Photo of Patty Lin and book cover of End Credits

Patty Lin: “End Credits: How I Broke Up with Hollywood” (IN PERSON)

The only script you can really write in life is your own. Join us at this program to hear from former television writer/producer Patty Lin who discusses her “hilarious and brutally honest” (Judd Apatow) memoir End Credits: How I Broke Up with Hollywood. Lin is joined in conversation by fellow writer Zibby Owens. Books will be available for purchase and Lin will sign them following the program. Program tickets include access to all AWM exhibits. GET TICKETS HERE.

This is an in-person program at the American Writers Museum. This program will also be livestreamed, and you can register for the link to the online broadcast here.

End Credits by Patty Lin book coverAbout End Credits:

What if achieving your professional dreams comes at too high a personal cost? That’s what screenwriter Patty Lin started to ask herself after years in the cutthroat TV industry. One minute she was a tourist, begging her way into the audience of Late Night with David Letterman. Just a few years later, she was an insider who—through relentless hard work and sacrifice—had earned a seat in the writers’ rooms of the hottest TV shows of all time. While writing for FriendsFreaks and GeeksDesperate Housewives and Breaking Bad, Patty steeled herself against the indignities of a chaotic, abusive, male-dominated work culture, not just as one of the few women in the room, but as the only Asian person.

This funny, fresh, eye-opening, and inside-Hollywood story will resonate with anyone trying to please their parents, maintain a love life, and find their way in the world—and will inspire countless dreamers to listen to their inner voices and know when it’s time to get out.

Praise for End Credits:

A hilarious and brutally honest memoir about life as a writer in Hollywood which could only be told by someone who escaped.” ―Judd Apatow, producer of Girls and Bridesmaids and director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Patty Lin is one f*%king brave lady! What do you do when you find yourself at a bizarre crossroads? You have what everyone in the world wants, but it’s not what’s in your heart. It takes courage to trust yourself and walk away. I am deeply in love with Patty and her tough, funny Tinseltown tale. This book is more than just a showbiz memoir, it’s the story of a beautiful, creative soul getting back to who she really is.” ―Emily Spivey, writer for Saturday Night Live and Parks and Recreation

With End Credits, Patty Lin has given us more than just a story about walking away from Hollywood to save her soul. This is also a critique of…the ways a first-generation Asian American woman must compromise herself for a laugh-track version of happiness and success in which at first the sky seems the limit, but turns out to be as limiting as the perimeters of a TV screen.” ―Gina Frangello, author of Blow Your House Down

PATTY LIN is an author and former TV writer/producer whose credits include Freaks and Geeks, Friends, Desperate Housewives, and Breaking Bad. She has also written pilots for Fox, CBS, and Nickelodeon. Her Breaking Bad episode, “Gray Matter,” was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Script of 2008 in the Episodic Drama category. She retired from television to save her sanity and began writing a book as an answer to the question, “Why would you quit such a cool job?” Her memoir, End Credits: How I Broke Up with Hollywood, comes out on August 29, 2023. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

ZIBBY OWENS is an author, publisher, award-winning podcaster, CEO, bookstore owner, and mom of four. Creator and host of the award-winning, daily podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, Zibby is also the founder and CEO of Zibby Media, dubbed “the Zibby-verse” by the L.A. Times. It includes a publishing house, magazine, podcast network, retreats, classes, Zibby’s Book Club, and Zibby’s Bookshop, an independent bookstore in Santa Monica, CA. A regular contributor to Good Morning America and other outlets, she loves recommending books as “NYC’s Most Powerful Book-fluencer” (Vulture). A writer herself, Zibby has published a memoir, Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature, a children’s book Princess Charming, two anthologies, and a zillion essays. Her debut novel Blank comes out in March 2024. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School, Zibby currently lives in New York with her husband, Kyle Owens of Morning Moon Productions, and four children ages 8 to 15.

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Oct 05 2023


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6:00 pm

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American Writers Museum
Chicago, Illinois

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