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Hollywood Outreach Program (HOP) ~ Regular Deadline: July 31, 2017

  2017 Submissions NOW OPEN! May 1 – July 31 CONTACT: Director at hop@scriptwritersnetwork.org   The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so they may learn the skills necessary to help them achieve their goal of obtaining representation, selling or optioning their work, and/or landing a writing assignment. This program is for feature and/or […]

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Friday Night Social ~ August 4, 2017 ~ Double Take Restaurant and Lounge

Event Date: Friday, August 4, 2017 || Starts at 6:30 pm  || Co-sponsoring with Jennifer Grisanti Friday Night Social is a networking group that meets the first Friday of every month. It started as a way for TV and feature writers to meet one another and has evolved into so much more. This is a great way to “Network”. Plan […]

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One-On-One with Creative and Co-Executive Producer MeeRa Kim

Event Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017 || Speaker: MeeRa Kim || Check-in: 12:30 pm || This event is with a Creative and Co-Executive Producer who will discuss a variety of topics, including: writing for virtual reality, what is VR and how do we capture it?  Writing strong characters, developing a compelling premise and/or story, how to pitch […]

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Writing the Script that Launches Your Career

  Event Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 || Speaker: Corey Mandell || Check-in: 12:30 pm || What if most of what’s being taught about screenwriting and TV writing is wrong? What if the rules, paradigms and secrets widely touted in books, seminars and classes not only don’t improve your chances of making it, but could actually […]

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Hollywood Outreach Program (HOP) ~ Deadline: July 31, 2017

  2017 Submissions NOW OPEN! May 1 – July 31   CONTACT: Director at hop@scriptwritersnetwork.org   The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so they may learn the skills necessary to help them achieve their goal of obtaining representation, selling or optioning their work, and/or landing a writing assignment. This program is for feature […]

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High Concept Screenplay Program ~ Deadline August 31, 2017

  2017 Submissions NOW OPEN! June 1 – August 31 CONTACT: Director – highconcept@scriptwritersnetwork.org DESCRIPTION: The High Concept Screenplay Competition welcomes all genres and aims to discover, honor and reward different approaches, eclectic points of view and unique voices in screenwriting. A high concept screenplay: has a great premise – the idea is king (e.g. “Big”) has a […]

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Television Outreach Program (TOP)

 2017 Submissions – CLOSED!  CONTACT:  Director at  top@scriptwritersnetwork.org  The Television Outreach Program (TOP) is a Scriptwriters Network program to support undiscovered television writing talent. The program’s objective is to help writers improve their craft so that they may achieve their goals of obtaining representation, script development, mentoring and career counseling services, landing writing assignments, and/or selling their […]

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Writing Programs and Fellowships for Emerging Writers Parts 1, 2 & 3

  A series of moderated panels featuring representatives and program alumni from the various TV writing programs. The discussions explored the application submission processes for the writing programs, including the importance of submitting the right scripts which best showcase the applicants writing and the selection process. Videos and Write-ups available for viewing only by SWN Members in […]

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Featured Video – Writing for Hit Television Shows

Top writers, producers and showrunners discuss the craft of creating and writing scripted television series, including: GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, MODERN FAMILY, RIZZOLI & ISLES, BURN NOTICE, HOMELAND  and many more. Guests also share behind-the-scenes tips for working in television, along with stories of how they broke into the business. Video available for viewing […]

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Featured Video – Writing The Hollywood Blockbuster

Four of Hollywood’s most successful screenwriters share their behind-the-scenes perspective on the craft of writing, filmmaking and navigating show business. With a combined four billion dollars of domestic box office hits to their names, the guest panel represents an impressive list of writing credits.  The speakers discuss practical tips, along with stories of their journey […]

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Featured Video – Writing Science-Fiction & Fantasy

Science-fiction screenwriters share behind-the-scenes perspective on the craft of writing, filmmaking and navigating show business. The  speakers discuss practical tips, along with stories of their journey to success. The lively panel discussion is followed by a Q&A with the audience. CHARLIE PARALAPNIDES & VLAS PARALAPNIDES Immortals, In Development: Hell to Pay, Live Bet, Death Note JIMMY […]

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Volunteer Opportunities

Join the Scriptwriters Network Team!   The Scriptwriters Network is an educational, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization created by writers for writers and industry professionals.  We are currently looking for committed volunteers to help in the following open positions:   *Our immediate volunteer needs:   Production Crew and Write-ups volunteers: Production Crew – Assist in setting up chairs, tables, lighting […]

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A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success: Tips, tricks and tactics to survive as a working screenwriter in Hollywood

Event Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017 || Speaker: Mark Sanderson || Check-in: 12:30 pm || A candid discussion from veteran screenwriter, script consultant, and script doctor Mark Sanderson on what it takes to weather the long haul journey of a working screenwriter in Hollywood. During the discussion, he will explore the entire process—from living a screenwriter’s life […]

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Branding and Selling Yourself as a Writer in Hollywood

Event Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017 || Speaker: Tiegen Kosiak || Check-in: 12:30 pm || The entertainment industry is filled with writers, but with so many vying for limited opportunities, how do you stand out from the crowd?  Because there are very few new stories (only fresh takes on proven formulas), a writer’s unique voice and […]

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? — 6 Key Ways Developing a Pilot is Different than a Feature Script

Event Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 || Speaker: Ellen Sandler|| Check-in: 12:30 pm || A Pilot is different from other dramatic or narrative story telling forms.  With a feature, a play, or a novel, you tell a single story, albeit with many complications and a few side trips, and then you’re done.  A series pilot also […]

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Mastering Suspense

Event Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 || Speaker: William C. Martell || Check-in: 12:30 pm || We’ll use Hitchcock’s films to show the difference between suspense and surprise, how to use “focus objects” to create suspense, the 20 iconic suspense scenes and situations, how plot twists work, using secrets for suspense, and dozens of other amazing […]

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