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“Seated At The Writer’s Table” is meant for anybody who geeks out over writing. If you find yourself over-analyzing a plot-line or discussing the details of a character’s dialogue than this show is for you. If you debate over who’s a better rock lyricist, Neil Peart or Pete Townshend, than this show is for you. If you’ve read and debated the finer points of the Lord of the Rings more than once, than this show is for you. Host Phil Giangrande interviews writers of all genres, as well as industry professionals such as literary agents, publishers and script doctors. For those who are interested in professional content writing for businesses, Phil will be speaking with experts in that field as well to uncover powerful marketing techniques that writers can use to immediately increase sales. Take Your Seat at the Writer's Table.
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Nov 19, 2015

Writing a screenplay is different than writing a novel and there are things you should know if you want to go from on to the other.  In this episode screenwriter and novelist Annie Dahlgren talks about the format of screenplays, the industry of screenwriting in Hollywood, learning to b visual as a novelist, developing memorable characters and editing your own material.

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Nov 12, 2015

Author of the "Resistance" series Tracy Lawson discusses mentoring young writers, co-writing with a partner, making writing fun, writing killer dialogue, traditional publishing vs self-publishing, writing visually, Partnering with a writer in order to keep you on task, writing with realism even in Science Fiction, writing for a Young Adult audience, shopping a manuscript successfully.

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Nov 5, 2015

Are you having problems creating characters with individual voices?  In this episode author Mariana Williams discusses finding characters that are real, Long Beach Storytellers competition, packaging your self-published book, creating events to sell books, audiobooks and the market, writing the first line of your book, why you should write the hardest scene first and writer's block.

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Oct 29, 2015

Writing Visually is a great tool to use when working on a script.  In this episode the Writer/Director/Producer of Parallel Chords Catherine Dudley-Rose discusses editing a feature film to a short, writing what you see, how music relates to film, writing blocking into the script, surrealism, rhythm and pacing in a script, acting out your characters to create the voice, when to use voice-over to impact a film.

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Oct 20, 2015

What if you were to start your writing with the designing principles in mind?  In this episode Writer/Director/Producer Jared Marshall and Actor/Producer Valerie Hinkle from Of Fortune and Gold discuss writing with theme, your own personal narrative, budget, character evolution and resolution, writing in isolation.

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Oct 14, 2015

Body Dysmorphia Disorder is a complicated subject to write about and film especially when the film is a short.  In this show, Writer/Actor Shawn Kathryn Kane discusses Body Dysmorphia and the cult-like Pro-Am community, character motivations, finding a character's voice in people you know, editing dialogue, multiple plot-lines and character arcs.

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Oct 12, 2015

Production re-writing on set for television is probably the most stressful writing job in Hollywood.  When Joe Escalante is not on stage playing the bass for the punk band the Vandals, he's on set of Discovery ID's new show True Nightmares as a Production Re-writer.  In this episode Joe talks about writing within a budget, creating backstory, meeting viewers expectations, market research, knowing your audience, breaking into   a TV writing staff, building a strong portfolio and how to handle a pitch meeting.

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Oct 6, 2015

How do you begin and structure a compelling Sci-Fi book series?  Well my guest, accomplished Science Fiction novelist and the President of GLAWS Tony Todaro says you must find the most important life-changing moment of your character and start from there.  In this episode, we talk about the pitfalls to avoid in a novel series, delivering on the promises you’ve made to your readers in your writing and structuring the sci-fi story and character arc.

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Sep 29, 2015

Authentically connecting with an audience is the key to powerful writing. In this episode, political speechwriter Roger Wolfson talks about how he went from writing for Senators John Kerry, Ted Kennedy, Paul Weston & Joe Lieberman to writing and selling scripts in Hollywood. Roger has written for “Saving Grace”, “Fairly Legal”, “The Closer”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and many more.  He gives great advice on reading and analyzing scripts, writing themes and emotional through lines, creating conflict in scenes, pacing, the challenge of dialogue and techniques to find a voice.

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Sep 24, 2015

A hero thrust into a place where everything he knows is wrong, will create a tense and unique set of challenges.  In this episode, the writer for the 13th Warrior and Black Rain Warren Lewis discusses writing a Muslim hero, adapting a novel for the screen, researching cultures, writing the unwilling hero and their discovery of personal strength and the role of a writer on set and during re-writes.

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Sep 21, 2015

Writer/Director/Producer Serena Dykman works with her cast to create a backstory for her characters that everyone understands and will facilitate the most believable perfoirmances.  In this episode, we talk about her very unique process for re-writing, creating a flawed protagonist that the audience can relate to and writing dialogue based on real experiences.

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Sep 14, 2015

How do you produce an award winning film with limited funding?  Actor/Producer Zuher Khan at age 18 was given money for a car and instead invested it in his first film.  In this episode Zuher talks about how he took an idea, had a script written, put together a cast & crew, filmed with permits on the streets of Manhattan, attached the film to well know and experienced co-producers, aquired distribution and won awards in film festivals.  This is a great show for young film-makers.

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Sep 8, 2015

Taking responsibility for yourself and your actions in your writing is crucial to gaining the trust of your readers.  In this episode, author of “Marrying George Clooney”, playwright and scriptwriter Amy Ferris talks about marketing a memoir, the power of a good title, writing about personal tragedy, depression and suicide, having your radar up and working constantly looking for ideas and dialogue, distributing on Createspace and working with a great publisher. 

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Sep 3, 2015

How do you gain access to Hollywood producers and directors as a writer?   There’s a resource online called virtualpitchfest.com that has a solution.  In this episode the owner of virtualpitchfest.com David Kohner Zuckerman provides details on the best way to use the site to pitch your scripts and other fantastic tips like how to write a powerful query letter and the most important things to include in the first page of your script. 

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Aug 31, 2015

To be a female in a male dominated profession takes belief, focus and strength.  Sandra Korbin barreled her way into being the first female sports writer for the New York Times by being tenacious and talented.  In this episode Sandra talks about how being a journalist taught her the importance of telling a story with everything she wrote, steps to break into Hollywood as a screenwriter and reading for language as well as story.   

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Aug 27, 2015

Developmental Editing, Line Editing and Copyediting are essential for writing a strong script and/or manuscript.  Speculative fiction writer, Freelance editor and Managing Editor for the Greater Los Angeles Writer Society Mike Robinson talks about the techniques he uses to write and edit his own work as well as the work of other professional writers.

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Aug 24, 2015

This episode is a how to guide to writing, funding, streamlining production and distributing your independent film.  Script writer of Stealing Roses starring John Heard and Cindy Williams Megan Clare Johnson talks about her experience of successfully funding and filming her independent movie right here in Los Angeles, California.  Enjoy the show, get educated and keep writing.

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Aug 13, 2015

How do you create a story that has longevity?  Television writer working with Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise Art Holcomb says you must be aware at all times of the audience’s journey.  In this episode Art discusses making an emotional connection with your audience, writing for the emotional impact of a story, designing plotlines that explore important themes, characterizations and fixing a show in trouble.

 

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Aug 10, 2015

How do you create a story that has longevity?  Television writer working with Star Trek The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise Art Holcomb says you must be aware at all times of the audience’s journey.  In this episode Art discusses making an emotional connection with your audience, writing for the emotional impact of a story, designing plotlines that explore important themes, characterizations and fixing a show in trouble.

 

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Aug 6, 2015

The Young Adult Market is coveted by authors because it is massive and very profitable if you can make an impression.  In this episode, journalist for the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Publishers Weekly and Young Adult author Danica Davidson discusses how to break in to the YA market. Danica also gives fantastic tips on creating realistic dialogue for young characters and writing for YA themes.  Danica has published a popular novel set in the Mindcraft World called Escape From the Overworld and a second novel that can be pre-ordered called Attack on the Overworld.

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Aug 3, 2015

Taking yourself out of your comfort zone can create incredible art.  In this episode Cevin Soling discusses funding and budgeting for award winning documentaries, telling the story that needs to be told, writer’s block, subtext and juxtaposing opposites to create the unique premise. 

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Jul 30, 2015

Mythology can play a really important part in a good script.  Award winning author and script consultant Pamela Jaye Smith says by understanding the themes that appear over and over again in every society and the plotlines that accompany them, we can add depth to our scripts that resonates with the core of our humanity.

 

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Jul 27, 2015

Award winning author, journalist, poet and editor Robert Yehling discusses the structure of a memoir, interview techniques to make subjects comfortable, how to effectively include personal experiences in your writing, exercises to teach writing point of view and how to break down and edit a manuscript.

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Jul 23, 2015

How do you kill a beloved iconic TV character?  That’s one of the challenges Mark Fink has faced in his writing career.  In this episode Mark talks about the death of Edith Bunker as well as writing the complex character of Archie Bunker, dealing with notes from the network, making the transition to writing books and advice for young writers starting their career.

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Jul 20, 2015

Actor’s Comedy Studio Founder and Co-owner Gunnar Todd Rohrbacher discusses on camera acting for sitcoms vs. stage improv.  The evolution of the Producer’s title in Hollywood, the downsizing in TV production and how that affects writers and actors, breaking down a TV script for an audition, creating distinct archetypes for a sitcom, exposition and conflict and new platforms looking for original content.

 

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