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Meet with local professional and aspiring screenwriters to discuss story ideas, plot lines, character development, and more. Please join us for screenwriting events as well as other film-related programs!

The Screenwriters Roundtables are hosted by Women In Film & Video (https://www.wifv.org/) and are open to the general public. Roundtables provide a safe place for new and established writers to have their work read and critiqued. They also feature special guest speakers when available.

If you wish to be added to the Screenwriters Roundtable listserv, please contact the WIFV office at membership@wifv.org or call us at 202-429-9438.

Upcoming events (5)

ScriptDC: Final Draft Tips

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Join Final Draft in this live webinar for tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Final Draft 11. Learn how to clearly navigate the latest features, including how to use and customize templates, collaborate remotely, outline your story with the Beat Board and Story Map, run an inclusivity report, and more! The first 60 minutes will be spent demonstrating Final Draft 11 and its features, with some opportunity for participation from the audience via chat. The rest of the 90-minute webinar will be devoted to audience Q&A. This is an online webinar. You will receive the login information with your registration confirmation. Presenter Bios: Shelly Mellott served as editor and publisher of Script from 1995 to 2006, during which time she created additional services for scriptwriters including script coverage, pitching events, and quarterly screenwriting contests sponsored by major production companies. In 2006, Mellott became a vice president at Final Draft, overseeing the Big Break Contest, social media, events, and customer relations for the company. In 2015, she became Vice President of Sales & Marketing where she manages the professional and educational sales divisions, develops initiatives that drive sales across all retail channels, and manages marketing, events and customer relations. Andrew Schwartz is the Studio Liaison at Final Draft. As Final Draft's primary contact for the Film and TV industry, Andrew supports the screenwriting software needs of VIP and Studio clients as needed. He has previously worked in production management and as a Writers' Assistant, Script Reader and Story Analyst for professional writers, studios and production companies. Andrew also currently heads one of the longest standing Writers' Workshops in Los Angeles that meets out of the Boston University Los Angeles offices where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Film & TV. $15 for WIFV Members (must be logged in) and students $30 for general public Register Here: https://www.wifv.org/events/#id=11077&cid=783&wid=401&type=Cal This program is sponsored by Maryland Film Office and OCTFME. Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 48 hours in advance of the program. No refund will be issued for a cancellation with less than 48 hours notice. If the event is cancelled or rescheduled, refunds will be issued as needed.

Write. Reach. Represent - ScriptDC

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Write. Reach. Represent: How Having a Female and an(Other) ‘New' Voice in the Writer's Room has Always Been Paramount (even at Universal) with Rosanne Welch, PhD Whenever modern day studio executives wonder if women can handle ‘big budget pictures' we need to educate them on the many, many female screenwriters, directors and producers who gave birth to the film industry from the turn of the twentieth century through today. This talk will introduce listeners to several prominent female screenwriters from Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) to Dorothy Parker (A Star is Born) to Frances Goodrich (The Diary of Anne Frank) to Harriet Frank, Jr. (Norma Rae) to Joan Didion (A Star is Born). In all of their personal writing about writing screenplays, they mention the importance of (often) being the lone woman in the room during pitches and during the development of a screenplay. Goodrich was quoted as saying, "I'm always the only woman working on the picture and I hold the fate of the women [characters] in my hand... I'll fight for what the gal will or will not do, and I can be completely unfeminine about it." Joan Didion told the story of how her writing partner/husband John Gregory Dunne would often feign illness so she would attend script meetings alone after they noticed male executives ignoring her at earlier meetings. Come learn about them and many, many other powerful women of earlier Hollywood so you can school the next executive who dares to wonder if women can ‘hack it' in the movies. Presenter Bio: Rosanne Welch, PhD, serves as Executive Director of Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting where she created a set of History of Screenwriting courses and teaches courses in One-Hour Drama. Her television writing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. Welch edited When Women Wrote Hollywood (2018), named runner-up for the Susan Koppelman Award honoring the best anthology, multi-authored, or edited book in feminist studies by the Popular Culture Association. She co-edited the 4-volume Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia (named to both the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List and to the list of Best Historical Materials, by the American Library Association) and wrote Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Popular Culture. Welch serves as Book Reviews editor for Journal of Screenwriting; and on the Editorial Board for both Written By magazine and California History Journal. In 2019 she was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Screenwriting Research Network for a two year term. You can find her TEDx talk "The Importance of Having a Female Voice in the Room" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JFNsqKBRnA and other recorded lectures on her YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/DrRosanneWelch $15 for WIFV Members (must be logged in) and students $30 for general public Register Here:https://www.wifv.org/events/#id=11089&cid=783&wid=401&type=Cal This program is sponsored by Maryland Film Office and OCTFME. Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 48 hours in advance of the program. No refund will be issued for a cancellation with less than 48 hours notice. If the event is cancelled or rescheduled, refunds will be issued as needed.

You Had Me at Page One - ScriptDC

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You Had Me at Page One with Pilar Alessandra Make the reader love you on the first page! Learn screenwriting techniques that help your script hit the ground running. Using script examples we take a hard look at word choice, character descriptions, dialogue editing and the nuances of the page. Presenter Bio: Pilar Alessandra is the director of the instructional writing program On The Page,® host of the On the Page Podcast and a highly sought-after speaker and script consultant who's trained writers at Disney, DreamWorks, ABC, the AFM and around the world. She is also the author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter and The Coffee Break Screenwriter Breaks the Rules. Pilar's greatest accomplishment is the success of her students, many of whom have won top competitions such as the Nicholl Fellowship, work on TV shows such as Homeland, The 100, Dear White People, Grey's Anatomy, Silicon Valley and The Chi and have sold feature films and pitches to Netflix, Sony, Warner Bros. and other major studios. For more information about Pilar, her classes, consultations, book and podcast, go to www.onthepage.tv $15 for WIFV Members (must be logged in) and students $30 for general public Register Here: https://www.wifv.org/events/#id=11090&cid=783&wid=401&type=Cal This program is sponsored by Maryland Film Office and OCTFME. Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 48 hours in advance of the program. No refund will be issued for a cancellation with less than 48 hours notice. If the event is cancelled or rescheduled, refunds will be issued as needed.

The Dreaded 2nd Act - ScriptDC

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Details The Dreaded 2nd Act and How to Tame It with Dara Marks, PhD Let's be honest – nobody's favorite part of screenwriting is the second act. Our inspirations begin with great ideas and can take us to amazing conclusions, but our creative juices seldom get turned on by all that cumbersome story development found in the vast, dark, empty regions that lie somewhere between the beginning and the end of a story. This part of the writing process is just plain hard work – for both you and your protagonist. But quite frankly, there's no way around it. However, if you learn to work with the transformational arc you will discover that the 2nd act is not a barren wilderness, but a place of remarkable potential. Presenter Bio: Dara Marks, PhD is a leading international script consultant, seminar leader, and author of one of the top selling books on screenwriting, Inside Story: The Power of the Transformational Arc. She has specialized in the analysis of the modern screenplay for the past three decades, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine has consistently rated her one of the top script consultants in Hollywood. Dara has worked for most major Hollywood studios and her advice has been sought on a variety of films and television programs. She has a doctorate degree in Mythological Studies and her groundbreaking work in this field continues to help writers engage more deeply. $15 for WIFV Members (must be logged in) and students $30 for general public Register Here: https://www.wifv.org/events/#id=11092&cid=783&wid=401&type=Cal This program is sponsored by Maryland Film Office and OCTFME. Refund Policy: Refunds are available up to 48 hours in advance of the program. No refund will be issued for a cancellation with less than 48 hours notice. If the event is cancelled or rescheduled, refunds will be issued as needed.

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ScriptDC: Screenplay Formatting

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