A series of interviews with hard-working writers – by another hard-working writer!
by Kelly Jo Brick
Aspiring writers often wonder how the pros got where they are. The truth is, everyone’s story is different, but there are some common elements: dedication, persistence and hard work.
Originally intending to be a speechwriter, Mark Goffman’s career led him to writing for a magazine in Brussels before he eventually got into the Warner Bros. Writers’ Workshop as a comedy writer. Since transitioning to drama, Mark has written for THE WEST WING, LAW & ORDER: SVU, WHITE COLLAR, ELEMENTARY, LIMITLESS and SLEEPY HOLLOW. In 2014, The Hollywood Reporter named Goffman as one of the 50 most influential showrunners.
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Last weekend Alisa and I traveled North to the village of Sleepy Hollow. It was pleasantly spooky and decorated for the occasion. We walked through town then crossed the Pocantino River close to the original site of the Headless Horseman Bridge from Washington Irving’s famous story. Then we headed into Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Thousands of early New York State residents are buried there, including Washington Irving himself. Nice fellow. The trees were beautiful.