Professional screenwriters who believe that it takes a local village to grow nationally recognised talent.

Screenwriters WA is committed to the care and feeding of the current and next generation of WA screenwriters. We believe that local talent can be nationally competitive and that it’s critically important to our local industry that we have WA writers writing WA stories in WA. Our mission is to help make that happen through dynamic mentoring that encompasses a variety of writing experiences (workshops, rooms, Q&As, mentorships, etc.).

Founding Members:

Barbara Connell, Ron Elliott, Tracey Defty-Rashid,
Helen Mulroney, Jesse Laurie, Heather Wilson

Screenwriters WA Events:

July 7th, 2019.

Writers’ Tool Kit

This intensive workshop is designed to support WA writers in all aspects of professional practice. The AWG will present up-to-date information on all aspects of contracting and industrial matters; industry practitioners will be discussing the nuts-and-bolts of working with such industrial tools as Final Draft; and a panel of WA screenwriters will be on-hand to discuss career strategies and share their experiences. Presented with the support of ScreenWest and Lottery West.

When: Sun, Jul 7, 2019 – 10:00AM – 05:00pm

Where: SAE Institute Perth, 116-120 Roe St, Northbridge, Western Australia, 6003, Australia

Cost: $50.00 (Limited Places)

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

June 7th, 2019.

WA Stories – Want to adapt a local story or identify the best format for your own story?

WA Stories is an opportunity for local writers to witness a series of highly diverse, Australian stories pitched to receive professional assessment from a panel representing each industry sector: short film, documentary, web-series, TV, and feature film.

Designed to identify the optimal angle to approach the formatting of each presented story, this event will also aid writers in identifying the correct format for their own ideas, whilst connecting local voices with producers, directors, and screenwriters.

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About: The Centre for Stories cultivates stories that inspire listeners, sparks empathy, and challenges intolerance. Our focus is on empowering people whose experiences and perspectives are often marginalised. This includes refugees, migrants, people of colour, sexual minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

You are invited to ‘Storytellers Pitch’ at the Centre for Stories.

Join several storytellers of diverse backgrounds and experiences as they pitch their personal story to you. With room to chat afterwards, this event is sure to spark inspiration in writers for the screen.

When: Friday 7th June 6PM-7.30PM with mingling/networking to follow.

Where: Centre for Stories, 100 Aberdeen Street Northbridge 6003

Only 30 seats available so RSVP is essential!

RSVP HERE

March 11th – May 13th, 2019.

Feature Film Bootcamp 2.0

The upcoming Feature Film Boot Camp supports teams of writers/directors/producers who have an existing screenplay and want to kick it in the draft.

Three teams will be selected to participate in weekly workshops and one-on-one meetings to actively develop a new draft of an existing screenplay. All groups must commit to the ten-week boot camp process. This means that – on a weekly basis – at least two people from each team must attend the weekly workshop.

Teams of writers, directors and producers are eligible to apply. Three teams will be selected to be involved from March 11th to May 13th.

Please submit a single PDF containing:
1) 1-2 paragraph bio of each team member;
2) screenplay title, log line and paragraph synopsis; and
3) 1-2 page summary of project, issues of the current draft, goals for new draft, etc.

Submit all materials to Barbara Connell at barbara@leapfrogfilms.com.au.
Deadline is: 15 February 2019 at 5:00pm.
Selected participants will be notified no later than 22 February 2019.

All queries can be sent to: barbara@leapfrogfilms.com.au

***Previous Screenwriters WA Events:

June 20th, 2018.

Pinnacles Launch Party & Networking – Connect and Collaborate.

Meet the Pinnacles Collective: The Gamechangers, Screenwriters WA and Australian Directors Guild – at The Standard, 28 Roe St, Northbridge – and find out about the collective’s schedule of events, including the Feature Writing Bootcamp, The Director’s Intensive, and The Gamechangers Script Speed Dating.

Sept 5th, 2018.

Adaptation – Hosted by Ron Elliot with Special Guest Ross Grayson-Bell

Join us for an intensive Q&A, craft skills evening discussing the joys and challenges of adapting material for the screen. Authors, screenwriters, filmmakers and anyone interested in adaptation will find this conversation and the experience of the presenters incredibly helpful.  If you’re working on an adaptation or having successfully finished one, your experience and input will help to make the evening even better.

Aug/Sept ??th, 2018.

Feature Writing Bootcamp.

Under the guidance of an experienced feature film writer and script editor (Barbara Connell), participants will be invited to transform their feature film pitch into a complete first draft script in 12 weeks.

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