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Screenwriting Tribe Workshop
READ THE FOLLOWING. It answers questions. If you RSVP, but can't attend, you must *cancel* your RSVP ASAP. If you signed up for pages, also cancel your pages comment – preferably by Friday to give another writer time to prepare pages. Do not simply not show up. The writers spend time and money preparing pages for the number of RSVPs. There are only 15 seats, and there is often a waiting list. Please, either be there, or cancel your RSVP. This screenplay incubation workshop consists of screenwriters and actors helping writers polish their scripts. Writers should aim to write engaging scripts with broad market investor and distributor appeal. Write scripts that would advance the careers of actors and directors. We read out loud and give verbal and written feedback on up to 12 (NO MORE THAN 12) pages from 4 scripts by 4 writers in attendance who each get 25 minutes for the read and feedback. We workshop feature film, short film, episodic series, anthology series, limited series, and serial series scripts. We do not workshop musicals. We do not workshop multi-cam (studio audience) sit-com scripts. But, we DO workshop single-cam/non-audience sit-coms (Modern Family, Black-ish, Jane the Virgin, American Housewife). We do NOT workshop scripts rated NC-17 or X. We follow formatting as defined in “The Screenwriter's Bible." If you do not want to do the homework, this workshop is not for you. The workshop is as good as those in attendance make it. To attend the workshop, simply RSVP. Others may attend to observe outside of the circle. Observers DON'T RSVP, or participate in the verbal feedback. Simply show up. TO HAVE YOUR 12 PAGES WORKSHOPPED: • 1st) ATTEND AT LEAST ONE workshop. • 2nd) Before signing up to workshop pages, you must OWN a copy of the "Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook." It's for sale on Amazon. Bring it to the workshop. • 3rd) STUDY the formatting section in "The Screenwriter's Bible," and study the book "Dr. Format Tells All." • 4th) RSVP to reserve one of the 15 seats. • 5th) Type “pages” in the comments section. The first FOUR writers to type "pages" each week get 25 minutes to have 12 pages read and verbally critiqued. • 6th) Arrive and take a seat before 6 p.m. If you are not of the first four signing up to workshop pages, you can type "backup pages" – in case anyone cancels. Have your pages ready. You can include a critique cover page to encourage written feedback. To see a cover page, go to "photos" on the menu. Create your own critique cover page. If you've had pages read for three consecutive weeks, take a week or two off, allowing for other writers to workshop pages. (Does not apply to backup pages = you can always sign up for backup pages.) All scripts are the intellectual property of the individual writers. Union actors are welcome. Learning screenwriting can give you an edge in memorization, cold-reading, auditions, and acting. If you are selected to be a narrator during the workshop, read with an engaging energy. No slow narration. Or, allow someone else to narrate. Donations are $5 to $15 per person. The workshop is NOT free. Tribe functions on donations. Other workshops charge a specific price and/or charge monthly fees. A donation envelope is passed around. (You also can use a credit/debit card to contribute on the MeetUp page by clicking on the "Chip In" button, or access: Ages over 17 are welcome. Women and minority writers are encouraged to attend. One way to help correct the misrepresentation of them on screen is for them to WRITE scripts. Take a seat by 6 p.m. To order drinks or food, arrive early. No outside food or drinks allowed in UnUrban. Street parking on Pico is free on Sunday: READ SIGNS. There is parking BEHIND U.S. BANK. (NOT Chase Bank/Trader Joe's). Closest train: Bundy. UnUrban closes at 8p.m. Sunday. We hang outside after the workshop. “If you’re not early, you’re late.” – John Ritter

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3301 Pico Blvd. · Santa Monica, CA


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Screenwriting Tribe is a donation-only workshop consisting of screenwriters and actors helping writers to polish their scripts.

The workshop is for single cam TV, one-hour drama TV, short film, and feature film scripts (no multi-cam sit-coms - for sit-com scripts, go to the Monday night screenwriting workshop held in Sherman Oaks).

Screenwriting Tribe workshop is held Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. in Santa Monica.

During each workshop, we read up to 12 standard formatted pages from four scripts written by four writers who are in attendance at the workshop.

Up to 15 people can participate in the workshop by RSVPing to the MeetUp page.

The first four writers who RSVP and write the word "pages" as a comment, get to have their pages read.

Each writer is given 24 minutes, including their short intro/logline, handing out the sets of pages, assigning roles to the readers, and having the pages read out loud, and then listening to feedback.

After we read the 12 pages, we go around the room one time for positive feedback, then a second time for helpful criticism. After 24 minutes, we go to the next set of 12 pages.

The writer whose pages are being read is to remain silent during the read, and during the feedback. They listen and take notes. They are not to be defensive, or to answer questions. Any questions they might receive during feedback should be considered hypothetical.

Discussions to clarify feedback can be had after the workshop, or writers can exchange contact information.

Writers must attend at least one meeting to observe how the workshop functions before having their script pages read at the workshop.

To avoid spending the meeting time having the members repeatedly pointing out the same formatting errors to each writer, those attending should have studied the formatting section of David Trottier's books "The Screenwriter's Bible." and "Dr. Format Tells All," and the books "Your Screenplay Sucks," "Essentials of Screenwriting," and other screenwriting books.

Script pages presented at Tribe need to be in 12 pt courier type face with correct margins. If they aren't, we not read them. So, do not bring pages to the workshop that are not in the correct type face or that don't have the standard script margins (see the book "Screenwriter's Bible").

It is understandable that script pages brought to the workshop won't be perfect, and are works in progress needing to be polished. However, writers shouldn't solely rely on Tribe to polish their scripts. They should also do their homework, including by reading the screenwriting books on the list of suggested books (below), reading screenwriting articles, watching YouTube videos about screenwriting, and taking other steps to learn the craft of screenwriting.

Being a member of the International Screenwriters Association (ISA) is encouraged. As a member of ISA, you can attend their events, and utilize the resources on the ISA web site. (Access:

Union actors are welcome to attend Tribe workshop to help read the script pages. It is one way for actors to practice cold reading - while also learning about screenwriting. Knowing the craft of screenwriting is one way an actor can sharpen their screen acting skills.

Screenwriting Tribe is specifically meant for writers to polish their scripts so the scripts will be presentable to agents, managers, directors, studio readers, producers, development executives, financiers, actors, screenwriting contests, and fellowship programs.

Trying to make it as a screenwriter can be quite a game. Screenplays are often dismissed because they are sent out before the writers took steps to polish the scripts. Taking your script through Screenwriting Tribe workshop to help polish it is one way to help prevent your script from being dismissed.

The workshop is not free. During the workshop, a donation envelope is sent around to help cover the variety of expenses associated with running the workshop. Suggested donations per person are $4 to $12 at each workshop. Other screenwriting groups charge $20 to $65 per month, and some have yearly dues on top of that.

Compared to the cost of other ways of having a variety of writers and analysts help you to polish your script, Screenwriting Tribe is amazingly inexpensive.

Script pages to be read at the Tribe workshop should have the character dialogue highlighted or circled according to which character you want the reader to read out loud.

One person should be selected to be the narrator, reading the scene headings and description. The narrator needs to maintain a good pace and energy during the read.

You will not learn everything that you need to learn about screenwriting by attending a screenwriting workshop. To improve your skills in the craft, do homework.

In addition to studying "Screenwriter's Bible," and "Dr. Format Tells All," also study Akers' "Your Screenplay Sucks," Field's "Screenplay," Field's "The Screenwriter's Problem Solver," Walters' "Essentials of Screenwriting," Flinn's "How NOT to Write a Screenplay," Gallo's "Screenwriters' Compass," Vogler's "The Writer's Journey," and at least several other popular screenwriting books. Check the screenwriting books sections in your local library and bookstore. Consider also reading psychology books written by Carl Jung.

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