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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.

Upcoming events (5+)

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.

Screenplay Analysis: Shawshank Redemption

Westside Community Center

ANALYSIS OF A SCREENPLAY PRESENTS: SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION It's common knowledge that to make a great film you must first start with a great script. But what is a great script? What elements make up a great story? Join us August 3rd as we review and break down the script SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. If you want to be a writer, it is not enough to watch films. You must read scripts as well. You must analyze the components of a script. Dissect the script and learn what makes it work. In our discussion we will review: * Character Arcs * Story Structure * Needs vs Wants of Character * Importance Of Set Up In A Story This will be a roundtable discussion so be prepared to talk. Join us for analysis of , and see what makes a great script. Discussion will be moderated by Shelly Howeison. To obtain a copy of the script please email Shelly at: [masked]

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.

Taking A Critical Look At Your Work: A Post-Mortem

Westside Multi-Generational Center


You finished a feature length script or film. So… “How’d we do?” The Essential Post-mortem analysis. You finished your script or shooting a film. So…How’d we do? Presented by award-winning Phoenix-based screenwriter and filmmaker, T Severe, this workshop takes a look at how screenwriters and filmmakers need to apply a critical evaluation to their work AFTER completion. Referred to as a post-mortem, it essentially involves a sober and honest evaluation of the strengths, weaknesses, challenges and pitfalls of a script or film, so that the writer or filmmaker continues to grow in his or her future creative efforts. $30 Early Bird Price (Paid PSA Members get a $10 discount credited back) Price increases to $35 on July 20th. What is a post-mortem? It’s a discussion at the end of the project to identify and analyze elements of a project that were successful or unsuccessful. It answers the question, “How’d we do?” (https://www.portent.com/blog/project-management/10-tips-for-a-successful-post-mortem.htm) This discussion will draw from an analysis of Severe’s feature film, Soulless, a paranormal thriller now distributed through Amazon. Excerpts of the film will be reviewed with commentary. Participants will also be encouraged to offer observations as well. A review of the pre-production, production and post production stages will be examined to offer the participants some insight into the film process as a whole so that potential trouble spots can be avoided during any stage. It will also highlight how changes to the script translate into changes in the final production of a film both during filming and later in post production. In addition, the workshop hopes to serve as a model of how to take critical feedback in a non-threatening, non-personal manner so that writers and filmmakers don’t become defensive when releasing their work and the comments start coming. All art forms are subjective. If your goal is to put something out professionally you need to be receptive to the feedback you will get. Because it will come. Know how to navigate the constructive critiques and incorporate the information into your craft. Then queue up your next screenplay or film!

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In The Works: Actors Reading Writers

Floridino's Pizza & Pasta

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