The 5-Question [Screenwriter] Interview: Shane Weisfeld

“The key isn’t necessarily producing fast enough, but being consistent, persistent and self-critical. That, in effect, means I’m striking the balance of producing and creating and then they become one and the same.”   — Shane Weisfeld SHANE WEISFELD is the co-writer of the crime-thriller film “FREEZER”, released worldwide, starring Dylan McDermott, Peter Facinelli and […]

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The 5-Question [Author] Interview: Paolina Milana

 “It’s taken me a long, long time, but I’ve learned to swim in my own lane.” —Paolina Milana [on writing] Paolina Milana is the author of The S Word, a memoir about secrets—those a young girl coming of age in the middle of crazy does her best to keep—secrets about her mamma’s schizophrenia; secrets about […]

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The 5-Question [Author] Interview: Susan Shapiro

Susan Shapiro is an award winning writing professor at The New School. She’s written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon and Tin House. She’s the New York Times bestselling author of 10 books including  “Five Men Who Broke My Heart,” “Lighting Up,” the coauthored memoir “The Bosnia […]

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The 5-Question [Author] Interview: Kate Walter

“I rarely think about rules when I am writing. In my personal life I have been breaking rules since I was young.” —Kate Walter KATE WALTER is the author of Looking for a Kiss: A Chronicle of Downtown Heartbreak and Healing (Heliotrope Books, June, 2015). She is a master teacher and award-winning writer who specializes in essays, […]

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The 5-Question [Author] Interview: Rachel Stuhler

Screenwriter Rachel Stuhler grew up in Rochester, NY, so obsessed with movies and books that she spent as little time as possible in the real world. In her late teens, this obsession led her first to New York as a terrible production assistant and then to Los Angeles, where she spent four years working as […]

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stuck/unstuck: Monica Bhide on conflict

Chef and writer Monica Bhide is the author of multiple books including her newest collection: The Devil In Us. Here she plays stuck/unstuck with me: [but you can also read her full interview here] Meredith: In life, we are destined, it seems, to repeat certain experiences until the meaning or lesson of the experience is […]

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The difference between writing and writing a story

[A meditation] Today I dedicate myself to the story. It is not enough to write well. It is not enough to be called a good writer. Today I dedicate myself to: My writing serves the story. To finding the story. To understanding the difference between writing and writing a story. Today my writing serves the […]

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The 5-Question [Author] Interview: Shanna Mahin

 How do you know what you don’t know? Sometimes I figure it out on the page.   —Shanna Mahin  SHANNA MAHIN is a high school dropout who rallied late and has become optimistic about a strong finish, due in no small part to a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a […]

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