What we're about

We are a community of aspiring film and television screenwriters providing support and script feedback for writers who identify as female or nonbinary. Our members workshop their scripts with the goal of submitting their work to contests, fellowships, and writing labs throughout the year.

GENERAL INFO:
Script submissions open 30 DAYS PRIOR to each Meetup, and are open to all members who have RSVP'd for that event. Projects emailed to womenwritersLA@gmail.com are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for each workshop. Once your project has been confirmed, you are welcome to revise your draft up until the final deadline posted on the event page. Script spot availability is posted in the COMMENTS section of each event page. Scripts submitted by waitlisted writers may be accepted as alternates.

Workshops are typically posted 6 weeks prior to the event and we can accommodate 10-12 attendees per session. Once the 10-12 spots are full, all other RSVPs will be waitlisted. Update your Meetup RSVP status if you cannot attend or don't have time to read the scripts -- that's the only way a waitlisted writer can take your spot.

Be sure to check the event details for your specific workshop, as we have various types of critique sessions!

30 PAGE SCRIPT WORKSHOPS:
We critique up to 30 PAGES of FOUR SCRIPTS at this Meetup. Writers can submit a maximum of 30 script pages per workshop (any 30 pages of your draft, it does not have to be the first 30). If you are submitting pages beyond 1-30, you can include all preceding pages as reference. Extra pages are allowed if your script ends between page 30-37.

10 PAGE SCRIPT WORKSHOPS:
We critique the FIRST 10 PAGES of up to SIX SCRIPTS. Our focus here is on creating a solid hook and effective logline. Writers must also submit a 1 page "worksheet" detailing their script's genre and themes.

TV SERIES BIBLE WORKSHOPS:
We critique up to 25 PAGES of FOUR SERIES BIBLES at this Meetup. Writers should have a completed TV Pilot prior to crafting their series bible (however your pilot script does not need to be critiqued at a workshop). Writers must also submit a 1 page "worksheet" detailing their series genre and synopsis.

PEER REVIEW (SCRIPT SWAP) WORKSHOPS:
Writers who submit a completed film or TV script are matched with 1 or 2 fellow writers to trade FULL SCRIPTS for feedback. There is no Zoom meeting for this session -- the "event" date is your script submission deadline. After being matched, writers will have 8 days to read their partner's script(s) and email their feedback.

HOW OUR WORKSHOPS WORK:
1.) Each reader shares their top 3 to 5 comments on each script. 2.) The writer has an opportunity to ask questions. 3.) Open forum for logline discussion and more comments from readers (save any formatting comments for this round).

WHAT CAN I SUBMIT?
Feature film, short film, TV pilots, TV specs, limited series and webisodes are all accepted. Scripts should be saved as PDFs, formatted in industry standard, and include a title page. If you are submitting a TV SPEC (a series that is currently airing), please include your "previously on" synopsis on page ii after the title page. Neither of these go against your page count.
First time screenwriters are welcome -- our only requirement is a properly formatted script! See below for writer resources and sample scripts.

WHAT IF I WANT TO SUBMIT A LATER ACT?
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. 

HOW DO I PREPARE SCRIPT FEEDBACK?:
There's no right or wrong way to give feedback, as long as it's done with respect. We want to hear your honest thoughts about what you've read! The best critiques are ACTIONABLE -- meaning the writer can make specific changes based on your notes. Here are some ideas to get started:
- which character resonated with you most... and why?
- did any scenes feel too short or too long? which ones?
- is there clear conflict between characters? could there be more?
- were any parts of the plot confusing or unbelievable? 
- did each character speak in a unique voice? could you tell them apart based on dialogue alone?
- did every scene move the story forward? if not, which could be cut or expanded?

GROUP TENETS:
Above all, we aim to provide a safe and respectful environment for group discussion. As a member of this group we ask that everyone abide by these tenets:
- We will provide thoughtful and respectful feedback for all writers who submit their work for critique.
- We will allow every participant the opportunity to speak and be heard.
- We will not single out any member(s) of our group based on religion, race, national origin, disability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
- We will never share any member’s script pages or conceptual ideas without their explicit consent.

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 WSW critique sessions. Nonetheless, it is highly recommended that you register your work with the WGA or the US Copyright Office. Protecting your own work is your responsibility as a writer.
WGA West: https://www.wgawregistry.org/
WGA East: https://www.wgaeast.org/mo/script_registration/registrations
US Copyright Office: https://www.copyright.gov/registration/

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Attendance is mandatory for writers who submit their scripts for critique. If your pages have been distributed to the group and you cannot attend, you MUST contact the organizer immediately so that the group can be notified. All other attendees can cancel their RSVP prior to the Meetup. 
Please note that repeated NO-SHOWS (members who register for a Meetup, but do not attend and fail to cancel their RSVP) will be let go from the group. 

QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? SUGGESTIONS?
Your feedback is always welcomed. Please message or email the organizer directly.

Upcoming events (3)

Script Workshop (30 Page Critique)

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This is an ONLINE script workshop for film and TV projects. We critique up to 3 scripts each session, with a max of 30 pages per writer. RSVPs will receive a Zoom link along with script pages to read prior to the Meetup.

SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS OPEN MAY 12th! Email your PDF to [masked] to reserve a critique spot.

Script priority is given to event RSVPs (the first 3 scripts received). Scripts submitted by waitlisted writers may be accepted as alternates. View the COMMENTS section to see when script spots are filled. No comments = script spots are still available!

Zoom attendance is required for all writers who submit their own scripts.

SCRIPT DEADLINE:
If your script is confirmed for critique, your final draft is due MONDAY, JUNE 6th by 5:00 PM (PDT). Writers may revise their pages up until this date.

WHAT COUNTS AS A DRAFT?:
20-30 properly formatted script pages (short films may be fewer).

WHAT TO SEND:

  • SCRIPT: email your PDF to [masked]
  • TITLE PAGE: include your project name (write "Pilot" if TV)
  • FORMAT: specify feature, short, half hour TV, or one hour TV
  • LOGLINE: please include a 1 sentence recap
  • SYNOPSIS (optional): use page ii after your title page
  • YOUR EMAIL (optional): include on your title page if you wish to receive additional feedback/notes from group members
  • 30 pages max (extra pages allowed if you are close to "THE END")
  • 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. Repeated "no-shows" will be let go from the group.

PROTECT YOUR WORK:
All writers are encouraged to register their scripts with the WGA, the US Copyright Office, OR the applicable copyright office in your country. 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 to receive them.

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Script Pitch Workshop

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This is an ONLINE PITCH SESSION where up to 6 writers can receive instant feedback on their screenplay or teleplay pitch (3 minutes max). However, you don't need a pitch to participate! All RSVPs will receive a Zoom link + pitch documents to review prior to the Meetup.

There are 2 parts for those who want to pitch:
1.) your written pitch document (see below for details) due June 21st
2.) your LIVE pitch presented to the group on June 26th

PITCH SUBMISSIONS OPEN JUNE 8th! To confirm your spot, email a PDF of 350 words or less (your logline + brief summary... NO SCRIPT PAGES) to [masked].

WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR PITCH PDF:

  • SCRIPT/SERIES TITLE
  • FORMAT: specify feature film, half hour TV, or one hour TV
  • LOGLINE: a 1 to 2 sentence recap
  • SYNOPSIS: briefly explain your setting, characters, plot, why this story needs to be told, and any personal connection you have to the story
  • make sure it's 350 words or less! (your live pitch must be under 3 minutes)

DEADLINE:
If your project is confirmed for the live pitch session, your final PDF is due TUESDAY, JUNE 21st by 5:00 PM (PDT). Note: the PDF is supplemental for those of us critiquing your pitch -- your live presentation does not have to match your written doc.

SAMPLES:
If you'd like to watch some sample pitches and feedback, visit: https://www.facebook.com/screencraft.org/videos/570822271297596

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, the US Copyright Office, OR the applicable copyright office in your country. 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 to receive them.

Full Script Peer Review (aka Script Swap!)

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For writers who have a completed film script or TV pilot, here's your chance to trade FULL SCRIPTS and receive peer feedback on your work! There’s NO MEETING to attend – the event date is your script submission deadline. You’ll have 8 days to read your assigned script and email notes to your partner (see deadlines below).

Step 1: RSVP to confirm your spot
Step 2: Enter your script's title, format, and genre here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ACfaCQ8vSXJpiWsUmNEHpnYxbh6ubVfaqHB9Y7MGR10/edit?usp=sharing
Step 3: Email your script PDF by 7/9 to: [masked]

DEADLINES:
JULY 9th @ 7:00 pm PDT: Full scripts are due!
JULY 10th: Partner assignments and scripts emailed to RSVPs.
JULY 18th @ 11:59 pm PDT: Your written feedback is due!

PARTNER MATCHING:
We’ll try to match you with a writer whose script is of a similar format or genre to your own. However, film writers may be matched with TV writers and vice versa. If we receive an odd number of scripts, some participants may be asked to read TWO projects…in which case you’ll also receive x2 feedback on your own script.

SCRIPT SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Written in industry standard format and saved as a PDF
  • Feature films should be 150 pages or less
  • TV pilots should be 75 pages or less
  • Short films should be 40 pages or less
  • Include your TITLE PAGE in your PDF

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENT:

  • Writers who fail to complete their written feedback by the deadline will not be able to participate in future script swaps.
  • If your partner does not provide feedback on your script, a new reader will be assigned.

WRITTEN FEEDBACK:
Please write a minimum of 8 sentences about each script you read. You’ll be asked to evaluate the following elements:

  • Does the script present a clear protagonist and antagonist?
  • Are the characters fully developed with goals/wants/needs?
  • Is the dialogue natural/appropriate for each character and time period?
  • Is any part of the plot confusing? Specify which pages.
  • Did you find any formatting or grammatical errors?
  • Is the logline effective?
  • What did you like most about this script?
  • What could be improved in the next draft of this script? (be specific)

NO MEETING:
The date posted on this Meetup event is the script submission deadline. You do not need to attend any meeting on July 9th.

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.

CONFIDENTIALITY:
Any script you read is confidential and "for your eyes only". Sharing or discussing scripts that do not belong to you is prohibited.

PROTECT YOUR WORK:
Writers are encouraged to register their completed scripts with the WGA, the US Copyright Office, or the applicable copyright office in your country. 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 to receive them.

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Script Workshop (30 Page Critique)

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