Screenwriters & Story Editors


Screenwriters & Story Editors

A group for new, pro, and aspiring screenwriters of all genres to share their questions, experience, and resources.

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Alle C. Hall & Scriptwriting Programs

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I've got the TV bug

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Experienced writer now attempting television.

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My stalled documentary

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So you've written a screenplay.

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Comment by dianejwright on July 2, 2012 at 11:18am

To all who submitted to our anthology, thank you! We are beyond pleased with the response and excited to begin working though submissions and sending invitations to publish. Stay tuned!


Comment by dianejwright on July 2, 2012 at 11:13am

To all who submitted to our anthology, thank you! We are beyond pleased with the response and excited to begin working though submissions and sending invitations to publish. Stay tuned!


Comment by dianejwright on May 30, 2012 at 10:47am
Call for submissions from writers, artists, musicians, dancers... you get the idea. We're curating a digital multi-art-form project and are seeking short stories and portfolio submissions. Details and submission guidelines are at
Pass it on.  :)
Comment by Pat Branch on December 25, 2011 at 10:33am

hello fellow screenwriters ~ merry christmas! just wanted to update you that in an amazing hail mary pass in the 4th quarter w/ just seconds to go, i found out on christmas eve eve that i've landed a coveted spot in the 2012 cosby screenwriting program @ usc. i say this not to boast but to encourage all of us to keep writing & keep applying to the best competitions out there. having quarter & semi finaled, & even finaled for nicholls, scriptapalooza, etc, i can safely say that 2 wins in 1 year feels extra great. hope the new year, & all the years to come, brings everyone the successes we desire. cheers, pb

Comment by Pauline Frederica Kiernan on December 12, 2011 at 9:16am

I'm really pleased to say that my short Screenwriting Kindle: EMOTIONAL PULL FOR CHARACTER is at No 33 on Amazon. It's an edited version of a chapter in the print book Screenwriting They Can't Resist: How to Create SCreenplays of Originality and Cinematic Power. The reason I wrote the book was because my writers and students were in despair at following the strict rules and templates of the 'gurus'.

Do any of you find the usual manuals off-putting? For me, they seem to think you can use a tent-pole to create your script, when, really, every writer has their own unique creative vision. Why follow a template designed to apply to every type of script? The other reason I wrote the book is because producers asked me to - they're despairing of their slush piles of scripts that are derivative and formulaic. They can always tell when a scriptwriter has followed the 'gurus' straitjacketing - and would never want to make them. Every producer and director I know says no great screenplay is based on the '3-Act structure' which is what most of the manuals bully us into believing.

So, according to my industry figures, it's originality and emotional power they're looking for. 

What do you guys think?

Comment by Linda Chavis on December 12, 2011 at 6:50am

Congrats Pat and well wishes !!

Comment by Pat Branch on December 11, 2011 at 5:56pm

glad to oblige. amazing that things picked up when i'd once again kind of reached the, meh...whatever point. so in the words of my favorite sci fi spoof (galaxy quest!) hero: "never give up! never surrender!"

Comment by M.J. Schneider on December 11, 2011 at 2:46pm

Congratulations, Pat! That is AWESOME news!  You are inspiring me!!  MJ

Comment by Pat Branch on December 11, 2011 at 1:02pm

hello fellow screenwriters. just a little update to let you know that my feature script, Girls Out Loud, won 1st place in the Pride & Plays' Women's Work festival in Chicago last summer; & that my little superhero feature, Yugo Girl!, advanced me to the interview level of USC's Cosby screenwriting workshop. that was last friday. waiting for snail mail notification to see if i wowed the interview. wish me luck! as i do all of you in your endeavors present & future. happy holidays!

Comment by dianejwright on June 6, 2011 at 2:57pm
Thanks! It's pretty exciting. Make sure you hit that LIKE button, even if you don't buy a copy (but we'd love that, of course). There's an excerpt download for a sneak peek.

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