Virginia Screenwriters Forum

A screenwriting group based in Richmond, Virginia

VSF News

VSF – February 18th Critique


We are having a screenplay critique on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Our two February writers are Kathleen Wentworth and Chris Gregory.

Contact us if you are planning to attend, as space can sometimes be limited. New aspiring or seasoned writers are always welcome to sit in with us as our guest for up to three (3) monthly meetings.

The Virginia Screenwriters Forum’s meetings are held, on the Third Floor North Education Center at the Dominion Arts Center (formerly Richmond Centerstage), 600 East Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia.
PLEASE NOTE: Please try to arrive by 9:00 am. Our meeting will start at 9:15 am.

Congratulations to Eric Carlson’s script, REACH FOR THE SKY!

EricCarlsonHeadshotEric Carlson’s latest script Reach for the Sky has taken one of the top awards at the 2016 Virginia Screenwriting Competition! (List of Winners)
The script also won the 2016 True Story Screenplay Competition, was a top tier Finalist in the Festival for Family: Family Films and Writing Competition, and is one of two Finalists in the International Family Film Festival (the winner will be announced on October 23rd). Reach for the Sky finished as a Second Rounder in the Austin Screenplay Competition.

Logline: In 1964, a young idealistic industrial arts teacher accepts a teaching job in a small rural Missouri high school where he defies the status quo and motivates a group of poor performing “shop class” students to build a fully functional airplane that he promises to fly. Based on a True Story.

VSF Scores a PAGE Finalist!

bweaklandpicOn September 15, PAGE Screenwriting Contest announced that VSF member Brian Weakland captured a Finalist spot for his dark comedy, “Franz Kafka: Golf Pro.” PAGE is regarded as a top five international screenplay contest, with more than 6,300 entries in the 2016 competition. The final 10 comedy scripts will be read by A-list Hollywood producers and literary managers who will determine winners on September 30. Way to go, Brian!

River City Secrets: Stories From Richmond Book Launch!

Celebrate the release of River City Secrets: Stories From Richmond, a new collection of short stories edited by Lana Krumwiede, published by Chop Suey Books Books. The event will be held at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220. Event is free!  Thursday, September 15 at 6 PM – 8 PM.

River City Secrets is a collection of twenty-four stories of imagination and adventure, each set in one of Richmond’s many popular historic locations. Written with children in mind, this is a great collection for adults, too!

Authors, all Richmond based, included: Kristi Tuck Austin, Elle Blair, Hazel Buys, Melissa Bybee, Deb Dudley, Robin Farmer, K.A. Herndon, Phillip Hilliker, Troy Howell, Erica Kirov, Lana Krumwiede, Stephanie McPherson, Brian Rock, Mary Helen Sheriff, Steven K. Smith, Chris Sorensen, A.B. Westrick, Vernon Wildy, Jr.

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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“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
When purchasing, if you don’t have a PayPal account you may sign in as a guest and use a credit card.

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!