Writers Group Therapy

Writers Group Therapy

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.

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May 16, 2022 35 min

Getting in, staying in and consuming entertainment all take a certain amount of resources. We discuss how to prioritize where you put your time, money and heart into the entertainment industry, both as an artist and as a consumer.

 

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Our own Rachanee Lumayno takes the hot seat to discuss the release of “Heir of Memory & Shadow” Book #2 of the Kingdom Legacy YA Fantasy series. We discuss was it like writing a second book in a series, self-publishing and marketing the books and what’s next in the Kingdom.

SHOW NOTES:

  • Heir of Memory and Shadow (Book #2): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1736181130
  • Heir of Amber and Fire (Book #1): https://www.amazon.com/Heir-A...
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    David Bergantino shares his 30 years of interactive storytelling with companies like Disney and Nickelodeon. David’s company, Cold Room Entertainment, recently released “Dying Light 2.” David is also a novelist with 11 novels, including the novelization of Wes Craven’s “New Nightmare.”

    SHOW NOTES Dying Light 2: https://dl2.dyinglightgame.com Cold Room Entertainment: coldroomentertainment.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/da...

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    Amazon has closed its deal to by MGM that it announced in May 2021. How will the purchase of the 98 year old studio impact Amazon Prime, Hollywood, consumers and, of course, writers.

    SHOW NOTES:

  • THR: MGM’s Amazon Era Begins With Big, Unanswered Questions
  • MGM Television Programs
  • MGM
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    In this session, Tom talks with Lauryn Kahn, the screenwriter of “Fresh,” the new indie thriller starring Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan that took Sundance by storm. The film, produced by Adam McKay (“The Other Guys,” “Step Brothers”) and Searchlight Pictures, was acquired by Hulu.

     

    SHOW NOTES: "Fresh" is available to stream on Hulu

    Lauryn on IG: https://www.instagram.com/laurynkahn/

    Lauryn on Twitter: https://tw...

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    Paul Kalburgi is a British screenwriter, playwright and TV producer, as well as author and podcast host of the book and podcast “The Writer’s Toolkit.” He discusses his journey as a writer, his process and the tools he uses in his craft. Guest host Sam Gasch.

     

    SHOW NOTES:

    Paul’s website and “The Writers Toolkit”: https://www.paulkalburgi.com/thewriterstoolkitbook TW: https://twitter.com/PaulKalburgi IG: https://www.instagram.co...

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    This session, we have the multitalented Ken Atchity, a best-selling author, producer, literary manger, professor and editor who aptly goes by the moniker The Story Merchant. He got his B.A. at Georgetown, his Ph.D. at Yale. He was a tenured professor of comparative literature at Occidental College and a distinguished instructor at UCLA Writers program. He’s worked in publishing and filmmaking and is a member of the TV Academy of Ar...

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    This session, we’re excited to have with us James Vanderbilt, a screenwriter and producer with over 20 years of major feature film experience including blockbusters such as White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, and, one of Tom’s favorites, The Rundown. He is also the Chief Content Officer of Project X Entertainment.

     

    SHOW NOTES:

    James on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jamesthevan

    Project X Entertainment: https://w...

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    Streaming services have broken the mold on episode length. In this session, we discuss how they’ve changed the measuring stick on script length and where, when and if it still matters.

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    With shorter and shorter seasons, accelerated by streamers with big budget, high-quality event shows, has the era of 24 episode season containing the inevitable filler episode come to an end? And how would this change impact writers?

    SHOW NOTES: 

  • NY Times: Streaming TV’s Boom Is a Mixed Blessing for Some Hollywood Writers
  • Vulture.com: The Business of Too Much TV
  • 9 Best Clip Show Episodes On TV, Ranked According To IMDb
  • Wikipedia: Th...
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    In this session, we look back at the year behind us and at the year ahead and talk about how the industry has changed and where it’s going, our past goals, accomplishments, and future plans.

     

    SHOW NOTES:

  • “Heir of Amber and Fire” is the first book in Rachanee’s Kingdom Legacy series. Available online at these e-bookstores: https://books2read.com/rachanee On Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1736181114
  • Wordcursion: http://www.wor...
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    Seasons Greetings! We hope all your holidays are happy and healthy. In this session, we chat about the holidays and what we, as writers, think would make great gifts for the writer in your life.

     

    SHOW NOTES:

  • Purple Seat Cushion/Lumbar Support: https://share.purple.com/by/WGTherapy
  • Masterclass: https://www.masterclass.com
  • Inktip: https://www.inktip.com
  • ISAConnect: https://www.networkisa.org
  • Filmfreeway: https://filmfreeway.com
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    This session, we chat with cousins Kaz and Ryan Firpo who teamed up as screenwriters and filmmakers and discuss their separate journeys and writing Marvel’s “Eternals” and their other upcoming projects.

    Show Notes:

  • Ryan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ryan.firpo/
  • Kaz on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kazfirpo/
  • Eternals: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9032400
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    The end of an era. Tom is leaving Los Angeles and heading back to Cleveland, Ohio. We discuss his nine years in Hollywood, what he accomplished, learned, and what he’s taking with him to continue screenwriting outside of Tinsel Town.

    SHOW NOTES: Literary Cleveland: https://www.litcleveland.org Cleveland Film Commission: https://www.clevelandfilm.com Cleveland Indie Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/clevelandindieclub

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    In this session, we talk with Zimran Jacob, writer and showrunner’s assistant on shows including “Narcos,” “The Punisher,” and “Hannibal.” He delves into his path to becoming a writer and what it takes to be an effective showrunner’s assistant.

     

    SHOW NOTES: Roadmap Writers: https://www.roadmapwriters.com

    WAN Writers Workshop: https://writersassistants.com

    Zimran on:

  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/zimranjacob
  • Instagram: https://w...
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    Rachanee and Tom are back from their pandemic Summer breaks with updates on what they and the industry have been up to and what’s coming next.

    SHOW NOTES:

    Listen to Rachanee on “Two Book Bitches”

    Listen to Tom talk James Cameron’s “The Abyss” with Sam Gasch on the Ideal Remake podcast

    “Heir of Amber and Fire” is the first book in Rachanee’s Kingdom Legacy series. Available online at these e-bookstores: https://books2read.com/ra...

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    Looking for some Summer reading or a new game to while away the hours? This session, we discuss our recent projects; Rachanee’s new YA fantasy novel “Heir of Amber and Fire” and Tom’s just launched head-to-head mobile word find game “Wordcursion.” Both are available at links below in the show notes. This session marks the end of our 4th year! We’ll be on Summer break for a the next couple months. Look for new sessions in August. Th...

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    Artificial Intelligence already suggests what movies and shows to watch on Netflix, what products to buy on Amazon, and writes stories about sports scores, weather reports and stock prices that you hear on the radio and TV. With technology already able to create real actors in movies, and soon their voices, what’s next for A.I. in Hollywood? Experiments in A.I. screenwriting are ongoing. Should you worry?

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  • Therefore Fi...
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    We talk with horror author and screenwriter Tim Gabrielle. He has two novels, "This Land of Monsters" and "The Eighteenth," the latter he has adapted for screen which has placed in four screenwriting competitions. Tim discusses his creative process and screenwriting from his home in Ontario, Canada. He also is in the process of starting a podcast titled "Histories & Mysteries" that features mysteries and...

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    Rising star writer/producer Jason Goldberg discusses his career development and writing process. His new film "Stay Out of the F***ing Attic" is streaming on Shudder and his name is on The Launch Pad Young & Hungry List and ISA’s Top 25 Screenwriters to Watch List.

    Find Jason online: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jscottgoldberg83 IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2661125 Shudder: https://www.shudder.com

    About Jas...

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