve been binging it for the past few months and have been SO inspired by the wealth of knowledge & encouragement found in every episode. It’s incredibly refreshing to have a screenwriting podcast that tackles both the practical nitty gritty details of writing AND the emotional ups and downs of the process/life of an artist. Thank you Meg & Lorien for your continued mentorship & community building. The film world is better because of you!

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