The fastest way to prevent interest in your screenplay is to use incorrect formatting. Given the simplicity and nearly flawless execution of modern screenwriting software, failure to adhere to the formatting norms is a fast track to the round file. Read more »


Emerging screenwriters often seek representation early in their writing careers, hoping to kick start their potential and sell their screenplays. This begs the question: should I get an agent or a manager. Realistically, the question should be: CAN I get an agent or manager? Read more »

GAPF Hiring

The Great American Screenwriting Conference and PitchFest is hiring.  We are looking for a number of individuals with specific skills in producing, marketing, and writing, as well as tradeshow and event Signe Pitchroom Color Correctedmanagement for several one to three month contracts.  Some of the positions include: Read more »

Writing Effective Loglines

Posted with permission from Gideon's Screenwriting Tips:

Here is more advice by Christopher Lockhart, Story Analyst at William Morris Endeavor Agency. It’s a lengthy article packed with useful information on constructing loglines, so take the time to read it thoroughly. Read more »

Storylines Are Everywhere

Stories abound around us everywhere – in the news, on YouTube, TV and reality shows. It’s said that there are no new stories and as writers, it’s up to us to... Read more »

Don’t Give Up

Remember that screenwriting is a marathon, not a sprint. Are you willing and able to go the distance? I've won one contest for my thriller, "Delusional" but have not had a film produced yet. But I continue to write and network every day. My time is... Read more »

How To Improve Your Story Outlines

Outlining is an essential process to storytelling. It helps you organize your thoughts into a logical order and remove or change the ones that don’t serve the story. Think of outlining... Read more »

Woolly Writing

As much as possible, screen writing is best kept clean, clear and simple. If the story line is convoluted, labyrinthine, moves across time zones, or periods in time, has many layers of plot that weave in and out... Read more »

Should I Self-Produce my Screenplay?

Many screenwriters contemplate producing their their screenplay as a viable alternative to traditional selling/optioning. Self-production offers a quicker path to see your screenplay become a film. But should you? The answer is... Read more »

How to Ensure That Your Screenplay Fails

Everyone seems to focus on what you should do to succeed as a screenwriter. We are getting a little bored with that, so we decided to focus on... Read more »

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