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Denver Screenwriters (DSW)

A Screenwriting Community. A High Lever Resource. A Catalyst.

The Denver Screen Writers' Meetup is a screenwriting collective dedicated to connecting fellow screenwriters who want to increase their both their craft and industry knowledge. Our goal is to get your script marketplace competitive!

We do focus at an intermediate and advanced level, but beginners are welcome -- you'll just be learning at a higher level!


DSW is in the process of being recreated by its members, and so far, we know we will be featuring the following:

Ø Story Breaking Session - Writers will be chosen randomly to pitch their stories to Trai and their fellow writers and we'll evaluate the strength of the character build and arcs, the plot, the themes, and so on. THE essential development tool to make your writing go smoothly!

Ø Table Read Workshop - Writers will bring up to 12 pages of their scripts, cast it among the attendees, and receive a live table read and 20 minutes of workshop of what's working and what can be improved upon.

Ø Screenwriting Classes- Taught by a 30-year filmmaking pro, Trai will conduct classes that cover craft elements (ie, character build, structure, theme, narrative, etc. etc.) as well as business (ie, hacking Hollywood, writing the low budget script, pitch materials, etc. etc.). These classes will be curated by the members via survey.

Ø Story Deconstruction - Sometimes Trai gets a hair up to break down the first 2-10 pages of a script, or conduct a script-to-screen review, or just go on a rant on a bad movie (we're looking at you, Argo!)

ØDSW Resources - To be ready for the marketplace, you'll need to know a lot about the business. Most of these resources will be globally accessible, but some will be just for Colorado residents.

Ø Craftwrite Discounts - Trai will also be offering to the public 6 and 8 week classes (Screenwriting, Advanced Screenwriting, Writing the TV Pilot, etc. etc.), and has an editorial business that has helped hundreds of writers get their scripts in shape for contests, fellowships, and pitching to agents and producers. DSW members will receive a 10% discount to all Craftwrite Services. www.craftwrite.com


The DSW $12.00 annual fee is for access to the plethora of classes and workshopping opportunities.

Click on the DSW Member Dues link below for payment and membership to the DSW: (A link to the DSW Resource & Script Library will be emailed upon membership dues payment.)

You can make payment on the "Member Dues" link located on the left of this home page screen:

DSW House Rules: DSW Membership Feedback and Online Posting Policy

The Denver Screen Writers' Meetup is founded on the principle of cooperation and collaboration. Our membership enjoys a nurturing co-created environment of constructive feedback and encouragement. Any issues should be brought directly to the person to which such issues arise.

Please note that DSW postings go to the entire DSW membership, and the spirit of the entire DSW Meetup membership should be considered before posting.


Trai Cartwright
Denver Screen Writers Organizer

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DSW Table Read Workshops

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Welcome to the Denver Screenwriters table read workshops! Writers will be chosen at random to have up to 8 pages of their screenplay, pilot, shorts, or web series episode workshopped each month.

You'll screenshare your pages and cast it using the attendees. We all read it out loud, and then give feedback about what's working and what could use some work.

-- Critiques are done with compassion and with the sincere desire to be helpful. If anyone is a jerk in giving their feedback, they will be instantly removed. Learning to give constructive criticism is part of the goal of these sessions.

-- Likewise, writers learn how to take critique in these sessions. Writers listen but don't talk -- and be sure to write everything down!

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How to Win Contests!

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