Writers Resources

It all starts with the blank page. It can take a lot of courage and dedication to be a writer of any sort, and especially so in the entertainment industry, where it seems like just about everyone is working on a script of some sort. You’re a long way from Mrs. Francis’ high school English class now, but we’ve got your back. We want you to be the very best writer you can be, so we’ve provided some solid resources just for writers below. For even more writing opportunities, make sure you check out The Greenhouse’s Writers Group and our list of Recommended Books for writers. With the right tools and a firm commitment to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair, you could just find yourself writing the next great American screenplay!

American Screenwriters Association
A community of screenwriters filmmakers dedicated to helping writers hone their skills and sell their screenplays and creating a dialog between screenwriters, producers, filmmakers, actors, and industry to foster mutual success.

Organization of Black Screenwriters
A non-profit organization committed to the development and advancement of African-American writers.

The International Screenwriters’ Association
An international organization for screenwriters.

Writers Guild of America, East
A labor union composed of the thousands of writers east of the Mississippi River who write the content for television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, and new media.

Writers Guild of America, West
A labor union composed of the thousands of writers west of the Mississippi River who write the content for television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, and new media.

There are dozens of competitions out there – here are just a few to get you started:

Acclaim Scripts
Contests for original television and film scripts.

American Gem Short Script Contest
The winning screenplay will be produced, with the screenwriter sharing in the gross profits.

American Screenwriting Competition
Winners receive cash and prizes.

American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest
Offers a cash grand prize. The top 10 screenplays are considered for option by American Zoetrope and for representation by top agencies. Judged by Francis Ford Coppola.

The Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competitions
Competition dedicated to recognizing the writer’s contribution to the entertainment industry.

BlueCat Screenplay Competition
An annual search for the best screenplay in the world.

Filmmakers International Screenplay Competition Awards
Full-length screenplay competition with a cash grand prize and representation consideration for the top 50 entrants.

Launchpad Contests
Writing contests for television and feature film scripts.

Nashville Screenwriting Competition
Hosted by the Tennessee Screenwriting Association.

AMPAS Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting
An international competition sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that seeks original screenplays from writers who have not earned more than $5,000 for film or TV scripts. Up to five fellowships are awarded each year.

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards
Founded by Hollywood producers to discover new screenplays by up-and-coming writers. Cash and prizes awards.

Screamfest
Annual horror film and screenplay competition. Finalists and winning horror screenplay finalists to be read by literary agents.

Screenplay Festival
Feature-length screenplay contest with industry exposure and cash prizes in five categories.

Screenwriter Showcase
An annual screenwriting contest, to find and promote talented new screenwriters; awards prizes in kind, but not in cash.

Script Pipeline Writing Competition
Offers cast prizes. Hundreds of production companies have requested the winners for their consideration.

Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition
Annual screenwriting competition offers a cash prizes and promotion for the best film and television scripts submitted.

Slamdance Screenplay Competition
Indie-oriented competition aims to promote and support talented new writers.

Spec Scriptacular Contest
Television competition for TV episode and movie scripts and original pilot teleplays.

TrackingB Writing Contests
Two separate contests for television and feature film scripts.

WriteMovies.com Writing Competition
Offers a cash prize, representation, and possible option money, plus submission of the top three entries to studios, production companies, and agencies in Hollywood.

The Black List
What started as a survey of development execs about their favorite unproduced screenplays has grown into a database for discovering aspiring screenwriters.

InkTip.com
InkTip.com is a paid service that connects producers and screenwriters.

Virtual Pitchfest
This paid service helps writers pitch their scripts to industry pros, with a guarantee of a response.

Artist Armor
Artist Armor is a San Francisco software company that offers tools for the writing community.

The Black Board
The official community blog of The Black List (see below).

The Black List
What started as a survey of development execs about their favorite unproduced screenplays has grown into a database for discovering aspiring screenwriters.

…By Ken Levine: The World As Seen By a TV Comedy Writer
The blog of Emmy-winning writer Ken Levine, who gives a great insights on television writing.

CineStory
A nonprofit dedicated to developing screenwriters, offering a fellowship that includes a year-long mentorship program with Hollywood professionals.

CreativeScreenwriting.com
An online and print magazine that interviews writers about the creative processes of writing for film and television.

Go Into The Story
The official screenwriting blog of The Black List.

InkTip.com
InkTip.com is a paid service that connects producers and screenwriters.

The International Screenwriters’ Association
An informational site for screenwriters worldwide and a source for film and TV producers seeking screenwriters.

JohnAugust.com
An insightful blog by screenwriter John August, who penned Go & Big Fish.

John Truby’s Screenwriting Take
Screenwriting mentor John Truby has taught his screenwriting and genre classes to thousands of students worldwide.

On Story
The Austin Film Festival’s half-hour series on the creative process for well-known movies and TV shows.

OnWriting Online
The WGA-East’s site provides a dynamic series of video webisodes interviewing creatives on the writing process.

The Nerdist Writer’s Panel
An informal chat with professional writers about the process and business of writing.

The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith
A podcast about all things related to screenwriting and the creative process.

Script
Interviews with and articles written by working writers and filmmakers.

Scripts & Scribes
Interviews with screenwriters, producers, executives, literary agents and managers.

The Scriptwriters Network
An educational, non-profit, volunteer-driven organization created by and for writers.

TV Writer
A continuing examination of television writing, with how-to sections on every aspect, from structure and characterization to pitching and making contacts.

Virtual Pitchfest
This paid service helps writers pitch their scripts to industry pros, with a guarantee of a response.

Wordplay
This site reveals some of the secrets of writing and selling scripts with forums, columns, and other advice for screenwriters.

WriteMovies
Offering a number of tools, services, and articles for screenwriters and producers.

Write On
The official blog of the Writers Guild of America–East.

Writers Guild Foundation Blog
A blog featuring in-depth analysis, podcasts, interviews, scripts, articles, and more from the Writers Guild Foundation Web site.

The Writers’ Room
This Sundance TV original series features Academy Award-winner Jim Rash in insightful conversations with TV writers and cast members.

Software:

Dramatica Pro
This software will help with character development and plot formation. Click here to purchase.

Dramatica Story Expert
Cast and build your characters, plot out your story, layer in themes with universal meaning, and put it all together into scenes to form a solid step outline. Click here to purchase.

Final Draft
The Final Draft software has become the industry standard for screenwriting and formatting. Click here to purchase.

Movie Magic Screenwriter
Movie Magic is another widely used screenwriting software. Click here to purchase.

ScriptBuddy
A web-based application with no software to install.

WriterDuet
A web-based application with no software to install, WriterDuet also gives options for offline writing, collaboration, and registration, as well as opportunities for writing competitions.

Apps:

Celtx Script
Taking the same Celtx software and making it available on your mobile device.

Fade In
A clean, straightforward app for writing and formatting without all of the extra bells and whistles that can get in the way.

Final Draft Writer & Reader
The Final Draft software also has two apps for iPhones and iPads.

Lists for Writers
Brainstorming lists for writers based on characters, settings, plot points, and more.

Storyist
A writing app for screenplays and novels, with index card support, customizable plot & character sheets, and the ability to display them next to your manuscript while you write.

Sundance Screenwriting Labs
Gives independent screenwriters the opportunity to work intensively on their feature film scripts with the support of established writers in an environment that encourages innovation and creative risk-taking.

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