What we're about

Montana writers: Have you written a screenplay or two (or ten) -- or are thinking about it? Maybe you write novels or have a life story people say would make a great movie. 

We're open to writers of all types, but focus on screenwriting and screenplays. (For support with writing novels and memoirs or non-fiction, check out Authors of the Flathead, one of our sponsoring groups: http://authorsoftheflathead.org)

In 2020, we read and discussed screenplays by top Hollywood or indie film writers to learn about writing our own best scripts. We also interviewed some film/TV industry pros -- including judges of the 2020 Montana Screenwriting Competition -- online via Zoom.

In 2022, we're starting to meet person as well as via Zoom for some meetings and focusing on SCREENWRITING SKILLS. At our live 4th Thursday sessions in coming months, organizer/script consultant Barbara Schiffman will present an aspect of screenwriting for discussion and practice with a writing exercise.

We will also discuss the craft and business of screenwriting or TV writing, so bring your questions. In addition, if you need brainstorming on a story idea or script stuck-point, or group troubleshooting on a specific scene or plot point, bring your story ideas or sample pages (1 copy).

All levels of Montana screenwriters -- as well as novelists, short story writers, poets, writers of non-fiction or memoirs -- are welcome!

Upcoming events (4+)

6/1: Write On Toastmasters - the online only TM speakers group esp. for writers

Link visible for attendees

Writers: Become more comfortable and confident speaking about your projects &/or yourself as a writer -- for pitch sessions, book signings, podcast interviews, conference panels and more!

Join us at WRITE ON TOASTMASTERS - a new ALL-VIRTUAL twice-monthly Toastmasters Club FOR WRITERS led by Lori Pruett, a former TM Division Director in South Carolina. It's designed to help writers like us get support and practice in speaking about our writing, no matter where we live or what we write.

There's no cost to attend or obligation to join (tho Toastmasters annual dues are affordable - and tax deductible!).

RSVP HERE to get the private WO-TM online link so you can attend our next meeting - 10-11:30 AM Montana time.

We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Log in from wherever you are to hear other writers - of all types, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and more - practice speaking about their experiences. There will also be "sponatenous speaking practice" (aka Table Topics) where you can join in as well, if you wish!

Why check out Write On Toastmasters? You may know how to WRITE about yourself and your projects as a bio for your book cover, Amazon author page, pitch paragraph or logline for your query letters. But when asked to SPEAK about yourself or your story, do you freeze up or let your words ramble? If so, you're not alone...

Writers don't just "write" anymore; we also present TEDx talks in person and online. We get interviewed for podcasts, conferences and multi-speaker telesummits. At book signings, live or virtual, we read from our written work and answer questions about it &/or our writing process. Finally, we must speak to promote our published books or produced films so people will want to read or watch them.

This special all-virtual TM club focuses on Presentation Mastery, Engaging Humor, and Persuasive Influence -- and on Using Technology (doing podcasts, online video, and more) which are essential skills for all 21st century writers.

If you choose to join - so you too can practice speaking and receive Toastmasters training materials - the cost is low and tax deductible!

Even if you're already a member of another Toastmasters Club, check out our new writers club and consider joining as a "dual" member. You'll get more "stage & screen time" to speak, and meet other writers like you.

If you used to be a Toastmaster but your membership lapsed (like mine), you can renew with this new Club and refresh your speaking skills.

Questions about Toastmasters or this new group? Post them below or EMAIL ME at [masked]

Keep writing -- and start speaking up!

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FAQS:

Who is this Toastmasters virtual writers club for:

> > All types and levels of writers -- of books, scripts or stageplays, from beginners to seasoned authors who’ve been published or screenwriters and playwrights whose work has been produced.

Do I need to attend every online meeting?

> > No -- attend when you can, from wherever you are (with no driving or weather concerns!).

Can I attend as a guest to check it out a few times?

> > Yes -- guests are welcome to attend before joining, but they won't be able to give speeches or receive the Toastmasters training materials until they're a club member.

What happens at Toastmasters meetings for writers?

> > TM meetings offer a structured pathway to learn and practice speaking skills at your own pace. There are opportunities to present prepared talks (5-7 minutes each) about any topic you like -- why you're a writer, or something you’ve learned while researching your book or script. There are also times to practice spontaneous speaking (Table Topics) -- this is my favorite part, and helpful for preparing for interviews or pitching!
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6/15: Write On Toastmasters - the online only TM speakers group esp. for writers

Link visible for attendees

Writers: Become more comfortable and confident speaking about your projects &/or yourself as a writer -- for pitch sessions, book signings, podcast interviews, conference panels and more!

Join us at WRITE ON TOASTMASTERS - a new ALL-VIRTUAL twice-monthly Toastmasters Club FOR WRITERS led by Lori Pruett, a former TM Division Director in South Carolina. It's designed to help writers like us get support and practice in speaking about our writing, no matter where we live or what we write.

There's no cost to attend or obligation to join (tho Toastmasters annual dues are affordable - and tax deductible!).

RSVP HERE to get the private WO-TM online link so you can attend our next meeting - 10-11:30 AM Montana time.

We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Log in from wherever you are to hear other writers - of all types, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and more - practice speaking about their experiences. There will also be "sponatenous speaking practice" (aka Table Topics) where you can join in as well, if you wish!

Why check out Write On Toastmasters? You may know how to WRITE about yourself and your projects as a bio for your book cover, Amazon author page, pitch paragraph or logline for your query letters. But when asked to SPEAK about yourself or your story, do you freeze up or let your words ramble? If so, you're not alone...

Writers don't just "write" anymore; we also present TEDx talks in person and online. We get interviewed for podcasts, conferences and multi-speaker telesummits. At book signings, live or virtual, we read from our written work and answer questions about it &/or our writing process. Finally, we must speak to promote our published books or produced films so people will want to read or watch them.

This special all-virtual TM club focuses on Presentation Mastery, Engaging Humor, and Persuasive Influence -- and on Using Technology (doing podcasts, online video, and more) which are essential skills for all 21st century writers.

If you choose to join - so you too can practice speaking and receive Toastmasters training materials - the cost is low and tax deductible!

Even if you're already a member of another Toastmasters Club, check out our new writers club and consider joining as a "dual" member. You'll get more "stage & screen time" to speak, and meet other writers like you.

If you used to be a Toastmaster but your membership lapsed (like mine), you can renew with this new Club and refresh your speaking skills.

Questions about Toastmasters or this new group? Post them below or EMAIL ME at [masked]

Keep writing -- and start speaking up!

===
FAQS:

Who is this Toastmasters virtual writers club for:

> > All types and levels of writers -- of books, scripts or stageplays, from beginners to seasoned authors who’ve been published or screenwriters and playwrights whose work has been produced.

Do I need to attend every online meeting?

> > No -- attend when you can, from wherever you are (with no driving or weather concerns!).

Can I attend as a guest to check it out a few times?

> > Yes -- guests are welcome to attend before joining, but they won't be able to give speeches or receive the Toastmasters training materials until they're a club member.

What happens at Toastmasters meetings for writers?

> > TM meetings offer a structured pathway to learn and practice speaking skills at your own pace. There are opportunities to present prepared talks (5-7 minutes each) about any topic you like -- why you're a writer, or something you’ve learned while researching your book or script. There are also times to practice spontaneous speaking (Table Topics) -- this is my favorite part, and helpful for preparing for interviews or pitching!
> > ===

MT Screenwriting Summer School - live at FVCC Kalispell - April-July

Needs a location

MT SCREENWRITERS: This summer, get ready for Authors of the Flathead's annual Writers Conference in early October by polishing the synopsis and first 10 pages of your screenplay!

Prep your work for review by conference presenter Suzanne Lyons, a Hollywood producer who options scripts and develops books for film or TV (and one of my favorite film biz mentors). If you register early for the 2022 conference (held live this year, with a few Zoom-only spaces too!), you may qualify for a live consult with Suzanne as a bonus!

Conference registration opens April 15th. It has limited space in person (100 attendees max) and also via Zoom (25 max). Get info on the conference at https://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/2022-conference

Learn more about Suzanne, her films and her book "Indie Filmmaking" at: https://suzannelyons.net

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Even if you’re a novelist who wants to chat with Suzanne about your book’s potential for film or TV...

Or you can’t attend the 2022 conference (Sat+Sun 10/1+2 with a special add'l seminar Fri 9/30) but want to prep your screenplays for submission elsewhere...

Or your script idea &/or first draft are still works-in-progress...

...Feel free to join us at our Fourth Thursday AofF Screenwriting "summer school" at FVCC:

Attend any or all sessions:
April 28 = your logline and synopsis;
May 26 = plot and structure;
June 23 = characters and dialogue;
July 28 = your first 10 pages.

These are in-person meetings at FVCC - Broussard Center room 141.

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There's NO COST to attend Thursday MT Screenwriting sessions, in person &/or via Zoom - thanks to our sponsor AUTHORS OF THE FLATHEAD.

Get info on AofF at www.authorsoftheflathead.org - and check out AofF's other Thursday Night at FVCC sessions too, including monthly workshops with Kathy Dunnehoff, guest speakers and open read nights.

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Questions? Email me at [masked] - include your question and your full name (esp if your email address is not your name) - Thanks!

See you soon!
Barbara Schiffman

  • MT Screenwriting Group Organizer

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MT Screenwriting Summer School - live at FVCC Kalispell - April-July

Needs a location

MT SCREENWRITERS: This summer, get ready for Authors of the Flathead's annual Writers Conference in early October by polishing the synopsis and first 10 pages of your screenplay!

Prep your work for review by conference presenter Suzanne Lyons, a Hollywood producer who options scripts and develops books for film or TV (and one of my favorite film biz mentors). If you register early for the 2022 conference (held live this year, with a few Zoom-only spaces too!), you may qualify for a live consult with Suzanne as a bonus!

Conference registration opens April 15th. It has limited space in person (100 attendees max) and also via Zoom (25 max). Get info on the conference at https://www.authorsoftheflathead.org/2022-conference

Learn more about Suzanne, her films and her book "Indie Filmmaking" at: https://suzannelyons.net

====
Even if you’re a novelist who wants to chat with Suzanne about your book’s potential for film or TV...

Or you can’t attend the 2022 conference (Sat+Sun 10/1+2 with a special add'l seminar Fri 9/30) but want to prep your screenplays for submission elsewhere...

Or your script idea &/or first draft are still works-in-progress...

...Feel free to join us at our Fourth Thursday AofF Screenwriting "summer school" sessions at FVCC:

Attend any or all sessions:
April 28 = your logline and synopsis;
May 26 = plot and structure;
June 23 = characters and dialogue;
July 28 = your first 10 pages.

These are in-person meetings at FVCC - Broussard Center room 141.

===
There's NO COST to attend Thursday MT Screenwriting sessions, in person &/or via Zoom - thanks to our sponsor AUTHORS OF THE FLATHEAD.

Get info on AofF at www.authorsoftheflathead.org - and check out AofF's other Thursday Night at FVCC sessions too, including monthly workshops with Kathy Dunnehoff, guest speakers and open read nights.

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Questions? Email me at [masked] - include your question and your full name (esp if your email address is not your name) - Thanks!

See you soon!
Barbara Schiffman

  • MT Screenwriting Group Organizer

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