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...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...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,”...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,...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...Read More »


Beyond Sex And The City: An Interview With Cindy Chupack

By Marilyn Friedman and Jeff Bernstein

 

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...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...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.”...Read More »

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

By Courtney KocakIf 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 written...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...Read More »


Movie Talk With Screenwriter/Director Steven Peros

 By Sophia KercherSkim 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 William Randolph Hearst’s...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 »