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Clyde Phillips to Aspiring Screenwriters: ‘Don’t fall in love with your first script too much’

During NYC Television Week MediabistroTV talked to Clyde Phillips, bestselling crime novelist and current showrunner for Nurse Jackie. He shares some advice for aspiring writers, and tells why novel writing is not that different from TV writing:

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Male Writers Outnumber Female Writers at Literary Journals

VIDA: Women in Literary Arts have released  a report entitled “The Count 2010,” revealing that male writers outnumbered female writers in many publications last year.

The report measured the gender balance among writers published at literary magazines, including: Granta (overall: 26 women, 49 men), The Paris Review (overall: 32 women, 59 men), and The New Yorker (overall: 163 women, 449 men). They also looked at authors reviewed, book reviewers, and interviews at certain publications, including: Harper’s (book reviewers: 6 women, 27 men) and The New York Times (book reviewers: 295 women, 438 men).

What do you think? The article offered the following observation: “What, then, are they really telling us? We know women write. We know women read. It’s time to begin asking why the 2010 numbers don’t reflect those facts with any equity.”
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84 Writers Support Harper’s Union & Publisher Responds

More than 80 Harper’s Magazine writers and friends signed an open letter to publisher John “Rick” MacArthur supporting the unionization of the magazine’s staff and urging the publisher not to cut two editors. The publisher has since  defended his actions in another letter.

The 84 signatures on the original letter included: Tom Bissell, Heidi Julavits, Naomi Klein, Jonathan Lethem, and Zadie Smith. The letter asked MacArthur to seek alternative ways to reshape the magazine’s financial budget, suggesting the publisher study the models of other not-for-profit magazines.

Here’s a quote from the original letter: “Editorial costs can only be cut so far without damaging the quality of the publication … At a time when there is much chatter about the death of print, publishing a magazine as brave and creative as Harper’s Magazine verges on a sacred trust.” (Via New York Magazine & Sarah Weinman)