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Phoenix Screenwriters Association Inc., (PSA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, whose mission is to help screenwriters and filmmakers hone their skills by providing interactive and inspirational training events and supportive networking opportunities with others in the industry.

Upcoming events (5)

Writers' Insights Workshop - West Valley

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Writers’ Insights** is a monthly workshop designed to help you gain better understanding of your writing. A friendly environment and wonderful moderator where participants will bring 10 pages of their work.

Constructive feedback is given as to how the readers experienced your story...what worked well, where clarity may be needed and possible solutions for a rewrite. We will cap the readings at 3 writers per session.

All characters should be marked /Highlighted before the workshop. Writer will present 10 pages to workshop. It is best to start with the TITLE, a LOGLINE, and pages 1-10. Each writer will get 30 minutes to present the material and receive feedback.
Workshop areas will include but not limited to: Title, Logline, page 1, pacing, introduction of characters, scene advancement, genre, relationship between characters, dialogue, subtext, twists, setup and payoff and others. Be sure to understand your Genre. First time participants will not present material but may be included in the workshop portion. Please respond in the comment section if you are bringing pages.

**Phoenix Screenwriters Association has received an AZ Organizational Relief Grant (ORG). Administered by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the AZ ORG Program directs relief funds allocated by Governor Doug Ducey from the State of Arizona's Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund in support of arts and culture organizations across the state.

Mastering Suspense (Part I) - FREE

Online event

FREE EVENT - Explore with actors and other creatives aspects of suspense (compromising, dangerous, explosive secrets the audience knows but other characters don't) over Zoom. The workshop is part actor dramatization, lecture presentation, collaborative brainstorming session, writing (on one’s own), and actor reading of participant work.

In Part 1 (April 24), participants will learn key aspects of suspense and brainstorm ideas for a suspense scene.

In Part 2 (May 8), participant work will be read by actors. There will also be a deeper dive into the art and craft of suspense. For Part 2, suspense scenes written by participants of no more than 5 pages are due May 1st at midnight to [masked].

Although no prior preparation is necessary, it is recommended that participants watch Sabotage (1936) in advance of the workshop.

Led by Paco José Madden, an activist/scholar/teacher/writer. He previously produced the interactive writing workshops “How to Write a Meet Cute” and “Writing the Stages of Fear.”

Featuring:
Emily Adams as Silent Witness #1
Cynnita Agent as Clifford
Mona Swan LaSeur as Myra
Bray Lawrence as Sydney
Ilana Lydia as The Poisoner
Paco José Madden as the Instructor
Ricky Quintana as Silent Witness #2
and
Dienae Hunter as the Zoom Coordinator

This program is made possible by the City of Phoenix and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Access the workshop via Zoom at https://asu.zoom.us/j/86279080775?pwd=Tkc0N3drdzljNFNOWStiVjV1bnFrQT09

THE CODE FOR THE ZOOM WORKSHOP IS suspense

Be sure to sign-up for Part II at https://www.meetup.com/Phoenix-Screenwriters-Group/events/276630630/.

Writers' Insights Workshop

Online event

Writers’ Insights is a monthly workshop** designed to help you gain better understanding of your writing. A friendly environment and wonderful moderator where participants will bring 10 pages of their work (please bring enough copies for all attendees) to read aloud as a group. Constructive feedback is given as to how the readers experienced your story...what worked well, where clarity may be needed and possible solutions for a rewrite. We will cap the readings at 4 participants per meeting so everyone get equal time. Please reply in comments if you plan on bringing pages.

Bonus: A monthly addition to your writer’s toolbox will be included...how to tackle challenges writers face such as the Note-within-a-note, Writer’s Block, Protecting Your Writing Time, Resources for Writers, etc.

Grab a cup of coffee and your 10 pages and come join us for a relaxing time while gaining insight to your writing.

**Phoenix Screenwriters Association has received an AZ Organizational Relief Grant (ORG). Administered by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the AZ ORG Program directs relief funds allocated by Governor Doug Ducey from the State of Arizona's Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund in support of arts and culture organizations across the state.

Mastering Suspense (Part II)

Online event

Explore with actors and other creatives aspects of suspense (compromising, dangerous, explosive secrets the audience knows but other characters don't) over Zoom. The workshop is part actor dramatization, lecture presentation, collaborative brainstorming session, writing (on one’s own), and actor reading of participant work.

In Part 1 (April 24), participants will learn key aspects of suspense and brainstorm ideas for a suspense scene.

In Part 2 (May 8), participant work will be read by actors. There will also be a deeper dive into the art and craft of suspense. For Part 2, suspense scenes written by participants of no more than 5 pages are due May 1st at midnight to [masked].

Although no prior preparation is necessary, it is recommended that participants watch Sabotage (1936) in advance of the workshop.

Led by Paco José Madden, an activist/scholar/teacher/writer. He previously produced the interactive writing workshops “How to Write a Meet Cute” and “Writing the Stages of Fear.”

Featuring:
Emily Adams as Silent Witness #1
Cynnita Agent as Clifford
Mona Swan LaSeur as Myra
Bray Lawrence as Sydney
Ilana Lydia as The Poisoner
Paco José Madden as the Instructor
Ricky Quintana as Silent Witness #2
and
Dienae Hunter as the Zoom Coordinator

This program is made possible by the City of Phoenix and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Access the workshop via Zoom at https://asu.zoom.us/j/86279080775?pwd=Tkc0N3drdzljNFNOWStiVjV1bnFrQT09

THE CODE FOR THE ZOOM WORKSHOP IS suspense

Be sure to sign-up for Part I at https://www.meetup.com/Phoenix-Screenwriters-Group/events/276630622/

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