Some Obligatory Backstory

Several years ago, while developing a new MFA screenwriting program for a film school at which I was teaching, I was approached by a publisher asking if I had any desire to write a book about filmmaking. Sure, I thought. After all, I’d been making a living writing for film and television for years and teaching the craft for almost as long. So I pitched her a book on screenwriting that was based on the graduate level courses I was currently teaching.

Her reply: Screenwriting? Good God, no. Anything but screenwriting. We’re swamped with them already. Really, is there anything left to say?

Not surprisingly, I didn’t get the gig.

But the experience did inspire me to try to devise some new and unique way to discuss ...

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