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Phoenix Screenwriters Association Inc., (PSA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, providing assistance and guidance to local screenwriters and filmmakers through educational and networking opportunities with the goal of supporting their careers into the film business through their development of industry-standard screenplays and films. We offer a range of services, including classroom instruction, seminars, workshops as well as networking opportunities with proven industry leaders. PSA provides its members a professional organization through which motivated writers, filmmakers and others in the film industry have a clearer ability to advance their careers.

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Writers' Insights Workshop

Tempe Marketplace (Barnes and Noble)

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.

Elements Of Story - Putting It All Together

Westside Multi-Generational Center


Join us June 1st at the Tempe Westside Community Center as we break down the elements of story. Award winning screenwriter, script analyst and producer Claire Hutchinson, will lead the class and breakdown the elements of a good story. Examples from noted screenwriters and filmmakers will be used to showcase the elements that go into creating unforgettable characters that engage their audiences. Character is a function of theme and Claire will tell you how to generate an exciting theme and therefore, a viable character. Additionally, in any script, story structure is one of the keys to creating a script that is suspenseful, climactic, and engaging to the reader and film audience. Claire will use charts and video clips to discuss the key elements of story structure as they apply to film. Finally, film clips and examples from screenplays will be used to show how to create emotional and engaging scenes and dialogue that will keep audiences interested. Great scenes and great dialogue stem from character and story; involve conflict; are emotional; are suspenseful; move the story forward; can contain subtext; can be improved by careful editing. (Lunch will NOT be served, please bring a snack to get you through the hunger bewitching hours.) $30 Early Bird Price (Paid PSA Members get a $10 discount credited back) Price increases to $35 on May 1st. About Claire Hutchinson: Claire Hutchinson (B.A. (Honors) English, University of Winnipeg; M.A. English, University of Manitoba; Cert. Feature Film Writing, Cert. Professional Program in Screenwriting, UCLA) is a produced and award-winning screenwriter, script analyst, film festival judge, speaker, and producer. She is the screenwriter of the film “Lucky’s Treasure”, starring Michael Ironside (“Top Gun”, “Total Recall”), Delaney, and J.T. Neal. It was distributed by Pureflix and Universal Studios in 2017. She is also the co-producer, writer, and director of the short film, “Living the Dream,” which won third place in the shorts category at the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival in 2019. Her WWI script, “The Czar’s Letters”, won first place in the Winnipeg Real to Reel Film Festival in 2019.

Backstory - What? How? How Much?

Westside Multi-Generational Center

Backstory - What? How? How Much? As screenwriters we’re taught that for a character to be multi-dimensional we often need to create a sufficient backstory to him or her so that the audience has a clearer picture to understand the character’s behavior, motivations, etc. Backstory gives the audience information about a character before your story begins, typically through the use of dialogue, flashbacks, or prologue. But like most elements of screenwriting care should be taken to balance “telling” with “showing”. This discussion will be an open forum. A few examples will be presented as a quick point of introduction to the topic, but participants will be encouraged to share examples from films where backstory is used in any of its forms and where it may be over-utilized, needed, or even absent. Participants are required to read the following 2 articles before attending which will help frame our discussion: https://www.scriptmag.com/features/craft-features/meet-reader-whats-backstory https://film.avclub.com/hey-screenwriters-enough-with-the-backstory-rationing-1798217775 Participants need to have some examples in mind of how backstory was effectively used, where it was needed, as well as examples where it detracted from the story. Participants are encouraged to jot a few notes down and bring with them. Since this will not be a lecture or panel format but a free exchange of views, to foster a robust discussion, class size is limited to 15. As such, if you sign up, your attendance will be expected. Cancellations need to be posted 2 days in advance to allow for others. Please respect this policy. The discussion will be moderated by assistant organizer Tony Severe. ___________________________________________________________________________ Special Note: This workshop is offered free of charge as a service of Phoenix Screenwriters Association (PSA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating screenwriters. Please consider joining as a paid member to help support this and other events throughout the year. Make PSA your professional writing organization. https://phoenixscreenwriters.org/membership/

In The Works: Actors Reading Writers

Floridino's Pizza & Pasta

Phoenix Screenwriters Association, Inc Presents: IN THE WORKS: Actors Reading Writers A reading of excerpts from local writers' scripts in progress… read by local actors honing their craft... Followed by feedback from the writers and networking for everyone. WHEN: Third Tuesday of every month. WHERE: Floridino's Pizza and Pasta Banquet Room 590 N. Alma School Rd. #35 Chandler, AZ 85224 (480)[masked] WHAT: We have partnered with Floridino's for this event to become a FUNDRAISER for PSA, and they will donate 20% of all sales back to us! A meal and drink for you is financial support for us! Where else can you enjoy drinks and a meal out with friends/family AND ENTERTAINMENT for the cost of a reasonable and yummy dinner? The event is free to you, so please help us keep it that way: Please order food & beverages from the venue and be sure to take care of your server! HOW: CALL FOR ACTORS! Want to read a part? Sign in any time after 6:15 pm. At 6:30 pm sharp, parts will be assigned with preference given to those who arrive first. CALL FOR WRITERS! Come by and learn how you can sign up to have your work read at future events. To submit script pages for consideration (max of 15) submit (in pdf format) to: [masked] CALL FOR SUPPORTERS AND AUDIENCE MEMBERS OF ANY KIND! Come by, buy a drink and something to eat, be entertained and see the event that everyone is talking about. We've grown so much since we started in September of 2014! Come and join in on the fun! At 7 pm, let the readings begin! Be sure to share with a friend (or 10), and RSVP! Please follow Phoenix Screenwriters Association and Floridino's Pizza and Pasta (Chandler) on Facebook. ************************* DISCLAIMER: In the Works - Actors Reading Writers (ITW-ARW), a monthly event held by Phoenix Screenwriters Association, Inc. (PSA) provides writers an opportunity to showcase their original written work. PSA (nor ITW-ARW) does not make any promises or guarantees of the safety of script pages. By submitting script pages for the ITW-ARW events, the writer agrees to take every precaution to protect their own work (registration with WGA and/or copyright) and hold harmless PSA and ITW-ARW from any real or perceived injury that might arise out of a reading. Writers who present script pages at ITW-ARW acknowledge that they are the rightful owner(s) of the work and have all rights to the pages. No work presented can be a "writing team" work unless both writers are present at the time of the reading. No script pages presented can be based on third party work (book, comic, short story, etc.) unless writer has permission or rights to that work and can show written proof of the permission or rights at the time of the submission. Any violation of these rules will ban the writer from future readings.

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In The Works: Actors Reading Writers

Floridino's Pizza & Pasta

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