The Tennessee Screenwritiers Association in collaboration with Watkins College of Art, Design & Film Presents



June 20th at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film Nashville.

The seminar was a great success. We had some last minute changes and additions, but it just kept getting better.

Click here for details on speakers and events!

Most popular were the breakout session where we got to chat in small groups with the industry pros.  The big takeaway this year, these folks are regular folks just like us. They make movies and are looking for good material and projects.

They were handing out emails and telephone numbers. Here are some pics!

Breakout Sessions



We Are Back at Watkins!

Regular Wednesday evening TSA meetings are back at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film located at 2298 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228.

(Directions? There's a Google Map at the bottom of the page.)

Meeting start time will return to its regular time 7:00p – 8:30p.

Thanks to The Goodwill Lifsey Training Center for giving us a temporary home!

We look forward to seeing you back at Watkins!

Bob Giordano

2015 TSA President

Don’t forget! Our meetings are free and open to the public!

Thanks to Michael J. Wood


Michael J. Wood

Michael J. Wood  shared what he learned as a reader and competition manager.  He is the former manager of the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, which he helped found by bringing the concept of a screenwriting competition to the Festival Directors. He has read scripts for Morgan Freeman’s production company, for the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition, and more.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, with a degree in Writing for Screen & Television.

Thanks again for your time and insight!

Thanks Cameron McCasland

Cameron McCasland

Cameron McCasland

That’s How To Make a Micro-Budget Film In Nashville:

Many thanks to Cameron McCasland for speaking to the TSA in September’s Speaker meeting.

Cameron shared a lot of  the “rubber meets the road”  benefits and challenges he experienced when writing, casting, financing, producing and directing his highly lauded micro-budget old school slasher flick, The LASHMAN.   

The Lashman is screening at FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego and has been nominated for three awards. Best Director for Cameron, Best supporting the lovely Kaylee Williams, and best special effects or Make Up.

Thank You Philip Cioffari


Philip Cioffari

Big thanks to author, screenwriter & director Phillip Cioffari for sharing the story of how he made and paid for his award winning indie film, LOVE IN THE AGE OF DION. That is how indie is done. And thanks to all that braved thunder, lightning and rain. Phillips’s writing credits include noir thriller novels, Dark Road, Dead End,  Jesusville and Catholic Boys.

Thank You Robert Orr!



Robert Talks TV

Great talk with working screenwriter Robert Orr  at last Wednesday night’s meeting. Lots of great insight and practical guidance  on what and how to write for TV from a successful professional writer in Hollywood.

A native Nashvillian, Robert’s credits include Tears of The Sun, Underworld: Evolution, Savior, The Resident, Blind Turn and more.
Thanks again, Robert! A pleasure as always!

Our meetings are free and open to the public!


Challenge Accepted!  In two weeks four writers have stepped up and accepted the challenge, each wielding three pages of awesome original story at our regular Wednesday night meetings!

Each received great feedback and ideas for their screenplays! Great job guys! It is NOT easy putting yourself out there but it always yields ideas!

This may develop into event at our next Script-com! What do you think?

Here’s a challenge!

  • Three pages!
  • Intro a protag!
  • Could be from your completed script.
  • Or create a hero right on the spot and explore! But only three pages.
  • The protag must be pursuing something or dealing with a problem.

Then bring those three pages to a TSA meeting with GENRE and logline for a table read. Then get feedback and praise! A great way to hear your work, what is working and what is not.

ScriptnotesWe’re borrowing this format from John August, Craig Maizen’s Scriptnotes podcast. Check out how the  three page challenge works!

Then check out their latest podcast and links to Three Pages by Rob Yescombe, and the produced scene on YouTube! Very interesting to see a scene on the page and on the screen.

Then check out these Five Unforgettable Screenplay Character Introductions.


TSA SC-1SUCCESS! The event was Saturday, June 21 at 10:00 am and ran until 8:30 pm at Watkins College Auditorium.

Session 1-1

Two sessions with industry pros and filmmakers and a live stage read of the TSA screenplay contest winner. (More Details) Great day with great people! Pics and clips coming in the near future!

Session 1-9If you couldn’t make it, click here for a list of industry pro panelists and local film makers that you missed out on!


And the Winner is… EMPATHY by Elvis Wilson

 Thriller: a neuro-researcher developing a therapy for psychotic behavior discovers one of her research subjects murdered her sister.

Honorable Mentions go to…

STALE CAKE by Reichert Wynn: A salesman checks into a motel for the night and gets more than he bargained for.

DENTS by Dennis Doud: It’s Balaam’s Donkey meets Maxx Headroom as God reaches the heart of a teenager using an asteroid, a broken computer tablet, and a strange old car.

MARTIN FOGG by Harold Ginn: Martin Fogg was a floppy-fingered liberal trying to “fight the power”  until he got bitch-slapped by the insouciant hand of fate. Now he’s the worlds’ foremost Republican and Martin Fogg is on a mission to save America.

The grand-prize winner will receive :

  • Story notes from professional Hollywood screenwriter Robert Orr
  • Production notes from independent Hollywood Producer Guilia Prenna
  • An estimated budget-breakdown for the script
  • A pass to Script-Com, the TSA’s screenwriting seminar conducted in co-ordination with Film-Com
  • An all-access pass to the 2014 Film-Com in Nashville, a premier film project pitch conference
  • A promotional booth at Film-Com to meet potential investors, production companies, crew, and distribution entities.
  • A 1-Sheet synopsis of the script/project will be included as part of the gift package provided to producers, investors, and distribution entities attending Film-com
  • A one-night event held during Film-Com where a group of professional actors will deliver a table-read on stage in front of a live audience, with a video-taped recording also being provided.

CONGATULATIONS! What are you working on now, Elvis?

Get Involved:

Join us at our weekly Wednesday meetings (members and non-members welcome) to participate in:

  • Member idea pitches ranging from a concept, logline, step outline, or script pages
  • A break down of a film or portion of a film
  • An interactive education session that covers anything from structure nuances related to different genres to “what makes a strong antagonist” to what a gainfully employed screen writer actually does

Process of Presenting Your Screenplay:

The following process enables us to provide you meaningful feedback early and often to aid in the development of your robust screenplay. Assuming you’re a member, your screenplay content is presented over multiple Wednesday meetings as defined below.

    • Setup session: you present a verbal or written concept such as a logline / step outline / synopsis. Essentially, you present your story in broad strokes and receive feedback. You will not present script pages in this session. In next session, represent your modified work or move on to pages 1-15 session.
    • Page 1-15 Reading: we read your screenplay pages 1-15. We play narrator and all of your characters. You do not read but rather listen and soak up the verbal ebb and flow of your work. In next session, represent your modified work or move on to pages 16-30 session.
    • Page 15-30 Reading: we read your screenplay pages 16-30. We play narrator and all of your characters. You do not read but rather listen and soak up the verbal ebb and flow of your work. In next session, represent your modified work.

We do require presentation of your screenplay in the order above. IE You must present a step outline prior to page readings. Ideally you present, receive feedback, rework, then present again.

11 thoughts on “Home

  1. Hey guys. I’m writing the screenplay of my dear late friend James Carroll, a gayman murdered in Louisville KY in 2009, and featured on the “What Lies Beneath” episode of TV’s The First 48. I am nearing the end of my writing process and wanted to be a part of some Nashville screenwriting groups. I found this page and wanted to know if you’d be open to hearing Jamie’s story and would love some constructive criticism. Thanks! Dwight Stambaugh

    • Hey Dwight. We love to provide support to anyone who has a passion for writing tv or film. I would encourage you to visit one or a few of our weekly meetings to get an idea of the presentation and feedback format. If you like it, you can become a member and present your work. Thanks!

    • Hey Janet.

      Typically we have members signed up to present their material so it’s more based on the presenters book and we still use a paper version. I hope you can make it. Thanks!

      • Missed it and the boat in general. I see the contest deadline is on the 30th. Think I’ve already entered the contest this year, just saw winners announced in a screenwriting contest on Stage 32 from Nashville. Very confused. Would love feedback on a script or two. Hate to make anyone read the same script twice. Can you check and tell me if I have entries into the contest this year?

      • Nashville Film Fest announced winners. A different organization and contest. We’re accepting submissions through midnight tomorrow.

  2. Thanks, believe I submitted two scripts already this year. High Desert Poem and Voodoo-I Do. Realize we’re at the wire. Can send a couple of others, understand all members get feedback. Is that true?

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