Austin Screenwriter and Memoirist

Nate Eckman is an Austin based screenwriter and memoirist. His early essays spoke about the effects of the Forever War. Now, in both is memoir and scripts, he writes about technology and its effect on the human experience. For inquries about his writing contact him here.

Screenplays

Nate has finished is first sci-fi script. All he can say now is that it’s a Guardians of The Galaxy meets Laura Croft Tomb Raider meets The Matrix thriller. 

His second script is an original series about surviving Evin Prison, Iran’s infamous house of horror. This series is possible thanks to the journals and interviews of an Evin Prison surviver, who for now wishes to remain unnamed.

He continues to write his screenplays from Austin, TX.

Essays

When Nate published his first piece, Becoming a Veteran Without War, he established himself as a reflective and poignant voice in the military veteran community. In his writings, Nate comments on and analyzes the effects of the forever-war in both service members and the society they return to after their time in uniform. Nate’s essays have culminated in the creation of his first memoir, which is about the journey of growing up and believing that war would turn him into a man, never having that experience, and then relearning ways to value himself once he became a veteran. 

Below is a list of writings Nate has published in the past few years at The War Horse, OAF Nation, and the Columbia Spectator.

Memoir

Nate is currently drafting his first memoir, a coming-of-age story when the world turned digital.

It’s about the disillusionment that stems from knowing the world virtually before any other way. Ultimately, it’s about how technology informs work, sexuality, international-order, friendships; and how we must unlearn these norms from our youth to fully experience adulthood. 

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Essays

How long after service is a Marine still a Marine? What does it mean to “always” be one? Nate questions his identity, and weighs-in on the difficulty of his new title “veteran.”

From the opening line, “As a Marine infantryman I wanted to kill like I’d been trained to do,” Nate expresses an unshakeable disdain he feels toward himself, and the military, for never having the chance to experience combat. 

After the military, Nate studied at Columbia University’s School of General Studies, where he formed an unlikely relationship with Peter Awn, the school’s dean, which allowed Nate to rewrite his life after the corps.

Billy Gehrung was fierce. Intelligent. Absolutely inspiring. And then he killed himself. Nate writes to commemorate the best of Billy, and the life he left.

All at once, the Omanis headed toward the exit, rubbing their stomachs as they disappeared from site. The Americans stood, stunned. . .
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From, Putting Down Our Guns For A Tray of Hummus
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After the Marine Corps “purpose” is an elusive, but necessary quality to rediscover. But without brothers, the unit, and the mission, how can this happen?

Nate celebrates the relationship and marriage that ironically flourished because of the pressures the corps put on the relationship between him and Emily

If WWIII happened tomorrow, would you return to the military? Nate reflects on the reality of what being recalled to uniform would mean for his life.

In Oman, Nate and his unit were supposed to teach the Omanians close-quarters-combat. Instead, they shared trays of hummus and learned about each other’s cultures.