dylan k. petley screenwriter



"Screenwriting is not an artform, it is a punishment from God."

-fran lebowitz


If this is true (which stands to reason), then the Almighty smote me down sometime around tenth grade.

I’m thirty now. God still hates me, but sixteen years, one degree, and countless drafts later, Hollywood is slowly starting to warm up.

One of the rules with writing scenes is as follows: “get in as late and out as early as possible” Which is why this blog is making its inaugural appearance only now. As my career-path nears the second act, as that plot-point approaches, as the dramatic tension increases, I think I’m ready for an audience. That, and I have been getting accused with alarming regularity of becoming increasingly inaccessible (unless, of course you’re an agent, a producer or my fiancee).

The purpose of this blog is threefold:

*to act as my professional online portfolio

*to document my progress as a reference tool for myself and other aspiring professionals

*to answer that one simple question that inevitably involves a not-so-simple answer:

“So how’s the writing-thing? Anything new going on?”

I hope to be able to accomplish what one of my personal heroes, Zach Braff (Garden State, Scrubs) has done with his blog. Although no stranger to success, he’s managed to remain reachable, approachable, human. A writer/director/actor with both feet planted surprisingly firmly on the ground.


So whether you’re a producer, agent, friend, acquaintance or like-minded blogger, welcome and thank-you for your interest.


1 Comment »

  1. Hello Dylan,

    I was recommended to your writing by Juliette Frette. I am creating a new magazine, MLR – Music and Literature Review, the latest copy of which is on the accompanying website. At the moment, I’m reaching out to find writers who would like to contribute to the magazine. Please contact me if you’re interested.

    Best Regards

    Comment by Paul | January 18, 2009

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