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During the Write Now Challenge, we turned the spotlight - and the microphones - back over to you during the Write Now Challenge Webcast!
Using the "Breakdown Webcast: Writing True Stories" as a guide, your challenge was to find a true story or subject of a biopic that resonates with you! Write a short document that details the subject of the project - whether a historic event, historical figure, or a combination of both - including a "way into the story," principal character(s), basic synopsis, potential themes for exploration, and why it resonates with you as the writer.
During the webcast, participants discussed true stories and historical figures that were either well-known or obscure, but all riveting! Participants described accounts from the US Civil War, Korean War, legal battles, pro-wrestling, and many more!
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For this challenge, members were asked to use The Breakdown Webcast: Writing Theme as a guide to look at one (or more) of their feature or television scripts and identify the themes. During the webcast, participants read their responses and discussed the ways in which they arrived at their themes. We also discussed ways in which they can do more to illuminate their themes.
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