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Montana writers: Have you written a screenplay or two (or ten) -- or are thinking about one? Maybe you write novels or short stories or have a life story people say would make a great movie. Or do you just want to improve your storytelling skills -- on the page &/or out loud?

***If you say 'yes' to any or all of the above, we hope you'll join us. ***We're open to Montana screenwriters of all genres and experience levels -- plus novelists, short story writers as well as writers of non-fiction or memoirs or personal essays.

Many of the writing craft topics we discuss are valuable for all types of writers. Using screenwriting techniques helps make novels, memoirs, personal essays and short stories even more visual and emotionally compelling.

(If you write novels and memoirs or non-fiction, also check out Authors of the Flathead, one of our sponsoring groups:

Since 2020 we've focused primarily on discussing screenwriting and screenplays. We've read award winning scripts and watched videos about screenwriting craft topics including how now-iconic films actually got made. (Check out Netflix's terrific series "The Movies That Made Us" -- it tells and shows how films like "Pretty Woman," "Home Alone," "Back to the Future" and also well-known low budget horror films actually got written, filmed and became box office success.)

We will meet monthly in 2024 via Zoom -- and may possibly also meet in person in Kalispell MT during summer months. Check each month's event posting for details.

In 2024 we'll try a new focus as an online BOOK CLUB for writers. Each month we'll read and discuss one book about the craft or business of screenwriting -- but we'll also include books of value for all types of writers. For example, crafting short personal essays for Live Storytelling; using the Chakras or Enneagram as character creation tools. Feel free to send a Meetup Message to organizer Barbara Schiffman if you have books to suggest - and let her know if you've read them already or not.

A list of our first few 2024 books will be posted in our "Discussions" section. Check back for this in December -- we will continue adding to it as more books are suggested.

Getting and reading the Writing Book of the Month is strongly recommended but not required. The library or online used book stores are good places to find a print or ebook copy (we do not provide them). But even if you don't get to read the Writing Book of the Month, you will benefit from learning what Barbara and other attendees who do read the book learn from it, and we'll also discuss the month's topic in general.

Since we'll meet primarily via Zoom in 2024, you will be able to join in from wherever you are -- even if you're not in Flathead Valley MT. And Barbara hopes some of the authors of our Writing Books of the Month may also be available to join us online!

Also, Barbara Schiffman is available to teach weekend workshops in Montana about screenwriting -- preferably within driving distance of her home in Flathead Valley Contact her if you have a local group -- at least 6 writers -- that would like to bring her to your area to lead a weekend masterclass on a screenwriting topic of your choice -- email her at:

Meanwhile, stay warm and keep writing!

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