Thank you for your interest in The Houston Screenwriters MeetUp Group and The Houston Screenwriters Organization!
Below is a little about the group and the objectives. These are subject to change depending on the expansion and evolution of the members and group.
•To provide a group and environment where screenwriters may support, provide table readings and discuss story elements with the goal of expansion toward writing skills and profession.
Note A: In 2011 We have expanded our meetup dates to include dates for 'screenwriting only' - these dates are noted by their name 'Strictly Screenwriting' and are held throughout the year as a kind of workshop to spawn screenplays.
Note B: In 2012 We moved into a position of Organization, allowing members to contribute on a monthly basis to the entire networking and growth of the group.
•Meet and Greet: This meetup will be a general meet and greet for the members of the group. ONCE a month. ALL members welcome.
•Story: This meeting will focus on story in regards to SCREENWRITING. All elements may be discussed from character arcs, format, acts, inciting incidents to overall plot development. This meetup will also include table readings if desired. ONCE a month. 'Story' meetups MAY coincide with 'Meet and Greet' meetups. Watch Calendar for details. Level 2 and above members may request a meetup date by notifying the Organizer of their subject matter, date and any other information so that it may be published in our calendar upon approval. If you would like to be a GUEST SPEAKER, or REFER ONE, please contact the Organizer with subject matter, and date(s) of interest for approval and calendar postings and/or announcements and promotions.
•Personal Meetings: We have professional services available for anyone interested in a one-on-one script analysis. By appointment only. Services can be local, being from within our membership of Houston, Texas, membership around and within Texas, or through our screenwriters membership online, from Los Angeles, Ca. Initial consults of this nature are free of charge to Level 2 members and above. Future meetups on this level will be agreed to before appointments are scheduled. This is very valuable, especially if you are being protective of your story line and screenplay content.
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*Occasional Workshops: These will be specific in various aspects of creative screenwriting, using our required format & program software, Final Draft. WEEKEND WRITERS WORKSHOPS (WWW) will be held QUARTERLY or more frequently as calendar allows and membership interest demands it. See Calendar for details.
MEMBERSHIP FEES and benefits:
Initial introduction to the group by and from the Organizer. This allows you access through our site to our membership in good standing. You will be able to interact with the other members of the group, regarding like-minded issues and concerns. (No spam, or other abuse is allowed and will result in being blocked from all related sites) use the name of the group for your own promotional benefits, and attend all 'general' Meet & Greet Meetups. $5.00 per month
ALL of the above benefits, plus access and receipt of ALL promos, specific Casting Calls, Open calls, Story requests, Writer requests or anything our group may be connected with regarding sharing/interacting around the world including: other groups, other cities, announcements, celebrations, shoots, openings, viewings, professional connections, online meetups, voting on topics, and more as the organization continues to grow. This level also receives 'Occasional Newsletters', as information breaks. $10.00 per month.
ALL of the above, with a discount for paying your dues annually! :-). $100.00 per year.
This level is reserved exclusively for a 'select group' of screenwriters. YOU have ALREADY SOLD a screenplay, PARTICIPATED in Pitches, Have had your work OPTIONED or another 'equally successful event' has taken place between YOU and 'The RTVBF Industry'. You enjoy public speaking, leading workshops, or facilitating group meetups, and are interested in furthering the group as a whole. In addition to ALL above benefits, YOU have voting privileges, and BOARD opportunity. $500.00 per year. (This is a Tax deductible expense for professionals).
Note: No spam, or other abuse is allowed and will result in being blocked from all related sites. This is a professional support site for screenwriters who write screenplays. Suggested Books:
•“Story” By Robert McKee
•“The Hero’s Journey” By Joseph Campbell
•“Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting” By Syd Field
•Final Draft (purchases available through our group site).
Note: Of course you can write in any format you desire. Final Draft has been requested by production houses as the format THEY prefer. 'Just sayin'. Conversions from other formats generally requires a complete re-write. Your choice.