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Abdul Williams Shares Insights About his Career, Work, & Creative Process


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Abdul Williams has had a hot decade of screenwriting for both the big screen and television. Over the past 10 years, he has written a feature film and two award winning series for the Black Entertainment Network (BET).

In 2010, his first feature film “Lottery Ticket” was released and in 2017 and 2018 BET released major series – “The New Edition Story” in 2017 and “The Bobby Brown Story” in 2018.

Both are winners of NAACP awards. Williams was the recipient of NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie (2018) and he received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Miniseries, or Dramatic Special (2019).

Williams talks to WOUB’s Spectrum Podcast about his career, his work, and his creative process.

He breaks down his writing rituals and explains how he develops and nurtures stories from his imagination to the final product.

He also discusses how he decides what projects he will work on and how he goes from the seed of an idea through all of the iterations of the work.

Besides his busy writing and producing career, Williams also has been a guest lecturer for the OHIO-in-LA Program of the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University.