59 episodes

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
    • 5.0 • 414 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

    57 | Million Dollar Ideas w/ Matt Lieberman

    57 | Million Dollar Ideas w/ Matt Lieberman

    All great works of art start with ideas, and ideas STILL reign supreme in Hollywood. In today's conversation w/ celebrated writer Matt Lieberman we discuss how to generate high concept ideas, come up with ideas, embrace the importance of a good idea, and even sell feature specs. 

    Once again, we want to say thanks to our fabulous intern Jess Fisher for helping us put this episode together!


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    56 | BONUS: Ask Meg Anything About Writing

    56 | BONUS: Ask Meg Anything About Writing

    We've had some AMAZING guests on this show, but the truth is, one of our greatest secret weapons is Meg herself! Today, she dives into some of the MANY lingering questions that you all have been posing on the Facebook, and we get into it! If your question wasn't answered today, don't worry, Meg WILL be getting into soon.


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    • 41 min
    55 | You Got Your First Big Writing Win...Now What?

    55 | You Got Your First Big Writing Win...Now What?

    Most of us assume that once a writer sells that spec or books that job or secures representation, they've "made it." Now all they need to do is ride into the sunset and remember to thank their agent when their inevitable Oscar shows up. But of course, much like writer, it's much more complicated than that. Today, Meg and Lorien walk us through THEIR biggest "a-ha" moments after their breaks, what we should lean into, and what we should avoid. Once again, we'd like to thank JESS FISHER who produced this episode while Jeff is getting his feet back on the ground!


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    • 51 min
    54 | Showrunning: Anything & Everything You Need To Know

    54 | Showrunning: Anything & Everything You Need To Know

    We're back! Meg, Lorien, and Jeff have all been traveling, producing, and on set, and oh, do we have UPDATES. Lorien - who is now entering post on the project she SHOWRAN - answers all of your questions from what kinds of writers she's looking for in the room, and what her expectations for them are once they arrive. 

    THANK YOU to our intern Jess Fisher for producing and cutting this episode! You've been a rock for us in some of our busiest times. 


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    • 49 min
    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)

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    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
414 Ratings

414 Ratings

Montreal lady ,

Phenomenal

Each episode is consistently phenomenal because Meg and Lorien are so authentic, so experienced, so talented, and so generous in sharing their process and insights with their listeners. Each episode feels like it’s meant just for me at that moment, and I know I’m not alone in that feeling, which is just one part of the magic that is this podcast. There is so much to learn no matter how experienced you are.

Bothered1289 ,

Let the women don't work

It's not easy finding a lot of resources on the woman's perspective on screenwriting. I so appriciate this!

Shalhoup ,

This Is It.

As an emerging writer, I’m thirsty for information and community. So far, I’ve been ho-humming through a handful of other screenwriting podcasts that are full of success stories and great guests, sure, but (I’ve found) the true nuggets I'm seeking are few and far between. It’s the nitty gritty and the tell-me-like-it-is approach of this podcast, along with humility and real-life (and real-time!) examples that are so incredibly helpful. And if the comfy nature of Meg and Lorian’s conversation doesn’t feel ‘community’ enough for you, they also have a Facebook group! I am soaking all this generosity in. If you are also starting out and want to grow into this profession at hyper speed like I do, this podcast is IT.

The only challenge you’ll have with The Screenwriting Life is that because it’s so informative, you’ll find it real easy to justify listening and not writing (cough…not that I’m doing that). Thank you so much, Meg and Lorian, for your honest, extremely helpful and entertaining podcast!

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