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Scriptwriters Network Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Media & Communications

Mission: The Scriptwriters Network, founded in 1986, is an educational, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-driven organization created by writers for writers and industry professionals. The Network serves its members by providing educational programming, enhancing their awareness of the realities of the business, developing access and opportunity through alliances with industry professionals, and furthering the cause and quality of writing in the entertainment industry. We bring in Speakers to speak on the art, craft and business of scriptwriting for TV, Feature and New Media.

Results: Scriptwriters Network (SWN) has won awards yearly under the direction of Ms. Melessa Y. Sargent's leadership of the network, starting in 2013 to the present. As President & CEO, she continues to follow the mission and to educate the community of writers by bringing in Speakers who support the writing community by giving back their time. Ms. Sargent maintains the network’s writers’ submission Programs to assist writer’s in helping them improve their craft so they may learn the skills necessary to help them achieve their goal of obtaining representation, selling or optioning their work, and/or landing a writing assignment.

Target demographics: Screenwriters of film, TV and digital media

Direct beneficiaries per year: Screenwriters

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: Hollywood Outreach Program (HOP), Television Outreach Program (TOP), High Concept Screenplay Program (HCSP), 2 Day Writing Marathon and more.

Community Story

Thi N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. I had heard of Jen Grisanti by reputation and name, so I was pleasantly surprised to find her at the events. She's a big deal but to have her be so approachable and invested in developing the careers of other writers is really encouraging for struggling artists. Kala and Melissa who were checking people in made sure that people knew how to network as soon as they checked in. If people did not know, Kala gave a short run down on what to do and what to say to ensure them of having a successful networking night. I love this organization's intention of connecting writers and creating/supporting a community of artists. It's awesome to see it and be a part of it.