Tennessee Screenwriting Association

To Educate and Promote the Art, Craft and Business of Screenwriting within Our Community.

TSA meetings go virtual with Zoom

While the world is embracing social distancing during the current health crisis, the Tennessee Screenwriting Association has moved its weekly meetings online via Zoom. Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. (Central) each Wednesday.

To join the meeting, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/876440516?pwd=NW1HWWZBVk1qSmdCR2E2UGVXZDQwdz09 and enter Meeting ID: 876 440 516. The meeting is password protected. If you don’t have the password, you’ll be placed in a waiting room where the moderator will be able to grant you permission to enter the meeting.

In Memoriam: Wilson Montgomery

Past TSA President James Wilson Montgomery passed away Monday, March 9, after a year-long, brave fight with cancer.

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Wilson Montgomery

Wilson began in entertainment as a standup comedian and actor. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with degree in Speech and Theater. He attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles and was awarded the honor of being in the third year production ensemble. He has acted Off-Off Broadway in New York and done a number of commercials and a children’s TV series, including Mr. Henry’s Wild and Wacky World.

Parenthood (the lifestyle, not the movie or TV series) lead Wilson to Nashville, where he is survived by his daughters, Hope and Rachel, grandsons, Christian and Vinny, his mother June, father John (Gale), sister Jill Dempsey (Ed), and his brother, Lee, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

He grew up in Knoxville, graduated from Bearden High School in 1981, received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from University of Tennessee, and completed an acting program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles, in 1989. Wilson loved the theater, acting & writing. He performed in several local theater productions before moving to Nashville, where he had a successful construction business.

He served as president of the Tennessee Screenwriting Association for two consecutive years, 2018 and 2019.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville TN 37203 or Middle TN Al-Anon, 176 Thompson Lane, Suite G-3, Nashville TN 37211.

Friends can leave memorial messages, send cards, or flowers via this link:



TSA elects 2020 officers, board members

Jeff Chase

Congrats to those elected to our 2020 Tennessee Screenwriting Association Board, including new President Jeffrey Alan Chase, Vice President Irish Johnston, Treasurer David Deverell, Secretary Paula Phelps-Weaver, and board members Casey Michael Laarkamp, Lance Ogren, Mark Naccarato, Elvis Wilson, Bob Giordano, Tom Steinmann, and Gary Frazier!

Looking forward to another great year of screenwriting education and fellowship with a great group of creators. Come join us every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Watkins College in Nashville.


TSA’s Irish Johnston dishes out the truth

The Hole Truth

The Hole Truth, a short film written by the TSA’s own Irish Johnston, was showcased at two screenings during the 50th-anniversary edition of the Nashville Film Festival in October.  We asked Irish to share her story about herself, the script, and the process of seeing the film come together.

TSA: Tell us about yourself (where you are from, how you ended up in Nashville, etc.,) and how you became interested in writing, specifically writing for film.

Irish Johnston

IRISH: I was born in Nashville, but spent a significant part of my childhood in New York City. My father is a writer, so I grew up surrounded by creativity and odd working hours. I initially was introduced to the film industry through acting, which took me out to Los Angeles for a few years. I quickly realized that I had an appetite for all aspects of film making, in front of the camera, behind the camera, and eventually creating content.  I think my acting background has influenced my writing style to pay attention to the characters. I have taken several classes on screenplay writing, including at Watkins and online, and attend the TSA meetings as often as I can.

Click here for our complete interview with Irish.