SWW Newsletter—August 20, 2021

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We’re Giving You the Scoop on the Biggest Scriptwriting Event in Minnesota This Year!

Catalyst logoWho says you can’t write for Hollywood if you live in Minnesota?  The Catalyst Content Festival in Duluth is a national conference dedicated to advancing the craft of writing a series.  It features top speakers and industry execs who will share their insights on writing for series — including television, streaming, and podcasts.

Want to learn more about this opportunity right here in our state?  SWW is partnering with Catalyst on events at the festival.  On Wednesday, August 25, 2021, Catalyst CEO/Executive Director Phillip Gilpin, Jr. will be presenting on the festival from 7:00-9:00 PM at FilmNorth.  Attendance at the live event is limited, so please sign up in advance for this free, in person event on Eventbrite.  Masking and social distancing are requested during the live event. This event will also be available online starting at 7:30 PM on Zoom, but be sure to register for the virtual event, register by clicking here.   Note:  This will not be on the regular SWW Zoom link.

Our “Twisting Tropes Mini-Challenge Due September 15th at Midnight!

There are still two remaining short script mini-challenges left for 2021.   The “Twisting Tropes Mini-Challenge” which is due on September 15th at midnight requires writers to write against (contrary to) a common movie troupe.  In your entry, you must identify which trope you are writing against.  Here are some, and there are many more if you just google “movie trope.”  In addition to following the general rules of our short script contest.

Voting for each of these will be done in a public, online reading according to the dates below.  Winners of each mini-challenge will choose between a SWW t-shirt and $20.  They will also be entered into the final juried award at the end of the year for a chance to win $250.  Members only are eligible to enter, but non-members may attend the public online reading and voting events.

Second Sunday Is Back, Baby!

After a summer break, Second Sunday is back on September 12th at 6:30 PM.  Join award-winning screenwriter Karen Frank for a deep dive into a full length, completed script.  Second Sunday to think through those bigger plot puzzles that you can’t solve in the regular script group.  To get on the list, send us an email with your name, the title and description of your script, and the number of pages written.  We will work it into the lineup as availability permits.  Note:  To qualify for Second Sunday, you must be a paid member of SWW.  Complete screenplays receive first priority.

Second Sunday on Summer Slack—Submit for September!

Okay, we’re not really slacking (we’re writers and we need a little alliteration in our lives), but Second Sunday is taking a break over the summer. If you have a completed script and want a full table read to assist with plot, structure, and character development, sign up for Second Sunday to think through those bigger questions that you can’t handle in the weekly script group. Shoot us an email with a name and description of the script, and we will work it into the lineup as availability permits. Second Sunday works best for scripts that are on their second draft and have already gone through script groups for dialogue and page level analysis.
Note: Complete screenplays receive first priority, but we are now accepting “stuck scripts.”

Thanks to Everyone for an Amazing SWW Shorts Showcase!

If you missed our first ever Shorts Showcase on July 17th outside at the Gremlin Theater, we hate to say it, but we had an awesome time.  Actually, we don’t hate to say it.  Our ten members who submitted their films did us proud!  Thanks to all for the work they put in to make this event a success.

2021 SWW Shorts Showcase

Calendar Through 2021

In addition to Saturday Script Groups, Sunday Script Group, and 2nd Sunday Script Readings, see below for a list of SWW events through the end of the year:

  • August 25th —Info Session on Catalyst Content Festival at FilmNorth at 7:00 PM
  • September 12th—Second Sunday at 6:30 PM
  • September 15th —Twisting Tropes Mini-Challenge Deadline at Midnight
  • September 26th—Twisting Tropes Mini-Challenge Reading and Voting at 6:30 PM
  • September 29th-October 3rd—Catalyst Story Festival in Duluth
  • October 10th —Second Sunday at 6:30 PM
  • November 14th—Second Sunday at 6:30 PM
  • November 15th –Medium Inspiration Mini-Challenge Deadline at Midnight
  • November 28th—Medium Inspiration Mini-Challenge Reading and Voting at 6:30 PM
  • December 12th –Second Sunday at 6:30 PM

Except for the Saturday morning script group, all online events are available at:

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