General FAQs

How many members do you have?

Presently we have about a dozen active members, plus a number of actors.

How old is the Noho Screenwriters Workshop?

Our group had its first meeting in November of 2006.  There were five writers in attendance.  We have workshopped over a hundred feature scripts since that time.

How often do you meet, and where?

We meet on an as-needed basis, usually at 6:30pm on Monday nights. We have a few locations we’ve met in, but most commonly meet at the Library Room in the back of Packard's Bar in downtown Northampton.


HOW OFTEN ARE SCRIPTS WORKSHOPPED?

We meet whenever someone in the group has something to workshop. Sometimes that's twice a month, and sometimes a few months will go by before someone finishes a draft.

DOES JOINING COST MONEY?

You may attend as many meetings as you'd like for no cost. If you decide to become a member, there are (nominal) annual “dues,” which go directly to the costs of hosting this website.

Dues are $20 annually. 100% of that goes to web hosting; no one's profiting here...

WHAT TYPE OF FEEDBACK IS THERE?

Each meeting begins with a full read-through of the script, with varying members (actors and writers) playing the roles in a round-table readaloud.  After the read, the group gives constructive feedback. For more detail about group structure and meeting content, go here.

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT SHARING MY SCRIPT?

We understand confidentiality, and want you to be comfortable. We find that the best way to grow comfortable sharing with the group is to come to several meetings before workshopping your own material. Many members who have personal relationships eventually share digital copies of scripts, but this is never required.

Whether you're workshopping with us or not, you should protect yourself and copyright your script with the Library of Congress. For additional security, you can also register your script with the WGA.

I'M READY TO JOIN. WHAT DO I DO?

Go here to familiarize yourself with our structure, then join the Google group. Then...show up for a meeting. After you've been to several, we'll talk about moving forward with your membership.

CAN'T FIND AN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION HERE?

No problem! Contact us.

FAQs for Writers


FAQs for Actors

I'M READY TO JOIN. WHAT DO I DO?

"Joining" really just means you're hopping on our group forwarder - so you get notices when we're going to read something - and can come read a role at our next workshop. Just join the Google group (it takes about two minutes).

You're done! You'll get emails when writers send breakdowns, or you can just check our calendar and show up to read any night you feel like doing so.

IF I JOIN, AM I COMMITTED TO ALWAYS ATTEND?

The commitment is as large or as small as you want it to be. "Joining" only means that our group e-mails forward to your e-mail address. That's it. You can come as often or as seldom as you like.

We do ask, however, that once you have committed to coming to read a role, you honor the commitment. Writers have to prepare to be sure they have enough readers for their workshop, and no-shows and last-minute cancellations put them in a tight spot.

HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I'M GOING TO READ?

If you would like to read, the best thing to do is just show up and let your interest be known. You can see loglines, genres and who is workshopping next at our group calendar.

Writers sometimes contact actors by sending a list of the roles they need read at an upcoming workshop, with ages and character descriptions. Actors can then respond to the roles they are interested in playing, or even read the script in advance and make some choices.

WILL I PLAY THE ROLE WHEN THE MOVIES ARE FILMED?

Most of the work presented at workshop are "spec scripts" (no directors or producers attached), meaning that it is the writer's own creation and he/she will have to actively seek sale to a company. Realistically, once the script is sold, the writer will have little control over casting decisions.

There are, however, some members who have produced and filmed their own scripts (award-winning production company Happy Wasteland Studios was founded out of the workshop) - and actors from workshop have been cast in roles. 

There can be no firm guarantee, of course, that the actors playing the roles during the reading will be cast in the film.  But bottom line: it never hurts to network. Worst case scenario: you gain insights as to how scripts are structured, get opportunities to practice your cold-reading skills, and become part of a filmmaking community.

I'M READY TO JOIN. WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?

Go here to familiarize yourself with our structure, or just go ahead and join the Google group (it takes about two minutes) to get e-mails about our next events.

CAN'T FIND AN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION HERE?

No problem! Contact us.


I HAVE A COMPLETED DRAFT OR 20 PAGES THAT I'D LIKE TO WORKSHOP. WHAT DO I DO?

Instructions here.

I HAVE AN EVENT ON THE GROUP CALENDAR, BUT WANT TO CHECK WHO HAS RSVP'D OR SEND A REMINDER. WHAT DO I DO?

Instructions here.

DOES THE GROUP HAVE ANY SHARED RESOURCES ON FINDING AN AGENT, REGISTERING A SCRIPT WITH THE WGA, ETC?

You can register your script with the WGA here, but the Library of Congress' copyright office actually provides more protection (and is recommended, if you're going to just do one)

As to finding an Agent or Manager, welcome to hell… The perpetual question…

For some other useful resources, go to the documents area of our Members page.

CAN'T FIND AN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION HERE?

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FAQs for Members