What Is a Writer Supposed To Do on Set? A Showrunner’s Guide

This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School

Let a showrunner guide you on what a writer needs to do on set.

One of the tenements of the current writer’s strike is how TV budgets have basically removed writers’ ability to go to set. It’s one of the core foundations of writing, and it’s what makes television shows better.

Don’t believe me? Succession has three writers on set for every episode.

But what does a writer actually do on set? And how should they do what they do?

Well, now there’s an entire document directing writers with the ins and outs of what happens on set and what they should do. We have a hero showrunner to thank for it.

Eliza Clark was the Showrunner/EP of Y: The Last Man on FX. She recently took to Twitter to send out an amazing document that’s eight pages of advice for what a writer’s job is on set. It’s so important and a must-read for any aspiring writer and really anyone who wants to work in TV.

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