The Black List Blog

This is the official blog of The Black List

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Kate Hagen

Writer. Director of Community at @theblcklst. Spooky.

Franklin Leonard

Founder & CEO of the Black List; Host of the Black List Table Reads; Story, politics, and football (soccer) fan

Lauren Brown

Chief of Staff at The Black List

Latest Posts

Why We Write: Beverly Chukwu

Birthed to a Body of Words

Why We Write: Sammy Hutchison

A college professor of mine once told me of his artist friend who would make a piece of art every single day. He was so prolific in the…

Why We Write: Arnon Z. Shorr

Scribbling Outside the Lines with Jewish Pirates and Rabbis in the Old West

Why We Write: Jessika Fuhrmaneck

I wrote my first tiny book when I was in kindergarten. I still have it. I wrote the story, illustrated it, and made the cover out of some…

Why We Write: Robert Bruinewoud

I didn’t think this was gonna be easy, but this is way, WAY harder than I thought it would be. How can anyone concentrate on anything with…

The Black List Interview: Cori Gonzalez-Macuer & Louis Mendiola

Today, we talk with Cori Gonzalez-Macuer & Louis Mendiola about how the past, present, and future have shaped their journey as writers…

Claire Ayoub: Reflections on the 2020 Sundance Film Festival

Today, 2020 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship recipient Claire Ayoub looks back on her time at the Sundance Film Festival…

The Black List Interview: Noémie Merlant & Céline Sciamma on PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

My favorite movie-going experience in 2019 may have been seeing Céline Sciamma’s exquisite PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE at the 105-year old…

The 2020 Academy Awards

Once upon a time in Sharonville, Ohio, a girl sat on her living room floor, awake way past bedtime and surrounded by Barbies in their…

Why We Write: Michael Celender

Johannesburg, South Africa. 2005. A few months after finishing my accounting degree and a few weeks after being fired from a sales…


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