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www.austinscreenwriters.org is the
website of the Austin Screenwriters Group.
The Austin Screenwriters Group is a
resource to serve local screenwriters, providing guidance and support
in all areas of the field. We offer networking and marketing
opportunities, critical feedback on works-in-progress, and a sense of
community for our members. We are open to screenwriters of all levels
of experience. Script readings are specifically designed to help our
members hone their screenwriting talent.
ASG CALENDAR 2017-18
Please email Wendy Wheeler
with your loglines, if they're not
posted. To get onto the schedule, contact the scheduler above. While anyone can attend & critique, please note that you MUST be a paid member
of the ASG to be scheduled, and have attended at least 4 meetings.
More details on the ASG
requirements are on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
4th or 5th Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Twin Oaks Library, 1800 S. First St
*unless taken, then another date
- November 2017: We're moving meeting spots. Twin Oaks Library had a free meeting room some Saturdays. I booked them January through June. If you want more northerly or westerly or easterly or central or whatever, please volunteer to help.
(Austin History Center now only has 3 medium-sized tables, so it doesn't work for ASG meetings anymore.)
- June 2017: Wendy Wheeler's script THE CUNNING MAN, which she workshopped through Austin Screenwriters a couple of times, just won 1st place in the Scifi/Fantasy/Horror genre of the StoryPro's contest. Her suspense scifi script THE LILITH CODE was a finalist in the suspense genre too.
- May 2017: L.M. Harter with Galt Productions and Knife through the Heart of Texas productions did a special best practices in teleplays and screenwriting session. Look for her multi-week class series on CraigsList. She's taught courses and workshops at UT and Ohio University...
- September 2016: Jill Chamberlain visited again to overview her successful screenwriting technique, as taught in her Austin scriptwriter workshops, which is now covered in her new book from University of Texas press, The Nutshell Technique. Congrats for her on-going success!
- July 2016: Jill Oleson is looking for someone to step in and volunteer to take over as ASG Treasurer. Many thanks to Jill for her great work!
- June 2016: Gary Gannaway completed principal filming on his horror comedy VIRGIN CHEERLEADERS IN CHAINS. Props to him for writing it, critiquing it with us, then co-directing, acting in and filming it himself!
- January 2016: Opal Divine's at Davenport closed down; please help us find a new mid-month location to meet.
And we learned we have to move our Austin History Center meeting from the 1st Saturday to the 4th one.
- November 2015: Bob Randall's script-- based on his experiences in Texas Social Services-- just won the Grand Jury Prize in the Hollywood Screenplay Contest. Yahoo for Bob! And he credits ASG giving him great critique on FINDING GRACE for helping it be a winner!
He alsos got to Semi-Finals in the Nichol Fellowship (in 2016)!
- June 2015: We had a great field trip to the Witliff Collections at the Alkek Library at Texas State University in San Marcos. ASG member Katie Salzmann is the librarian for this movie- and TV-themed collection for Southwestern Writers. Plus we saw a collection of Armadillo, cosmic cowboy and other Austin-themed movie posters from the 70's to 90's that Katie had curated. We'll do this again when we can get more people too...
- January 2015: With his writing partner, erstwhile Austin Screenwriter Group member Scott Miles just became a Nicholl's Fellow with their comedy script, UNITED STATES OF F****** AWESOME. Congrats to Scott! (We knew him for his zombie and high school band scripts)
- June 2014: Many thanks to Kat Albert for handling the ASG scheduling for the past 5 years! She's stepping down to concentrate more on filmmaking. Now Diana McManus is taking over the volunteer role.
- June 2014: Our summer workshop on 21 June on scriptwriting craft went great! Many thanks to Emily McDonald for inviting and organizing TV Script Doctor Sarah McLaughlin for Writing for TV. That's Sarah on the right and Emily on the left... Congrats to Sarah on her new baby (Jan 2015)!
- June 2012: GREAT workshop with Karl Iglesias! We liked him so much we brought him back again. He surveyed our group for topics we wanted to investigate deeper, so it was a really effective presentation. Many thanks to Jill Oleson for coordinating and wrangling, Tracy Boyd for handling all the registrations and inquiries, Karen Cupp for finding us a large, wonderful space at the Goodwill Community Center, and Angela Lee for locating a lovely home (Dr. Bill Milner's) to have our party in. My role this year was doing the notices and communications and craft services.
2012: Karl Iglesias with Wendy Wheeler (me)
- August 2011: We had a great workshop with author, script consultant and UCLA screenwriting instructor Karl Iglesias. He focused on lessons from his wonderful book, Writing for Emotional Impact. Plus he made himself available for dinners and lunches, and did one-on-one consultations most of Sunday. He was impressed with our group too! Thanks to the many people who chased down projectors and venues, collected money and brought coffee, etc. Especially to Karen Cupp who handled all the registration!
- October 2010 : An amazing evening with Franklin Leonard, Director of Development at Universal Pictures and co-founder of The Black List. Nancy Smith (First Look Scripts) worked with Maya Perez at the Austin Film Festival to help us find a wonderful guest for the group who could also work the AFF panels and roundtables. Franklin met with ASG and listened to pitches, gave very helpful notes. Our event location, food and details were coordinated by Kathy Alberts. Great job, everybody!
Franklin Leonard and Nancy Smith
- May 2010: Had a great Saturday workshop with writer/consultant/producer Tim Albaugh on "Building a Script from the Ground Up" and "The Art of the Pitch." Plus he gave us his insights as a UCLA instructor and long-time writer in Hollywood. Many thanks to Tim, who also made himself available for social, dining and consulting time with the members of ASG! And thanks to those who coordinated him, took registrations, found us a workshop venue, etc. Here's Tim teaching to the class of 32 folks:
- December 2009: Jill Oleson created a page on YouTube to collect and display works by and with and associated with Austin Screenwriters Group members.
- June 2009: We had a great Story Mastery workshop with Michael Hauge, followed by a fun, social potluck BYOB with Michael that evening at the home of Peggy Schatz in Spicewood. Michael Hauge is a well-known and respected story consultant for all the major production studios and best-selling author. He spent most of Sunday morning doing one-on-one consultations for us too. Here's Mike reacting to the camera during the last hour of the class:
ASG MONTHLY MEETINGS & DIRECTIONS
- 4rd Sundays of (almost) every month and cost nothing to attend
- Saturdays are from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
- Location (2018) is Twin Oaks Library, which is just south of the river, on S.5th between S.1st and S.Lamar.
- Typical format: Networking and
introductions are followed by an out-loud reading of the
screenplay to be critiqued that day
- Anyone with an interest in screenwriting
is welcome to the meetings! To have a script read and critiqued,
however, you must be a dues-paid member of the ASG and meet a few simple
rules, which are
covered in the FAQ.
ASG MAILING LIST
Join us online! The Austin Screenwriters Group has a mailing
list on Yahoo for everyone, not just dues-paid members. We
share networking, news, upcoming events, etc. Last-minute schedule
changes are posted there, and are often the only way you'll know
about them. Please note you must subscribe
before you can post emails. The listserver software will bounce back
emails that come from unregistered email addresses. (And there is a 2nd YahooGroups list for dues-paid members, where we work out group business and give pre-announcements on events. Dues are a mere $36/year...)
- Start from within the mailing address you
wish to register, and send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. (The reference line and content aren't important
in the message.)
- You'll get a confirming email from the
listserver at YahooGroups. Just follow the instructions (usually,
it just asks you to respond and be sure to type at least a quick message to prove you're not spambot), and you should be on the
list for the moderator to approve you. Sorry it's not one-step, but it's an anti-spam precaution.
- Once you get the message from Yahoo
saying the moderator has approved you, you're registered on the
listserver software and can then send emails easily to everyone on
the ASG list by addressing them to: email@example.com.
ASG FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) List
The FAQ list is on another page, and contains instructions on signing up for a
reading, preparing your script for the reading, conducting the
reading, and the feedback session. We suggest you visit the page and
print it out. You can also get a copy of the information if you
download a copy of the ASG brochure as a Word document, click here for
LINKS TO OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES
We keep a list of helpful writing and
screenwriting books on another page.
How to format a script? It's a question at the top of the mind of many
beginning writers. Here's
a good discussion with samples
written by a fan of Austin (he comes regularly to the Heart of Film
Conference) Greg Beal, who coodinates the prestigious Nicholl
Writers Guild of America is the group that lobbies and negotiates on behalf of
American screenwriters. It's also the place to register your scripts
for protection, and if you live in Texas you should use the WGAw
(West). The U.S. Patent Office issues
copyrights for more-formal
protection. Most of the screenwriting contests require that your
script submissions be registered, in fact.
another useful site which also features a listing of the many
screenwriting contests each year, along with their open and closing
dates, as well as other information.
Another wonderful host (this time, on the
Internet) for the ASG is Randy Martin, who has the Web design and Web
hosting company, Chili
Design. Check out the awesome portfolio
on his website! (And please note he
had nothing to do with the dorky design of the ASG website!)
The ASG enjoys a very close relationship with
the Austin Film
Festival and Conference. What an awesome opportunity for education and
networking they provide for local screenwriters! Originally called the Heart of Film, it
was the first screenwriter-specific conference (now it has many
imitators). It's a can't-miss event that happens in Austin each fall.
Many of us submit scripts to the Heart of Film competition. Many of
us also volunteer to be HoF readers each year--be looking for
announcements on that to come from the HoF folks each spring. And the
AFF provides other wonderful cinema-related events throughout the
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