What we're about
Montana writers: Have you written a screenplay or two (or ten) -- or are thinking about it? Maybe you write novels or have a life story people say would make a great movie. Or do you want to improve your storytelling skills -- on the page &/or out loud?
We're open to writers of all types, but focus mostly on screenwriting and screenplays. (For support with writing novels and memoirs or non-fiction, check out Authors of the Flathead, one of our sponsoring groups: http://authorsoftheflathead.org)
In 2020-21, we read and discussed screenplays by top Hollywood or indie film writers to learn about writing our own best scripts. We also interviewed some film/TV industry pros -- including judges of the 2020 Montana Screenwriting Competition -- online via Zoom. In 2022, we prepared to meet with a film/TV producer at the Flathead River Writers Conference by polishing our loglines, synopses and first 10 script pages at Barbara Schiffman's in person "Screenwriting Summer School" sessions.
In 2023, we're meeting online during the snowy months with guest speakers, including forensics experts, literary attorneys, and produced screenwriters.
Starting in the spring, we'll meet again live in Flathead Valley to discuss the craft and business of writing. Subjects may include ways to submit scripts or books to writing contests, make your synopsis and loglines stand out, or create a gameplan to market your scripts or writing work, among others. The in-person sessions -- led by organizer/ script consultant Barbara Schiffman -- will focus on various aspects of screenwriting craft or marketing.
In addition, we may host Table Readings (out loud) of finished screenplays by member writers, for feedback and fun! If you have a finished draft that you think is ready for a group read, email Barbara at MontanaScreenwriting@gmail.com to submit it for consideration (pre-selection is required - this is not an "open read" opportunity).
All levels of Montana screenwriters -- plus novelists, short story writers, poets, writers of non-fiction or memoirs -- are welcome! Keep writing!