Virginia Screenwriters Forum

A screenwriting group based in Richmond, Virginia

VSF News

2016 PAGE Screenwriting Awards: Update

BrianWeaklandOn August 15, PAGE Screenwriting Awards announced that VSF member Brian Weakland placed two scripts in its 2016 contest semi-final round — psychological thriller “Crazy Woman” and dark comedy “Franz Kafka: Golf Pro.” Finalist selections will be announced on September 15. Recognized as one of the top five screenwriting contests in the United States, PAGE attracted 6,315 script submissions this year.

Also, on August 23, “Franz Kafka: Golf Pro” was named as a finalist comedy script in the national Creative World Awards.  Final winners will be announced by August 31.

Literary Salon – Drawing on the Local: Writing Richmond

Robin FarmerFrom poetry to middle-grade fiction and just about every genre in between, RVA is a font of inspiration. The city’s history, culture, and very geography continue to speak to writers in search of a setting, a theme, a muse, a scapegoat. Featuring a panel of authors from two Richmond-based anthologies, this month’s salon will focus on why writers choose to write about this place they call home and the varied aspects of inspiration Richmond so obligingly provides.

 Robin Farmer will be talking about a short story she wrote, inspired by the Civil Rights memorial in Capitol Square that is part of an anthology featuring Richmond’s historic places.

Thursday, August 18
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Patrick Henry Pub & Grille
2300 E Broad St, Richmond, Virginia 23223
This event is free. No ticket is required.

Table Read for Helene Wagner’s play, “The French Apartment”

IMG_3072 Helene Wagner had a staged reading of her updated play, The French Apartment on June 18, 2016 at the VSF monthly meeting.

Logline: Emma Jackson, a Texas beauty and barrel racing champion, learns her fiancé has possibly cheated on her six days before her wedding. On the same day, she also finds out she’s inherited a French apartment – even though nobody in her family is French – that she knows about.  In Paris, Emma meets a handsome French appraiser and learns of her French Grandmothers love stories which intertwine with her own love story to help her decide which man to choose.

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“I’ll Have Another…” Screening


On Saturday, June 18, 2016, Bill Brock had a advance screening of his new short film, “I’ll Have Another…” at the VSF monthly meeting.
Logline: Jack Hartley meets Sarah Kendall for a dinner date with the help of an online dating website. Triumphs, regrets, and secrets are shared, but where will all of this information lead to? Check back soon to find a link to his film.

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“Your Screenplay Sucks”

akers-theater1A special screenwriting seminar led by Will Akers, lifetime member of WGA, produced scriptwriter, published author and University teacher.  An abridged version of his European event, Will covers the essentials you need to know to make sure your screenplay doesn’t suck.  He presents insights and lessons learned having written for actors, producers, television series and film studios.  This event, named after his iconic book, offers a full day of learning for Virginia’s accomplished and aspiring screenwriters, covering such topics as “There is No Method,” “Best Word Last,” “Discover Your Theme Partway Through,” “The Epoxy Theory” “French Rubber Stamp.” & “Why You Must Write Every Lead Character for Angelina Jolie.”

Choose either:
– the July 9th Norfolk Venue at WHRO-TV from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM or
-the July 10th Richmond Venue at BES STUDIOS fro 12:30 Pm to 8:30 PM
It is the same seminar at both locations.

Raffle Winners receive FINAL DRAFT Scriptwriting Software (a $250 value), FRAMEFORGE STORYBOARDING software ($799 value) & various Production Books from Michael Wiese Productions.

A Special “ACCESS” ticket to have Dinner with the Writer at the end of each day can be reserved for $20, limited to the first six requests per night.  This ticket only provides access and does not cover any restaurant charges.  The restaurant (TBD) for this special time will provide a secluded setting, and attendees can elect to eat, drink, nibble or fast as they please on their own credit card.  But you will have the time to discuss any writing topic you wish with Will in this personal setting.

A bargain at $50 a ticket for non-VPA members ($35 for VPA members & VSF members in good standing) this 8 hour seminar will absolutely change the way you write – and maybe – just maybe you won’t suck at it.

 Tickets available at
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Editing Writing for Emotional Impact

Robin FarmerRobin Farmer will moderate a James River Writers panel on “Editing Writing for Emotional Impact Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at 6:45 p.m. at the Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad Street (parking available in the Lowe’s parking lot across the street).

Panelists will discuss strategies for revising your work to tap into emotions to move your readers!