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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. And now Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna.
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The Screenwriting Life with Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna Meg LeFauve & Lorien McKenna

    • TV & Film
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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. And now Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thescreenwritinglife/support

    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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    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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    47 | Nine Writing Secrets From Our A-List Guests

    47 | Nine Writing Secrets From Our A-List Guests

    It's a GREATEST HITS Episode. We've had such amazing guests, that we wanted to curate some of their best moments. Enjoy!

    1:20 - John August on Important Rules For Worldbuildling (Ep 35)

    6:09 - Marti Noxon on Writing Samples That Will Get You Staffed (Ep 40)

    9:05 - Sheila Hanahan Taylor On Rookie Mistakes (Ep 42/43)

    17:33 - Kemp Powers on When To “Break The Rules” in Your Writing (Ep 36)

    20:15 - Andrew Stanton On The Differences Between Storytelling and Writing (Ep 39)

    25:31 - Ed Solomon On The Essential Value Of Rewriting (Ep 32)

    31:12 - Mike Jones On Overcoming Stage Fright During Pitches (Ep 25)

    34:24 - Kemp Powers On Dealing With Bigotry and Racism in Hollywood (Ep 36)

    41:12 - Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn On What Makes Great Writing (Ep 23)


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    46 | Writing Great TV Characters w/ Javier Grillo-Marxuach

    46 | Writing Great TV Characters w/ Javier Grillo-Marxuach

    Though best known as one of the Emmy Award-winning writer/producers of Lost, Javier Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific writer of television shows, comic books, movies, and the occasional critical essay. He's a master-storyteller, with a deep understanding of character, no matter how "otherworldly" the project. Today we're going to deep dive on longform character development and Javier's philosophies on "operational theme." And of course, we'll be answering your questions!

    Check Out Javi's Website: http://okbjgm.weebly.com/

    Follow Him On Social: @OKBJGM


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    45 | Overcome Dry Spells In Your Writing w/ Self-Compassion (Jen Louden)

    45 | Overcome Dry Spells In Your Writing w/ Self-Compassion (Jen Louden)

    Find yourself asking the question 'Why bother” when it comes to your writing? Creative people are asking that question now more than ever, but bestselling author and world-renowned creativity expert Jen Louden wants you to go deeper and really ask the question, really think about it.  On today's show, she walks us through why it's important for us to bother about what really matters, and how asking that question and approaching our writing with "self-compassionate grit" can help us get back on the page. For Meg And Lorien’s Episode of “Create Out Loud”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/create-out-loud-with-jennifer-louden/id1559415253

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    44 | Drawing Boundaries For Yourself And Your Characters

    44 | Drawing Boundaries For Yourself And Your Characters

    Even though pop culture often draws artists as free-spirited goofballs that "go-with-the-flow" true artistry lies in the art of self-discipline, self-esteem, and BOUNDARIES. The truth of getting work done means being willing to draw boundaries in your own life, around your work, and around your ART. How will you draw boundaries this week?


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Customer Reviews

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358 Ratings

358 Ratings

JoeLudgewigs ,

My favorite screenwriting podcast

Meg and Lorien make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I used to listen to another really popular screenwriting podcast but grew tired of listening to one of the hosts and his massive ego. Meg and Lorien seem so down to earth and are a pleasure to spend my commutes with. Not to mention their advice is practical and inspirational and their guests are household names with sage advice themselves. That Andrew Stanton episode got me hooked!

Rafasant ,

An Education

This is like learning at college levels but without the fees. As a creator, listening to the insights, experiences, creative tools and all the gold of storytelling from these top tier professionals is so so so rewarding. So happy to have found this podcast. I have to write a short for a program in enrolled in and I’ve read a few really good books but listening to the hosts and guests share their passion and world here is helping me so much. Amazing! Can’t wait for more.

ay2234567798765 ,

Unbelievably relatable and helpful

Very encouraging, insightful and honest. Brings a lot of joy in the pursuit of a tough dream. I’m so happy and grateful to find this, i hope more writers do too!

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