Cindy Caponera built her career as a writer/performer starting on Saturday Night Live and on Mainstage Second City and The National Touring Company (The ETC). Cindy has 15 years of staffing experience up to the Co-Executive Producer level, where she has written on television shows including Nurse...Read More »


Chelsea Fernando and Nora Canby
As a development executive at Norman Lear’s ACT III and Jason Reitman’s Hard C, Todd Waldman scouted up-and-coming writing talent, a skill that would prove useful when he jumped the fence in 2012 and became a staff writer himself. Since then Todd has...Read More »


By Spencer Lee


Wayne Powers is no stranger to success in the film and television industry with 11 sold TV pilots, 8 movie scripts and 3 rewritten films. He wrote the blockbuster hits The Italian Job and Deep Blue Sea. He is also a creator, director, writer and executive producer...Read More »

Writing Prompt: Your Movie Character Walks Into A Bar

by Theresa Miller
We arrive at the bar and I see that the decor is 19th century Gothic revival, not Rococo as my idiotic but extremely attractive girlfriend, Lydia, had mentioned. The walls don’t complement the pattern in my tie. I want to break her arm. Embarrassed almost...Read More »

Make With The Funny: An Interview With Robia Rashid

By Theresa Miller
A seasoned TV writer, Robia Rashid has written for “Will and Grace,” and was a writer/producer on the hit CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” for four years. I know. Wow.
If you think you have a great idea for a half hour...Read More »

From Award-Winning Playwright to TV Writer Extraordinaire: An Interview with Gloria Calderon Kellett


By Kelly Smith and Theresa Miller
Gloria Calderón Kellett knows how to write a good pilot. She is currently a writer on the CW series “iZombie” and before that, she was a writer and producer on “How I Met Your Mother,” “Rules of Engagement”, “Devious Maids,” and...Read More »

From Stage to Screen: An Interview with Dan Gregor

by Abbey Hester and Theresa Miller
When it comes to writing comedy, Dan’s the man. Dan Gregor has written on our favorite comedy shows (“How I Met Your Mother” and Adult Swim’s “NTSF:SD:SUV”). He’s sold six TV pilots to the major networks (NBC, ABC, Fox, CW, FX,...Read More »

Nia Vardalos: An Interview With A Talented Writer, Actress, and Instant Mom

By Abbey Hester and Paula Sword Orr


Nia Vardalos is a woman of many talents. Acting, screenwriting, memoir writing–this lady can do it all. Since writing and starring in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, Nia has written and starred in films such as “Connie and Carla,” plus co-written “Larry Crowne”...Read More »

Beyond Sex And The City: An Interview With Cindy Chupack

By Marilyn Friedman


Cindy Chupack has had the kind of writing success most people dream about. She is especially good at transforming her life’s ups and downs into Emmy award-winning magic. She most recently was a co-executive producer on Season Three of ABC’s “Modern Family” and has written for “Sex...Read More »

W. Peter Iliff: From Beach Bum To Screenwriter #1

By Dalia Martinez and Lorinda Toledo


Imagine the first movie you sell turns into a Hollywood blockbuster. That’s what happened to W. Peter Iliff. Like many dreamy-eyed scribes, Peter waited tables in Los Angeles as he worked on his screenplay, “Point Break” about bank robbers who are part of a...Read More »

Drama King Jason Grote Talks TV Writing

By Alana Saltz

TV Writer Jason Grote got his start writing for the stage. As a playwright, his work has been produced and developed at Lincoln Center, Sundance, New York Theater Workshop, and more. Through his talents and connections, Jason forged a career for himself in television writing....Read More »

Solving The Mystery of TV: An Interview with William Rabkin

By Alana Saltz
If you want to learn how to break into TV writing, William Rabkin is definitely the man to talk to. He’s written and/or produced hundreds of hours of dramatic television for hit shows like “Monk,” “Psych,” “Spenser: For Hire,” and “The Glades.” He...Read More »

So I Married A Screenwriter: Robbie Fox Talks About Staying Committed To The Craft

By Courtney Kocak 
If you want to study screenwriting, study with someone who knows. And if anybody knows, it’s Robbie Fox. Not only is he funny and well-connected, but his resume speaks for itself. He’s sold over 60 pitches and scripts to the major studios and has...Read More »

You've been Kahned! Master Screenwriter Jeff Kahn Tells All

By Priscilla Leonard

Jeff Kahn’s writing, which fluidly crosses genres as diverse as screenwriting to personal essay, elevates silliness to a high art. His distinct wit consistently transforms the painful absurdity of daily life into comedic gold.


Emmy award-winning writer, Jeff Kahn got his big break co-writing and co-starring in“The...Read More »

Movie Talk With Screenwriter/Director Steven Peros

 By Sophia Kercher
Skim the resume of Steven Peros, and you’ll be inspired to rise out of your chair and go make something. Why, you ask?
Steven has created award-winning films and is a twice-published Samuel French playwright. His research into a mysterious death on board...Read More »

Meet Chad Gervich, TV Exec/Writer Extraordinaire

By Sophia Kercher and Marilyn Friedman
First things first, Writing Pad would like to give props to Chad Gervich. This week, he is wrapping up not one—but two—TV shows (“After Lately” and “Cupcake Wars”)! He stepped off set for a moment to talk with us about the television industry and the...Read More »

Back to the Future's Bob Gale Inspires Our 80s Reading List

By Sophia Kercher
Before Michael J. Fox was crowned teen idol of the 1980s, before leg warmers, teased hair-dos and acid washed jeans were de rigueur for every teenage girl—Bob Gale was just another struggling comedy writer looking for a lucky break. It wasn’t until the soon-to-be creator of the Back...Read More »