In tandem with the 2021 WIFVNE Annual Screenwriting Competition, we’re here to help writers hone their craft by listing various FREE resources like the ones below:
BAD PITCH WRITERS
BAD PITCH WRITERS LAB INTRO CLASS: The Bad Pitch Writers Intro Class gives you the basic toolkit of everything you need to start writing. It involves a lecture/discussion portion, as well as exposure to the lab experience by workshopping material: whether it's just a logline, a few images, or your first five pages. The Bad Pitch Writers Intro Lab integrates theory with practice, and introduces you to lab format.
PAGE TO SCREEN: Take a WRITER'S approach to acting! Master your auditions with an innovative technique that takes a writer's approach to script analysis, and apply it to your audition technique and start increasing your booking numbers!!
Please visit www.badpitchwriterslab.com to sign up, and keep the conversation going by joining our community on instagram @badpitchwriterslab
April 23rd, 5:00-6:30 (EST)
Happy Hour Writing Session with Instructor Lysz Flo
May 28th, 5:00-6:30 (EST)
Happy Hour Writing Session with Instructor Keena Boling
What's more satisfying than leaving work behind on a Friday afternoon? Rounding out the week with a free writing session, of course! Maximize that Friday feeling and kick off your writing weekend. Leave work behind on a Friday,grab a snack and/or your favorite after-work beverage, and log into GrubStreet Remote for some writing! In 60 jam-packed minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some great writing exercises.
May 5th, 12:30-1:15 (EST)
Free Brown Bag Lunch Writing Session with Instructor Chalene Riser
Looking for some virtual mid-week writing community? Or do you have a schedule that gives you free afternoons instead of evenings? Join our FREE Brown Bag Lunch Writing Series live via easy to use video conferencing. For 45 minutes, you’ll meet fellow writers and get your creative juices flowing with some cool writing exercises. Led by one of our award-winning instructors or ambassadors.
April 14th, 11:00 (PST)
Process of Pitching
Some projects are made at the pitch level. Some projects are lost at the pitch level. Let's keep you away from the latter! Pitching is more than just a presentation. It's more than just a sales tool, and in this free class with Max Timm, you will learn how and why your pitch is even more important than you think.
Let's dive in and join Max Timm, the ISA's Director of Education, as he walks us through the intricate and sometimes overwhelming details of pitching your project. Per usual, there will be a lot of information covered in one hour, and he will do everything he can to answer as many questions as he can. So come prepared. Put your creative thinking caps on. If you can't stay for the entire webinar, it will be recorded and members will be able to access the recording shortly after the live event.
April 15th, 5:00 (PST)
Virtual Third Thursdays
We will be having a roundtable discussion with Sonali Mehta, M.Rowan Meyer, and Desa Larkin-Boutté to talk about pitching. Instead of hearing from industry pros who receive pitches, we will be doing the flipside of that discussion and getting the inside scoop from fellow writers about how they pitch, how they prep, how to avoid pitfalls, etc.
And we will finish the night off with some mixing and mingling! It will be a fun, informative evening! And everyone is welcome.
April 21, 11:00 (PST)
Three writers will be asked to take part in a live event, hosted by the ISA's Director of Education Max Timm, where they will write a scene - no longer than five pages - per predetermined story and scene elements. The writers will receive the same story element prompts, and the audience will get to see not only what they came up with from a scene story perspective, but how they format the page, scene direction, dialogue, everything.
The ISA notices quite often that a lot of writers have questions about proper formatting, and this event is meant to deliver education while keeping it fun and active.
The Last Wednesday of Every Month @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm PT
Opening Pages Analysis
In an online group setting utilizing video conferencing software Zoom, Roadmap Writers' CEO Joey Tuccio will give several volunteer writers specific feedback on their opening three (3) pages. The pages will be shared on screen with the rest of the group so everybody can learn from the feedback.
The Opening Page Analysis will start with a lecture on some of the immediate reasons an executive might pass on your work...and you might not even know you're doing one of these things! Remember, most execs won't read past page 5 if they aren't hooked from the start.
We want to make sure each writer's opening pages are solid and you can even take what you've learned from this Opening Pages Workshop and apply these techniques to the rest of your script.
April 26th, 6:30-8 PM (EST)
The Screenwriters Roundtables are open to the public. They provide a safe place for new and established writers to have their work read and critiqued. They also feature special guest speakers when available. This Roundtable usually meets on the fourth Monday of each month.
If you wish to be added to the Screenwriters Roundtable listserv, please contact the WIFV office at email@example.com.
Free for WIFV Members (must be logged in)
$10 for all general public
Discount for WIFVNE members
STORY GENERATION in 120 MINUTES
Hosted by Alexa Alemanni (pre-recorded)
Want to know more about story generation, and how to come up with great ideas on the fly? Watch the pre-recorded session above on the https://womeninfilmvideo.org/videos site!
*Comment down below if you know any more resources to share!