‘Clockers,’ ‘The Night Of’ Writer Richard Price: ‘Screenwriting Saved My Life’

“Screenwriting saved my life.”That was the simple and heartfelt statement delivered by Richard Price, the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter behind such notable works as “Clockers,” “Mad Dog and Glory,” “The Night Of” and “The Wire,” as he collected the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for career achievement from the WGA East on Saturday night during the East Coast ceremony at Manhattan’s Edison Ballroom.Price told the crowd that moving into screenwriting helped broaden his horizons and make him a better overall writer.

After writing his first novel at 24, he was burned out by 30 as he worked on book No.

4.“I was so ripe with despair you could smell it on me,” he said.

“Screenwriting saved my life — my mental life, my spiritual life, my financial life and actually my physical life.”He moved into screenwriting and became a “coke head” at the same time, reasoning “well, if I’m

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