Writing for Screens, Big and Small


Writing for Screens, Big and Small

Calling all screenwriters!  TV, features and web series -- if you write scripts, this is the place to chat about it.  Produced, not-yet-produced, everyone welcome.

Location: TV/Theater/Film
Members: 20
Latest Activity: Apr 8, 2014

Ask Questions - Share Advice

When you write for screens - any screen - you write in sound and image as well as words on a page.  And I, for one, think this is the most exciting time to be a screenwriter since the invention of moving pictures.

Feel free to share questions and advice, as well as projects and success.  I've started two discussions: The Nitty Gritty for how-to questions and Share Your Success for links to projects.  Add your own discussions or let me know other topics you'd be interested in.

Looking forward to getting to know you and your work --



Discussion Forum

Contests: Pros, Cons, Links and Advice

Started by Laura Brennan. Last reply by Laura Brennan Apr 8, 2014. 1 Reply

I've had mixed results entering screenwriting competitions (especially those for television writers).  I would love to hear your opinions and experiences.  Any thoughts?Continue

Tags: screenwriting, TV, television, competition, contest

Introduce Yourself!

Started by Laura Brennan. Last reply by Laura Brennan Aug 11, 2013. 1 Reply

Introduce yourself, give a quick hi, answer the burning question: Who are you and what screens are you currently writing for? Continue

To Share or Not to Share? Social Media in Question.

Started by Clene` S. Elder. Last reply by Sarah Byrne Feb 26, 2013. 5 Replies

I am the resident cynic – especially when it comes to social media.  In my personal life, I am an anit-Facebooker.  But, when it comes to writing I know that I need to get out there. So far, She…Continue

Tags: Blog, Marketing, Media, Social

The Nitty Gritty

Started by Laura Brennan. Last reply by Laura Brennan Apr 28, 2012. 6 Replies

Formatting, flashbacks, techniques, dialogue, Final Draft, Word conversions, brads and locking the script... Chances are someone else has already torn their hair out facing the same problem you're…Continue

Tags: craft, technique, tv, screenwriting

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Comment by Laura Brennan on April 1, 2014 at 2:12pm

I do believe that I hate this on more levels that I can count.  http://www.tubefilter.com/2014/04/01/aol-connected-long-form-series/

A reality series that essentially does away with both writers AND crew.  The "cast" shoots video of themselves and their lives, and the editor creates a series.  Plus, from the photo, it looks like they've set up a Real Housewives-esque situation -- like we need more unrealistic reality versions of a woman's life up there on the screen.

Am I overreacting?  The whole thing makes me shudder.

Comment by Laura Brennan on August 11, 2013 at 1:25am

I stumbled across this blog post and thought the "rules" for writing comedy were so smart.  The website is The Happiness Project, and the rules are from Mindy Kaling of The Office and The Mindy Project.  http://www.happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2013/08/mindy-ka...

Comment by Laura Brennan on June 7, 2013 at 4:29pm

Just found a site that previews the new summer TV shows - and it's snarky, to boot!  Enjoy: http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/summer-preview/summer-pre...

Comment by Lenore Norrgard on May 11, 2013 at 7:46pm

Comment by Laura Brennan on January 25, 2013 at 10:21pm

Oooh, good article on things web series creators should think about.  It looks like the blog hasn't been active in several years, but the tips are from people who produced webisodes, so from the trenches.  9 Things Web Series Producers Should Know.

Comment by Laura Brennan on January 25, 2013 at 11:39am

I just posted some advice on designing a web series.  If that's what you're up to, check it out.  *Why* you want a web series dictates the design of the series more than any other factor.  At least, that's what we discovered (a bit late!) with Faux Baby

Here's the link to my post: Hey, Kids, Let's Put on a Show!

Comment by Laura Brennan on January 23, 2013 at 3:52pm

Okay, so I'm new to the group leader thing and I really have no idea what I'm doing!

Now that that's out of the way... what are people working on and how can I be of service? 

Denise, how is your adaptation going?  I've adapted other people's work into movies - it's hard with a novel, because really a screenplay is much shorter.  You can't fit as much story or character stuff into it.  I'm going the other way now and seeing if one of my feature pitches wouldn't be better as a novel.  That's not cake, either!

Who else is working on a project?

Comment by Denise Baer on October 4, 2012 at 12:59am

Hello Everyone,

I'm new to the group, so I thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a native of Chicago but currently live in Germany. The reason I joined is because I've wanted to make my book, Net Switch, into a screenplay, and I believe this will be a great place for me to learn.

Take care.


Comment by Clene` S. Elder on May 1, 2012 at 3:41am

@ Shavon:

Thanks so much for your interest. The piece will address 10 controversial topics within African American history - everything from slavery to present day.  The entire work is written in poetic dialogue, monologue and soliloquy.  To develop this concept, I really studied Shange's original work "For Colored Girls..."  Hopefully things will go well.

Comment by Laura Brennan on April 29, 2012 at 7:27am

@ Shavon: Hi!  Right this minute, I'm writing my novel and - since pitching season and staffing season out here in LA are nearly upon us - I've been busy helping my clients with their TV scripts and pitches.  On the backburner, I have a comedy screenplay I'm writing with a friend and a passion project that I'd love to finish this year... but the novel comes first.  One thing at a time!


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