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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 2014
1st Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St
3rd Sundays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30
p.m. at OPEN, we need a new spot
Please email Wendy Wheeler
with your loglines, if they're not
posted. To get onto the schedule, contact the scheduler above. 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)
WHO / WHAT
Sat, Feb 6, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
|Austin History Center
|Steve Winnicki: Night Wings
A professor of Chiroptera communicates through echolocation with the largest urban bat colony in the world. When his daughter is murdered by motorcycle gang he seeks revenge with the help the help of his little friends.
|Sunday, Feb 21
||Special Meeting: You've Got Mail!
||Diana McManus volunteered to copy and mark up this famous screenplay for us to read aloud and analyze. We do these every now and then to gain insight into what sells and gets produced.
Sat, Mar 5
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
|Austin History Center
|Lise Pyles: Jumper and the Bones (AFF finalist)
Another special meeting, thanks to Jill Oleson! This was a script she read for Austin Film Festival that went on to become a finalist. And the author Lise Pyles is from San Antonio! We'll read and analyze, and Lise may join us.
Logline: When a "wise fool" accidentally sparks a vendetta with a local gang, this gentle soul uses Huck Finn logic, comic disguises, and quirky tactics to save his friends.
|Sunday, Mar 20
||Open! See our scheduler Diana to claim this spot!
|Sat, Apr 2
||Austin History Center
||Open! See our scheduler Diana to claim this spot!
Do you want to have a
table reading? Contact Diana McManus, our scheduler, at email@example.com.
Need to reschedule/cancel your reading?
Contact Diana right away so we have time to find a new screenplay and the weekend meeting won't be wasted!!
- January 2016: Opal Divine's at Davenport closed this month; please help us find a new mid-month location to meet.
- January 2016: Your humble webmaster lost her ancient but useful old mac with all the files and webtools when it broke. Setting up a new Mac Tower Pro and still searching for files. And if you feel like you sent me emails (I lost lots of those too), re-email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!
- October 2015: While at Austin Film Festival, we had interest in doing workshops next year from Terry Rossio and also Tim Albaugh. Plus we want to have a workshop spring 2016. Watch this space!
- October 2015: Sebastian Twardosz had to cancel his trip to Austin and Austin Film Festival.
- September 2015: Steve Winnicki has booked us a room for our Sebastian Twardosz workshop at the Huston Tillotson college for Wednesday night, 7-10 p.m. on 28 October. And Jim Gardner has volunteered to coordinate the RSVP and potluck list. Many thanks to both!
- July 2015: Dana Cowden coordinated a Hollywood pro to come to Austin for Austin Film Festival, partly paid by Austin Screenwriters Group. Sebastian Twardosz is a TV/film executive and an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, as well as a partner in Circus Road Films. AFF will be using him on panels while we will have a special event on Wednesday night before AFF. Many thanks to Dana!
- 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)
- September 2014: Congrats to Dana Cowden and Wendy Wheeler for advancing to the Second Round script contest at Austin Film Festival. Scott Miles, an erstwhile member, got into the finals in the Nichol Fellowship Contest this year. Wendy is also a quarter finalist (so far) in Final Draft's Big Break contest.
- July 2014: David Kassin Fried has optioned DANCES WITH FAT, the screenplay he workshopped with ASG. And the local horror film he was co-producing filmed this summer; check out FOUND FOOTAGE 3D.
- 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)!
- April 2013: Congratulations to Kathy Swift Albert whose short film A PERFECT COCKTAIL was accepted into the Cannes Film Festival!
- February 2013: Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter, has offered ASG a 10% discount on her webinar screenwriting classes. Read more about her approach and see class schedules at OnThePage.com. More as she tells us how to invoke the discount...
- 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 Goods to Buy: Thanks to Helen Cates, the Austin Screenwriters Group now has t-shirts, mugs and more on CafePress you can buy with our ASG logo on it. Wear 'em proudly!
ASG MONTHLY MEETINGS & DIRECTIONS
- 1st Saturdays and 3rd Sundays of (almost) every month and cost nothing to attend
- Saturdays are from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe Street (the southwest corner of Guadalupe + 9th), which is between the main public library building and the gazebo park. The City parking meters start charging at 11am, so just buy time until 1pm (about $2.50).
- Sundays need a new location now that Opal's at Davenport closed.
- 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
The Austin Screenwriters Group has a mailing
list on Yahoo. We highly recommend that you sign yourself up! 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. Joining the list is easy, and you don't have to be a
dues-paying member for it. 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: email@example.com. (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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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