What we're about

We are a community of aspiring film and television screenwriters providing support and feedback for writers who identify as female. From outline to final act, we workshop our scripts with an emphasis on strong female narratives and the goal of submitting our projects to labs, contests, and festivals throughout the year.

First time screenwriters are welcome -- our only requirement is a properly formatted script! See below for writer resources and sample scripts.

GENERAL INFO:

Script and outline submissions are always due 1 WEEK PRIOR to each scheduled Meetup via email to womenwritersLA@gmail.com.

Submitted materials are distributed via email to RSVPs shortly after the deadline so that everyone has time to read the projects before the Meetup. Out of respect for our writers who are working hard to meet these deadlines, any scripts received after the due date cannot be included. Early submissions are encouraged as script spots often fill quickly.

We can accommodate 12 attendees per session -- so it's important to update your RSVP status if you cannot make it. Waitlisted writers are encouraged to submit their work as well. If fewer than 4 scripts are received, waitlisted projects can be added to the critique session.

WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?

Feature film, short film, TV pilots, TV specs, mini series and webisodes are all accepted. Writers can either submit an outline or script pages (30 pages max) for each workshop. Scripts should be in PDF, formatted in industry standard and include a title page. If you are submitting a TV spec, please include your "previously on" synopsis on page ii after the title page. Neither of these go against your page count.

WHAT IF I WANT TO SUBMIT ACT FOUR?

No problem! It's recommended that you include all preceding pages as reference. For example, if you're submitting pages 61-90 for critique, your PDF should include pages 1-90. Attendees are not obligated to read more than 30 pages per writer, but it can be helpful to have the entire script. Just be sure to specify WHICH 30 pages you want critiqued.

WHAT IF MY SCRIPT ISN'T READY YET?

If you'd like to participate, but aren't ready to submit your own work, that's okay! All members are welcome at critiques. NOTE: Meetup does not provide member emails to the organizer, so even if you've RSVP'd you'll need to send a "script request" to womenwritersLA@gmail.com to receive your pages.

WRITER RESOURCES:

Sample outlines, scripts & pitches (Film and TV): https://johnaugust.com/library

Produced feature scripts:

https://gointothestory.blcklst.com/script-download-links-9313356d361c

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5lHQAVEce61clFSSzVJbHR4bUk

Produced TV scripts:

https://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/us-drama/pilot-scripts

https://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/us-comedy/pilot-scripts

http://thetelevisionpilot.com/script-database/

Sample TV bibles & pitches: https://sites.google.com/site/tvwriting/bibles

COPYRIGHT:

Our expectation is that all scripts shared within the group are the sole property of the person who wrote them. Scripts are not to be shared outside the group or distributed for any purpose other than critique sessions. Nonetheless, it is highly recommended that you register your work with the WGA or the US Copyright Office. Protecting your work is your responsibility.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

If your pages have already been emailed out to the group, you MUST contact the organizer so the group can be notified. We don't appreciate preparing feedback for no-shows and (emergencies aside) it may result in you being let go from the group.

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? SUGGESTIONS?

Your feedback is always welcomed. Please message or email the organizer directly.

Upcoming events (3)

[ONLINE] Script Workshop

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Announcing an ADDITIONAL September Script Workshop! We'll critique up to 4 film/TV scripts, with a max of 30 pages per writer. Scripts are due 1 WEEK prior to the Meetup (see details below). A Zoom link will be emailed to RSVPs along with scripts. NEW MEMBERS: If this is your FIRST time attending, be sure to email [masked] so you can receive the scripts. DEADLINE: Script submissions are due MONDAY, SEPT 21st by 5:00 PM (PDT) via email to: [masked]. Writers are welcome to submit their project anytime before the deadline. The 4 script spots fill up quickly -- so don't wait to email your draft! WHAT COUNTS AS A DRAFT?: Due to overwhelming demand for script slots, we're going to define a "draft" as 20-30 completed (and properly formatted) script pages. The exception being short films, which may be as few as 5 pages. Writers can revise their submissions up until the script deadline on Sept 21st. The reason we now require a full draft to confirm your critique spot is to ensure we're not holding spots for scripts which may or may not be completed in time. SUBMISSIONS: We can accommodate 12 attendees at each Meetup, but we only have 4 script spots available. Projects are accepted via email on a first-come first-served basis prior to the deadline. You will receive a confirmation email if your script was accepted. Attendance is mandatory for all writers who submit their own scripts. WHAT TO SUBMIT: -- SCRIPT: email your submission in PDF to the above address -- TITLE PAGE: include your project name (+ "pilot" for TV) -- CONTACT (optional): include an email address on your title page if you wish to receive additional feedback/notes from group members -- FORMAT: specify feature, short, half hour TV, or one hour TV -- LOGLINE/SYNOPSIS (optional): use page ii after your title page -- 30 pages max (not including your title/logline/synopsis) -- include all preceding pages as reference (i.e.: if you're submitting pages 31-60 for critique then send a PDF of pages 1-60) RSVPS: If your plans change, be sure to UPDATE YOUR RSVP to "not going". A waitlisted writer cannot take your spot until you do so. Repeat "no-shows" will be let go from the group. PROTECT YOUR WORK: All writers are encouraged to register their work with the WGA or the US Copyright Office. More info can be found in the "ABOUT" section of our group. NOTIFICATIONS: Important updates and reminders are distributed via Meetup! Make sure you have notifications turned on the receive them.

[ONLINE] Script Workshop

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This is an ONLINE script workshop for film and TV projects. We critique up to 4 scripts, with a max of 30 pages per writer. Scripts are due 1 WEEK prior to the Meetup (see details below). A Zoom link will be emailed to RSVPs along with scripts. Note: Script submissions are currently full, but reader spots are still available! NEW MEMBERS: If this is your FIRST time attending, be sure to email [masked] so you can receive the scripts. DEADLINE: Script submissions are due MONDAY, OCTOBER 5th by 5:00 PM (PDT) via email to: [masked]. Writers are welcome to submit their project anytime before the deadline. Script spots go quickly -- so don't wait to email your draft! WHAT COUNTS AS A DRAFT?: Due to high demand for script slots, from October forward, drafts should be 20-30 completed (and properly formatted) script pages. The exception being short films, which may be as few as 5 pages. Writers are welcome to update their submissions up until the script deadline on Oct 5th. The reason why we require a full draft is to ensure we're not holding spots for scripts that may not be completed in time. SUBMISSIONS: We can accommodate 14 attendees at each Meetup, but we only have 4 script spots available. Projects are accepted via email on a first-come first-served basis prior to the deadline. You will receive a confirmation email if your script was accepted. Attendance is mandatory for all writers who submit their own scripts. WHAT TO SUBMIT: -- SCRIPT: email your submission in PDF to the above address -- TITLE PAGE: include your project name (+ "pilot" for TV) -- CONTACT (optional): include an email address on your title page if you wish to receive additional feedback/notes from group members -- FORMAT: specify feature, short, half hour TV, or one hour TV -- LOGLINE/SYNOPSIS (optional): use page ii after your title page -- 30 pages max (not including your title/logline/synopsis) -- include all preceding pages as reference (i.e.: if you're submitting pages 31-60 for critique then send a PDF of pages 1-60) RSVPS: If your plans change, be sure to UPDATE YOUR RSVP to "not going". A waitlisted writer cannot take your spot until you do so. Repeat "no-shows" will be let go from the group. PROTECT YOUR WORK: All writers are encouraged to register their work with the WGA or the US Copyright Office. More info can be found in the "ABOUT" section of our group. NOTIFICATIONS: Important updates and reminders are distributed via Meetup! Make sure you have notifications turned on the receive them.

[ONLINE] Table Read Workshop

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This is a BRAND NEW event! We are hosting a TABLE READ for up to 15 pages of (4) writers’ scripts, followed by a short critique session after each read. Submissions are open to features, pilots or shorts which have been (or will be) critiqued during at least one Script Workshop (including October). If we receive more than 4 script submissions, writers will be selected by random lottery. Select any 15 pages of your script and submit via email to: [masked] by October 10th. We’re looking for completed scripts that are polished and ready for a group read. DEADLINES: October 10th (11:59 pm PDT): script submissions due (15 pages max) October 11th: selected scripts announced October 17th (11:59 pm PDT): writers submit their final script and cast list October 18-21: casting sign ups open to all RSVPs October 22nd: table read scripts emailed to RSVPs NEW MEMBERS: If this is your FIRST TIME attending, be sure to email [masked] so you can receive the scripts/cast signup. RECORDING PERMISSION: Writers will have the option to record their table read on Zoom – so please only RSVP if you are comfortable being recorded. Writers should not post their recording on any public forum. SCRIPT SELECTION: If we receive more than 4 submissions, scripts will be selected by random lottery during our October 11th Workshop. Selected writers will be notified via email -- so you do not have to attend the 10/11 Meetup to find out. We will also select 1 alternate script, should one of the 4 writers be unable to attend. CASTING SIGN-UPS: You’ll receive a Google Doc link on 10/18 where you can sign up for speaking parts, narration, and script supervisor roles. RSVPs are not required to read a part, but we encourage everyone to participate. No acting experience required! All readers are welcome. CRITIQUES: After each table read we’ll have a short open forum for comments from the readers/audience. Unlike our Script Workshop sessions, RSVPs are not required to read any scripts prior to the Meetup (although we recommend reviewing the dialogue for the characters you’ll be reading). RSVPS: If your plans change, be sure to UPDATE YOUR RSVP to "not going". A waitlisted writer cannot take your spot until you do so. PROTECT YOUR WORK: All writers are encouraged to register their work with the WGA or the US Copyright Office. More info can be found in the "ABOUT" section of our group. NOTIFICATIONS: Important updates and reminders are distributed via Meetup! Make sure you have notifications turned on the receive them.

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