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Ditch Diggers #24 —

DD024 TV Writing with Margaret Dunlap

with Matt Wallace

Coming to you live from Morgan Freeman’s tornado shelter with special guest co-host Margaret Dunlap!

Show Notes

We welcome Emmy-winning writer Margaret Dunlap, writer for The Middleman, The Lizzie Bennett Diaries, and the serial Bookburners.

  • Margaret is the bomb at calculus, yet cannot derivate a function to save her life (or anyone else’s).

  • On the tradition of passing the Campbell Award winner’s tiara which is actually a diadem.

  • Margaret talks about breaking into television writing, and how useless it is to ask the question, “How do you break into TV writing?”

  • On being a TV writers assistant, “freelance” scripts, and the power of getting coffee.

  • Hollywood as a cronyism town vs. a nepotism town (and why that’s a good thing for new writers).

  • Celebrating small victories, and how sushi, beer, and ice cream are scaleable.

  • TV writing vs. webseries writing

  • Margaret is adapting Seanan McGuire’s October Daye books for television with John Rogers’ Kung Fu Monkey Productions! (And the glacial pace of writing projects.)

  • Mur and Margaret talk about Bookburners, and the structure of TV writing meeting fiction books.

  • Q&A with Twitter.

  • Obligatory shilling of Matt’s books and the fact Ditch Diggers is STILL eligible for Best Fancast in the Hugo Awards.

  • Margaret’s website:

  • Margaret’s Twitter:

  • Bookburners:

  • Producteev Task Management Software:

The fine print:

Theme music by Devo Spice.

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