Script Review Critique Group
What it is
Black Writers Collective's Script Review Group is an online scriptwriters' group available to all elite members who need feedback on works-in-progress. It is a reciprocal group, meaning if you submit material for others to critique, you are required to critique their works in return. Being part of this critique group will help you with your own writing and become a stronger screenwriter and playwright in the process.
If you would like to have your material critiqued, but do not want to critique others, consult our editors' directory to hire a freelance professional who offers that service.
How it works
The script review group meets every other month (to start--may change to monthly depending on group size) to critique two to three members' projects per session. Members are not required to submit every time, but are fully expected to critique every time. Materials are submitted within five days after each meeting to be critiqued during the next session. The members to be critiqued may submit up to 20 pages in Word or Rich Text format to the group via the private forum. Each submission is to be reviewed constructively in a format to be provided by the facilitator, which can include comments embedded in the excerpt pages or a critique report in a separate document. All critiques must be sent to the facilitator before the meeting. Critiques are first discussed during the allotted meeting, after which each member of the group will email his/her critique to the author to apply suggestions as necessary.
Meetings are held in real-time via Zoom or other application based on the group's preference. The group also has a private forum in our community portal which is accessible solely by approved members.
If you have recently presented, you may add your name to the list again. However, others will be allowed to move ahead of you until two critique sessions have passed. If no one else signs up, then you can go again.
If you are next on the list but can’t attend the next session, let us know and we’ll save you for the next one.
In addition to the reciprocal requirement, members must be active on an ongoing basis (no in-and-out participants). Material must be in First Draft, PDF, Word or Rich Text format, formatted in standard industry format with the author's name, the title, and page number on every page. This group accepts scripts only. Everything else is not accepted.
About the Facilitator
Margie Walker is the author of 14 novels (10 romance, romantic suspense and mystery titles with Kensington Publishers) and three self-published - “A Slice of Reparations” mystery, In Blood Only romantic suspense (also short video) and Stolen Moments psychological romantic suspense. Since winning the Spirit of Moondance at the 2012 Moondance International Film Festival for the short “Tryin’ Times” (also a short on Vimeo), Margie committed to learning the craft of screenwriting. She was a Second Rounder at the 2017 Austin Film Festival with “Plum Blossoms,” and just last year 2019, edited the feature screenplay “The Sound of Glass” by the talented writer/director Ricardo Bates.
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