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Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Submitting Your Screenplay Etiquette and Looking for Screenwriters

By Susan Kouguell
Pointers for good etiquette for submitting your script.

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell covers pointers for the best way to submit your screenplay and answers a question. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Writing for Documentaries

By Susan Kouguell
Writer, producer, director Allie Light

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell interviews four award-winning documentary filmmakers for their insight into how they write for their documentaries. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Beating Writer's Block and Getting Feedback on Your Script

By Susan Kouguell
Get some tips to break through that writers block!

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell offers advice on how to overcome 'writer's block', and, once the draft is completed, how to find the best feedback. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: 2013 Retrospective and Questions

By Susan Kouguell
Anne Flournoy, creator of web series The Louise Log

Screenplay Doctor, Susan Kouguell, reflects on her interviews from 2013 and answers your questions. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Interview with Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz

By Susan Kouguell
Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz.

Screenplay Doctor, Susan Kouguell, interviews Sydney Levine, President of Sydney's Buzz, about film distribution. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Joining a script writing group

By Susan Kouguell
Genine Tillotson, left, leading a meeting of Harvard Square Screen Writers.

Screenplay Doctor, Susan Kouguell, interviews Genine Tillotson, Director of Harvard Square Script Writers, about HSSW and the benefits of joining a writing group. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Top Ten Script Competition Tips

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: Matthew Pompa/Flickr

Out of the hundreds of screenplay competitions out there, veteran judge and screenplay doctor Susan Kouguell helps you pick which ones to enter and how to do it right. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Getting Recognized

By Susan Kouguell
Photo credit: Jeezny/Flickr

You ask, she answers. This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell helps readers looking to break into the business. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Top Five Tips … How to Really Find an Agent

By Susan Kouguell
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Finding an agent can often feel about as easy as winning the lottery, but Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell has tips on how to take control of this scary search. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Preparing & Navigating Screenplay Conferences and Pitch Festivals

By Susan Kouguell
The Screenwriters World Conference takes place in NYC April 5-7

This month, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell heads to the Screenwriters World Conference as a featured speaker. Before she goes, she offers advice for how to get the most out of your visit to a pitch fest. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Top Questions NOT to Ask a Film Industry Professional

By Susan Kouguell
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Whether you’re at a face-to-face meeting or emailing a query letter, the way in which you present yourself and your project are vital in making a lasting – and, let me emphasize, good -- impression. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Getting Noticed

By Susan Kouguell
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This month, screenplay expert Susan Kouguell tackles one of the big questions - how to get a screenplay noticed! Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Recap: Most Popular NewEnglandFilm.com Stories of 2012

By Michele Meek
Who's Calling? was featured in one of the most popular stories of 2012: iFilmmakers: Are Smartphones the Next Step in Filmmaking

Here's a recap of NewEnglandFilm.com's 15 most popular stories from 2012 and five stories from the archives with the most views.

Should Screenwriters Go to Film School? Part Two

By Susan Kouguell
Professor and Screenwriter J.D. Zeik

Is it worth it to go to film school? In part two of a series, Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell gets an answer from SUNY Purchase's Professor J.D. Zeik. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Screenwriting Advice from Award-Winning Screenwriter and Teacher Barry Brodsky

By Susan Kouguell
Barry Brodsky, writer and director of the Emerson College Screenwriting Certificate Program

There's no one path to becoming a screenwriter, and Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell discusses some of the many options with writer and director of the Emerson College Screenwriting Certificate Program, Barry Brodsky. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Words from the Masters

By Susan Kouguell
Nora Ephron, famous screenwriter and director

Screenwriting consultant Susan Kouguell offers up words of wisdom from some of film's most successful screenwriters. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Getting to Hollywood and Tracking Down Agents

By Susan Kouguell
IMDBPro, a resource for finding agents

Screenplay columnist Susan Kouguell answers your questions about breaking into Hollywood from overseas, and then finding an agent once you get there. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Tips for Good Dialogue

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeflood/2406045813/

One of the foundations of a good screenplay is great dialogue. Screenplay expert Susan Kouguell gives you her top ten tips for writing the best dialogue. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: To Write or Not Write ... a Short Screenplay

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoyvinmayvin/3936022339/

Screenplay expert Susan Kouguell shares her short film successes and gives you tips for trying your own! E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Breaking into the Biz

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/happystampingdesings/5790150154/lightbox/

Now that you've got that diploma, what do you do with it to make those screenwriting dreams a reality? Screenplay expert Susan Kouguell gives you a checklist for how to break into the business after graduation. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Location, Location, Location

By Susan Kouguell
Monument Valley, the landscape that defined many Westerns. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/saxonfenken/2844066163/in/

What's true in real estate is true in screenwriting: location, location, location. Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell shares her top ten tips for penning the perfect setting. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Bringing Novels to Life

By Susan Kouguell
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sapphir3blu3/3523201889/

Screenplay doctor Susan Kouguell gives you the questions to ask and the software to use when faced with transforming a 500+ page novel into a 120 page screenplay. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Software & Submission Pointers

By Susan Kouguell
Screengrab from Celtx Software

The Screenplay Doctor column is a place for advice -- not screenplay submissions -- and columnist Susan Kouguell tells you how to know where you SHOULD submit your screenplays and a free software to write them in.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: New Year’s Resolutions

By Susan Kouguell
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Screenplay columnist Susan Kouguell gives you a few New Year's Resolutions to get your next screenplay headed in the right direction. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Script Structure

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hoyvinmayvin/3936022339/

Screenplay columnist Susan Kouguell gives an answer in three acts to explain the three-act screenplay structure. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your question answered in an upcoming issue.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Behind a Studio's Closed Doors

By Susan Kouguell
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Getting your script submitted to a film studio for consideration is both an exciting and nerve-wracking time, as screenwriters anxiously wait for a response. So what’s really going on behind those studio doors? E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your question answered in an upcoming issue.

Doctor on Call: An Interview with Screenwriter and Author Susan Kouguell

By K. Correia
Susan Kouguell's latest book: Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays!

Known best to NewEnglandFilm.com readers as the Screenplay Doctor, Susan Kouguell shares her beginnings as a screenwriter and the influences and experiences that have contributed to her new book, Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! A comprehensive guide to crafting winning characters complete with film analyses and exercises.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Adaptation

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/3089163372/

Fell in love with a novel you think has screen potential? Learn how to take the first step with this month's screenplay column. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your question answered in an upcoming issue. Interested in being successful in the industry? Start by practicing your good first impressions -- and proofread the e-mails you send us!

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Why Hollywood Isn't Calling

By Susan Kouguell
Photo Credit: flickr.com user mocmemphis

There's so much more to successful screenwriting than writing a screenplay, and this month screenplay expert Susan Kouguell discusses what else screenwriters need to do to get from page to screen. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your question answered in an upcoming issue. Interested in being successful in the industry? Start by practicing your good first impressions -- and proofread the e-mails you send us!

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Agent Directories

By Susan Kouguell
The Hollywood Representation Directory 2012

Looking to acquire a screenplay agent? You have to find one first, and Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell gives you tips on where to look. E-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your question answered in an upcoming issue.