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

Definition of screenwriter

: a writer of screenplays

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This latest chapter in Los Angeles’s colorful labor history is being written by, well, writers — specifically, screenwriters. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Hollywood's Labor Force Has Always Had to Fight for Workers' Rights," 23 Apr. 2019 British screenwriter and producer Jane Goldman (Kingsman franchise, X-Men: First Class, Kick Ass) and George R.R. Martin, the author of the books on which Thrones is based, are creating the potential series. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Game of Thrones' prequel set thousands of years earlier gets HBO pilot," 8 June 2018 Glover elaborated on the screenwriter's claims earlier this week in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Sonia Rao,, "Donald Glover confirms Lando Calrissian is pansexual, but does this count as representation?," 22 May 2018 Pale barges into Anna’s loft following the funeral, upending her passionless relationship with a screenwriter. Jason Zinoman, Vogue, "In Burn This, Adam Driver and Keri Russell Find Love in a Hopeless Place," 15 Apr. 2019 The screenwriters union extended contract negotiations with the agencies that represent them, hours before a midnight deadline Saturday night. R.t. Watson, WSJ, "Hollywood Writers Postpone Firing Agents, Opting to Continue Talks," 7 Apr. 2019 According to Vulture, Kristy Blanchard and screenwriter Franchesca Macelli had been working on their own film adaptation of Gypsy's story, called By Proxy, when Dean first interviewed Kristy. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "What Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Stepmom Says Hulu's "The Act" Got Wrong," 4 Apr. 2019 Consider this Spanish-style home in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, that Frances Merrill of Reath Design revamped for a television screenwriter-producer and his wife and two daughters. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Reath Design Crafts a Bright, Elegant Home for a Young Family," 22 Mar. 2019 Costume designer Betty Pecha Madden and screenwriter-director Ryan Murphy were also honored. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Costume Designers Guild honors Ruth E. Carter, Glenn Close," 20 Feb. 2019

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes screenplays

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