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UCLA Script Camp

Los Angeles, CA

UCLA Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.

Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.

This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp

Website: https://scriptcamp.net

Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month

*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

51 members · Public

Women Screenwriters Workshop

Los Angeles, CA

Women Screenwriters Workshop

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 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:

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.

403 members · Public

Los Angeles Writers Critique Group

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Writers Critique Group

We are a group dedicated to writing, finishing, and publishing a novel, memoir, or short story. We critique each others' work and serve as a support group for helping writers plot, organize, and publish their writing. Historically, we've met at the San Rafael and the Silver Lake Libraries. In 2020, we moved online to Zoom. The format goes like this: There is a presentation and discussion on the day's subject. After, we begin the critiques.

The submission format is as follows:

(1) submit up to 10 pages, double-spaced

(2) use 1" margins all around;

(3) use 12-point Times New Roman or Courier font

(4) save files in MS Word format. PDFs okay. (5) number the pages

(6) be sure that the book's title and your name are the header.

(7) give your file name this format: FirstnameLastname-TitleOfBook-Genre-DateOfCritique.docx

If you are in the middle of the story, please write a single-spaced introductory paragraph or two outlining major plot points so far and the theme of the work. Include short bios for two or three major characters.

Submissions are due at 11:59 p.m. on the Sunday before we meet.  Email them to docs@lawriterscritiquegroup.com, and put "Submission" in the subject line. You will receive instructions on how to download submissions for your reading and critique.

We divide the critique time by the number of submissions so that all writers get equal time.

We finish up around 12 or 12:30pm.


Our policies

We’ve developed a system of checks and balances to ensure that all writers benefit from our group. Two main approaches are discussed with newcomers to ensure that everyone gets the most for their efforts.


First Absorb, Then Ask and Discuss

At our in-person meetings, we are organized by group.  Each group occupies a table and takes turns giving feedback to the people who’ve submitted.

When your work is being critiqued, we ask that you absorb the information first… not explain it or answer a bunch of questions from the people giving you their feedback.  Save your questions for when the feedback has stopped and it’s your turn to ask questions of the people who’ve provided you with feedback, or perhaps explain a part of the story that may not have been clear to them when they read your work initially.

Should any obligation prevent you from attending a meeting for which you’ve submitted work for critique, you can provide feedback to your fellow writers, and receive feedback, virtually. You would need to send the files to the group that weekend to either pasadenawriters@gmail.com or docs@lawriterscritiquegroup.com. See the Critique Reciprocity Rule below for clarification.


Timing is Everything

If a group is large, it is sometimes necessary to time each person’s critique so that all of the writers receive feedback during the library session.  In this instance, group co-leaders or trusted regulars may be charged with this task. Usually a cell phone is used to time each critique.

Keep in mind that each person providing feedback deserves the respect of the group. Group members, as well as the person receiving the feedback, are encouraged to be quiet and allow that person the floor.


Critique Reciprocity Rule

Every person who submits a manuscript must critique the manuscripts in his/her group and submit them for distribution no later than the day following the meetup, Sunday, at 11:59 p.m. The other writers read yours; you have to read theirs.  If you do not critique as assigned, note the following:

You will not be able to submit a manuscript for the next session for which you RSVP. For that session, you will be assigned the role of Reader and will have to critique the manuscripts in your group and submit them on time. This applies to 10-page and 30-page submissions only.If you do not submit critiques more than once, you will not be permitted to submit again for three months.If you have questions, contact us at docs@lawriterscritiquegroup.com. This applies to 10-page and 30-page submissions only.If a submitter of the ‘long-form manuscripts’ (such as first 100 pages or full manuscript) does not critique all of the manuscripts in his/ her group, that submitter will not be permitted to submit manuscripts in the future. 


Be Respectful or Leave

This group comes together to help each other become better writers. Disruptive behavior that can steal focus from our primary goal–to help each other become better writers–is discouraged. Our members and co-organizers are volunteers; no one is paid to listen to complaints or to change rules because one person wants to be exempt from them. We come together with a positive goal in mind. We expect our members to treat each other with respect before, during, and after our meetings. We expect constructive critiques. This is not to say that uncomfortable issues cannot be discussed in our critique group meetings. Insights that help us become better writers are welcomed. However, disruptive and self-aggrandizing behavior are not welcome. Members who disrespect others will be asked to leave.


1030 members · Public

Pasadena Area Screenwriting Group

Pasadena, CA

Pasadena Area Screenwriting Group

This group is for people aiming to become film or TV screenwriters.

We typically have discussion meetings twice per month, with one devoted to Feature scripts and one devoted to TV scripts. We meet to provide feedback on a completed script written by one of our members, which we all download and read before the meeting. The other purpose of the group is networking with other writers.

Presenters are charged a nominal fee ($8 per Feature script, $4 per TV script) to have their script discussed at a meeting. This is purely to cover the cost of the Organizer dues (~$180/year) charged by Meetup to run the group. To be clear, there is NO charge to join the group OR to attend a meeting (unless you are presenting). 

A note about sharing scripts: Scripts being discussed by the group are made for download to all group members for at least a week. It should go without saying that if you read someone else's script you should not copy their ideas or work, nor should you share them with others without the author's permission. We strongly believe it is more important to get our work out there, and to receive feedback, than to worry about someone stealing our ideas or scripts, but if you are at all concerned with this then - while you are still very welcome to attend our meetings - you can simply choose not to have your work discussed by the group. It is also a good practice to copyright your scripts (with e.g. the US Copyright Office) before sending them anywhere. 

Here's how a typical meeting might work:

    • We go around the room, introducing ourselves and saying (briefly) what kind of scripts we write. This is a good time for the presenters to briefly say what they aiming for with their scripts.

    • We next start off the feedback by going around the room again and saying something (general or specific) that we really liked about the script :-)  Note that we give verbal feedback during the meeting but if you made written notes - e.g. on the script PDF - feel free to ask the authors for their contact info so you can send them those notes later.

    If suggested by the moderator: We then go around the room one more time and briefly describe the main issue we had with the script. The idea here is to prevent the most forceful speakers from dominating ;) It gives the presenter an idea of the biggest issues, and also lets the moderator know who to call on during later discussions.

    • We then open the floor for general feedback, with the moderator guiding the group as necessary. You don't have to wait to be called on, but please avoid talking over others. Conversely, if you find it difficult to break in you can raise your hand and the moderator will call on you.

    • We avoid talking about things like formatting or punctuation, grammar, spelling etc. (unless it's a very general, brief comment) and try instead to focus on big picture comments (e.g. structure, plot, character, tone, etc.) before getting down to more detailed comments (e.g. jokes, specific dialogue, etc.)

    • We encourage people to give feedback respectfully and not play to the audience or poke fun at something the writer did. However, please note the discussion does tend to evolve organically and enthusiastically! 

    • We require writers to attend at least ONE recent meeting before presenting their script, partly so that they are aware of how the group operates and can decide if it suits them (or not).

    • Particularly if the group is large, there can be a large amount of feedback delivered in a short time by many different people with different perspectives, which can be a little overwhelming for the author trying to keep track of it all. So, when you present your script (particularly if it's a large group), please feel free to bring a recording device and/or to ask people to slow down and repeat themselves!!

There are no fees other than the nominal fee to present, and you will NOT be solicited to attend fee-paying seminars or buy script editing services, although free/cheap events may be posted on the message board.

All we ask is that when you RSVP 'yes' you commit to downloading and reading the entire script we'll be discussing ahead of time. We won't be reading any of the script during the meeting, so if you haven't read it in advance you'll find it difficult to participate fully on the day.

Basically: if you're serious about becoming a professional screenwriter, and are willing to provide others with feedback in exchange for getting feedback on your own scripts, then this group is for you!

234 members · Private

Screenwriting Tribe

Santa Monica, CA

Screenwriting Tribe

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. 

984 members · Public

Long Beach Script Camp

Long Beach, CA

Long Beach Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.

Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.

This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp

Website: https://scriptcamp.net

Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month

*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

24 members · Public

Script Camp LA

Los Angeles, CA

Script Camp LA

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

87 members · Public

Pasadena Script Camp

Pasadena, CA

Pasadena Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

41 members · Public

Beverly Hills Script Camp

Beverly Hills, CA

Beverly Hills Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.

Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.

This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp

Website: https://scriptcamp.net

Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month

*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

37 members · Public

Compton Script Camp

Compton, CA

Compton Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot.

Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes.

This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp

Website: https://scriptcamp.net

Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb

Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month

*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

17 members · Public

Burbank Script Camp

Burbank, CA

Burbank Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

32 members · Public

Writers/Screenwriters & Filmmakers Creative Express

Beverly Hills, CA

Writers/Screenwriters & Filmmakers Creative Express

If you're a writer, screenwriter, or filmmaker looking for a way to accelerate your career while doing what you love most, this is the group for you. Meeting two to four times a month, we address both the art and science of profitably creating media that entertains, thrills, informs, or transforms.

About Nancy Fulton 

I've been running highly-rated meetups in Santa Monica for Writers, Filmmakers and Creative Professionals for several years. You can learn more about them at www.NancyFultonMeetups.com.

• You may find some of the following resources created for past events useful if you're looking for immediate help with your creative enterprise.  You can find them at www.NoBetterFriend.com

How to Legally Find and Accept Money From Investors
(The Best How-To, Practical, Legal, Primer You'll Read)  

Budgets, Breakdowns & Cash Flows: The Numbers You Need to Know Before You Produce Anything  
(with Audio Recording featuring Nancy Fulton & Producer John Duffy) 

Making Google Love You Without Buying Ads  
(Necessary for Cost Effective Promotion for Your Project)  

Profitably Publishing & Selling Your Book  
(Handy for Film & Webseries Merchandising)  

We also have lots of free videos on everything on writing screenplays, publishing books, legally true stories, funding production companies, etc at www.NancyFultonVideos.com.


4647 members · Public

Anaheim Script Camp

Anaheim, CA

Anaheim Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

22 members · Public

Santa Monica Script Camp

Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica Script Camp

Welcome beginning and experienced screenwriters! We host regular screenwriting bootcamps, classes, script coverage and career coaching from professional, repped screenwriter Conor Kyle. Each week there are a few live & virtual classes, workshops, Q&As and intensive 6- to 8-week bootcamp sessions that take you from idea to first draft, to polished feature screenplay or TV pilot. <br> <br>Some of our classes are free and some are paid. There are no membership dues or fees required to attend our free classes. <br> <br>This group is affiliated with Conor Kyle's Script Camp <br> <br>Website: https://scriptcamp.net <br> <br>Our classes are taught live on Discord at: https://discord.gg/mUtQKbtsgb <br> <br>Upcoming class schedule: https://scriptcamp.net/events/month <br> <br>*About the Instructor*: Conor Kyle has written for Shudder's Creepshow (2019) and placed twice in the Nicholl Fellowship with his scripts “Peter and the Wolves” (quarterfinals, also Launchpad top 10) and The Tube (semifinals). His screenplays have also been featured on the annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Spec Book, and on Tracking Board’s “Best Writers of the Year” booklet. He writes everything from stage musicals to Westerns to horror movies, and has taught screenwriting in Summer camps and online courses since 2018.

41 members · Public

Screenwriters of Hollywood

Studio City, CA

Screenwriters of Hollywood

Welcome to the Screenwriters of Hollywood. Our group is focused on cold reads and critique for Screenwriters and offering experience for actors of all genres.


We are a diverse group of writers, actors, directors and producers who meet to read scripts, get honest feedback, and improve our craft. We learn to be good collaborators. We invite other working professionals to visit and share their expertise and path. We support each other's projects by attending premieres, readings, and events together.


Meetings:

Meetings are every Monday night from 7-9pm PDT. All meetings are currently virtual via Zoom. We go through 3 scripts a week, each writer is given 40 minutes. The recommendation is 10-15 pages followed by feedback. 


Membership:

We have put together some questions to get to know those applying to join us. Please be thorough with your answers and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact the organizers here on MeetUp or on our Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/566139007196355


Scripts:

New members must attend two meetups before bringing a script to the group. No first drafts, and before your first script is read it must be submitted to one of the organizers. If you are not sure about script format, if you are writing in English and it is not your first language, or if you think you need a copy editor (that's a person who looks for typos, misspellings, and other grammatical errors), have one of the group members take a look before you ask for a table read. You want us to concentrate on dialogue, character and plot, and not trip over format, spelling and grammar so we are happy to help.


Notes:

After each script reading, we take turns giving notes. The writer only listens. When it is your turn to give notes, speak about what worked and/or what didn't work for you as an knowledgeable audience member. Pitching brief ideas or jokes is okay. We are not here to re-write, only offer feedback. We are here to get the best stories written. Each story is unique, each screenplay is unique, each writer's process is unique and our group respects that.

 

Joining the Group:

After you have filled in our questionnaire we will follow-up and email all of the details about meetings and submitting to have your script read. We look forward to the opportunity to work together and build community as writers.

165 members · Private

South Bay Screenwriters

Torrance, CA

South Bay Screenwriters

South Bay Screenwriters – Read Scripts and Provide Feedback

Important update due to the Covid19 Corona virus (Until further notice):

·  Due to the Covid19 Pandemic we are not meeting in person. We are instead conducting our Meetup meetings via ZOOM video conferencing. A link is provided on the Meetup.com page each week to join.

The purpose of this group is to support writers in learning, practicing, and fine tuning the craft of screenwriting.  We provide a safe environment for screenwriters to solicit and provide constructive feedback, share ideas, and hear their written words read aloud by their created “characters” and “narrators”.  This group is aimed to support the development of professional screenwriters, so please be respectful and supportive of others’ goals and ideas. 

If you wish to submit pages to have read during the meetup, you must RSVP on Meetup.com and comment that you will be submitting pages to reserve your spot.  Pages will be read during the Meetup, in the order their authors RSVP’d on Meetup.com.  New Members are eligible to sign up for pages after attending one meeting and observing. 

New Members, please provide either Pamela (the organizer) or Margina (the co-organizer) your email address so they can share the Google Drive folder with you. 

Each member who is having their pages read should deposit their ~10 page original script into their Google Drive folder in PDF format. Writers cast readers out of the group attendees, including the narration. We find there is a benefit to hearing your work read aloud.  Readings are followed by open critique and should be geared toward helping writers improve their work.  Bring an open mind, be respectful of your peers, and together we’ll improve our craft. 

Each reading and feedback slot should not exceed 30 minutes max, including casting, reading, and feedback.  We encourage sharing of offline notes (outside of the Wednesday Meetups) via our Facebook group and/or by messaging Meetup members through the Meetup website/email.  Please leave your pages in your folder for at least a week after sharing them with the group to allow for “catch up” and/or offline review. 

Preference will be given to those contributors who;

·  Have script pages.

·  Have not shared within the past week.

·  Have attended at least one Meetup.

·  If there are slots available, writers may bring an outline, treatment, or simply brainstorm possible plot points with the group during their time slot.

The moderator reserves the right to make executive decisions as the need arises.

The structure of our Meetups: 

1.  We will continue meeting weekly, Wednesdays from 6-8:30 pm Pacific Time.

2.  We will start promptly at 6:10 pm with casting pages and readings.  Please make every effort to be on time, and have a short list of your characters ready. 

3.  We will not tolerate computer issues during the meetups in the interest of staying on schedule.  Please ensure that your computer works properly before you join the meetup to avoid untimely disruptions.

4.  We will plan for 4 reading spots per meetup, with 1-2 writers on standby.  Reserve your reading spot on the Meetup.com event by commenting “pages” ahead of time when you RSVP.  Backup/standby readers who don’t end up with a slot do NOT carry over from week to week. 

5.  Writers can have their pages read every other meetup you attend as a scheduled slot (with early RSVP and claim of said spot).  We will prioritize scripts over ideas, outlines or treatments.  Note you need to attend and support other writers without sharing at least once in between meetups where you claim slots/share pages. 

6.  We will continue our (optional) periodic writing challenges or writing prompts that are not only fun but help stimulate your imagination while improving your screenwriting skills.

382 members · Public