Screenwriters’ Workshop Newsletter, January 14, 2019

Contest Deadlines Coming! Short Script Deadline Extended.

If you still haven’t finished on your script for the Short Script Challenge, good news—the deadline has been extended to February 15, 2019 at midnight.  There will be a cash prize of $500 with an entry fee of $15 (free for full time students). You can enter up to three scripts.

For longer scripts, check out the Feature Contest.  Awards are $500 for 1st Prize, $300 for 2nd Prize, and $200 for 3rd Prize.  Scripts must be between 90 and 120 pages in standard script format.  The entry fee is $60 ($25 for students) and you can enter up to two scripts.  These must be submitted no later than March 15, 2019 at midnight.

To be eligible for a contest, you must be a paid member of Screenwriters’ Workshop.  See the website for additional information and how to submit.

Thank You for a Wonderful Annual Meeting

The Screenwriters’ Workshop Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, January 12th.  Thank you to the Trylon Cinema in Minneapolis which hosted us.  Thanks to our board and committee members who made it possible, especially Paul Coleman, Beth Adams, and Ed Leschke.  We also want to give a special shout out to our “Writing for Production” panelists Frank Anderson, Patricia Fox, Kelly Lamphear-Dash, David Buchanan, and David Erickson, who shared their experiences in bringing their scripts onto the screen.

Join Us for 2nd Tuesday (on the Third Tuesday of January)

This month the 2nd Tuesday Reading is on the third Tuesday of the month, January 15, 2019 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College in the Technical Building on the 4th Floor in Room T-4020.  Readings start at 7:00 PM.  If you have a feature length script completed, 2nd Tuesday gives you the option to have your complete script read at one sitting.  Film students in the MCTC program provide coverage for all scripts.  You must be a member of SWW to have your script read, but non-members can participate in the readings.  Feel free to bring your friends.  Actors are especially welcome.

Get Involved!  Dip Your Toe in the SWW Water on One of Our Committees

If you have great ideas for projects and events that Screenwriters’ Workshop could do but are not sure about how to get them in place, our board’s committee meetings are a great place to start.  We have openings on Educational Programs, Member Services, PR & Marketing, and Grants and Fundraising Committees.  Our first meeting of the year will be on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, on the 4th Floor of the Technical Building (in the Cinema Division area).  Look for our members or follow the signs.  Committee meetings only last an hour, followed by lunch at 12:30.  If you can’t make it on Saturday, the other quarterly meetings for the year are April 13th, July 13th and October 12th.  Committee work is designed around people with busy schedules.