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 P.M. to 8:15-ish P.M. Sometimes, we also have workshops on Sundays from 9A.M. to 11:15-ish A.M.

Before the pandemic, we met in person, in a performance space in Santa Monica. And in the morning at a closed bookstore on La Cienega.

Since the pandemic, we have been conducting the workshop on Zoom, which has brought in people from other parts of the globe.

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 17 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 introduces their script, usually telling us a logline. Then, assigning roles to the readers, and assigning one person to be the narrator, which involves reading the scene headings and description.

We read the pages read out loud. Followed by verbal feedback.

Then, 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.

Writers can exchange contact information to discuss their scripts with each other, or to read each other's scripts.

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. AND...

2) OWN the three books:

"Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook" - by Daniel "John" Carey

"The Screenwriter's Bible" - by David Trottier

and "Dr. Format Tells All" - by David Trottier

To workshop pages, you need to show that you own the books.

If you are writing for TV, please study at least 3 books about TV writing.

To avoid spending the meeting time having the members repeatedly pointing out the same formatting errors to each writer, those workshopping pages should study the books.

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. Most of the writers use Final Draft 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.

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 scripts were polished.

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, have the script edited. A couple of members of Tribe are screenplay editors.

After having the script edited, send that script to at least one professional script coverage service. See the "coverage" chapter in the Screenwriting Tribe book for more information.

Only after taking every page of the script through the workshop, and having it edited and sent out for coverage, consider submitting the script to agents, managers, fellowship programs, mentorship programs, screenplay competitions, and labs.

The two-hour workshop is a minimum of $7 per person to try to cover the various expenses associated with running the workshop. It's not meant to be a money-making venture.

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 "What Happens Next: A History of American Screenwriting," "In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing." Read a book or three about the history of film. Read "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."

Know that there are thousands of people trying to get their screenplays produced. Make sure your scripts are sharp and commercial enough to compete i in the marketplace.

Upcoming events (3)

Screenwriting Tribe 6P.M./October 17th EVENING Workshop on ZOOM

PARTICIPANTS: PLEASE READ:

If you RSVP, but can't attend, cancel your RSVP ASAP.

To sign up for pages, first RSVP. Don't sign up for pages without an RSVP.

If you signed up for pages and changed your mind, DELETE your pages comment AND leave a post "Canceling pages" – preferably by Friday. Give another writer time to prepare.

Canceling pages does not cancel your RSVP. If you also are not going to attend, cancel your RSVP.

BEFORE you sign up for pages:

A • Participate in the workshop at least 3 times (and more like 5-6 times – so you can study the books) BEFORE signing up for pages = Don't sign up until AFTER you've attended at least 3 times AND...

B • OWN the three books.
1 - Screenwriting Tribe Workshop Handbook. THE SECOND EDITION
2 - The Screenwriter's Bible
3 - Dr. Format Tells All
👉🏽If you don't own the books, don't sign up for pages.👈🏼
• Show us that you own the books.
• If you don't want to own & study the books, Tribe is not for you.
• If you are writing for TV, also read books about TV writing.

C • Have an RSVP.

D • Be one of the first 4 to sign up for pages.

Because diversity is important for a workshop: The first female and first male writer to sign up for pages get scheduled. And two other writers, for a total of 4 writers. LGBTQGf&S are all welcome.

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

We also workshop single-cam (non-audience) sit-com scripts.

WE DO NOT WORKSHOP MULTI-CAM (audience) SIT-COM, SOAP OPERA, MUSICAL, NC-17, OR X SCRIPTS.

Format scripts in 12 point Courier font, OR WE WON'T READ THEM.

The goal is for writers to help each other polish their scripts.

Take one script through the workshop at a time, from the first page to the final.

Don't workshop the same script more than twice.

Own the material in the script. No plagiarism. It has to be something you can copyright as yours. (Don't include lyrics, poetry, book excerpts, life stories, or other material that you don't own the rights to.)

Be involved in factoring how you are going to get your scripts to the industry. See the Tribe book. Also, consider making a short that you wrote.

The workshop is as good as the participants make it.

The workshop is $7 per person.
• Use a credit or 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, sign into MeetUp (email + password). That takes you to the payment page. It's PayPal. NOT through Facebook, Google, or Apple.

Aim to write sharp, engaging scripts with broad market, investor, and distributor appeal, and that would advance the careers of actors, directors, and producers.

People can be blocked from the group if they don't follow the guidelines, are are disruptive, or problematic.

To sign up for pages (only after you have attended no less than 3 times, and own the 3 books):

• 1) RSVP to reserve a seat.

• 2) After RSVPing, type “pages” in the comments section.

Email not more than 12 pages as a PDF to John. DO NOT send the entire script.

We read the pages out loud as they are scrolled on screen.

We give verbal feedback after each set of pages.

While a writer receives feedback, they are to remain silent, even if asked questions. Listen and take notes. It's not a time to explain, or get defensive.

You can workshop pages for up to 3 consecutive weeks. Then take off at least one week from having pages read.

Sometimes attend when your pages aren't being workshopped, as that will build your table skills.

• 3) Join us on time. Be there for the entire workshop.

If you are not of the first 4 signing up for pages, you can type "backup pages" as a comment – in case anyone cancels.

After you workshop 12 pages – before you bring in the next 12 – read through the entire script to give it a wave of polish.

Each script is the intellectual property of the writer.

“If you’re not early, you’re late.” – John Ritter

Screenwriting Tribe Palisades Park social (Alta Ave x Ocean Ave.)

This is for active screenwriters, members of Screenwriting Tribe. People who have attended the workshop at some point.

We haven't seen each other in person for so very long. Let's have an in-person social gathering on Halloween morning. Safe. Outdoors with an ocean breeze.

Big grassy area in Palisades Park. Bring a foldout chair.

GET THEIR EARLY, AND GRAB A PARKING SPOT. Street parking. One side of street is free. The park side has meters. It's also safe to park on some of the side streets (read the parking signs).

Directors Judd Apatow and Ron Howard can watch us from their balconies where they live in condos directly across the street.

Bring your own food. 👉There is a great natural foods store in Santa Monica that opens at 7AM.👈🏼 Juice bar, coffees, teas, kombuchas, gourmet muffins, sandwiches, deli, massive selection of nutritional and snack bars, organic produce, etc. It's a full natural foods grocery store.
Santa Monica Co-op, 1525 Broadway, Santa Monica.
Corner of 16th and Broadway.

I don't know if it will be sunny or cloudy, warm or cool. (Use the Google.) Bring a hat or umbrella, if that's your thing. Layer up, the ocean breeze might have a chill. People from the valley might want to bring their ❄️parkas.😂

Dogs need to be on a leash.

There is free city wifi there in the park, if you need it.

There is a public bathroom two blocks south, in the park.

Screenwriting Tribe 6P.M./October 31st EVENING Workshop on ZOOM

PARTICIPANTS: PLEASE READ:

If you RSVP, but can't attend, cancel your RSVP ASAP.

To sign up for pages, first RSVP. Don't sign up for pages without an RSVP.

If you signed up for pages and changed your mind, DELETE your pages comment AND leave a post "Canceling pages" – preferably by Friday. Give another writer time to prepare.

Canceling pages does not cancel your RSVP. If you also are not going to attend, cancel your RSVP.

BEFORE you sign up for pages:

A • Participate in the workshop at least 3 times (and more like 5-6 times – so you can study the books) BEFORE signing up for pages = Don't sign up until AFTER you've attended at least 3 times AND...

B • OWN the three books.
1 - Screenwriting Tribe Workshop Handbook. THE SECOND EDITION
2 - The Screenwriter's Bible
3 - Dr. Format Tells All
👉🏽If you don't own the books, don't sign up for pages.👈🏼
• Show us that you own the books.
• If you don't want to own & study the books, Tribe is not for you.
• If you are writing for TV, also read books about TV writing.

C • Have an RSVP.

D • Be one of the first 4 to sign up for pages.

Because diversity is important for a workshop: The first female and first male writer to sign up for pages get scheduled. And two other writers, for a total of 4 writers. LGBTQGf&S are all welcome.

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

We also workshop single-cam (non-audience) sit-com scripts.

WE DO NOT WORKSHOP MULTI-CAM (audience) SIT-COM, SOAP OPERA, MUSICAL, NC-17, OR X SCRIPTS.

Format scripts in 12 point Courier font, OR WE WON'T READ THEM.

The goal is for writers to help each other polish their scripts.

Take one script through the workshop at a time, from the first page to the final.

Don't workshop the same script more than twice.

Own the material in the script. No plagiarism. It has to be something you can copyright as yours. (Don't include lyrics, poetry, book excerpts, life stories, or other material that you don't own the rights to.)

Be involved in factoring how you are going to get your scripts to the industry. See the Tribe book. Also, consider making a short that you wrote.

The workshop is as good as the participants make it.

The workshop is $7 per person.
• Use a credit or 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, sign into MeetUp (email + password). That takes you to the payment page. It's PayPal. NOT through Facebook, Google, or Apple.

Aim to write sharp, engaging scripts with broad market, investor, and distributor appeal, and that would advance the careers of actors, directors, and producers.

People can be blocked from the group if they don't follow the guidelines, are are disruptive, or problematic.

To sign up for pages (only after you have attended no less than 3 times, and own the 3 books):

• 1) RSVP to reserve a seat.

• 2) After RSVPing, type “pages” in the comments section.

Email not more than 12 pages as a PDF to John. DO NOT send the entire script.

We read the pages out loud as they are scrolled on screen.

We give verbal feedback after each set of pages.

While a writer receives feedback, they are to remain silent, even if asked questions. Listen and take notes. It's not a time to explain, or get defensive.

You can workshop pages for up to 3 consecutive weeks. Then take off at least one week from having pages read.

Sometimes attend when your pages aren't being workshopped, as that will build your table skills.

• 3) Join us on time. Be there for the entire workshop.

If you are not of the first 4 signing up for pages, you can type "backup pages" as a comment – in case anyone cancels.

After you workshop 12 pages – before you bring in the next 12 – read through the entire script to give it a wave of polish.

Each script is the intellectual property of the writer.

“If you’re not early, you’re late.” – John Ritter

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