screen·​writ·​er | \ ˈskrēn-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce screenwriter (audio) \

Definition of screenwriter

: a writer of screenplays

Examples of screenwriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the small screen adaptation, Nutting, who is now a screenwriter full time, wanted to dive a little deeper into the idea of surveillance and its effect on romance. Shannon Carlin,, "Why Made For Love Changed Byron Gogol (& The Book’s Dolphin Lust Storyline) For HBO Max," 8 Apr. 2021 Hayes Jackson is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Times, "I smuggled my father’s remains into the Masters. There he’ll rest for eternity," 7 Apr. 2021 Overnight, Eleanor Catton, who’s both the screenwriter of the series and the author of the 2013 novel it’s based on, drafted a new outline that centered on Hewson’s character story. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Eve Hewson on Catfishing Strangers and Her New Starring Roles," 25 Feb. 2021 Metal Lords also marks the first film in Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ production partnership with the streaming service; Benioff serves as executive producer on the film, while Weiss is the screenwriter and producer. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "Tom Morello to Serve as Executive Music Producer on Netflix’s ‘Metal Lords’ Film," 25 Feb. 2021 It’s known now as a film key in breaking the chokehold of the Hollywood Blacklist, with Kirk Douglas publicly announcing Dalton Trumbo as the screenwriter. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Everyone who has won a posthumous Oscar," 20 Apr. 2021 Years before, my own hair drama played a role in my decision to transition from a career as a journalist appearing on cable news to my current career as a screenwriter, producer, and playwright. Keli Goff, Vogue, "How My Hair Drove Me From Cable News to My Dream Career," 13 Apr. 2021 The screenwriter hired to adapt the novel, Waldo Salt, was another gamble. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "The Making of “Midnight Cowboy,” and the Remaking of Hollywood," 5 Apr. 2021 Destroy All Monsters lacks the wit of Shinichi Sekizawa’s entries — the prolific screenwriter sat this one out — but gets by on sheer monster delirium. Keith Phipps, Vulture, "All 15 Classic Godzilla Movies, Ranked," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of screenwriter

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Screenwriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of screenwriter

: a person who writes screenplays

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