Screenwriting Tribe Workshop

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UnUrban Coffee House back room

3301 Pico Blvd. · Santa Monica, CA

How to find us

Corner of Urban (33rd) and Pico, Santa Monica. Across from Trader Joes.

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If you RSVP, but can't attend, please *cancel* your RSVP ASAP. There are only 18 seats, and often a waiting list. The writers spend time and money preparing pages for the number of RSVPs.

If you signed up for pages and can't attend, please cancel your pages comment – preferably by Friday. Give another writer time to prepare.

Tribe consists of screenwriters and some actors. The goal is to help writers polish their scripts.

Ages over 17 are welcome.

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.

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).

We don't workshop multi-cam (studio audience) sit-com scripts.

We don't workshop musicals.

We don't workshop scripts rated NC-17 or X.

Scripts should be formatted correctly. Purchase and study “The Screenwriter's Bible," "Dr. Format Tells All," and "Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook."

If scripts aren't in 12 point Courier font, we won't read them.

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 participate, be one of the 18 RSVPs.

Observers are welcome to sit outside of the circle. Observers do not RSVP. Simply show up. They also do not participate in the feedback.


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 two of the workshops, before signing up for pages.

• 2nd) Before signing up to workshop pages, you must own the "Screenwriting Tribe: Workshop Handbook." It's on Amazon and Kindle.

• 3rd) Study the formatting section in "The Screenwriter's Bible," and study the book "Dr. Format Tells All."

• 4th) RSVP to reserve a seat.

• 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) 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.

You can include a critique cover page to encourage written feedback. To see a cover page, go to "photos" on the menu. Using that as a guide, you can create your own cover page.

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.

Actors are welcome. It 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 on the MeetUp page by clicking the "Chip In" button, or access:

Women and minority writers are encouraged to attend. One way to help correct the misrepresentation of them on screen is for them to write screenplays.

No outside food or drinks are allowed in UnUrban. Arrive 30 - or more - minutes early to socialize, and order food, snacks, and drinks.

Metered parking on Pico is free on Sunday: READ PARKING SIGNS. There is free parking behind U.S. Bank. (NOT Chase Bank/Trader Joe's).

Closest train station: Bundy.

UnUrban closes at 8 p.m. We hang outside after the workshop.

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