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WELCOME. If this is your first meet-up with us, here's a few details about how we roll:
For the first 10 minutes or so, we catch up with one another. You are welcome to buy food but it is not required.
We spend the next hour to hour-and-a-half silently reading each submission and writing notes, questions or corrections in them. NOTE: We only have time to read the first 5-6 submissions. First come, first served basis.
Finally, each writer gets about 10-15 minutes to run the show, asking questions about their work or the readers' notes.
Writers get their submissions back at the end of the meeting, filled with notes and feedback from the readers.
SUBMISSIONS. You don't have to bring anything, but if you do...
Bring NO MORE than 10 pages of one of your scripts; each meeting, you can bring the next few pages until we've covered your entire script. Alternately, if you don't have a script ready to read, you can bring a written treatment or synopsis of an idea. This is NOT the place to bring poetry, novels, or any type of writing other than scripts intended to be shot (i.e., no stage plays, radio or video games).
IMPORTANT: If your submission isn't the beginning of a script, include a SHORT summary of what's happened in your story up to this point.
Bring at least 3 copies; more is better.
Bind multiple pages with a staple, paperclip, or brads; no loose pages.
Make sure your name and title are somewhere on the submission; you don't have to have a separate title page.
Feel free to print on the front and back to conserve paper.
Please don't worry or be embarrassed if you're new to script writing. We all had to start somewhere, and we're all here to offer constructive feedback and inspire creativity.
Lastly, this is NOT the place to have discussions or disagreements about the subject matter in a script. This wastes time and isn't constructive. We are here to help writers improve their storytelling ability, not offer opinions on their worldviews.
Once you have attended several meetings and contributed to the feedback of others' work, you will be eligible to have a complete script break-down of your work. If interested in this, please write or ask for more details.
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The goal is to have a reason to write and be inspired to do so.