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

Definition of screenwriter

: a writer of screenplays

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Bill, played as an adolescent in the 2017 film by Jaeden Martell, is now a Hollywood screenwriter. Nick Romano,, "Reflections of James McAvoy: Inside his trip through the It Chapter Two hall of mirrors," 19 Aug. 2019 Schenkkan is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning screenwriter and playwright. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cast of Hollywood stars to perform live reading of Mueller report tonight," 24 June 2019 Butterworth is probably best known for his work as a screenwriter for films like Spectre and Edge of Tomorrow. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Olivier-winning play from Jez Butterworth juggles 21 actors, a baby, and a goose — with a dark strain of Irish nationalism.," 3 Nov. 2018 Ephron, the best-selling author of six other novels, is the daughter of Hollywood screenwriters and the third of four writing Ephron sisters. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: West Hartford READS!, Luanne Rice talk, African American Literature Book Club," 31 July 2019 Not one to rest on any of her vast accomplishments, the Emmy Award winning actress, screenwriter, and producer is now turning her attention to upcycling, with the help of Mercedes-Benz. Channing Hargrove,, "Lena Waithe On Vintage Tees, Queer Designers & Sharing Clothes With Her Fiancée," 15 June 2019 Also great: All 10 episodes were crafted by woman screenwriters, and only two of those received input from a man. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix’s New Show Dead to Me Is Big Little Lies–Level Addicting," 3 May 2019 The musical will be written by the movie's original screenwriter and will feature original music, allowing Dove to show off her great voice. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Dove Cameron is Starring as Cher Horowitz in "Clueless: The Musical"," 9 Oct. 2018 Wonder Woman 1984 screenwriter Dave Callaham is writing the script. Devan Coggan,, "Marvel reveals new details about Shang-Chi movie," 21 July 2019

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes screenplays

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