Notes From a Screenreader: Mamet-ize It


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THIS is the supreme last word on screenwriting from David Mamet. It is a memo from Mamet to his writing staff on The Unit, which you may or may not recall ran for 69 episodes between 2006 and 2009.

It is glorious, true, funny, useful and brilliant. It’s not long. It will turn you into a much better writer immediately.


Annie is a screenwriter, story consultant, and reader for major screenplay competitions.