Authoring & Playwriting

For all the authors and playwrights in our community, a place to discuss, share content and post tips and advice.

Ashley Renee Smith
NYT Bestselling Author, Suzanne Corso's 5 Tips For Writing Your Life Story!

Hey Writers,

Oftentimes, the best stories are based on your own truth. Learn NYT Bestselling Author, Suzanne Corso's 5 Tips For Writing Your Life Story in today's blog!

https://www.stage32.com/blog/5-tips-for-writing-your-life-story-3573...

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Sam Sokolow

I also highly recommend Suzanne's Stage 32 class on his subject - it's awesome and filled with invaluable knowledge. Here's a link so you can check it out: https://www.stage32.com/classes/Write-Your-A...

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Check out today’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Jess Kardos in the Screenwriting Lounge!

Jess Kardos, Producer & Screenwriter (Supergirl & The Winchesters), currently developing FRAN FRAZER (Archie Comics), Stage 32 Executive & Thought Leader, is hosting a 24-Hour Ask Me Anything ("AMA") in the Screenwriting Lounge today, focused on taking a germ of an idea and making it into the movie/...

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Leonardo Ramirez

You’re very welcome Mark Deuce and Kenneth Adrian Ellis! Lots of good info on that AMA.

Ashley Renee Smith

Thanks for helping to spread the word, Leonardo Ramirez!

Sam Sokolow

Jess is awesome - don't miss her upcoming Stage 32 webinar - here's a link so you can check it out and register to learn more from her: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/How-To-Professionally-Develop-Y...

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Today's AMA in the Writer's Room Lounge - Matt Bierman

Hey everyone - Matt Bierman, Producer, Studio Executive, and Stage 32 Educator is hosting a 24-hour Ask Me Anything ("AMA") in the Writer's Room Lounge today, focused on Writing and Selling Your Holiday Rom-Com.

Here is the link to his AMA so you can hop in and ask Matt your questions: https://www.s...

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Ashley Renee Smith

Thank you for sharing, Sam Sokolow!

Luca Mannea
European/International Book Contests&Festivals

Hey guys, hope you are well!

I was wondering if, mainly in Europe but also in the rest of the world, there are Book Contests that accept novels in "the original language" (in my case in Italian) and not in English. Because I want to enter as many as possible with my novel, but so far it hasn't been t...

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Ty Strange

Hi, Luca Mannea. I'm not familiar with the international market but I'm hoping someone from my network might have some insights for you. Best of luck!

Luca Mannea

Hi Ty Strange thank you so much!!

Tomorrows Class

Looking forward to teaching Novel writing... Through the eyes of the Truth!

Ashley Renee Smith

Yay!!

Sam Sokolow

What an advantage and treat for everyone who attends.

Steven Gamella
Literary agents: Looking for recommendations

Does anyone here know of any agencies that are actively seeking epic sci-fi stories right now? I have two new "Sojourn" books in my saga almost ready to go and I'm in the process of looking for literary representation for my work. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that many agencies out there are sea...

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Sam Sokolow

I recommend this Stage 32 2-part class on how to find a literary agent taught by top lit agent Audrey Knox. Here's a link so you can check it out: https://www.stage32.com/classes/Stage-32-Screenwritin...

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Steven Gamella

Thank you, everyone. I'll look into those suggestions!

Tracy Richardson Talent Agent
Stealing My Idea

It's that I get so much feedback for my script idea , and everyone here has suggested that I protect it with a script. Whowever they fail to realize that there all witnesses to the fact that the idea belongs to me. It's kinda funny, but I guess its great to have an idea worth stealing hugh.

Marcel Nault Jr.

At some point, you'd have to expect that in this cut-throat, merciless industry that is Hollywood. Unfortunately, we never learn from our mistakes and we can get away with almost anything.

It's a saddening state of affairs.

Stephen Olson

What is the point of an idea, if it is never realized. Write it.

Sam Sokolow

It is an industry of ideas. I always think it's smart to protect ideas via the Writers' Guild or copyright or some type of legal protection. Writing a script - and registering it - is an even better p...

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Kenneth Adrian Ellis

Within this part of the 'ARTS' (Acting. Music making. Writers) scripts get purchase agreements (production agreements. production orders). NOT IDEAS! Not as a condemation for you here; rather as a con...

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Maurice Vaughan

Here's a blog that David M. Adler (entertainment attorney) wrote: "How to Protect Your Script from Theft" www.stage32.com/blog/how-to-protect-your-script-from-theft-3210...

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Mash Ito
Copyright and the risks of idea theft!

Hello to everyone who is interested in this topic!

I'm Mashito, a new member of the Stage 32 platform.

I am a screenwriter, and I have a great ambition that my current project, the criminal mystery Red Pool, will be very successful. I am new to this industry and you will be surprised and the main priv...

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David Broer

I have copyright on my script, that I brought a Canadian writer on. US production will insist on a US copyright anyway. If we don't have that some will try to insert their name on the copyright.

Stephen Olson

I am wondering if copyrights are as important as they used to be. Previous to electronic formats all we had was typewritten hard copies. The copyright was used to establish a date proving when you had...

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Leif Peterson

Recommend numerous registrations for protection. First, register it at US Copyright Office (Library of Congress). Second, register the work at WGA (Writers Guild of America). Third, create a web page...

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Amanda Toney

We have a really great legal webinar on how to protect your work here: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Script-Protection-and-Idea-Theft...

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Mash Ito

Big thanks for this important information!

November Write Club Week #5: Accomplishing Your Goals One Small Victory At A Time! Blog post by Ashley Smith

What an inspiring blog post by our community executive and member liaison, Ashley Smith. Go Captain!

Head over to the blog via the link below and share your accomplishments!

https://www.stage32.com/blog/november-write-club-week-5-accomplishing-yo......

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Today’s AMA in the Post Production Lounge!

Don’t miss today’s AMA with Stephen Van Vuuren, Filmmaker, Editor, Stage 32 Educator & Thought Leader will be answering member's questions about "How To Organize Your Edit".

Get your questions ready and head over to: https://www.stage32.com/lounge/post_production...

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Amina Jindani
Changing Writing Formats

My current project started out as a radio play. After producing one as a 1-hour pilot, I wrote 2 more to make a 'triology'. I suppose, that could be half a series, if this was a tv show, but I suddenly changed tracks, turned the 3rd story into a screenplay and was quite thrilled at how quickly I was...

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Leonardo Ramirez

Hi Amina Jindani - I've made the leap from novel writing to screenplays but never the other way around. Would love to hear how your process goes as you develop. I can see where the script could serve...

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Amina Jindani

Hi Leonardo. In radio play format, there's no visuals. Visuals are alluded to through soundscape and POV dialogue and VO. So the bulk of the transition is to break up the dialogue and describe the vis...

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Leonardo Ramirez

Amina Jindani That sounds incredibly interesting. I may have to just read a script or two in radio play format. The most I’ve ever done is a “reader’s theater” version of one of my works where the kid...

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Piper Williams

Thanks for sharing, Amina! Curious which format has captured the truest essence of your original intent.

Kenneth Adrian Ellis

i.e. A CREATIVES LIFE!

Geoff Hall
Toni Morrison - Stillness as an Antidote to Chaos

I loved this little article about three responses to chaos in society. Toni Morrison had this to say:

“There is, however, a third response to chaos, which I have not heard about, which is stillness. Such stillness can be passivity and dumbfoundedness; it can be paralytic fear. But it can also be art....

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Geoff Hall

Stephanie Munch I’d not looked at it like that, Stephanie. There seems to be two facets of it; to nurture and protect. I think it’s calling on writers to construct meaning in the face of chaos, but I’...

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Rutger Oosterhoff

So if "chaos" for instance is translated to the israeli- palestinian conflict, I tend to not want to have a black and white opinion. I use the horror to develop a unique story. Whatever story that may...

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Stephanie Munch

Oh thank you Geoff, yes, indeed, in this case, where does the protection come from?

Geoff Hall

Rutger Oosterhoff yes, the Arab-Israeli conflict, plus the wars in Syria and Ukraine. Earthquakes on the Turkey/Syria border. The oppression and suppression of the people in Myanmar, North Korea, Chin...

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Kenneth Adrian Ellis

Definitely thought provoking.

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