Celebrate National Screenwriters Day — Today and Throughout the New Year!

Below are the Top 10 ways to celebrate National Screenwriters Day and plan for a successful 2019!

#10
Check out the resources for National Screenwriters Day from their official website with plenty of videos and virtual events.

#9
Set your goals.  Are you really going to diet anyway?  If you’ve resolved to go to the gym, you may as well resolve to take a notepad and jot your ideas down while on the bikes or treadmill.  Multi-task.  Just resolve to write.  Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based.  Hey, that’s SMART, isn’t it?

#8
There is even a Screenwriters Journal out there to help you set those goals and stick to them!

#7
Join a script group.  SWW Script Groups meet weekly on Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings, and Sunday evenings.  Script groups are the most effective way to assure that your scripts are ready for contests and producers.  Check out the website for more details.

#6
Write a short script.  The deadline for Screenwriters Workshop Short Script Challenge is January 15, 2019 at midnight.  But you have to be a member to join–but that part’s easy.

#5
Write a feature length screenplay.  If you do it by March 15, 2015 at midnight, you can submit it to our Feature Script Contest.  (Of course, you will have to be a member, so check out our website on how to join.)

#4
Join our team for the 48 Hour Film Project We’re gathering a team this year, so get your ideas brewing for short scripts in a variety of genres.  Actors and producers invited as well.  It’s coming up in June, so set aside some time for a weekend of fun.  Watch your email and the website for more details.

#3
Get involved.  We’re always looking for people who have great ideas for how to put on excellent events and make our organization better.  Our new committee structure makes it easy to get involved without a huge time commitment–giving you time to get to your writing and life-ing done as well. If you are interested in getting more involved, email us at mnscreenwriters@gmail.com

#2

Go to the annual general membership meeting of Screenwriters’ Workshop will be on January 12, 2019 from 9:30 to noon at the Trylon Theater in Minneapolis at 2820 E 33rd Street in Minneapolis.  The topic this year’s annual meeting will be “Writing for Production.”  Bring a friend (if they’re a screenwriter) and get up-to-date information about what’s going on with the group, have a chance to share with the board what you would like to see in the next year, and discover ways you can get involved with the group.  All are welcome!  Check the details on the website for the latest updates, and see you on the 12th!

#1
Get writing. (Of course!). Keep your dream alive.  Believe in yourself, believe in the story you have to tell, and just do it.  Now!

Annual meeting Saturday, January 12th

Greetings to All Screenwriters,

The annual general membership meeting of Screenwriters’ Workshop will be on Saturday, January 12, 2019, from 9:30am to noon at the Trylon Theater in Minneapolis at 2820 E 33rd Street in Minneapolis.

Bring a friend (if they’re a screenwriter) to our annual general membership meeting where you can get up-to-date information about what’s going on with the group, have a chance to share with the board what you would like to see in the next year, and discover ways you can get involved with the group. All are welcome!

The topic this year’s annual meeting will be “Writing for Production.” With the studio system committed to sequels and superhero franchises, it is harder than ever to get a screenplay produced through Hollywood. Advances in film production and distribution, however, make it easier to produce your work independently. Local screenwriters and producers will share their insights with writers on how to write for production—especially with independent production in mind. They will seed your imagination about what is possible for special effects, production design, and storyboarding and give you guidance about bringing your work to reality.

See you there!

FREE Pop-Up Screenwriting Studio final details

Saturday, December 15, 10am – noon at Diamonds Coffee Shop at 1618 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis MN.

Need an excuse to plant your seat to the chair and just write? The Pop-Up Screenwriting Studio is the ultimate writer’s jam session, designed to help you just do it. You can bring your laptop or yellow legal pad and write by yourself, sipping a latte, or you can pull in experts who will be wandering the floor, ready to help you improve your work. Free drink coupons for the first 25 to arrive!

You don’t need to be a current SWW member. Long-time screenwriting instructor and former SWW president David Grant will be our floating mentor you can ask questions!

Click here to RSVP (not required) on our Facebook group.

Re-Scheduled Annual Meeting

Greetings to All Screenwriters,

Due to construction at the Trylon Theater this weekend, the board has decided to reschedule the annual, general membership meeting (originally set for Saturday, December 1st) until sometime in January.  We will notify you as soon as we have a date available.

In the meantime, we hope you will join us on Saturday, December 15th for the Pop-Up Writer’s Studio at Diamond’s Coffee in Northeast Minneapolis. While you’re there, get a start on a short script for our Shorts Contest (due January 15th) or our Features Contest (due March 15th).

Screenwriters Workshop Newsletter October 31, 2018

Upcoming Events and Contests

A Tribute to Al Easter
November 14th at 7:30 PM at the Gremlin Theater in St. Paul
Longtime SWW member Al Easter died earlier this year.  To honor this prolific screenwriter of the highest caliber, the board is sponsoring a tribute to Al with a reading of selections of his scripts.  Whether you knew Al as the dignified narrator at Second Tuesday events or the veteran editor with a minimalist style, or even if you never met him at all, Al’s many award-winning scripts are a virtual master class in effective and efficient screenwriting.  Afterward, we will toast Al’s memory at Lake Monster Brewery next door.  Click here to read a fun essay Al had published in the StarTribune shortly before he died.

Annual General Membership Meeting
POSTPONED TO JANUARY, DETAILS TBA. Read more by clicking here.

December 1st from 9:30 AM to noon at the Trylon Microcinema in Minneapolis
Bring a friend (if they’re a screenwriter) to our annual general membership meeting where you can get up-to-date information about what’s going on with the group, have a chance to share with the board what you would like to see in the next year, and discover ways you can get involved with the group.  The topic this year’s annual meeting will be “Writing for Production.”  It will feature local production artist Joe Midthun and another colleague will share their insights with writers on how to write for production—especially with independent production in mind.  They will seed your imagination about what is possible for special effects, production design, and storyboarding and give you guidance about working with artists.  Watch for more information closer to the date.

Pop-Up Screenwriting Studio
Saturday (UPDATE–click here for final details), December 15, 10am-noon, at Diamonds Coffee Shoppe in Minneapolis
Need an excuse to plant your seat to the chair and just write?  The Pop-Up Screenwriting Studio is the ultimate writer’s jam session, designed to help you just do it.  You can bring your laptop or yellow legal pad and write by yourself, sipping a latte, or you can pull in experts who will be wandering the floor, ready to help you improve your work.  Show up early, because the first 20 participants will even get $5 coupons for free drinks!

SWW 2019 Short Script Challenge
Deadline: January 15, 2019 (Midnight)
Start the new year off right by jumping into your screenwriting with the annual shorts contest.  The rules will be the same as last year with scripts of all genres welcomed with no theme requirements.  The entry fee is $15 per script. The Grand Prize winner will take home $500.  You can enter up to three times.  You must be a paid member of Screenwriters Workshop to enter.  Watch the website in December for further details, but start writing now.

SWW 2019 Feature Contest
Deadline: March 15, 2019 (Midnight)
After your short is done, start thinking BIG for the 2019 Feature contest.  Feature screenplays must be in standard screenplay format between 90 and 120 pages in length.  Your feature entry can be on any topic.   First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $200.  Entry fee is $50 for each screenplay up to a maximum of two.  Students entries are $25 for each screenplay up to a maximum of two.  You must be a paid member of Screenwriters Workshop to enter.  Watch the website in December for further details, but start writing now.

Informational Meeting on the 48 Hour Film Project
February / March 2019
Watch the calendar for an organizational meeting of the SWW sponsored team for the 48 Hour Film Project that is held annually in early June.  Start thinking about taking a weekend away to get in touch with your inner filmmaker!

Exciting News from Our Members & Friends

Since our last newsletter went out in the summer, a lot of exciting things have been happening for our members.  If case you haven’t been paying attention, here’s the skinny:

The Screenwriters’ Workshop-sponsored team for the 48 Hour Film Project had a premier of its short film at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis on June 14th.  A large group showed up to cheer on our filmmakers and see a lot of other innovative short productions.  SWW will make this an annual event.

Member Frank Anderson’s film Special Ed premiered in July at The Heights Theater in Columbia Heights to a packed house.  Frank and the cast members had a Q&A afterwards.  Frank’s feature-length film was also shown on October 23rd at the Icon Theater in St. Louis Park as a part of the Twin Cities Film Festival.

The film Black, written and directed by SWW member David Buchanan, also had a showing at the Twin Cities Film Festival on October 20, 2018.  Black, filmed in Minnesota during 2017-2018, is about a black man who begins an uprising after his brother is killed by police during a routine traffic stop.  Click here to see the trailer on the Screenwriters’ Workshop website.

SWW member Patricia Fox’s short film 100,000 Miles a Second, produced by her and fellow SWW member Kelly Lamphear-Dash and directed by former SWW board member Jeremy Bandow, premiered at the Marina del Rey Film-Festival in October.  The film is based on an actual experience the writer had with a homeless street musician.

Last but not least, Wenonah Wilms’ feature screenplay Horsehead Girls! earned her one of the four 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships.  Click here to see the SWW website for a more complete description of Wenonah’s accomplishments.

Congratulations to all our active filmmakers!  Do you have a project in the works?  If so, let us know at mnscreenwriters@gmail.com.    We cannot publicize every project, but we do want to shine the light on major events in our members’ careers.

In Memoriam

Our hearts were broken once again when longtime Screenwriters’ Workshop board member and dear friend Perry Lueders died this summer after a battle with cancer.   A director and professor of theater for over 50 years, Perry always brought life to the table readings of Second Tuesday and the Sunday Night Script Group.  He was always a great cheerleader for everyone in the group and worked hard to support Screenwriters’ Workshop in whatever way he could.  SWW is planning to honor his work later in the Spring.  We will miss you, Perry!  Click here to read a fun tribute, and click here for his obituary.

A Changing of the Guard

Hafed Bouassida (on right) and Perry Lueders (on left)

In addition to Perry leaving the board in July due to illness, longtime SWW President Hafed Bouassida retired from the board.  He will continue to support the board bringing his wisdom and experience to the educational programs committee.  Julie Meyer, facilitator for the Sunday Script Group, was elected the new president.  Also elected to the board were Dick Zonneveld and Kelly Lamphear-Dash.  The board now consists of Julie, Dick, Kelly, and Ed Leschke.  The board is considering adding a fifth member to assist with ongoing operations.  Please click here to contact one of these board members if you are interested in serving.