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Writers Group Therapy

Writers Group Therapy

Author: Rachanee Lumayno and Tom Loveman

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Writers Group Therapy is a podcast by writers for writers. We cover timeless topics for writers on the craft, important issues related to the business of writing, and interviews with up-and-coming and established writers, agents, and other people who will appear in a writer's life at some point in their journey.
130 Episodes
We speak with producer, director and writer Jeff Deverett about writing movies for the growing streaming market and how his experience, as a lawyer and distributor helped in producing seven movies and distributing three of them on Netflix. SHOW NOTES: How To Get A Movie On Netflix - Jeff Deverett:
The writing/directing team of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz discuss the genesis of their collaboration and creative journey to “Antebellum” and their upcoming movie and TV projects.   SHOW NOTES: Antebellum Website (Lionsgate): From Social Action Campaigns to 'Antebellum': Meet Hollywood's Power Directing Duo: On Twitter: On Instagram: Website:
Heather Fitzgerald is the author of the young-adult fantasy series The Tethered World. Heather discusses her path to becoming an author, the influences that inspired her and launching a franchise in the Christian book market.    SHOW NOTES: Website: Twitter: Instagram:   Audio Book Giveaway! First ten (10) to email Heather via her website get a code for a free audio version of one of her books! Make sure to mention you heard her interview on WGTherapy!
Our guest is Mike Miller, CPA from Cleveland, Ohio, (disclaimer: Mike is Tom's accountant) to discuss what creatives should consider when preparing their tax returns. Including: What qualifies as a creative performer? Do you need an LLC? What's deductible and what's not? What about stimulus checks and more!   SHOW NOTES: Contact Mike Miller at ‭(440) 461-4066‬ or Tom and Rachanee are NOT certified public accounts and this interview is provided for general informational purposes only. Be sure to check with your own tax professional or and your state/local tax offices for specific questions regarding your taxes.
Join us for a not-so-nostalgic look back at this year, a look forward at what's coming, and our special guest Stephen Smith and the Story Behind "A Christmas Carol" webinar.   SHOW NOTES: Steven Smith: 'A Christmas Carol: The Surprising Story behind Dickens’ Classic' Webinar (12/23/2020) by the New York Adventure Club
We interview Kelley Carter, the Sr. Entertainment Reporter for ESPN's "The Undefeated," about her career, starting from her days at Michigan State University, to the Detroit Free Press and USA Today and now creating a scripted drama for Showtime.
We interview award-winning author and publisher Miralee Ferrell this week. She has published 26 books three of which have been produce by the Hallmark Channel as movies. Her publishing company, Mountain Brook Ink, opened in 2014, is "a publisher of high-quality inspirational fiction,” whose tag line is “fiction you can believe in.” They work with new and established authors, including children’s authors. We discuss her journey as a writer and publisher and her advice for writers trying to get started.    SHOW NOTES: Author Website: Publishing Website:
We welcome screenwriter/comedian Wendy Wilkins to the podcast this week. Wendy has been a Warner Brothers Writers' Workshop Participant, an ABC/Disney Writing Program Finalist, a Final Draft's Big Break Contest Top-10 Finalist, a Women In Film: NY/Meryl Streep Writers Lab Finalist and a 2018 Austin Film Festival Second Rounder along with 50 other competition placements and awards. We discuss her experience in the fellowships and contests, about her path as a writer and her prolific work in stand-up comedy in Los Angeles and around the country. Show Notes Wendy on IG: Wendy on Twitter: Wendy on Facebook: Wendy on IMDB:
American movies and TV shows are watched around the world, but to others, we do some weird stuff. For this lighter session, we analyze the depiction of Americans in entertainment based on the Buzzfeed list “37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-American.” Show Notes: Buzzfeed article “37 Things Americans Do In Movies/TV Shows That Truly Confuse Non-American”:
  In today's session, we interview Libby Ward, the author of the bilingual children's book "Luchadoremice," which she also illustrated, and discuss her work writing for TV ("Be Cool, Scooby Doo!", "Sex Sent Me to the ER," and "Q Wunder"), and her other many talents! SHOW NOTES: Sneaky Varmint (Libby's Website): "Luchadoremice": Libby on Instagram: Libby on Twitter:
The Library Agency Owner & Head Agent Julia Irzyk is our guest in today’s session. Julia talks about how the landscape is changing for her business and clients with Covid, the WGA/agency battle, and too many zoom meetings, and how to survive it all.  Show Notes:  The Library Agency:
We go meta in this session why you might, or might not, want to start one and giving you some practical how-to advice on producing your podcast. In the interview, we welcome Robin Who, writer and host of the Frantastic Stories podcast with “stories of every shade of life.” Show Notes: Where to find Robin Who online: Website is Spotify: Apple podcasts: Instagram: Twitter:
Susan Gallagher is an actor/writer/producer who can be seen on the former YouTube, now Netflix show “Cobra Kai,” as Homeless Lynn, as well as the upcoming Sam Medina film “22 - The Unforgotten Soldier.” We discuss building your own career and how she’s doing it outside of Hollywood. Show Notes: Cobra Kai on Netflix: A Portrait of a Woman at Dawn: Susan Gallagher online: IMDb: Website: Facebook Instagram Twitter: YouTube 
In this session, we talk with Mattson Tomlin, the screenwriter of the action/sci-fi Netflix film "Power Project." (23:15) Mattson also scripted and produced the upcoming film "Little Fish" starring Olivia Cooke and has gained attention for being brought onboard to co-write "The Batman" with Matt Reeves. We also discuss the new WGA MBA contract, Mulan and other big budget films on the small screen, and back on set in Covd. SHOW NOTES:  "Power Project" on Netflix: 2020 WGA Theatrical & TV Minimum Basic Agreement: "Mulan" on Disney+:
Contained scripts are in high demand and it's not just because Covid-19 has made big film productions extremely more complicated and costly. Indie filmmakers have a real opportunity with their smaller productions to find distribution and an audience. Those filmmakers need scripts. We discuss writing a contained script and why you might want to.  SHOW NOTES: Inktip: Screenwriter Staffing: Network ISA Writing Gigs:
We round up most of the finalists of the 2017 Playstation Emerging Filmmaker Program, of which Tom was one, to see how their various experiences since the contest unfolded. How did winning/or not winning, affect their screenwriting career? Panelists (See for full show notes): Shira Rosenweig Vanessa King Max Cannon Tyler Terribile Daniel Omrani Rob Sorensen Kevin Qian Bryce Irvin
In this session, we discuss the creative and business behind the endless franchises and how writers are affected by them.  SHOW NOTES: None this episode
In this session of Writers Group Therapy, we interview interview John Scalzi, the Hugo-Award Winning, NY Times & Amazon Best Selling science fiction author. Also WGA has claims dismissed - Steven Soderberg and DGA Covid 19 Planning - Unions ask for deductions back - NBCU vs AMC - and more! SHOW NOTES: John Scalzi's website: Follow John Scalzi on Twitter: Unions Ask Congress to Restore Business Expense Deductions for Hollywood Workers Steven Soderberg to Lead DGA Covid-19 Production Committee Writers Guild Suffers Big Loss as Court Dismisses Almost All Its Claims Against Agencies Disney Isn’t Trying to Steal your Star Wars Tweet AMC vs Universal
In this session of Writers Group Therapy, we interview screenwriter and blogger Jaime Jessup. Also: WGA News, Virtual SXSW, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Writers Room, and more. SHOW NOTES: Jaime Jessup's Blogs:   SXSW-Amazon Virtual Fest Sets Lineup for April 27 Launch 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Mulling How to Incorporate COVID-19 Into Season 8 SAG-AFTRA, Studios in Talks on How Long Actors Can Be Held Under Contract Writers Guild Exec Says No Deal on Studio Talks, Calls Alliance "Despicable" WGA Inflames Tensions By Telling Out-Of-Work Live-Action Writers To Switch To Animation
In this session, we talk with manager-turned-agent Joseph Fronk about working through the Covid 19 crisis and what writers should be doing now to prep for after. Also a Quibi review, Masterclass with Aaron Sorkin and how Hollywood can restart production safely. SHOW NOTES: Quibi: Artistry: Masterclass:
Comments (1)

Bad Ash

I really like this podcast, just wish it was a bit longer. You guys touch on a lot of good stuff and only talk a little about it.

Feb 28th
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