From The Writers' Room

From the Writers’ Room is a regular feature where we invite the writer behind the most recent serial episode to give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at just what went into this week’s installment.

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Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners Ep 9: “Ancient Wonders”

Episode 9? Already? How did that happen? Once again, I get the honor of kicking off a new phase of episodes, as "Ancient Wonders" represents the first episode of the second half of the season.

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Patty Bryant and Racheline Maltese on writing Tremontaine Ep 6: “A Fair Hand”

Ultimately, we hope the Riverside and the City as we bring it to you in “A Fair Hand” feels familiar – to Ellen’s world, to a now largely lost New York, and to any world you have ever tried to navigate as a thousand different versions of yourself with whatever stray tools happened to be at hand.

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Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners Ep 12: “Puppets”

Episode 12 is Exhibit A for me when I think about how much I’ve enjoyed the collaborative process.

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Mur Lafferty on writing Bookburners Ep 8: “Under My Skin”

My husband and I decided to cut the cable cord years ago, realizing we were using streaming services more and more. We missed it only a little bit, but I was out of the pop culture discussion in a lot of spheres.

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Ellen Kushner on writing Tremontaine Ep 1: “Arrivals”

When I first met the Duchess Tremontaine, she was visiting a friend on the Hill, that elegant and exclusive portion of the city where the nobility lives, with its broad streets and gorgeous town-houses whose back gardens slope down to the river – as far away as possible from the ancient Riverside quarter, though it is not that long a walk if you cut through the Middle City.

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Max Gladstone on writing Bookburners Ep 7: “Now and Then”

I was not ready for the Bund. People had told me what to expect, of course, but in that vague traveler way. "You have to go to the Bund! There's nothing like it!" Which is sort of the opposite of the point with the Bund.

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Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners Ep 6: “Big Sky”

The spark for “Big Sky” came from real life. Once while I was up too late I watched a documentary called The Creek Runs Red.

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Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners Ep 5: “The Market Arcanum”

Internally, the writers divide up this season of Bookburners into four phases. Each phase is four episodes long, and every writer writes one episode per phase.

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Mur Lafferty on writing Bookburners Ep 4: “A Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

I love food. I don't mean in the gluttonous way and I don't mean in the foodie way.

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Margaret Dunlap on writing Bookburners Ep 3: “Fair Weather”

Coming out of the writer's retreat in Boston, some of the sixteen episodes of the first season were better defined than others. What I had for episode 3 was: Sal is homesick, introduce [the character who would become Aaron], and "Sal and Liam bang."

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Brian Francis Slattery on writing Bookburners Ep 2: “Anywhere But Here”

In our initial writers’ meeting, Episode 2 was the one that no one wanted to do. Because I really wanted to do a particular episode later in the season (I won’t say which one), I said I would go for it. Team player or conniving jerk? You decide.

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Max Gladstone on writing Bookburners Ep 1: “Badge, Book, and Candle”

Fifty pages aren't many. That's plenty of room to tell a straightforward story—but a pilot episode isn't straightforward.

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