What we're about

Screenwriting Tribe is a workshop consisting of screenwriters helping each other to polish their scripts.

We workshop feature film, short film, episodic series, anthology series, limited/mini series, and serial series scripts.

We also workshop single-cam (non-audience) sit-com scripts (such as Modern Family, Black-ish, Jane the Virgin, and American Housewife).

We do not workshop multi-cam (studio audience) sit-com scripts.

We do not workshop musicals.

We do not workshop scripts rated NC-17 or X.

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 4 scripts written by 4 writers who are in attendance at the workshop.

Up to 20 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 of the 4 writers is given 25 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 25 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.

Before signing up to bring in script pages to be workshopped, writers:

1) Must attend at least 3 meetings to observe how the workshop functions.

2) Own the "Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook," which is available on Amazon.

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 also the "Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook."

If you do not want to do the homework, then Screenwriting Tribe is not for you.

Script pages presented at Tribe need to be in 12 point courier type face with correct margins. If they aren't, we will not read them. (Study the books mentioned above). Most of the writers use Final Draft screenwriting software. (Google: Screenwriting software).

It is understandable that script pages brought to the workshop will not be flawless, and are works in progress needing to be polished. However, writers shouldn't solely rely on Tribe to polish their scripts. They should do their homework, including by reading the screenwriting books on the list of suggested books, reading screenwriting articles, watching YouTube videos about screenwriting, and taking other steps to learn the craft of screenwriting. Writers should do the best they can with their scripts, before workshopping them, and show improvement with each set of pages.

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: NetworksISA.org).

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 Tribe workshop to help polish it is one way to help prevent your script from being dismissed.

After you have workshopped every page, send that script to at least one professional script coverage service, such as ScriptGal, Scriptapalooza, The Austin Film Festival, LaunchPad, Indie Film Hustle, Script Pipeline, David Trottier, We Screenplay, or Coverage, Ink. Do an internet search for: Screenplay coverage services.

Only after taking every page of the script through the workshop, and also receiving script coverage from a service (such as those listed above), consider submitting the script to agents, managers, fellowship programs, mentorship programs, and screenplay competitions.

The two-hour workshop is NOT free. It is a minimum of $7 per person. During the workshop, an envelope is sent around for people to pay. There are a variety of expenses associated with running the workshop. Other screenwriting groups charge monthly fees, and some have other costs. Many writers are financially struggling. We want to keep costs low, but also cover expenses.

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 is 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 workshop. To improve your skills in the craft, do homework.

Check the screenwriting books sections in your local library and bookstore. Also, study books including "The Hero with a Thousand Faces," "The Power of Myth," "The Writer's Journey," "Man and His Symbols," "The Emotional Craft of Fiction," and "The Art of Dramatic Writing."

Upcoming events (3)

Screenwriting Tribe MORNING Workshop on Zoom

Online event

$5.00

PARTICIPANTS: PLEASE READ THIS: It will answer common questions. This Sunday will be the final morning workshop. After this, we will only hold the evening/6p.m. workshops. If you RSVP, but can't attend, *cancel* your RSVP ASAP. There are 15 spots. If you signed up for pages and can't attend, cancel your pages comment – by Friday. Give another writer time to prepare. Pages in PDF ARE TO BE EMAILED TO ME (JOHN) BY FRIDAY, then I will put them up on the screen during the workshop. I will no longer be emailing the script pages to everyone in the workshop as that takes TOO much time, and most people weren't reading the pages until the workshop, anyway. Tribe is for screenwriters. The goal is to help each other polish our screenplays for submission into the industry. Ages: 18 and older. We read aloud and give verbal feedback on up to 12 (no more than 12) pages from 4 scripts by 4 writers participating who each get 25 minutes. We workshop feature film, short film, episodic series, anthology series, limited/mini series, and serial series scripts. We also workshop single-cam (non-audience) sit-com scripts (Modern Family, Black-ish, Jane the Virgin, American Housewife). We don't workshop multi-cam (studio audience) sit-coms, musicals, or scripts rated NC-17 or X. Scripts are to be formatted correctly, and in 12 point Courier font, or we won't read them. If you do not want to do the homework, including studying the books, this workshop is not for you. The workshop is as good as the participants make it. Focus in and be a strong link. To participate, be one of the 15 RSVPs. Because their are expenses, the workshop is a minimum of $5 per person. You can use a credit/debit card on the MeetUp page by clicking on "Chip In," or access: https://secure.meetup.com/Screenwriting-Tribe/contribute/ If you use a cell phone, you have to sign into MeetUp with your email and password, and that takes you to the payment page. NOT through Facebook, Google, or Apple. The facilitator gets an email notification that someone has paid, and gets a list of who has paid. TO HAVE YOUR PAGES WORKSHOPPED: Aim to write engaging scripts with broad market, investor, and distributor appeal, and that would advance the careers of actors and directors. • 1st) Attend at least THREE of the workshops. AND... • 2nd) Before signing up to workshop pages with Screenwriting Tribe script incubation workshop, you must OWN the "Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook." It's on Amazon. Study it and apply what you learn to your script. AND... • 3rd) Also, purchase and study the books "The Screenwriter's Bible," and "Dr. Format Tells All." Apply what you learn to your script. If you don't want to own and study the books, Tribe workshop is not for you. It doesn't matter what other books you have, or what classes or workshops you attended, if you don't want to own and study those books, Tribe is not for you. • 4th) RSVP to reserve a seat. Send a message to John with your email address. • 5th) After RSVPing, type “pages” in the comments section. The first 4 writers to type "pages" each week get 25 minutes to have pages workshopped. • 6th) Join us by 10:00 a.m. If you are not of the first four signing up to workshop pages, you can type "backup pages" – in case anyone cancels. If you've had pages read for 3 consecutive weeks, take a week or two off. (Does not apply to backup pages. You can always sign up for backup.) All scripts are the intellectual property of the individual writers. If you are selected to be a narrator, read with an engaging energy. No slow narration. Or, allow someone else to narrate. Women and minority writers are encouraged to participate. One way to correct the misrepresentation and underrepresentation of them on screen is for them to write screenplays. “If you’re not early, you’re late.” – John Ritter

Screenwriting Tribe EVENING Workshop on Zoom

Online event

$5.00

PARTICIPANTS: PLEASE READ THIS: It will answer common questions. If you RSVP, but can't attend, *cancel* your RSVP ASAP. There are 15 spots. If you signed up for pages and can't attend, cancel your pages comment – by Friday. Give another writer time to prepare. Pages in PDF ARE TO BE EMAILED TO ME (JOHN) BY SUNDAY MORNING, then I will put them up on the screen during the workshop. I will no longer be emailing the script pages to everyone in the workshop as that takes TOO much time, and most people weren't reading the pages until the workshop, anyway. Tribe is for screenwriters. The goal is to help each other polish our screenplays for submission into the industry. Ages: 18 and older. We read aloud and give verbal feedback on up to 12 (no more than 12) pages from 4 scripts by 4 writers participating who each get 25 minutes. We workshop feature film, short film, episodic series, anthology series, limited/mini series, and serial series scripts. We also workshop single-cam (non-audience) sit-com scripts (Modern Family, Black-ish, Jane the Virgin, American Housewife). We don't workshop multi-cam (studio audience) sit-coms, musicals, or scripts rated NC-17 or X. Scripts are to be formatted correctly, and in 12 point Courier font, or we won't read them. If you do not want to do the homework, including studying the books, and owning the Screenwriting Tribe book, this workshop is not for you. The workshop is as good as the participants make it. Focus in and be a strong link. To participate, be one of the 15 RSVPs. Because their are expenses, the workshop is a minimum of $5 per person. You can use a credit/debit card on the MeetUp page by clicking on "Chip In," or access: https://secure.meetup.com/Screenwriting-Tribe/contribute/ If you use a cell phone, you have to sign into MeetUp with your email and password, and that takes you to the payment page. NOT through Facebook, Google, or Apple. The facilitator gets an email notification that someone has paid, and gets a list of who has paid. TO HAVE YOUR PAGES WORKSHOPPED: Aim to write engaging scripts with broad market, investor, and distributor appeal, and that would advance the careers of actors and directors. • 1st) Attend at least THREE of the workshops. AND... • 2nd) Before signing up to workshop pages with Screenwriting Tribe script incubation workshop, you must OWN the "Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook." It's on Amazon. Study it and apply what you learn to your script. AND... • 3rd) Also, purchase and study the books "The Screenwriter's Bible," and "Dr. Format Tells All." Apply what you learn to your script. If you don't want to own and study the books, Tribe workshop is not for you. It doesn't matter what other books you have, or what classes or workshops you attended, if you don't want to own and study those books, Tribe is not for you. • 4th) RSVP to reserve a seat. Send a message to John with your email address. • 5th) After RSVPing, type “pages” in the comments section. The first 4 writers to type "pages" each week get 25 minutes to have pages workshopped. • 6th) Join us by 6:00 p.m. If you are not of the first four signing up to workshop pages, you can type "backup pages" – in case anyone cancels. If you've had pages read for 3 consecutive weeks, take a week or two off. (Does not apply to backup pages. You can always sign up for backup.) All scripts are the intellectual property of the individual writers. If you are selected to be a narrator, read with an engaging energy. No slow narration. Or, allow someone else to narrate. Women and minority writers are encouraged to participate. One way to correct the misrepresentation and underrepresentation of them on screen is for them to write screenplays. “If you’re not early, you’re late.” – John Ritter

Screenwriting Tribe EVENING Workshop on Zoom

Online event

$5.00

PARTICIPANTS: PLEASE READ THIS: It will answer common questions. If you RSVP, but can't attend, *cancel* your RSVP ASAP. There are 15 spots. If you signed up for pages and can't attend, cancel your pages comment – by Friday. Give another writer time to prepare. Pages in PDF ARE TO BE EMAILED TO ME (JOHN) BY SUNDAY MORNING, then I will put them up on the screen during the workshop. I will no longer be emailing the script pages to everyone in the workshop as that takes TOO much time, and most people weren't reading the pages until the workshop, anyway. Tribe is for screenwriters. The goal is to help each other polish our screenplays for submission into the industry. Ages: 18 and older. We read aloud and give verbal feedback on up to 12 (no more than 12) pages from 4 scripts by 4 writers participating who each get 25 minutes. We workshop feature film, short film, episodic series, anthology series, limited/mini series, and serial series scripts. We also workshop single-cam (non-audience) sit-com scripts (Modern Family, Black-ish, Jane the Virgin, American Housewife). We don't workshop multi-cam (studio audience) sit-coms, musicals, or scripts rated NC-17 or X. Scripts are to be formatted correctly, and in 12 point Courier font, or we won't read them. If you do not want to do the homework, including studying the books, and owning the Screenwriting Tribe book, this workshop is not for you. The workshop is as good as the participants make it. Focus in and be a strong link. To participate, be one of the 15 RSVPs. Because their are expenses, the workshop is a minimum of $5 per person. You can use a credit/debit card on the MeetUp page by clicking on "Chip In," or access: https://secure.meetup.com/Screenwriting-Tribe/contribute/ If you use a cell phone, you have to sign into MeetUp with your email and password, and that takes you to the payment page. NOT through Facebook, Google, or Apple. The facilitator gets an email notification that someone has paid, and gets a list of who has paid. TO HAVE YOUR PAGES WORKSHOPPED: Aim to write engaging scripts with broad market, investor, and distributor appeal, and that would advance the careers of actors and directors. • 1st) Attend at least THREE of the workshops. AND... • 2nd) Before signing up to workshop pages with Screenwriting Tribe script incubation workshop, you must OWN the "Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook." It's on Amazon. Study it and apply what you learn to your script. AND... • 3rd) Also, purchase and study the books "The Screenwriter's Bible," and "Dr. Format Tells All." Apply what you learn to your script. If you don't want to own and study the books, Tribe workshop is not for you. It doesn't matter what other books you have, or what classes or workshops you attended, if you don't want to own and study those books, Tribe is not for you. • 4th) RSVP to reserve a seat. Send a message to John with your email address. • 5th) After RSVPing, type “pages” in the comments section. The first 4 writers to type "pages" each week get 25 minutes to have pages workshopped. • 6th) Join us by 6:00 p.m. If you are not of the first four signing up to workshop pages, you can type "backup pages" – in case anyone cancels. If you've had pages read for 3 consecutive weeks, take a week or two off. (Does not apply to backup pages. You can always sign up for backup.) All scripts are the intellectual property of the individual writers. If you are selected to be a narrator, read with an engaging energy. No slow narration. Or, allow someone else to narrate. Women and minority writers are encouraged to participate. One way to correct the misrepresentation and underrepresentation of them on screen is for them to write screenplays. “If you’re not early, you’re late.” – John Ritter

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