All writers have a lot to learn from all the different genres and mediums, even crossing from the printed page to the big (and little) screen. Discussing writing techniques with Leslie is always a pleasure and an adventure : ) Please help me welcome Leslie to Seekerville!
Thank you so much for allowing me to chat with you all on Seekerville blog. You have the most amazing talented writers who call this blog home. I'm always impressed. And the food!! What are we serving today? I can't wait, I'm starving.
BTW, CONGRATULATIONS again on your new status, that of a PUBLISHED AUTHOR!
I'm here today to promote The Scriptscene annual contest. We've spruced it up, renamed it, and have incredible judges.
But I get ahead of myself. The new name of the contest tells you exactly what it is, Romancing the Script . As Scriptscene is a chapter of RWA you know the script has to contain romance. But it doesn't have to be the A plot, or the B plot, just make sure there is romance in the script.
Another great change is that the contest is open to ALL RWA MEMBERS, not just Scriptscene members. I know there is a lot of interest in screenwriting among our members worldwide AND now this is your chance to get the kind of feedback you'd expect in an RWA contest. Usually in screenwriting contests you have to pay an additional fee for notes. Not in RTS. In fact we have a produced screenwriter as our final judge, who will not only place the finalists but will give detailed notes on the winning script and overview notes on the runner ups.
And as usual for most RWA contests, but something new to us, we have someone who can possibly move your career forward. The Director of Development for Suntaur Entertainment, Zac Sanford, has offered to read the winning script with an eye for developing the potential of it or sending it on to an agent or manager.
WOOHOO, wish I could enter, but alas as Contest Coordinator, I cannot.
Please visit our website and check out Scriptscene and the Romancing the Script contest. Additionally, we will have a mini conference before the Nashville RWA National Conference. Details are being worked out, so keep checking the website www.scriptscene.org for more information, but believe me, the speakers will benefit both writers of novels and screenplays.
Among our speakers, we're excited to introduce Dawn Bierschwal and Jeanne Veillette Bowerman. Dawn and Jeanne have pitched to numerous producers and agents in both large pitchfest settings as well as private meetings and emails. Their success rate of requests is far higher than standard. They'll share with the RWA members a live pitch as well as discuss the mechanics of how to entice the listener into requesting their script to read.
In fact, learning more about screenwriting is a fantastic way to improve your novel writing in countless ways. One way my crit partners always tell me I help them, is I find ways to make their novels MOVE. Remember movies move. I'm not simply talking action I'm talking moving the story forward, the conflict deeper, the peaks higher, the lows into the abyss. And all this is done in roughly 120 minutes. SO, there is a lot to be gleaned from screenwriting experts.
- A Listserve (Yahoogroups loop) where members exchange questions & answers, post info about screenwriting and publishing opportunities, classes, contests, etc.
- The "Romancing the Script" screenwriting contest judged by industry professionals
- Scriptscene Fast Track Workshops, most of which are free to members
- Access to the Hollywood Creative Directory on-line
- The chapter's quarterly newsletter ReWritA Movie Database resource
- An Annual Meeting with workshops by industry speakers
- A critique group and Book/ Script in a Week programs are under study
NEW - President Jamie Livingston Dierks has set up chats with industry professionals -- info is on our loops and you must be a member to be a part of the chats.
Want to know us better? Browse our website, let us know if you have questions, then come join one of the fastest growing chapters in RWA!
Please don't hesitate to ask questions. You can find me here today, or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at Five Scribes .
Remember, it's all about the writing....