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

Definition of screenwriter

: a writer of screenplays

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Powder Room What looks like poetry on the powder room walls is actually a movie script by Eric’s best friend, screenwriter Paul Fruchbom. Michael Walters, House Beautiful, "This Architect's Ocean-Facing Family Home Is a Hidden Paradise," 9 Sep. 2019 Director Audry and her sister, screenwriter Colette Audry (the legendary French writer adapting Dorothy Bussey’s novel), made Olivia as artists, not activists. Armond White, National Review, "The Vintage French Film Olivia Bests Today’s #Resistance Filmmakers," 21 Aug. 2019 Notably, at a time when gender disparities in hiring remain a hot-button topic in the film industry, 10 branches of the academy invited more women than men this year, including — for the first time — producers, directors and screenwriters. Josh Rottenberg,, "Film academy invites more women than men to key director, writer and producer branches," 1 July 2019 To bring fresh life to the conceit takes a fair bit of finesse and experience from a director or screenwriter. Hau Chu, Twin Cities, "‘The Third Wife,’ a movie set in 19th-century Vietnam, has a lot to say about today," 27 June 2019 Director and screenwriter Paul Downs Colaizzo based the script on his friend and former roommate, also named Brittany. Nora Mcgreevy,, "Comic actress Jillian Bell gets serious for a change," 18 June 2019 Actor Wes Studi and director and screenwriter Lina Wertmüller will also be honored. Doug Criss, CNN, "Geena Davis, David Lynch to receive honorary Oscars," 4 June 2019 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

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes screenplays

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