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Shut Up & Write!® Online Events

San Francisco, CA

Shut Up & Write!® Online Events

Go to www.shutupwrite.com/organizers to host events for this Meetup!

At Shut Up & Write, we believe in the power of community—now more than ever. That’s why we’ve set up a variety of accountability structures online to keep you inspired to write from the safety of your home.

Online Events 

Organizers can now organize online events through MeetUp. We’ve created a step-by-step guide for organizers to create an online event here.

Virtual Chapter

We’ve launched a Virtual Chapter on our website! Discuss your daily progress, try your hand at a writing prompt, and share writing advice and tips in our new forums.

Word Sprints 

What’s a word sprint? We set a timer for 30 minutes and write, then report back with word counts and cheer each other on. Every weekday at 3pm PDT, we’re running #wordsprints on our Twitter account! Join in the fun @shutupwrite.

Monthly Challenges 

Sign up for one of our free Monthly Writing Challenges, where we provide prompts for five days or more to inspire your writing.

Tell us your thoughts! 

We welcome your suggestions and feedback – we want to support you in your writing practice. Reach out at questions@shutupwrite.com to let us know how we can help or if you’d like to get more involved with our efforts.

3575 members · Public

Poetry Connected (Zoom)

Oakland, CA

Poetry Connected (Zoom)

Welcome! This is an outlet to share our words, creativity, emotions! Come join us - read, listen, and delve into the meaning of poetry! Expect a judgement-free, supportive space to share your work, or respectively enjoy that of others. Positive critique is welcomed in the monthly workshop. 

Founded in April 2016 by Jeff Reed, Poetry Connected (formerly known as Walnut Creek Poetry Meetup) has continued to support local Bay Area poets with a supportive, judgement-free space. Leadership was passed to Ana Delgadillo and co-host Keith Mark Gaboury in November 2020.

Poetry Connected hopes to create a spark and appetite for poetry, spoken word, and expression in the heart of the East Bay -- and light the world on fire with curiosity and hope.


• Monday Night Poetry - Casual gathering on Zoom to be CREATIVE and call upon your inner MUSE. We will provide a prompt to help get you started.

• On the last Monday of the month, we will have a workshop group instead of a prompt. You are welcomed to bring work from prompt nights or new work that you would like feedback on. This is a supportive group where we give each other CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Please leave all negativity outside and be respectful when giving feedback. It is the writer's choice to take the feedback given. 


Due to Covid the following will be postponed until further notice.


Poetry in the Park — Words on the wind at a Contra Costa County park.

• Pop-up Poetry — Spoken words at random pop-up locations in the East Bay.

• aMUSEing — Write and share ekphrastic poetry inspired by art installations in the East Bay.

• Poetry Field trip — Let's go abroad and join other Meetups and Poetry enthusiasts throughout the Bay Area.

422 members · Public

Shut Up & Write!® Greater Sacramento Area

Sacramento, CA

Shut Up & Write!® Greater Sacramento Area

For more virtual events, join our Online Events Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/shutupandwriteonlineevents/ 

Shut Up & Write!® is more than a movement, more than a good idea. We’re a method of writing that delivers. As an international organization, we are thousands of writers in a worldwide community, but most importantly, we are writers who write together in a local cafe. Join us.

We have events every week, all over. Sometimes we talk after. Whatever you’re writing, whatever form it takes, wherever you are in your process, you won’t be the only one.

And if you need help with your writing, we offer that too.

Want to know more? Check us out: www.shutupwrite.com. Or get in touch: questions@shutupwrite.com.

Meetup Event Format

It is an empowering and rewarding experience to write an hour each week, at the same time and place. It serves as powerful support for building your daily writing discipline.

RSVP and please arrive 10–15 minutes early to get settled. At the Meetup our Organizer will lead introductions and then everyone will sit down and write.

Afterwards, feel free to get to know each other. Members often talk about their successes and challenges as writers. The Shut Up & Write!® format brings a social facet to a normally isolated craft.

Our Meetups are a safe space for writers to work on their craft. No one will read or critique your writing.

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.“ - Gloria Steinem

This is your time to write.

2289 members · Public

Shut Up & Write!® SF Bay Area

San Francisco, CA

Shut Up & Write!® SF Bay Area

For more virtual events, join our Online Events Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/shutupandwriteonlineevents/ 

Shut Up & Write!® is more than a movement, more than a good idea. We’re a method of writing that delivers. As an international organization, we are thousands of writers in a worldwide community, but most importantly, we are writers who write together in a local cafe. Join us.

We have events every week, all over. Sometimes we talk after. Whatever you’re writing, whatever form it takes, wherever you are in your process, you won’t be the only one.

And if you need help with your writing, we offer that too.

Want to know more? Check us out: www.shutupwrite.com. Or get in touch: questions@shutupwrite.com.

Meetup Event Format

It is an empowering and rewarding experience to write an hour each week, at the same time and place. It serves as powerful support for building your daily writing discipline.

RSVP and please arrive 10–15 minutes early to get settled. At the Meetup our Organizer will lead introductions and then everyone will sit down and write.

Afterwards, feel free to get to know each other. Members often talk about their successes and challenges as writers. The Shut Up & Write!® format brings a social facet to a normally isolated craft.

Our Meetups are a safe space for writers to work on their craft. No one will read or critique your writing.

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.“ - Gloria Steinem

This is your time to write.

6697 members · Public

California Writers Club - Sacramento Branch

Sacramento, CA

California Writers Club - Sacramento Branch

The CWC Sacramento Branch is a fantastic opportunity for writers to meet and network with other writers and industry professionals in the local community. Our historic organization hosts twice-monthly meetings open to the public which include presentations by renowned speakers. The benefits of membership include participation in critique groups, 40% discount for luncheon meetings and information about local writing workshops, conferences and events. All genres of fiction and non-fiction are welcome. Our members range from students who are just starting out to writers who have been published many times over. We support writers of all levels, ages, genres and writing styles.

Monthly Meetings:
First Friday Networking
9am Perkos Restaurant 
6215 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights
Free to attend. Attendees pay for their own breakfast.

Third Saturday Luncheon Meeting
11am - 1pm Cattlemen's Restaurant
12409 Folsom Boulevard, Rancho Cordova
$28 fee covers speaker and club expenses (includes lunch)
Members pay $20 (40% discount!)

Membership fees (Membership fee + one time $20 enrollment fee):
Annual membership fee: $45
Student membership fee: $25 (Over 40% discount!)

Member Benefits:
-Discounts for luncheon meetings, seminars, and other CWC events
-Participation in critique groups
-Monthly "Sacramento Writer" newsletter
-Quarterly "Bulletin" distributed to all members of all branches
-The CWC Literary Review, annual magazine of members' stories

Some of our former speakers include:
ML Hamilton (Author of 37 Fantasy and Adult Novels)
Grant Faulkner (Executive director of NaNoWriMo)
Erika Mailman (Distinguished author of 4 historical novels)
Lee Foster (Travel writer/photographer)
Christina Deptula (Publicist)
Mark Coker (Smashwords)
James N. Frey (Acclaimed author and creative writing instructor)
Jordan Rosenfeld (Writers Digest author and coach)

556 members · Public

Fresno Script Camp

Fresno, CA

Fresno 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.

12 members · Public

Bay Area Script Camp

Union City, CA

Bay Area 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.

26 members · Public

Cupertino Script Camp

Cupertino, CA

Cupertino 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.

11 members · Public

Stockton Script Camp

Stockton, CA

Stockton 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.

5 members · Public

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.

52 members · Public

Santa Barbara Script Camp

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara 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.

12 members · Public

Modesto Script Camp

Modesto, CA

Modesto 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.

7 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.


1033 members · Public

Oakland Script Camp

Oakland, CA

Oakland 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.

16 members · Public

Shut Up & Write!® Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay

Santa Cruz, CA

Shut Up & Write!® Santa Cruz / Monterey Bay

For more virtual events, join our Online Events Meetup here: https://www.meetup.com/shutupandwriteonlineevents/ 

Shut Up & Write!® is more than a movement, more than a good idea. We’re a method of writing that delivers. As an international organization, we are thousands of writers in a worldwide community, but most importantly, we are writers who write together in a local cafe. Join us.

We have events every week, all over. Sometimes we talk after. Whatever you’re writing, whatever form it takes, wherever you are in your process, you won’t be the only one.

And if you need help with your writing, we offer that too.

Want to know more? Check us out: www.shutupwrite.com. Or get in touch: questions@shutupwrite.com.

Meetup Event Format

It is an empowering and rewarding experience to write an hour each week, at the same time and place. It serves as powerful support for building your daily writing discipline.

RSVP and please arrive 10–15 minutes early to get settled. At the Meetup our Organizer will lead introductions and then everyone will sit down and write.

Afterwards, feel free to get to know each other. Members often talk about their successes and challenges as writers. The Shut Up & Write!® format brings a social facet to a normally isolated craft.

Our Meetups are a safe space for writers to work on their craft. No one will read or critique your writing.

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.“ - Gloria Steinem

This is your time to write.

561 members · Public

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. 

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