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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Madeleine Robins on Writing Whitehall Ep4: “Wit in All Languages”

This is the damnedest writing method I've ever encountered. At several points as I wrote and polished Episode 4 I sort of thought I couldn't do it. TV writers work like this all the time? Insane. And yet I did. This is How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Collaboration.

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Barbara Samuel on writing Whitehall Episode 3: “On His Blindness”

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stonger

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Mary Robinette Kowal on writing Whitehall Episode 2: “Fierce Artifice”

Probably the single most frustrating thing about writing Episode 2, was how much I had history I had to leave out to make it fit into the plot.

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Liz Duffy Adams and Delia Sherman discuss writing Whitehall Episode 1: “Embarkations”

A conversation of history, inspiration, and collaborating on the first episode of WHITEHALL.

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Lindsay Smith and Max Gladstone on writing The Witch Who Came In From The Cold – Ep 13: “Company Time”

Magic and fiction are similar in many ways, but one of them is symmetry. We like our stories to rhyme.

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Cassandra Rose Clarke on writing The Witch Who Came In From The Cold – Episode 12: “She’ll Lie Down In The Snow”

One of the biggest challenges about writing for Cold Witch is also one of its biggest joys, and that’s the collaborative nature of the project.

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Ian Tregillis on writing The Witch Who Came In From The Cold – Episode 11: “King’s Gambit Accepted”

Sometimes the most difficult part of writing The Witch Who Came in From the Cold is coming up with a good episode title.

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Lindsay Smith on writing The Witch Who Came In From The Cold – Episode 10: “ANCHISES”

Heist thrillers and spy thrillers—they’re often one and the same, except the spies are usually less interested in stealing jewels from vaults and more about snagging a far more priceless piece of intel, or even a person.

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Max Gladstone on writing The Witch Who Came In From The Cold – Episode 9: “Head Case”

My mission in this episode was simple: write a golem giving Our Heroes a hard time. How could I lose?

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Cassandra Rose Clarke on writing The Witch Who Came In From The Cold – Ep 8: “Cover the Silence”

When it came time to divvy up the episodes for the first season of Cold Witch, I had one request: I wanted to write about Zerena.

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Why the Cold War Is Such an Enduring Setting

My earliest memory of world events was the fall of the Berlin Wall. By the time the Soviet Union collapsed in 1993, I’d learned to see Russia as something of a secret—something walled away and hidden, completely foreign to the American way of life, and yet a crucial mirror people liked to hold up to America, as if one nation couldn’t exist without the other. How could I not be fascinated by it, and hungry to learn more?

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Ian Tregillis on writing The Witch Who Came In From The Cold – Ep 7: “Radio Free Trismegistus”

It's not every day you get to play tennis with one of your favorite writers. Or, at least, I don't get to do that. (Perhaps because I don't own a racket and barely understand how tennis scores work.)

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