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Introduction: 10 Screenwriters to Watch

Los Angeles may be home to a large community of screenwriters, but Daily Variety threw its nets out much farther to come up with this year’s list of 10 Screenwriters to Watch.

More than half live outside L.A. proper, proving you don’t have to move to Hollywood to get an agent or get your work optioned.

One of our busiest scribes, Matt Carnahan is juggling at least three Hollywood projects from his home in Chicago.

Oz native Nick Cave, who considers his screenwriting a hobby, lives in the U.K. — and well outside of London.

Another Blighty-based writer, Helen Crawley, lives on a farm in Northern England. And, while spending most of his time writing about the Irish and other things non-English, Martin McDonagh also calls Blighty home.

Comedy specialist Etan Cohen, who was born in Jerusalem and studied in Boston, moved to the City of Angels to find work, as did former Ohio teacher Dave Kajganich.

Bob Nelson, who hails from South Dakota, settled in Seattle.

A world traveler in prior gigs as a pro tennis player, photographer and model, Kelley Sane now resides in New York. Tyro scribes Nicole Perlman and Craig Zahler are fellow Gotham dwellers.

Yet, wherever they might be or come from, we predict they’re going places.

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