LB: Today’s Cool Port Townsend Area News

by Larry Brody

This is cool because the “prolific screenwriter” below is the writing partner of Karen McCullah, who was one of the first writing students I had back in Santa Fe in the early ’90s, and all the films cited in the article were co-written by the two of them.  Small world, yeah?

Prolific screenwriter returns to Chimacum
‘Kiwi’ Smith tells of influence of mother, teacher
by Diane Urbani de la Paz

When prolific Hollywood screenwriter Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith tells her own story, she does it with a cast of characters straight from real life.

Two women have starring roles: Sue Phillips, her English and creative writing teacher at Chimacum High School, and her mother, Katie Smith of Port Ludlow. read article

LB: L.A. Life for the Creative

by Larry Brody

Forget all the high prices and crowded freeways and all that other bad P.R. The truth is that if you’re a new writer coming to Hollywoodland to make it in the major leagues, there’s no place more welcoming and supportive of your efforts.

Really. Everybody knows it. I mean, nationally syndicated cartoons don’t publish anything that isn’t a take on common knowledge, right?

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LB: The New York Times – and I – Join the Mob

by Larry Brody

I admit it. I read The New York Times. The online edition, of course, but probably not for the reason most other people do. I read the NYT because I can count on its presentation of the latest news in our current dystopia to be calmly, reassuringly unsensationalistic.

In other words, my carefully supervised pulse rate and blood pressure stay low. read article

LB: The Soul of the Writer

by Larry Brody

Maya Angelou, who most likely never had to write on assignment or commision, once again demonstrates what she does best.

For me, writing from my heart has always (as in from the very first time I tried it back when I was 6 years old) been my greatest joy…and writing for any kind of master by deepest sorrow. read article

LB: Found on TVWriter™

by Larry Brody

Just ran across this cartoon that we ran on TVWriter™ a couple of years ago. Its relevance to professional writers everywhere is still pretty darn clear.

In the original article, we quoted writer-producer-attorney Bill Fordes saying something that gets right to the essence of the cartoon. Without ever having seen or heard of it. read article