What we're about

The Greenwich Screenwriters Group - http://www.facebook.com/groups/GreenwichScreenwriters is a creative writing support group aimed at developing writing skills for that most difficult and brutal arena of writing - SCREENWRITING.

We are interested in people who want to write for the film and television industry - or simply enjoy the challenge of writing as a hobby. Please do not join this group if you are simply interested in the cinema and want to meet up for a social chit chat. This GROUP is all about writing and reading screenplays and developing key associated writing skills - like defining the perfect log-line - and developing stories that hold water and have a fighting chance in the international screenwriting competitions that this group will be writing for.

Other than writers - we would love to see thespian types who enjoy the challenge of reading screenplays around a table and joining in the following discussion sessions. And remember - the only way to develop a screenplay and grow as a writer - is to be able listen to what your story and dialogue sound like when rolled around the mouths of others. It is also about being able to take on the chin constructive criticism - and the UNDERSTANDING - that sometimes a story idea or screenplay is a dead dog and that it is important to be able to move on and develop fresh ideas.

We will also be looking at developing polished short screenplays for the short film industry - which on an amateur and professional level is thriving in the UK and gives the amateur screenwriter the greatest chance of getting something made.

As the group grows - I will hold sessions on software, associated literature, up-and-coming writing competitions and forums where you can park a polished screenplay, so that can be accessed by producers and agents. None of which is cheap: - so you need to get it right. I will also introduce you to professional writers and the occasional director - so that the group can enjoy talks from both amateur filmmakers and industry professionals and thus gain a greater understanding of this most bitter sweet sphere of writing - that is both wonderfully challenging and fulfilling - and equally - horribly, horribly frustrating.

Still interested - then this group will be a perfect outfit to join and become a blessed band of writing brothers and sisters.

Upcoming events (4+)

Greenwich Screenwriters February 2022 online meetup

Online event

Virtual table read's of each other's scripts followed by feedback

HOW IT WORKS:
We cold read the first 10 pages of up to 5 writer's screenplays. The scripts are uploaded to the zoom chat & circulated to attendees beforehand in a messenger group (if you're not on facebook, put a comment with your email address). The writers are invited to tell us the logline/give a brief pitch (optional) before the read. After the read, the group gives feedback, comments and makes suggestions/gives ideas that you're free to accept or reject.

If you want to have your script read, please confirm your attendance and post a comment advising that you’d like to bring a script. It is first come first served. One person will do the narration and the others will do the characters while you listen. It makes it much easier and quicker if you have a list of the characters so that you can quickly assign the characters to the people in the group on the day. It is free to attend

ABOUT THE GROUP:
The Greenwich Screenwriters Group meet monthly to do table reads of each other’s and give feedback. We also have social get togethers every 2-3 months. The Group is usually facilitated by Andrew Smith. People of all levels of experience are welcome. Some members work in the industry, have been optioned and produced. If you are new to the group, please understand that we are a warm, friendly crowd that believe in positive and constructive feedback. Good ideas, good writing and good storytelling - inevitably get better when perused with good companions

HOW TO FIND US:
If you have facebook, please put 'going' or 'interested' there, so that you can be invited to a messenger group chat. If you're not on facebook, please leave a comment below with your email address, so that I can send you the scripts in advance or get them from zoom on the day

WHERE:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/77568670734?pwd=WWhVUnFIcG9NMjJ6eGY5Y1o1bVBTZz09

Meeting ID:[masked]
Passcode: 2uZFse

WHEN:
Wednesday February 2nd 2022, 7:45PM to 10:00PM. Every 1st Wednesday of the month

WHERE:
Online via zoom

FACEBOOK GROUP:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreenwichScreenwriters

MEETUP PAGE:
https://www.meetup.com/Greenwich-Screenwriters-Group

FAQ’s:

Q: how do I get the scripts? A: They're uploaded to the zoom chat.

Q: I write novels, stage plays, short stories, etc... can I come? A: Of course!

Q: I’m an actor/producer/filmmaker, is it okay if I come? A: Of course! Having actors/producers/filmmakers really enhances the table reads & feedback. We need more actors/producers/filmmakers!

Q: How do I get my script read? A: Confirm your attendance, post a comment saying how many pages you want to bring. First come first served. (If you repeatedly say you’re bringing a script & don’t attend, your script may be de-prioritised). We want to keep the standard high so please bring your best work

Q: Who chairs the group & what are their credentials? A: Andrew M Smith chairs & runs the group. The group was started in 2012, disbanded & Andrew resurrected the group. Andrew’s credentials are here: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm9821156/

Q: I don’t live in Greenwich, can I still come? A: Of course!

Q: I don’t have a script to bring, can I still come? A: Of course!

Q: What do I need to prepare? A: Nothing.

Q: What makes this screenwriting group unique? A: This is a long running London screenplay group. Many friendships & collaborations have been forged at this group. New members are very welcome.

Q: How many scripts do you get through in an evening? A: at the online meetup's we do 4 lots of 10 pages, which equates to about 30 minutes per script for the read & feedback.

Q: Is it free? A: Yes

Q: Can I bring a friend? A: Yes, if they put themselves down as going.

Q: My script might be offensive to some, is it still okay to have it read? A: Yes! Anything goes. Great stories & scripts are not politically correct. Do not try to censor yourself. Tell your story and don't apologise for it!

Greenwich Screenwriters Meetup

The Spanish Galleon

Table readings of each other's scripts followed by feedback...
HOW IT WORKS:
We read of up to the first 20 pages of your screenplay. We don't circulate the script before, just bring a minimum of 6 hard copies. You don’t have to turn up with a script. If you bring a screenplay, you will be invited to tell us the logline & give a brief pitch (optional). If you want to bring a script, please confirm your attendance & post a comment advising how many pages you want to bring. One person will do narration & the others will do the characters while you listen. (It makes easier if you bring a list of the characters so that you can quickly assign the characters to the people around the table). The group gives you feedback & suggestions that you can accept or reject. It's free with an optional donation

ABOUT THE GROUP:
We are a warm, friendly crowd that believe in positive & constructive feedback. The group meet monthly & is facilitated by Andrew M Smith. You don’t have to be local to Greenwich. People of all levels of experience welcome. Some members work in the industry, have been optioned & produced. It’s a good group to network/meet people to collaborate with

WHERE:
Spanish Galleon pub; 48 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, SE10 9BL. (We use a quiet room on the ground floor). Walk out Cutty Sark DLR station, turn left & pub is on the opposite side. Greenwich Station is down the road. Parking unrestricted from 5pm

WHEN:
Currently every 1st Wednesday of the month from 7:30pm-10:30pm. People arrive from 7pm to socialise. Grab a drink & head into the back room when you arrive

FAQ’s:
- Q:I write novels, stage plays, short stories, etc... can I come? A:Of course!
- Q:Is the venue wheelchair accessible? A:Yes, we meet in a ground floor room at the back of the pub.
- Q:I’m an actor, is it okay if I come? A:Of course! Having actors really enhances the table reads & feedback. We need more actors!
- Q:How do I get my script read? A:Confirm your attendance, post a comment saying how many pages you want to bring. First come first served. (If you repeatedly say you’re bringing a script & don’t attend, your script may be de-prioritised). We want to keep the standard high so please bring your best work. If you turn up with a script without letting us know, or let us know at the last minute, you might not get read unless the people that confirmed cancel.
- Q:Who chairs the group & what are their credentials? A:Andrew M Smith chairs & runs the group. The group was started in 2012, disbanded & Andrew resurrected the group. Andrew’s credentials are here: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm9821156/
- Q:Do I need to let you know that I’m coming? A:No, just put ‘going’ on Facebook and/or Meetup (preferably both). Come along, grab a drink, hear some scripts, read some lines (optional), share your comments & make new friends.
- Q:I don’t live in Greenwich, can I still come? A:Of course!
- Q:I don’t have a script to bring, can I still come? A:Of course!
- Q:I just want to listen & not read any parts, is that okay? A:Of course!
- Q:How many people usually attend? A:usually 15-20ish. There’s a few newbies each month. People arrive from 7pm onwards to socialise.
- Q:How many scripts per evening do you get through? A:Usually 3 or 4 lots of up to 20 pages. If we have a decent number of script that month, we might reduce the page count to accommodate more scripts.
- Q:I said I was coming with a script but didn’t make it, where do I stand. A:Not to worry, come along next month.
- Q:Is there a cost? A: No, you can attend for free. There’s an optional donation of £1 or £2. It is expected that everyone buy at least one drink. The pub kindly lets us use the room for free so please purchase a drink or two.
- Q: What makes this screen writing group unique? A:This is a long running London screenplay group. Many friendships & collaborations have been forged at this group. New members are very welcome.
Join our FACEBOOK GROUP; www.facebook.com/groups/GreenwichScreenwriters

Greenwich Screenwriters social night March 2022

Spanish Galleon

A Greenwich Screenwriters social get-together. Feel free to come along for drinks in the pub. Everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be local to Greenwich to attend and it’s free to attend.

Now that lockdown is hopefully over, we’ll be having the odd social get together every couple of months or so, probably on a Saturday or Sunday, in or around Greenwich. When we meet for our table reads (whether online or in person), it’s quite fleeting and there’s not always much time to chat. The odd social Meetup is therefore a good opportunity to have a more casual get together.

You might have attended the group once or twice in the past and not been able to make it again since. You might not have been able to make it to any of the Meet-ups yet. You might be a regular attendee. Either way, you’re more than welcome to join us.

This is also a nice opportunity to network, socialise, meet people to collaborate with and rub shoulders with other screenwriters. We won't be reading any scripts as this is just a social opportunity. Writing can be a lonely business. It’s important to have social support. ❤️

I'll have a clapper board 🎬 with me so that you can easily find us.

WHEN:
Saturday 12th March from 7:30pm-10:30pm.

WHERE:
Spanish Galleon pub, 48 Greenwich Church St, London SE10 9BL

ABOUT THE GROUP:
The Greenwich Screenwriters Group meet monthly to do table reads of each other’s and give feedback. The Group is usually facilitated by Andrew Smith. People of all levels of experience are welcome. Some members work in the industry, have been optioned and produced. If you are new to the group, please understand that we are a warm, friendly crowd that believe in positive and constructive feedback. Good ideas, good writing and good storytelling - inevitably get better when perused with good companions.

FACEBOOK GROUP:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreenwichScreenwriters

MEETUP PAGE:
https://www.meetup.com/Greenwich-Screenwriters-Group

FAQ's:
- Q: how will I find the group? A: keep an eye out for the clapper board 🎬

- Q: Will we be reading any scripts? A: No, this is purely a social occasion.

- Q: I write novels, stage plays, short stories, etc... can I come? A: Of course!

- Q: I’m an actor/producer/filmmaker, is it okay if I come? A: Of course! We need more actors/producers/filmmakers!

- Q: Who chairs the group & what are their credentials? A: Andrew M Smith chairs & runs the group. The group was started in 2012, disbanded & Andrew resurrected the group. Andrew’s credentials are here: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm9821156/

- Q: I don’t live in Greenwich, can I still come? A: Of course!

- Q: How many people usually attend? A: usually 15-25ish.

- Q: What makes this screenwriting group unique? A: This is a long running London screenplay group. Many friendships & collaborations have been forged at this group. New members are very welcome.

- Q: Is it free? A: Yes.

- Q: Can I bring a friend? A: Yes, if they put themselves down as going.

Greenwich Screenwriters Meetup

The Spanish Galleon

Table readings of each other's scripts followed by feedback...
HOW IT WORKS:
We read of up to the first 20 pages of your screenplay. We don't circulate the script before, just bring a minimum of 6 hard copies. You don’t have to turn up with a script. If you bring a screenplay, you will be invited to tell us the logline & give a brief pitch (optional). If you want to bring a script, please confirm your attendance & post a comment advising how many pages you want to bring. One person will do narration & the others will do the characters while you listen. (It makes easier if you bring a list of the characters so that you can quickly assign the characters to the people around the table). The group gives you feedback & suggestions that you can accept or reject. It's free with an optional donation

ABOUT THE GROUP:
We are a warm, friendly crowd that believe in positive & constructive feedback. The group meet monthly & is facilitated by Andrew M Smith. You don’t have to be local to Greenwich. People of all levels of experience welcome. Some members work in the industry, have been optioned & produced. It’s a good group to network/meet people to collaborate with

WHERE:
Spanish Galleon pub; 48 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, SE10 9BL. (We use a quiet room on the ground floor). Walk out Cutty Sark DLR station, turn left & pub is on the opposite side. Greenwich Station is down the road. Parking unrestricted from 5pm

WHEN:
Currently every 1st Wednesday of the month from 7:30pm-10:30pm. People arrive from 7pm to socialise. Grab a drink & head into the back room when you arrive

FAQ’s:
- Q:I write novels, stage plays, short stories, etc... can I come? A:Of course!
- Q:Is the venue wheelchair accessible? A:Yes, we meet in a ground floor room at the back of the pub.
- Q:I’m an actor, is it okay if I come? A:Of course! Having actors really enhances the table reads & feedback. We need more actors!
- Q:How do I get my script read? A:Confirm your attendance, post a comment saying how many pages you want to bring. First come first served. (If you repeatedly say you’re bringing a script & don’t attend, your script may be de-prioritised). We want to keep the standard high so please bring your best work. If you turn up with a script without letting us know, or let us know at the last minute, you might not get read unless the people that confirmed cancel.
- Q:Who chairs the group & what are their credentials? A:Andrew M Smith chairs & runs the group. The group was started in 2012, disbanded & Andrew resurrected the group. Andrew’s credentials are here: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm9821156/
- Q:Do I need to let you know that I’m coming? A:No, just put ‘going’ on Facebook and/or Meetup (preferably both). Come along, grab a drink, hear some scripts, read some lines (optional), share your comments & make new friends.
- Q:I don’t live in Greenwich, can I still come? A:Of course!
- Q:I don’t have a script to bring, can I still come? A:Of course!
- Q:I just want to listen & not read any parts, is that okay? A:Of course!
- Q:How many people usually attend? A:usually 15-20ish. There’s a few newbies each month. People arrive from 7pm onwards to socialise.
- Q:How many scripts per evening do you get through? A:Usually 3 or 4 lots of up to 20 pages. If we have a decent number of script that month, we might reduce the page count to accommodate more scripts.
- Q:I said I was coming with a script but didn’t make it, where do I stand. A:Not to worry, come along next month.
- Q:Is there a cost? A: No, you can attend for free. There’s an optional donation of £1 or £2. It is expected that everyone buy at least one drink. The pub kindly lets us use the room for free so please purchase a drink or two.
- Q: What makes this screen writing group unique? A:This is a long running London screenplay group. Many friendships & collaborations have been forged at this group. New members are very welcome.
Join our FACEBOOK GROUP; www.facebook.com/groups/GreenwichScreenwriters

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