The Writer Files

This series is a celebration of some of the world's most accomplished writers -- writers like Seth Godin, Elizabeth Gilbert, and David Meerman Scott. Find out how (and where) these writers write ... and what inspires them to do so.

How Critically Acclaimed Literary Scholar Jonathan Gottschall Writes: Part One

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Mr. Gottschall is the author or editor of seven books, including The Storytelling Animal — a New York Times Editor’s Choice Selection and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize — and most recently he published a fascinating book titled The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch.

As a Distinguished Fellow at the English Department of Washington & Jefferson College, his work lands at the intersection of science and art and is frequently covered in outlets like The New York Times, Scientific American, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and NPR.

For his latest book, he personally climbed into the cage to research the world of mixed martial arts, violence, masculinity, and why society is attracted to violent spectacles.

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How Hollywood Screenwriter and Film Director John August Writes: Part Two

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Critically acclaimed screenwriter and director John August stopped by The Writer Files to chat with host Kelton Reid about his writing process, the film business, and his hit podcast Scriptnotes.

Since his breakthrough film debut Go (1999), John has penned an impressive list of big budget Hollywood films from Charlie’s Angels (2000) to a handful of Tim Burton films, including Big Fish (2003) and Frankenweenie (2013).

The prolific author has also worked in TV, on Broadway, creates his own writing apps, and is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He currently produces the invaluable Scriptnotes podcast with co-host Craig Mazin, where they discuss the ins-and-outs of the screenwriting business.

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How Hollywood Screenwriter and Director John August Writes: Part One

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Critically acclaimed screenwriter and director John August stopped by The Writer Files to chat with host Kelton Reid about his writing process, the film business, and his hit podcast Scriptnotes.

Since his breakthrough film debut Go (1999), John has penned an impressive list of big budget Hollywood films from Charlie’s Angels (2000) to a handful of Tim Burton films, including Big Fish (2003) and Frankenweenie (2013).

The prolific author has also worked in TV, on Broadway, creates his own writing apps, and is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He currently produces the invaluable Scriptnotes podcast with co-host Craig Mazin, where they discuss the ins-and-outs of the screenwriting business.

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How Michelle Miller (Writer and Producer of ‘The Underwriting’) Writes: Part Two

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From wildly successful transmedia serial writer to internationally published author, this week’s guest on The Writer Files — Michelle Miller — has tapped into her former life in high finance to create a hit franchise in The Underwriting.

Billed as social satire, Ms. Miller’s original 12-part serial drew angel investors that helped her build it into a viral, multimedia maelstrom.

Her marriage of the cutthroat worlds of both investment banking and tech landed her a traditional publishing deal, and her debut novel is now being developed into a television series.

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How Michelle Miller (Writer and Producer of ‘The Underwriting’) Writes: Part One

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From wildly successful transmedia serial writer to internationally published author, this week’s guest on The Writer Files — Michelle Miller — has tapped into her former life in high finance to create a hit franchise in The Underwriting.

Billed as social satire, Ms. Miller’s original 12-part serial drew angel investors that helped her build it into a viral, multimedia maelstrom.

Her marriage of the cutthroat worlds of both investment banking and tech landed her a traditional publishing deal, and her debut novel is now being developed into a television series.

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How Joe Berkowitz (Journalist and Fast Company Editor) Writes: Part Two

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Author and Fast Company Editor Joe Berkowitz stopped by The Writer Files this week. His latest, a humor book titled You Blew It!: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways in Which You’ve Already Ruined Your Life, lands this October. He took a break from his busy schedule to rap with host Kelton Reid about how he survives the harried life of a big city journalist.

In addition to his work for Fast Company, Joe’s writing has been featured in The Awl, Salon, The Village Voice, Vulture, RollingStone.com, GQ.com, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many others.

For a writer who works on breakneck deadlines, and almost never gets a break from the writing life, he has some pretty solid advice for keeping the cursor moving.

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