As soon as you let someone else in on your work in progress, this special bond is forever broken and it's impossible to recreate it. Even if the feedback you get is wildly positive, the writing process from that point forward will not be the same. To some degree you will proceed with that feedback in your head and your special relationship with your material will be forever contaminated. Lost will be your special connection between you and your developing draft--a relationship that needs to be protected and honored until you have a full working draft of your script in your hands. And it's only when you reach that stage in the process that you should give yourself the green light to share your work with carefully chosen readers. But not before.
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I'm the Program Director of the low-residency MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen being offered by the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Our last residency ran from June 22 to July 1 and we're current considering applications for starting the program next January at our residency scheduled for January 5-14, 2018. If you're interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can start a dialogue.I'm also a playwright and screenwriter, producing partner in my production company Either/Or Films (The Sensation of Sight and Only Daughter) a professional script consultant, and the author of The Playwright's Process. You can follow me on Twitter @eitherorfilms or @mfastagescreen. I’m also on Facebook at buzzmclaughlinscriptconsulting.
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