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From January 4th:

Hi Screenline Friends,

Happy New Year!  Hard to believe, almost; 2020 will be Screenline’s TWENTY-SEVENTH year!  We have come a long way since 1993, when a few NCSU students decided that we wanted to do more with screenwriting than the one class then offered by the University, and met to form a writers’ group.   We have great things ahead in this new year. 

Our next meeting is Monday, January 6.  Usual time and place, 7-9 PM at Starbucks Coffee, 3800 lake Boone Trail in Raleigh.  Starbucks is located in the Lake Boone Shopping Center, between Chick-fil-A and McDonalds; just take Exit 5 from the I-440 Beltline and turn right at the bottom of either exit ramp.  Pass by the gas station and turn right into the shopping center immediately past Chick-fil-A.  Here's a map for reference.

Our meetings mainly feature table readings of excerpts from works-in-progress by our members and guests; we find that around 10 to 20 pages is the ideal length for a meeting as this gives us time to get to about three pieces and critique them.  Please bring eight to ten copies of your work, so that everyone at the table can either have their own copy to read from or can share two on one.  For the purposes of our meetings, double-sided copies are perfectly acceptable; this might save you a little money.

During a two-hour meeting, we won’t have time to read and critique a full feature-length script; but if you have a feature you’d like to have read, we can set up a special weekend meeting for this purpose.  Please don’t be afraid to ask about this.


I am looking at Monday, February 10, and was able to book the date when it became available. 


The Cary Theatre is again hosting their third annual Cary Film Festival from June  11-14.  The Festival schedule is not yet posted, but they are still having a screenplay contest associated with the Festival.  The winning screenwriter(s) will win VIP passes to the Festival and get to hear a table read of their screenplay, voiced by local actors on Saturday at the Festival. 

Screenline writers are 2-for-2 in winning this competition - Tim McDevitt won it in 2018 and Jim and Teresa Courter captured the prize in 2019.  Let's keep the tradition up and win the contest again this year.

The screenplay contest has a submission date of March 13, so you'll need to get writing.


Actually, this is more of a critique.  I’m referring to “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”  My impression was that this film is considerably more plot-driven than we’re used to with Star Wars movies.  I was more than a little confused with the genealogy; it seems that Emperor Palpatine has come back from the dead sort of like a soap-opera character.  The fact that a good bit of dialogue was unintelligible during the showing at the theater did not help matters either.  The action was good; but a movie doth not live by action alone.  If you have seen the film and disagree with my conclusions, feel free to disagree and share your opinions with me.

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 10 at Starbucks of Lake Boone Trail.

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