About TSA

The TSA (Tennessee Screenwriting Association) is a not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1988 and governed by a board of elected volunteers.

Our ongoing mission is to:
• Promote the art and craft of screenwriting.
• Support the screenwriter in the application of his/her skills.
• Provide a pipeline for information and opportunities to network with other writers and film industry professionals.

We hold a weekly 90-minute meeting, for members and non-members alike, providing a forum for screenwriters to have a work-in-progress read and critiqued by peers. Every week up to three members can bring in something to discuss, whether it is a logline, synopsis or 10-15 pages of their script for the rest of us to cold read. They can bring ideas and run those past the group. Their 30-minute allotment includes their presentation and constructive, objective feedback.

These meetings are free and open to all interested persons, however, you must be a TSA member to read your work. (NOTE: It is mandatory that members present a 2-3 page synopsis before moving on to read actual script pages.)

What screenwriting paradigm does the TSA follow?

We believe in the three-act structure and that studying different approaches and movies can reveal useful patterns for constructing your screenplay. Mostly, we believe each screenplay must be CLEAR. If you want to write a screenplay to sell we can help. We encourage you to learn the basics before trying to write the next Pulp Fiction. We encourage writing from good ideas and discourage bad ones.

Educational Opportunities

In addition, the TSA sponsors educational seminars throughout the year. This is your opportunity to meet and learn from industry professionals – producers, directors, agents, attorneys, and, of course, successful screenwriters.

We encourage you to become a TSA member. Visit our membership section for more information.


4 thoughts on “About TSA

  1. Jacob Burns


    My name is Jacob Burns and I have heard about you all through several of the workshops I’ve attended in Nashville.

    I am curious to know how the meet ups are structured. Is there a lecture/discussion portion as well as individuals pitching ideas, or is it solely pitching? Additionally, how far out in advance do people get on the schedule. (I plan on becoming a member)

    Finally, are there other date/time options available? I understand if not, just thought I’d ask.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


    1. Hi Jacob. Great to hear from you. We meet for 90 minutes every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. at Watkins College on Rosa Parks Blvd. in Nashville (ask at the front desk for which room we’ll be in). Anyone who has signed up to present a logline, outline or pages generally gets priority (we allot about 30 minutes for each presenter.) If we haven’t filled the slate with presenters, then we either work on our group project, analyze a movie or have a general discussion. We have a signup book for presenters at each meeting. If you want to sign up in advance, you can email us at tennscreen@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the list. Hope to see you soon.

  2. Jim Campbell

    I have a suggestion for a new movie based on one of my ancestors, Duncan King. It is a fascinating true story of pirates and romance before and during the Revolutionary War. I am not interested in financial gain from its use, just excited to see if it might be made into a movie. I have copied the story from a magazine article written in 1926 into a Word file that I could send you if you give me an email address.

    1. tennscreenadmin

      Hi Jim. That sounds fascinating. Are you looking to write it as a screenplay yourself or are you looking for a writer? We would encourage you to join our group and present the idea to us at one of our virtual meetings. See our JOIN THE TSA section for more details. Thanks for commenting!

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