screen·​writ·​er | \ˈskrēn-ˌrī-tər \

Definition of screenwriter 

: a writer of screenplays

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Barbara Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush, tied the knot to screenwriter and actor Craig Coyne this weekend in Maine. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Barbara Bush Wore a Simply Stunning Wedding Dress by Vera Wang," 8 Oct. 2018 Burton did help with the tone of the project, consulting with the screenwriter, and even appearing as an extra in one of the scenes. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jessie Burton's The Miniaturist Is Heading to PBS," 14 Aug. 2018 The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter, Aline Brosh McKenna, shared some intel about the monologue during a discussion at Vulture Festival L.A. this week. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "This Iconic The Devil Wears Prada Moment Was Almost Totally Different," 20 Nov. 2018 The movie plays to the gutty underdog story line, not surprising since the director and the screenwriter are the same pair that turned out Rudy and Hoosiers. Bob Ford,, "Bob Ford: Soccer underdogs top dogs at last," 18 June 2018 But instead of going deep into her psyche, director/co-screenwriter Fede Alvarez (Jay Basu and Steven Knight share screenplay credit) opts to turn the picture into a conventional spy thriller. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’: Lisbeth Salander gets trapped in a conventional spy thriller," 6 Nov. 2018 Director Karyn Kusama and Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody team up in this horror comedy starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 Dwelling on plot machinations isn’t the best way to delve into Suspiria, however, because Guadagnino and screenwriter David Kajganich are less interested in the characters and storylines than in the atmosphere and mood. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Suspiria is an ambitious remix of a horror classic," 26 Oct. 2018 Barbara Pierce Bush, the daughter of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, married her fiancé, screenwriter Craig Coyne, in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Sunday. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Barbara Bush’s Wedding to Craig Coyne Included Tributes to Her Grandmother, First Lady Barbara Bush," 8 Oct. 2018

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes screenplays

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