Screenwriting : Writing Groups? by Dave McLachlan

Dave McLachlan

Writing Groups?

I'm new to this forum -- hi. I'm curious if there are any writing groups, or those who share work for feedback. If so, I'd be interested in reading others works, giving "hopefully" valuable feedback, and would love the same. All my scripts are WGAE registered, and would prefer any I read are as well. If anyone could guide me the "write" way I'd appreciate it. Happy Tuesday

Richard "RB" Botto

Hey Dave, I can tell you first hand that dozens of writing groups have been formed here on 32 since we launched over 2 years ago. You're on the right track, my friend.

Dave McLachlan

Anyone? Bueller?

Jazmen Darnell Brown

Where are you located?

Dave McLachlan

NYC area. Hopefully that won't matter in the world of technology

Doug Nelson

I think that the writing critique group concept is very worthwhile. I’ve been involved in some and started a couple myself. Unfortunately your group will mostly be comprised of wannabes who have not yet figured out that writing is hard work and that writing well is very hard work. You need to be careful about the “valuable feedback.” Members must leave their ego outside and concentrate on the writing only: Real feedback cannot be taken personally. I now only like the eye-to-eye critique groups where you receive feedback and can ask why. Best of luck with it.

Dave McLachlan

Doug, I've had award winning actors, screenwriters who've made millions, as well as "wannabes" read my scripts. They ALL can provide valuable feedback. Weeding out the value of applicable feedback is my job. My post was not asking for critique of those in this forum, it was to learn interest in writing groups. Seems like this isn't the forum for a seasoned pro like yourself. Happy Sunday!

Anna Maria Elisa Manalo

I'd like to form one. Any others for a script act by act rotation every week? I need 2 more people. Two of us already!

Mark Dowie

Depends where you live. In LA, New York, Santa Barbara, SF Bay Area, of course there are screenwriting groups. In Chokachicken Arkansas? I doubt it.

Joseph C. Aiello

I don't think it's always absolutely necessary that your group consist mostly (or only) of screenwriters. For longer than I'd care to admit, I've belonged to a writer's group of four completely different types of writers (one does non-fiction exclusively, another writes biting satire, the third is exclusively a screenwriter, and I write for film, TV, the stage, the non-fiction book market, and the novel market). The point is I feel this variegated mix of writers provides me with a more genuinely "audience" type of POV rather than merely another screenwriter's estimation. Think of it as reading to John Q. Public. After all, they are representative of the people who'll "hopefully" be paying to see your screenplay when it becomes film.

Bo Bigelow

I'd like to form one also. Mind if I join?

Anna Maria Elisa Manalo

Steve Einhorn, Bo Bigelow... I need one more to make it a 4 week rotation. Any takers for the last spot?

Dave McLachlan

I'm in. Shoot me a private message to organize. Please note I'll be on vacation for 2 weeks starting Tuesday but can use that to read scripts.

Dave McLachlan

PS -- Is LOVE to read scripts -- however they MUST be registered with the WGA. NO EXCEPTIONS!! Happy Sunday!

Anna Maria Elisa Manalo

Great. Steve, Bo and Dave... Sending a PV message in a few.

Verena K. Maser

Hey Dan, the link sends me to a 404 page :(

Jason Levy

The forming of this writer's group sounds great! I'd love to join.

Anna Maria Elisa Manalo

Jason... waiting for the 4th member to confirm. Send me your email please.

Bill Hartin

Dave - If you haven't found a feedback source, I'm interested in sharing the first 10 pages of my feature in exchange for the same for you - similar to how a manager or studio would approach a read. I'm still trying to figure out this site and how to get/give feedback to other writers, so your post caught my eye. Thanks.

Robert Sprawls

I would also like to be in a writing group. I semi-frequent zoetrope.com, but I'm hearing from long time members, the nature of the site has changed and where there was once 100s of scripts to read, now it's down to 15 at most and much of it they say is tit-for-tat type reviewing. I'd rather have something honest, even if it's painful. However, I do not have a full complete script done. I have two in development, one being written (about 50% done on first draft), the other I'm laying the skeleton to.

Anna Maria Elisa Manalo

I'm in that and backed out. 4 full scripts to critique b4 u get some feedback. Laborious.

Robert Sprawls

Anna, it is kind of fair. It's that or pay for a critique, but you're right. It is laborious. I've read four scripts so far and only one of them kept me engaged enough to read it cover to cover. So many of them were scripts first, stories second. That's the wrong way to approach it.

Verena K. Maser

@Dan Yes it does. Thanks!

Dave McLachlan

Yes

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