Hello, scriptwriters!  It's time for the quarterly open scriptwriting meeting.  The open meeting will have one part consist of critiques of scripts, one part discussion of current projects, working on pitches and log lines and potential brainstorming, and one part discussing writing method and/or networking.  

Also, those who want something critiqued should bring copies of their work to the meeting.  We'll share these copies and read at the beginning.  I think the most we can reasonably critique is between three to five selections, if each selection is 10 pages or less.  Bring whatever scene you are having difficulty with or whatever you would like comment on.  If people bring work that is more than ten pages, it becomes too difficult to for people to work on all of them.  However, if one person has a 3 page short and another person has 14 pages or something, I'm not going to be a tyrant about page counts.  When everybody starts going over the max becomes a problem, though. 

Also, if you are choosing 10 pages from the middle of act II or something like that, a mini-synopsis of the script and telling us what beat that 10 pages come from within the structure is helpful, so we can have some context when reading your pages.

If you want to have something read, comment about it in the comments section when you RSVP.  The first few people to list they have something they want read will get to go. Otherwise, if I had ten people show up who all wanted critiques, I would have to be drawing names out of a hat. 

Once or twice a year, I hope to use this group as a place to workshop scripts.  When that happens, I'll post a separate announcement from the quarterly meetings.  Actors will be encouraged to attend, because we will need readers when we've got the workshops going!!

If you have any questions at all about critiquing conventions, let me know. 

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  • Nancy Wilbur W.

    Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting last night. I enjoyed meeting you and appreciate your feedback. David - hope you'll think about taking part in a reading. Kim - thanks for your suggestions on formatting. Jeff - your comments really helped. Stay in touch everyone - until the next meeting. When is it?

    November 6, 2012

    • Holly

      The script meeting is quarterly. The next one will be in February.

      November 8, 2012

    • Holly

      Unless, of course, popular demand causes one of us organizers to create another meetup in-between!

      November 8, 2012

  • David G M.

    Anybody coming from Troatdale???

    November 3, 2012

  • Nancy Wilbur W.

    I'll bring 10 print-outs of my script to the meeting.

    November 1, 2012

  • Nancy Wilbur W.

    Hi, Everyone - I just uploaded my script to critique on Nov. 5. The file is called "Blueberry Buckle at the Borealis Bazaar for Screenwriter's Anonymous." It also includes logline, synopsis and character list. Thanks for looking at it. See you on Monday. N.

    1 · November 1, 2012

  • Holly

    Hey, guys. I'm not going to be able to make this quarterly meetup, since my husband will be in the hospital. He's having a triple bypass surgery on his heart. I suggest that those who plan to go to the meeting get in touch with each other and send each other their pages they want read before the meeting. I will not be there to officiate. So you all can run it however you like. So sorry I won't be able to make it, but I've got some serious stuff on my plate at the moment. Wish us luck! And good luck to you, too, for your meeting. Have fun!

    October 25, 2012

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