"The Palmer Institute of Authorship was a school for aspiring screenwriters during the silent motion picture era. Director of the Palmer Institute of Authorship, Frederick Palmer reminded his correspondence scriptwriting students that, In this great country with its vast mixture of races, all thrown into the melting pot of American tradition, there is a wonderful amount of raw material for drama. But you must transform this material – with characters and scenes – into an illusion so real that it will stir in others the emotions latent in life itself. And you must animate this reality also with something of beauty which shall justify your photodrama’s existence."
I am not sure I can continue to work as a writer without a framed certificate like this on my wall.