Harper Lee

What’s the story, Harper Lee?

Harper Lee is one of a handful of people responsible for my becoming a writer. I remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird as a kid and thinking: Wow, I want to tell stories like that! But as is sometimes the […]


What’s so enticing about the Rule of Three?

My current manuscript opens with my protagonist on the run. It’s been a long night, and he battles his exhaustion by counting the rhythm of his steps – in threes. I remember writing that opening scene like it was yesterday, […]

Breaking into Hollywood

Breaking through ‘The Wall’

True or false? It just takes one script to break a writer into the industry… True and false. One script can break through that barrier between Hollywood Land and No Man’s Land, but that one script is smudged and smeared […]


Story: Is there fiction in all truth?

I felt inspired to write this blog about the tenuous relationship between truth and fiction because many of this year’s Oscar contenders, as well as recent releases, are biopics (The Imitation Game, Selma, Foxcatcher, Big Eyes, to name a few). Each […]

ATW January 13, 2015

Making of ‘Whiplash’: How a 20-Something Shot His Harrowing Script in Just 19 Days [THR]

Tina Fey Defends A Comedian’s Right To Satirize [BuzzFeed]

Jenni Konner on the New Season of Girls, Iowa, and How She Reacts to Critics of the Show [Vulture]

Seven Tips from Edgar Allan Poe on How to Write Vivid Stories and Poems [Open Culture]

Come to Selma [Religion & Ethics Weekly]

4 Daring Filmmakers You Should Know [Indiewire]

Codes, chaos, and the world of Heat [The Dissolve]

10 Rules for Succeeding In Hollywood [Huffington Post]

ATW November 4, 2014

Meet Chadwick Boseman, Your New (and Very Secretive) Black Panther [Vulture]

Amy Poehler Answers the Proust Questionnaire [Vanity Fair]

Martin Short: My “Saturday Night Live” hell [Salon]

The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling [The Atlantic]

The Walking Dead’s ‘Slabtown’: The Real Source of Terror Isn’t Walkers, It’s Rape [The Daily Beast]

The Exacting, Expansive Mind of Christopher Nolan [The New York Times]

The Curse of ‘Crash’: The Narratives That Doom Oscar Movies [Grantland]

Miley Cyrus’ Risque Dress Stood Out, But Her $500,000 Donation To Fight AIDS Stole The Show [Huffington Post]

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