ChiTownScreenwriting

By Kat O'Brien

ChiTown Screenwriting is a movement, a mindset, and a publication that I write and edit. We're building community by connecting creative collaborators to opportunities.

Each issue features advice on writing and creating, tips & tricks, wit & wisdom, workshops & events, and spotlights on artists you should know. Within those formats, we're sharing and unpacking strategies to navigate the business, as well as writing prompts and lessons in the art and craft of screenwriting to navigate professional development in the creative process.

As a screenwriter, producer, and changemaker with over 20 years experience in the film industry based in Los Angeles, and connected around the world, I'm here to share my own experiences as well as curated content in the form of wisdom and resources through conversations with my creative partners and collaborators, as well as special guest contributors from the ChiTown Screenwriting Community, and other inspirations throughout the twitterverse. I'm also a professor, wife, and mom and am always discovering new ways to find balance and sustain my creative goals and am excited to share that with you! 

Whether you're in Chicago or just love the ChiTown collaborator mindset (good peeps, generous support!), join us to connect to a community of creatives seizing opportunities to sustain their dreams, and support their professional/personal work/life goals. 

ChiTown Screenwriting is a local community that will welcome you when you visit to work or play in the City of Big Shoulders, with international reach, breadth, and depth of perspective. 

Join us to support fellow writers and creatives at all stages of their professional career, and to cultivate a critical discourse around the cultural relevance and future of independent storytelling.

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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #14 | Art, Authenticity, Acceptance

This newsletter is an opportunity for me to share my resources and the wisdom from throughout my global network of friends and colleagues. I'm so grateful to our contributors - all of them artists generously sharing what they've learned from their lives' work…

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #13 | The Critical Relevance of Indie Distribution

Our previous issue took a dive into the art of doing nothing as a form of creative recharging and self-care. ICYMI, get caught up here.We took a hiatus for the 4th of July and as promised, are back with more Conversations With and a renewed sense of purpose a…

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #12 | Do Nothing

Big thank you last week’s guest contributor, internationally acclaimed filmmaker Dayyan Eng (Colordance Pictures). A visionary master storyteller, he also is the writer-director of festival darling Bus 44, celebrated rom com Waiting Alone, the genre-bending I…

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - *Special Edition* Issue #11 | Dayyan Eng on Your First Feature & Globally Inclusive Storytelling

Big thank you last week’s guest contributor Chad B. Anderson, fiction writer and editor, who helped inspire and shape our new Conversation with… series for ChiTown Screenwriting and discussed the importance of writers’ groups as a critical support for any pro…

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien Issue #10 | Chad B. Anderson On Starting & Sustaining Writers' Groups

Big thank you last week's guest contributor Maegan Poland, fiction writer and professor at Drexel University, whose debut short story collection What Makes You Think You’re Awake? was released June 1 by Blair Publishers. You can get your copy here.Last week, …

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #9 | Deciding You're a Writer & #BVE

Last week, we explored fearless creation in action, highlighting opportunities to elevate stories that need telling and retelling, and to connect and engage in meaningful mentorships.This week, we're continuing on that theme of being fearless in our creative …

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #8 | Spark Social Change

Last week, we talked about being fiercely fearless.This week, we're exploring that fearlessness in action, highlighting opportunities to elevate stories that need telling and retelling, and to connect and engage in meaningful mentorships.As we approach the en…

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #7 | Fiercely Fearless

Last week, we talked about dealing with FOMO and navigating Failure. Our mindset was on defense. Now, we're pivoting to offense. This week's issue is all about exploring how to overcome different types of fear to be fiercely fearless, recklessly creative, put…

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #6 | FOMO & Failure

Wow, #chitownscreenwriting! We are growing and building a following around the country and around the world and I couldn't be more excited about it! Thank you for reading, and for sharing with your communities!This week's issue is all about overcoming FOMO - …

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #5 | Some Mom Wisdom

This week's issue of ChiTown Screenwriting celebrates Motherhood with those who are deeply involved in *creating* in different ways.I want to raise a glass to everyone balancing the energetic struggle of caregiving and the myriad responsibilities associated w…

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #4 | Try Something New For You

As many of you may know, April was National Poetry Month, and May is Asian/Pacific Heritage Month. Personally, I'm a fan of celebrating diverse arts and cultures year round, not just during their designated months-- but I'm also a fan of the effort to broaden…

 
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ChiTownScreenwriting with Kat O'Brien - *RE-ISSUE* #3 | Take 2: Ted Lasso & #SelfCare

OMG. So, a good lesson in being okay with imperfection. I'm experimenting with Revue as a newsletter platform, and apparently, the version that you were all sent yesterday was wonky. I'm super paranoid about smooth operating and am definitely a bit of a perfe…

 
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ChiTown Screenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #2 | Finding Focus, Battling Burnout

Yes! I'm so glad you're here, fellow creatives and changemakers! Right now, as the world reopens, we have a unique opportunity to make our post-pandemic communities and networks more inclusive than ever. We've found that location matters less, culture matters…

 
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ChiTown Screenwriting with Kat O'Brien - Issue #1 | Welcome! Join Us!

Hi Writers!Welcome to ChiTown Screenwriting!What started as a hashtag last night is taking its next organizing step today. We have a unique opportunity to make our post-pandemic communities and networks more inclusive than ever. Location matters less, culture…