Saturday, July 12, 2014

Introducing Chicks Who Script

This will be my last post for a very long time. Maybe forever. Not because I'm going silent, but because I'm changing with the times and migrating to a new platform.

I love listening to podcasts. I listen to a lot of them while I walk dogs. My favorites are The Nerdist, How Did This Get Made, and The Broken Projector. I also listen regularly to Scriptnotes, Quick and Dirty Tips: The Dog Trainer, Stuff You Missed in History Class, Talking Comics, and The Business.

So a few months ago I attended a live recording of Scriptnotes - the one about superheros - and I mentioned on Twitter that I was disheartened by the lack of female participation. One woman was on the panel, although she didn't talk nearly as much as the men, and no women asked questions at the Q&A session.

But Emily, you may say, why didn't you ask questions? Well, I was trying to think of one, when two women stood up and got in line. But the people in front of them took so long because they began telling their life stories, that both women got tired of waiting and sat down. Then the show ended.

So as I commented on Twitter about this sad state of affairs, someone asked if there were any screenwriting podcasts run by women. Not exactly. There are some movie business podcasts (The Business being the best of them) and there are a couple of okay podcasts that talk about screenwriting some of the time, but none that can compete with The Broken Projector or Scriptnotes in popularity or production value.

I have not yet had a chance to listen to The Moment, so forgive me for not including that one.

Anyway, somehow this conversation led to three of us agreeing to put together a podcast called Chicks Who Script. We'll be posting our first episode next week.

So from now on, that's where I'll be, along with Lauren Schacher and Maggie Levin. We'll be discussing screenwriting from a female perspective, and we will have a guest each week. It won't always be woman-centric, but it will always include the female voice in the conversation.

So if this kind of thing interests you, please check it out.

Twitter: @CWSPodcast

Thanks for reading. Here's a cat picture for the road.


  1. Hi Emily,
    I'm a man, but I agree, just about all the podcasts I run across are by men who seldom have a woman on the show. Good luck with yours. Although I've quit writing now, and never tried writing scripts, I still enjoy listening to interesting shows.

  2. This is AWESOME. I eagerly await!

  3. I hope you make sure the podcasts are turned up for mobile devices because some of the podcasts on the net have such low volume for mobile devices that I don't bother to listen even when they have great content!

    I also hope you go the US magazine route and post the grabby topics that writers care about vs. some of the obscure topics I see in many podcasts on the net.

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  5. Thanks for the support, everybody!

  6. I've been a fan of yours since you were on Scriptcast a couple times (what ever happened to that podcast?), so I was excited to learn I'd soon be able to hear your voice again. When will I be able to subscribe on iTunes?

    1. You can listen or download from our site at the moment. The Itunes feed takes a few days to begin, so it should be available by next week some time.

  7. Where on the site can we listen to it? I don't see a link.

  8. yes, maybe use this site as a place to expand on what is covered in the podcast? And congrats and i can't wait to hear the show!

  9. Thanks, Jeff!

    Paul, clikc on the link that says "podcast."


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