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From February 17th:

Hi Screenline Friends,

Yes, I know the notice is short and this newsletter is late; but we have a meeting coming up on Monday, February 19.  Usual time and place, 7-9 pm at Starbucks on Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh, just outside the I-440 Beltline at Exit 5 from I-440.  Turn right at the bottom of the exit ramp from either direction; Starbucks is not far past the gas station at the first traffic light, between Chick-fil-A and McDonalds.  Please utilize this map to find the place.

Please bring in your material to read; keep in mind, we can usually take on ten to 20 pages of your work in progress so as to leave time for one or two pieces to also be read and critiqued.  Also, for this meeting, depending upon how much time we have, I’m going to plan on doing a craft presentation about writing what you want the audience to see and hear; kind of a mini-class.


I just received this from Joy Ennis from the Town of Cary:

We’re happy to announce the launching of a new film festival in Cary, NC called  BEYOND: The Film Festival - a celebration of the many facets of the art of storytelling through film. BEYOND: The Film Festival will highlight all aspects of filmmaking, featuring a short film competition and screenplay writing competition (length – 30 minutes or less). Each year, the festival will explore a new theme and focus on some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of the filmmaking process. The theme for this first year is “Hometown Stories.” The screenwriting competition, also for short films, is based on the same theme and will explore the foundational aspect of filmmaking – the script.

BEYOND: The Film Festival will be held June 14 – 17, 2018 at The Cary Theater in Downtown Cary

Attendees will enjoy the best short films we can find, a selection of invited feature length films, a sneak-peek into the world of the bedrock of film – the screenplay, social events and more!

Screenplays must have been completed after January 1, 2016. Submitted screenplays should be for short films and should not exceed 40 pages in length and written in English. Each screenplay must follow the theme of “Hometown Stories”, but is not limited to genre. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2018 and the submission fee is $15. Prizes include (but are not limited to):

Each official selection will receive laurels
The grand-jury winning script will receive a table read at the film festival
The Festival will assist with transportation to bring the screenwriter to the festival
The grand-jury winning script writer will get two (2) VIP Passes to attend screenings and events
For full details, check out this link to the BEYOND: The Film Fesitval.


I was looking at March 19, but Starbucks will be starting to remodel in March, so we can't get the space until April.  I will try to find some other place to hold our session, we may be on hiatus for a month.  Watch this website for any updates.


Unfortunately there are no screenwriting classes scheduled by Wake Tech for the spring semester.  I’m continuing the relationship with Wake Tech but am also exploring the possibility of other venues; nothing has become available yet but maybe by the fall either Wake Tech or something else may materialize.

In the meantime, I may present some craft topics at Screenline meetings.  Let’s talk about what you’d like to see, at the Monday meeting.


I don’t have anything this month… been a bit financially challenged lately, so I haven’t been able to take in any movies.  Stay tuned for next month.

That’s a wrap for now.  See you at Screenline!


P.S. If you have news or information you’d like to share, send it to me at and I will get it posted to the web site. 

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Starbucks off Lake Boone Trail.

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