Mishna Wolff

Author/ Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California, United States

Mishna Wolff got her start as a comedian and live storyteller. She is the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed memoir I’m Down. Her award-winning book is taught at high schools and colleges throughout America and sold at the Nobel Peace Museum and Northwest African-American Museum. She is a contributor to NPR, and an alumna of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, the Sundance Episodic Lab and recipient of the Indian Paintbrush Fellowship and the Ubisoft Women’s Fellowship. She just made her first feature sale to Ubisoft and is repped by Sue Carls at CAA and Manage-ment.  

Chosen Interviews

Mishna Wolff, Bloody Mary, and Gourmet Coal from The Dinner Party Download

In 'Last Exit,' Brooklyn Is A Character, Too from You Must Read This

Ubisoft Working on ‘Child of Light,’ ‘Werewolves Within’ TV, Movie Adaptations from Variety

Creative Resources

Other Writers on Writing: 

Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna Exclusive Interview - UTR Special

Quentin Tarantino on Original Non-Linear Narrative Structure

Writing Advice from Matt Stone & Trey Parker @ NYU | MTVU's "Stand In"

Quentin Tarantino Filmmaker Advice

Horton Foote on "Tender Mercies" - YouTube King of “The Moment” (I recommend reading everything he’s written.)

Brainstorming Fodder

Though Watch Mojo primarily deals in blockbusters, when I’m trying to find the best version of something I usually watch a few “Top Ten” lists. Their lists deal in things that are memorable and they often explain why they like things. And while every moment of a feature need not be memorable — when you need that unforgettable moment, brainstorming is a must. 

YouTubeTop 10 Sci-Fi Comedy Movies

Top 10 Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins

The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner

This is a book by Literary agent Betsy Learner — It’s a lot about staying out of the proverbial weeds when you’re writing.

Save the Cat Goes to the Movies: The Screenwriter's Guide to Every Story Ever Told by Blake Snyder

If you’re ever looking to “disrupt" a genre, it helps to anchor into the tropes and beats of that genre… so that you can later upend all those expectations.