Dreaming in Tennessee

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Thursday, August 11, 2005


I attended my first screenwriting group last night. (If you've read prev posts, I said that I would go two weeks ago. The first week I chickened out. The second I forgot. Or maybe I chickened out the second week also, & now I'm just kidding myself. Oh, well. I went last night. That's the important part.) The group is called the Tennessee Screenwriting Association. They're non-profit, staffed by volunteers, and they allow 3 people each week to talk about their scripts. You can choose to read a treatment, have others cold read your script, or just pitch some ideas.

Last night, two went through synopses & a tandem had their first 14 pages cold read. The first synopsis was by the president Bob Giordano. He said he was about 60 pages into his script, but I could tell that he had fully worked out the finer points of his story. He understood all of the character's goals and motivations. & although he opened it up for anyone to pick it apart, not one person could really find a flaw. The next two presents didn't go so well. I won't go into it bc that would be rude, but I bring it up bc this group offers something all writers need: other writers to call bullshit.

So, I'm going to join. It's only $25/yr. & after joining & waiting for my turn, I'll be able to present my own ideas. All I want is someone to call shit, shit, & this group has that kind of truth.


Blogger The Awful Writer said...

Aw come on, be rude. Please! Ok maybe not rude, but can you describe in general what went wrong for them. A guiding principle I try to live by is: It's better to learn from other people's mistakes than to learn from your own. So I'm really curious what sort of mistakes they made.

11:32 AM  
Blogger The Moviequill said...

our group meet once/month but I wish it was twice..we read ten pages of a work in progress (I have been the only one bringing pages lately), discuss any films we have recently seen, gossip, contests, etc...more of a coffee group but still better than nothing, good for you to join

5:51 PM  

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