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The Scriptwriters Network (“SWN”), founded in 1986, is an educational, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) non-profit, volunteer-driven organization created by writers for writers and industry professionals.

SWN serves its members by providing educational programming, enhancing awareness of the realities of the business, developing access and opportunity through alliances with industry professionals and furthering the cause and quality of writing for the entertainment industry.

We bring in entertainment professionals to speak on the art, craft and business of script writing for TV, features and new media.

Whether you are a screenwriter, a television scriptwriter or involved in screenwriting for non-traditional media, we help take your writing to the next level.

Upcoming events (5+)

On Set Series ~ Mom

CBS Studio Center

Please understand, you must RSVP at the link below, in this post to attend this event. Event Date: Friday, February 22, 2019 || Check-in: 4:30 pm || On Set Series provides you with an opportunity to see live studio tapings of current sitcom shows. As a writer, this experience will be both educational and beneficial to your own writing. If you are a TV, Feature and/or a New Media writer, you will learn from those who are actually working on a live show by experiencing what goes on behind the scenes with the writing, acting, directing and staging. You will be listening and learning. This is an experience, as writer, you should not miss! You will attend as an observer only; as part of the audience. You will not be able to interact with those on the set as they are working, so take a notepad and pen and take plenty of notes. Observe how the director directs each of the scenes. Note the actors and how they act out the written word? Listen to the audience responses, did they come at the right time, etc.? Is there something that did not work with the audience? If so, how did the director/producer/writer make the change, what did they do? There are plenty more ways to observe, learn and then apply what you have seen to your own writing projects. **These events are free and exclusively for SWN’s annual members. You must RSVP and follow the Studio rules and information listed on the event page listed below. **Please note that each guest and/or attendee needs to REGISTER individually. Upcoming show ~ RSVP below: Mom FRIDAY 2/22/19 Warner Brothers Studio 4210 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, CA 91506 Check in prior to 4:30PM, tapes from 5PM to 10PM (Min. age 18) RSVP Deadline is: February 19th Anna Faris and Emmy and Academy Award-winner Allison Janney star in this funny and often heart-wrenching comedy from executive producer Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, Young Sheldon). RSVP Here: Mom – FRIDAY 2/22/19 – click here (https://scriptwritersnetwork.com/events/on-set-series-mom-members-only/) *Audience parking and check in at WB GATE 3 Visitor Center, 4301 W. Olive Ave. GATE 3 is the WB parking structure on Olive Ave. across from the main gate. *Please make sure to read the rules for this event listed on the event page here (https://scriptwritersnetwork.com/events/on-set-series-last-man-standing/).

Friday Night Social Event ~ March 1, 2019

The District by Hannah An

Event Date: Friday, March 1, 2019 || Starts at 6:30 pm || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti and Final Draft. Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to "Network". Plan on meeting people from different areas and levels in the entertainment industry. This networking event is on a first name basis and everyone will receive a name tag with their first name only, this is best for the more established professional entertainers to maintain their anonymity which will allow them to network as well. Please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019 by clicking or cutting/pasting this link below: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg2xbshv3e5ec2bd&oseq=&c=&ch= ADMISSION: FREE to attend. Please pay for your own food, cocktails & parking. We ask everyone to purchase one drink, minimum, please. ***$1 Cocktail is available through the HOOCH app, with the invitation code: “SCRIPTWRITERS”. You can download the app prior to arrival. The venue will have 3 different drink offers and the attendees using the HOOCH app can pick and redeem the drink of choice by showing the bartender. (see more info below) ~Check in with us at the entrance to receive your name tag. MORE INFORMATION: This month's Friday Night Social is being held at The District By Hannah An. Please join Jennifer Grisanti, Final Draft and The Scriptwriters Network at this location for this month’s Friday Night Social "Networking" event. Intricately handcrafted to transport guests into Vietnam's sensational past, The District by Hannah An is unlike any Vietnamese restaurant in the U.S. Before entering, guests are awestruck from the street by the Hoi An room, where Edison lights emit a welcoming glow reminiscent of the bustling "Lantern Town." Let's step inside. What could easily couple as a museum, Hannah An's newest creation delivers an authentic Vietnamese experience. From the manor home's century-old doors to its patinated mirrors, no detail has been overlooked. But the design is just one part of her full orchestra. Simply stated, Hannah has created an environment that thrives on harmony. The sounds of laughter enhance the room's energy, which bolsters the mood in the kitchen, where food is prepared and dished with love, which is enjoyed by those same jovial guests. Repeat. Everything is part of and a distinct reflection of everything. Join us at The District By Hannah An ~ http://thedistrictbyha.com/ Event starts at 6:30 pm - Ends at 9:30 pm LOCATION: The District By Hannah An 8722 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 Call:[masked] (The District) Happy Hour menu (Mon-Friday: 3 - 7pm) (http://thedistrictbyha.com/happy-hour) PARKING: Valet parking is $9. Plenty of additional street parking close to location. There is a public parking structure on Robertson. ***More information about HOOCH: HOOCH is a cocktail, craft beer and wine society and a discovery phone app. Find your next bar, lounge or restaurant with the app and redeem a complimentary drink! Members get one complimentary drink a day from any HOOCH venues around the world (55+ bars, lounges and restaurants in LA). Drinks include cocktail, beer, or wine. Membership cost $9.99 a month. The Scriptwriters Network Special: Get the first month of membership (month of drinks/30 drinks) for $1 with unique code "SCRIPTWRITERS". Welcome to unsubscribe anytime. ~Hooch website: https://hooch.co ~Hooch App: http://bit.ly/HoochFREE ~More about HOOCH: http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-hooch-app-20160114-story.html ALTHOUGH networking is a priority at this event, so is your safety. If you choose to drink, do so responsibly! Happy Networking!

One-On-One with Writer and Director Rolfe Kanefsky

Sidetrack Creative Studio

Event Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 || Speaker: Rolfe Kanefsky || Check-in: 12:30 pm || This event is with a Writer and Director who will discuss a variety of topics, including: writing strong characters, creating a compelling premise and/or story, finding your voice, hooking your reader, script development, among other topics. IMPORTANT: For security purposes, please REGISTER before 10:00 pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019. **Please note that each guest and/or attendee needs to REGISTER individually. Admission: _____________________________ $30.00 online – Please Pay Here (https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eg3xxi567b048b67&oseq=&c=&ch=) _____________________________ SWN Annual Members, Sign-In Here (https://scriptwritersnetwork.com/events/one-on-one-with-writer-and-director-rolfe-kanefsky-members-only/) _____________________________ Pay $40 at the door _____________________________ To become a paid SWN Annual Member, Join Now! (http://scriptwritersnetwork.com/register/) ____________________________ Check-in begins at 12:30 pm. Event starts at 1:00 pm. No Refunds. No Credits. More details: Rolfe Kanefsky grew up in the suburbs of New York and attended Hampshire college where he studied Film. He began writing stories at a young age after his childhood dream of becoming a clown took the backseat to his interest in film. He has thus far written and directed 27 feature films and authored another 40 produced screenplays over the last 30 years. The cult flick “There’s Nothing Out There” was his debut at the age of twenty. Since then, Rolfe has continued to work in the horror genre with the upcoming “Art Of The Dead” starring Richard Grieco, the rock and roll vampire flick, “Sunset Society”, “The Black Room” starring Natasha Henstridge and Lin Shaye, “Bus Party To Hell” with Tara Reid, “The Hazing” starring Brad Dourif and Tiffany Shepis, “Jacqueline Hyde”, “Corpses”, and “Nightmare Man”. He was the winner of two Best Director awards for his horror flick, “Nightmare Man” at the Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and The Supernatural Film Festival in Las Vegas & at the I.F.F.Y.N.T.X. Festival in Texas before the film went on to be picked up by After Dark and Lions Gate as one of the “8 Films To Die For: Horrorfest 2007”. Rolfe also authored the upcoming sci-fi horror thriller “Automation”. Branching out into other genres, Rolfe wrote “Blonde & Blonder”, a comedy with Pamela Anderson and Denise Richards, “A Dog & Pony Show” with Mira Sorvino and Ralph Macchio, the western “Doc Holliday’s Revenge” starring Tom Berenger, thrillers such as “Tomorrow By Midnight” starring Carol Kane and Alexis Arquette and “1 In The Gun” with Steven Bauer and Robert Davi. Recent family fare include the animated “Space Dogs: Adventures To The Moon” with the voice of Alicia Silverstone “A Tiger’s Tail”, “Timber; The Treasure Dog”, “Puppy Swap” with Margo Kidder, “Jimmy’s Jungle”, the period crime story “Bonnie & Clyde: Justified”, and the musical “AdventuresInto The Woods”. Rolfe has also been making a name for himself in the Lifetime thriller world and has authored seven female-driven thrillers including “Killer Photo” aka “Watch Your Back” starring Annalynne McCord. “Deadly Sorority” with Greer Grammer and Moira Kelly, “The Wrong Babysitter” starring Daphe Zuniga, “Deadly Vows”, “Intensive Care” and “The Wrong Vacation” which starts production later this year. With 67 produced credits, Rolfe is a very active filmmaker/writer who continues to work in almost every genre in the business. Plenty of Free Parking! Any questions, email us at [masked].

Scriptwriters Network @ Pasadena International Film Festival

Exciting News…Scriptwriters Network will be attending the Pasadena International Film Festival. We hope you will be able to attend this FREE event. You can find out more detailed information on the event and about our Speakers by clicking here:(https://scriptwritersnetwork.com/events/scriptwriters-network-pasadena-international-film-festival-2/) Dates: March 13th – 21st, 2019 The Pasadena International Film Festival returns with nine days and nights filled with screenings, panels, and parties. The Laemmle Playhouse 7 showcases more than 100 PIFF entrants from 15+ countries including features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, animation and web series. Every film programming block ends with a moderated-hosted Q&A. Mix and mingle in the Laemmle’s lobby where you can have your picture taken on the red carpet, chat with the press or hob nob with the stars. Industry pros and Hollywood heavy-hitters share their knowledge about the entertainment industry during the panel discussions that take place at the venerable Vroman’s Bookstore on subjects ranging from The History of Hollywood and The Future of Entertainment to Distribution and Women in Entertainment – and everything in between. For more info please go to www.pasadenafilmfestival.org Scriptwriters Network Panel information: Panel date: Saturday, March 16th Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Place: upstairs conference room at Vroman’s bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd. – Pasadena, CA 91101 Topic: Breaking into Screenwriting Panelists: Tiegen Kosiak, Bill Taub and Jorjeana Marie Tiegen Kosiak is an independent producer based in Los Angeles. Previously she was the Director of Development for Cinestar Pictures (Zoe Saldana’s production company), which had production deals with Lionsgate, Televisa & AwesomenessTV. Tiegen began her entertainment career working for Jennifer Levine, President of Production & Literary Management at Untitled Entertainment. She’s the co-founder (aka “Crime Boss”) of The Young Hollywood Mafia as well as a member of Film Independent & a speaker / instructor for Scriptwriters Network, Roadmap Writers, Stage 32 & other organizations. Bill Taub is a native New Yorker who lives and works in Los Angeles. A veteran TV and NEW MEDIA Writer-Producer-Consultant-Instructor-Author. Recently co-created-wrote-and produced the web series entitled ‘The “G” Spot” starring Gordon Fraser and The Psychic Twins. Is packaging his pilot he wrote with former UN Weapons Inspector, Scott Ritter – “The Whistle-Blower” which has done very well on the Blacklist. And just started teaching his latest online media course at UCLA Extension on ‘Scripted Audio” – the latest platform for writers and actors to get their material noticed. He’s the author of “Automatic Pilot” which has nothing to do with flying but can keep you from crashing as a pilot writer. Available on Amazon. He and his wife reside in Los Angeles where he joined her home based health and fitness business that helps pay for his passion projects and pro bono work mentoring others. Jorjeana Marie is a professional storyteller. Whether writing on Disney’s “Mickey and the Roadster Racers”, finishing up her forthcoming book “Improve For Writers” (Penguin Random House/Ten Speed Press – 2019) opening for Richard Lewis as a nationally touring stand-up comic, or being a produced Playwright in New York City, her stories have been as varied as the lives she has led. Having written for Writer’s Digest Magazine and leading successful workshops (with Scriptwriter’s Network, Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference) combining her experience as an instructor and performer, she has been bringing the power of the games of improvisation to writers and other creatives for years. As an award-winning narrator, Jorjeana’s storytelling skills have been employed in narrating over 250 audiobooks for Scholastic, Harper Collins, Audible, etc. She has earned multiple Earphones awards, Best Voice of 2014, 2015 and 2016 and a prestigious Audie Award.

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