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SWW Shorts Showcase 2021
Here Are the Films…

The SWW Shorts Showcase will be next Saturday, July 17th from 7 PM-10 PM outside at the Gremlin Theater, near the Annex Building at 550 Vandalia Street in St. Paul (near Film North and Lake Monster Brewery).

The event will showcase films in which Screenwriters’ Workshop members served as writers, directors, or producers.  The films that will be featured are as follows in alphabetical order:

  • “After I Kill Mrs. Pritchett, I Am Coming After You” by member Zach Jansen
  • “Black Hole” by member Oussama “Sam” Lamharzi Alaoui
  • “Dactylo” by member Oussama “Sam” Lamharzi Alaoui
  • “Kyle Goes to Mars” by member David Erickson
  • “Richfield Institute for Modest Jobs – PSA” by member Daniel Polsfuss
  • “Song Without Words” by member Andy Froemke
  • “The Deft” by member Ruth Maramis
  • “The Tour” by member John Gigrich
  • “You Are Here” by members Kelly Lamphear-Dash and Karen Frank

Sequence of the films is still in process.  Filmmakers will share their stories about how they took their ideas from script to screen.  The showcase will also include a social hour with food, fun, games, and prizes.

Buy Your Tickets Now to Support Your Fellow Screenwriters!

Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members.  Price includes food, entertainment, admission, and fun prizes.  Purchase tickets online through Eventbrite.  The site will also allow you to order a Screenwriters’ Workshop t-shirt or renew your membership.

Some chairs will be provided the night of the event, but bring your own, if you can, to kick back in style and comfort.  Throw on some bug spray while you’re at it, because it’s outside in Minnesota.  Cash will not be taken at the door, but tickets will be available for purchase online until sold out.

Join us under the stars to see how dreams come to life.

Watch here on the Screenwriters’ Workshop website for any updates.

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Screenwriters’ Workshop Newsletter for June, 2021

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June 20, 2021: Big Events Coming Up–Submit NOW to SWW Shorts Showcase 2021

Join Us for the SWW Shorts Showcase—Outside at Gremlin Theater, St. Paul on Saturday, July 17th, 2021 from 7-10 PM.

Come to a fun evening of eats and cinematic treats showcasing our talented Minnesotan filmmakers at the Gremlin Theater (across from FilmNorth at 550 Vandalia in St. Paul). Our SWW members will be showing their produced short films. The goal of the showcase is to celebrate SWW members’ writing transformed into film.

Be entertained and reconnect with real people for real (and reel) fun! The showcase will include a social hour, comedy, trivia, prizes/swag, and, of course, short films. See below for information on how to submit.

Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Price includes food, entertainment, admission, and fun prizes. Purchase tickets online through Eventbrite. Sorry, no cash taken at the door. Order soon, as spaces are limited!

Some seating is provided, but for true comfort, BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair)!

Join us under the stars to see how dreams come to life. Stay tuned for details.

Submit Your Completed Short Film for Our SWW Shorts Showcase ASAP—deadline is June 30th

If you are a member of Screenwriters Workshop and have written, directed, or produced a short film and can get rights to have it shown, submit it to our SWW Shorts Showcase (see above) no later than June 30th at midnight. There is no charge to submit, but non-members must join in order to be eligible to have their films shown.

To enter, send us an email with a link for viewing and download, completed and in .mp4 format. Eligibility requirements and guidelines:

  • Writer, producer, or director must be a current, dues-paying member of SWW.
  • Film can be in any genre and be 20 minutes or less.
  • Certain offensive language is never acceptable, such as racial slurs, homophobic language, etc. Any profanity which is included for the sole purpose of being shocking and making the audience feel uncomfortable will not be allowed.
  • Number of shorts will be determined by submissions and time available for showing. Slots are limited. Organizers will try to fit in as many films as time will allow.
  • Entrants must provide copyright/sign-off for permission for one-time use showing.
  • Film must be available for download thorough link (Vimeo, Dropbox, YouTube, etc…).
  • Priority will be given to more recently completed films.
  • Members may submit multiple entries.
  • Deadline for entry is June 30th.

Need a Getaway in the Fall? Go to the Catalyst Festival in Duluth for September 29th – October 3rd

Mark your calendars now. The Catalyst Content Festival is a 5-day annual event in Duluth, Minnesota where selected pitches, scripts, and produced pilots/series are showcased to the general public & industry audiences. The festival also includes live panel discussions, industry social events, and an awards ceremony. Screenwriters’ Workshop is working with the Catalyst Story Institute and Content Festival in Duluth to announce special promotions in the coming months just for our members. Watch the SWW newsletter, website, and social media for details.

There is deadline of July 5th to submit a pilot script, series pitch, filmed episode, etc., for the festival. For details, go to: https://www.catalystories.org/submit.

Note: This festival is limited to narrative/episodic/serialized content of any genre, style, and type: comedy, drama, thriller, scripted, unscripted, documentary, social media, influencer, short form, “half-hour”, “hour-long”, radio, podcast, reality, talk show, game show, animation, kids, gaming, VR, mobile, etc. Feature films are NOT accepted for pitching.

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.”

UPDATE:  Our Mini-Challenge Winner, Our Next Reading, and Our Next Challenge…

Congratulations to Karen Frank who won our March Short Script Mini-Challenge with her script “The Driving Lesson.” She will have the choice of either an SWW t-shirt or $20 and be eligible to compete with other mini-challenge winners for $250 at the end of the year.

Our Stitch-in-Time Challenge Mini-Challenge Entries will be read online at Zoom (see link below) at 6:30 PM on Sunday, June 27th. The deadline for members was on June 15th at midnight. Non-members may attend the public online reading and voting events.

Our NEXT mini-challenge deadline will be September 15th for the “Twisting Tropes Mini-Challenge” that 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. In addition to following the general rules of our short script contest, each entry must follow the parameters of the particular challenge.

Voting for each of these will be done in a public, online reading. Winners of each mini-challenge will choose between an 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.

Wednesday Writers’ Workout

Kick start your writing with our quarterly exercises to test your skill. Our next Wednesday Writers’ Workout will be on Wednesday, July 7th at 8:00 PM. Take some time on hump day after the kids are tucked in and the cat is curled up at your feet to relax with some writing to stretch your skills. Our next workout will practice coming in late and leaving early. You won’t have to share what you wrote (so don’t feel you need to come late and leave early). After the exercise, we will talk about what we’ve learned in the process. Join us at the Zoom link below.

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:

  • June 27th –A Stitch in Time Mini-Challenge Reading and Voting at 6:30 PM
  • July 7th—Wednesday Writers’ Workout on Coming in Late, Leaving Early at 8:00 PM
  • July 11th—Second Sunday at 6:30 PM
  • August 8th –Second Sunday at 6:30 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
  • 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:

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/533859616?pwd=OWF5MTJkOFk3Y1Z4aHVVS0p1R3ZUdz09

Meeting ID: 533 859 616:

Passcode: 848149

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+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our big events!

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Screenwriters’ Workshop Newsletter for January 1, 2021

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Annual Meeting, Procrastination Short Script Challenge, Planning for the Year

January 5th is National Screenwriters’ Day. That’s where family and friends are obliged to make you a drink before sit down at the laptop and tirelessly tap out the next Queen’s Gambit. Here at Screenwriters’ Workshop, we are extending that to a whole month with events and activities. Why not make 2021 the year to kickstart your writing. After all, we’re still in quarantine and you know you’ve always wanted to do it!

Online for Annual Meeting on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 3:00 PM Featuring Panel Discussion “How to Have a Career in Film While Still Living in the Twin Cities”
The Screenwriters’ Workshop Annual meeting will be on Saturday, January 9th at 3:00 PM online. In addition to a few SWW announcement and business details, this online event will feature three professionals in the film to discuss “How to Have a Career in Film While Still Living in the Twin Cities.”

SWW Board Member Kelly Lamphear-Dash will facilitate a discussion between:

  • Alison Guessou, writer/director/producer of two short films “911” and “Happily Married After” and producer of indie feature film “Black in Minneapolis.”
  • Andy Froemke, who has sold scripts to production companies, written for a local TV show, and was the writer of two short films “Strike” and “Nighthawks.”
  • Aleshia Mueller, who is an accomplished script supervisor for numerous Hollywood film and TV productions.

The event will also feature trivia and prize drawings. To attend, access this through the link at the end of this newsletter. Newcomers and non-members are welcome!

Don’t Procrastinate on Our Procrastination Short Script Challenge for January
For all out there who have made “write more” part of your New Year’s resolution, this short script challenge is for you!  The topic for our January challenge is on procrastination. Scripts are due on January 15th at midnight.  Please follow the rules of our contest as outlined on the website (10 page, 4 character maximum, must be a member of SWW, etc…), writing a short film on the subject of procrastination. DEADLINE EXTENDED! Scripts must be received no later than midnight on Saturday, January 23, 2021 and will be read and voted on online on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

Winner of this challenge will win a Screenwriter’s Workshop t-shirt or $20 and the opportunity to compete with other challenge winners at the end of 2021 for a larger cash prize.  More details will be announced at the annual meeting.

Tribute to Al MigromA Tribute to Al Milgrom
The Twin Cities film community lost a giant on December 20, 2020 with the death of 98-year-old legend Al Milgrom.

Founder of the U Film Society and the Rivertown Film Festival (which later became the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul and the Minneapolis -St. Paul International Film Festival), Milgrom worked tirelessly to bring independent and international films to Minnesota while supporting local filmmakers. He even made an appearance at the SWW “Future of Story” event in July 2019 at Playwright’s Center.

SWW Board Member and longtime friend and documentary collaborator of Milgrom’s, Kelly Lamphear-Dash said of Al, “The outpouring of admiration and loss in the community has been overwhelming. His absence at the festivals and DocuClub will be a palpable void. I have always been in great admiration of his being a prime example of being a true lifelong learner. He is a wonderful example of ‘it’s never too late’ by changing careers in his 80s from being in charge of a film festival to creating documentary films seen at film festivals all over the country.” Screenwriters’ Workshop offers our condolences to family and friends of this local legend.

Help Us Plan in 2021
If you love planning events and activities but have been COVID-frustrated in 2020, become involved with the board in planning for 2021 in one of our open meetings.  Our next meeting will be online on Saturday, January 16th at 3:00 PM.  Though only board members are allowed to vote, any member is encouraged to participate and support SWW through committee membership.  See below for access details.

Mini Calendar Through January

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 January:

  • January 5thNational Screenwriters’ Day
  • Saturday, January 9th— Annual Meeting, including a panel speaking on how to make it in screenwriting living in Minnesota (non-members welcome)
  • Friday, January 15th—Procrastination Short Script Challenge deadline at midnight (members only eligible to submit)
  • Saturday, January 16th—SWW Board Meeting Online, 3:00 PM (all members welcome)
  • Sunday, January 24th—Procrastination Short Script Challenge Reading and Voting (non-members welcome for reading)

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

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/533859616?pwd=OWF5MTJkOFk3Y1Z4aHVVS0p1R3ZUdz09

Meeting ID: 533 859 616:

Passcode: 848149

Call in:

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

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LATEST SWW ARCHIVING EFFORTS

Ending scene from RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

During SWW’s early online days, it used several website addresses and social media accounts. In hindsight, this meant SWW’s history wasn’t always archived. In 2018, as part of overhauling its website, e-mail newsletters started being posted online. This obviously helps promote members and events on social media. But it also publicly archives SWW news for online search engines.

SWW’s latest archiving project resurrected blog and website info from 2002-2012. This was done using The Wayback Machine and other cyber research. This history is now republished as backdated blog posts on SWW’s website. This project and archiving newsletters helps verify member exploits for grant committees, agents, producers, etc.

DISCLAIMER: The Wayback Machine takes sporadic, imperfect snapshots of websites. Absent webpage info often includes “Read more” content and photos. Also, prior to 2018, many SWW events were only promoted via e-mails. These older e-mails were not archived. Apologies for this incomplete history, yet as the saying goes, “This is better than nothing.” Future SWW historians may attempt to fill in elusive history. Until then, restored news includes appropriate graphics and images when available, but was edited for formatting purposes and to remove obsolete info.

Anyone with archiving questions should contact SWW at info@screenwritersworkshop.org.

Take care, and best wishes with your writing projects!

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Screenwriters’ Workshop Newsletter for November 8, 2020

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For Love or Money or 2nd Sunday or Annual Meeting

Don’t Miss Ed Leschke’s 2nd Sunday Script Reading Tonight
Join us online tonight for a reading of Ed Leschke’s feature length script The Cocktail Party.  A political romantic comedy, the logline is:  “In an attempt to gain an ambassadorship, a Washington D.C. Republican lawyer and socialite throws a cocktail party charity fundraiser for her Republican friends. But the party and ambassadorship are threatened by the only Democrat present. Her husband.”

 “For Love or Money” Short Script Contest Winners’ Reading Online on Friday, November 20th, 2020 at 8:00 PM
With the pandemic disrupting our plan for a live, in theater reading, it’s been a long time coming, but we are finally ready for the unveiling of our “For Love or Money” Short Script Contest scripts.  And these scripts are fantastic!  On Friday, November 20th at 8:00 PM, grab a glass of wine or a cold beer and settle in, to listen to professional actors read the following:

  • The Finder of Lost Things by John Gigrich
  • The Day the Box Arrived by Daniel Polsfuss
  • Albert Wants a Shirt by Tiffa Foster
  • The Road Home by KT Perleberg
  • Caveat Emptor by Kelly Lamphear-Dash

Give yourself the opportunity to simply enjoy wonderful writing!

Congratulations to Tiffa Foster and All the Writers Who Participated in the Halloween Short Script Challenge
Those who joined the reading for the Halloween Script Challenge reading were trick-or-treated to four creepy and sometimes funny short scripts.  The scripts were “Bit-O-Honey Bite” by Charlton Metchalf, “Late Night Fright” by Kelly Lamphear-Dash, “Uninvited” by KT Perleberg, and “Knock Yourself Out” by Tiffa Foster.  Tiffa’s script about two old women at a funeral on Halloween won in the voting process, and all the scripts were truly delightful.  Thanks again to all the writers for an enjoyable evening!

Save the Date for the SWW Annual Meeting with a Panel of Speakers on Succeeding in Screenwriting While Living in the Twin Cities
The Screenwriters’ Workshop Annual meeting will be on Saturday, January 9th at 3:00 PM online.  In addition to a few SWW announcement and business details, board members are putting together a panel from the local area to talk about succeeding in screenwriting while living in the local area.  You will have an opportunity to submit questions to the panel.

The January date allows you to celebrate a belated National Screenwriters Day and set your New Year’s resolution for 2021.

Announcing Our Procrastination Short Script Challenge for January
Still procrastinating on your writing?  Let it inspire you!  The topic for our next short script challenge is on procrastination.  Document your ditherings.  These scripts are due on January 15th at midnight.  Please follow the rules of our contest as outlined on the website (10 page, 4 character maximum, must be a member of SWW, etc…), writing a short film on the subject of procrastination. Scripts must be received no later than midnight on January 15, 2021 and will be read and voted on online on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

Winner of this challenge will win a Screenwriter’s Workshop t-shirt or $20 and the opportunity to compete with other challenge winners at the end of 2021 for a larger cash prize.  More details will be announced at the annual meeting.

The Wednesday Writing Workout
Our first Wednesday Writing Workout in September was a success, so we will be continuing with the program, tentatively set for Wednesday, December 2nd at 8:00 PM.  This online workshop offers simple, fun writing exercises to keep you going and stretch your skills.  Unlike a script group, you don’t have to share what you wrote, but you can discuss how it might affect your future work.  Watch your email for further updates!

Challenge Yourself with NaNoWriMo
Harper Lee said, “Writing is a process of self-discipline you must learn before you can call yourself a writer.”  NaNoWriMo is National November Writing Month challenge to see how many words you can write in one month.  In honor of NaNoWriMo, check out our various writing groups for support in developing the habits of writing.  Get encouragement to pursue your goal.

Mini Calendar Through January
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:

  • Sunday, November 8th—2nd Sunday Reading of Ed Lescke’s script The Cocktail Party (non-members welcome for reading)
  • Friday, November 20th—Five “For Love or Money” Script winners reading online at 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 2nd (Tentative)—Wednesday Writing Workout at 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 13th—2nd Sunday Reading TBD (non-members welcome for reading)
  • January 5thNational Screenwriters’ Day
  • Saturday, January 9th— Annual Meeting, including a panel speaking on how to make it in screenwriting living in Minnesota (non-members welcome)
  • Friday, January 15th—Procrastination Short Script Challenge deadline at midnight (members only eligible to submit)
  • Friday, January 16th—SWW Board Meeting Online, 3:00 PM (all members welcome)
  • Sunday, January 24th—Procrastination Short Script Challenge Reading and Voting (non-members welcome for reading)

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

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/533859616?pwd=OWF5MTJkOFk3Y1Z4aHVVS0p1R3ZUdz09

Meeting ID: 533 859 616:

Passcode: 848149

Call in:

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

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