The Writers’ Room Survival Guide
Don’t Screw up the lunch order and other keys to a happy Writers' Room
Published by: Michael Wiese Productions
Imprint: Michael Wiese Productions
Writers’ rooms can be a heaven or hell, depending on a few things. The best rooms foster inclusive and productive creative flow. The worst create a toxic stew of bad feelings and doubt. Both kinds and everything in between require basic knowledge of how the room works. These fundamentals are best learned before you go in. The mystery box of the writers’ room need not stay sealed shut forever. Consider this book your crowbar.
This book is also a useful guide for business organizations, creative communities, and executives looking to get their teams.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. The People Part of the Writers’ Room
2. The Quickstart Guide
There Is No One Way to Run a Writers’ Room
4. Surviving the Staff Writer Year
5. The Writing Part of Being in a Writers’ Room
6. Writers Schedules
7. Room Politics
Oh, the Places You’ll Go… Once Production Starts
9. Moving On Up…
Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Disability in the Room
13. Being yourself, safely and confidently
14. Every room is about your future
15. Now That Your Career Is on the Rise
On your worst days, remind yourself: someone is paying you to make television.
WRITERS ROOM LINGO GLOSSARY
PAGES: Story area, outline, and synopsis examples
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