SRN Executive Minutes – January 2023

Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

Circulation list: Rosanne Welch (RW), Rose Ferrell (RF), Jan Cernik (JC), Isadora Garcia Avis (IGA), Anna Weinstein (AW).  ECR Clarissa Miranda (CM)

 

Guest(s): Working Group leaders: Romana Turina, Maxine Gee

 

  1. Apologies / Take group photo

 

Rose—

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of previous meeting

 

JC approves— IGA seconds—

 

  1. Working Groups

 

Max updates on the practice-based research group. Met twice, looking to meet more regularly. Plan to invite a guest each meeting, someone who has done research to share their practice with the group. Regular ECR check-ins and mid-point online symposium. She clarifies that this wouldn’t be a repeat of the conference, rather a way of involving interested folks mid-year. Max would like to involve more masters students, recruitment to get students involved in this area. Good opportunity for MA students to see the research taking place, what they might want to get involved in. She clarifies that we would likely use online spaces, opening it up to more members and students. CM suggests regular Zoom meetings, table read for the next conference in an evening.

 

Romana shared a video update on the comparative screenwriting teaching working group. The group formed at the 2022 conference in Vienna. Currently 50 members and still growing. Romana hosted several ice-breaker meetings in Nov and Dec ’22 and organized a blog to create visibility re comparative screenwriting teaching. There are five subgroups: character development, teaching methods, non-Anglophone traditions, structure analysis, and different industries. Aims are to offer a series of seminars on a pool of topics so members can collect a bank of data. Online Zoom meetings will be open twice for each meeting so members from different time frames can attend. Meetings are currently established, beginning January through June.

 

  1. Isadora Membership Officer Update

 

IGA talked to Rose and got an explanation about process and how it’s evolved. It’s been a long since the membership form has gone out, so she is considering sending out a new form for members to fill out, the type of research they’re interested in, demographics, etc. This will give us a better idea of how many active members we have. RW says it would be good to get a real tally, creating a new form makes sense. IGA says a Google form on Google drive could be a good option; she will create a draft of the form for the next meeting. CM will promote on FB and other forms of social media. JC asks how many active members. IGA says we don’t have an estimate beyond the people who come to the conferences.

 

  1. Status on Posts to Make to Members: Approve new Call for Hosts to follow 2024 Palacký University in the Czech Republic/ Check in w/judges/ Post about this year’s Awards w/deadlines and judge’s emails.

 

RW put out a call for hosts, she will send it out again. JC asks if we will send out a call in the Feb newsletter. RW will email him the call for the newsletter. IGA asks if any institutions have discussed interest in hosting. RW says Milan and Brazil. She will nudge others as well. IGA says the University of Navarra might be interested as they organize a conference every year and already have funding. They were checking to find out when Media and Film will be in charge of hosting. IGA will remind them.

 

  1. Institutional memory Update: YouTube/Creating password repository (YouTube channel, login required being sent a one-time code to Rafael’s phone number, -change the setting to new Website coordinator’s phone number) / Institutional memory / Creating a Discord site/Support Working Groups more / Updating Social Media with postings of scholarships, residencies, teaching/collaborating opps/ Exiting Twitter?

 

RW updates, Rose is working with Rafael on YouTube. RW has thought about a private Discord site, have to invite members to connect people. RW is looking for smaller meetings to connect people. CM says Instagram could be an option. RW suggests Clarissa look into it as another option.

 

  1.   RF: Record 2-3 SRN Conversations this year to catch up so we can do new ones only a year after a new conference has been held…Revisit at the next meeting.
  2. RF: Website Update– other info of interest to include (make map of the world with numbers in each country showing who is from where/-put the animation on the front of the website or as the first thing when you click “Conferences” tab)Revisit at the next meeting.

 

  1. AW: The Tom Stempel Foundation of Screenwriting Research: Inaugural Lecture at SRN 2023

 

RW confirms that Tom S will give the inaugural Screenwriting Research Lecture. Meg LeFauve will be the invited guest for Sat evening. RW is working on additional keynotes, currently looking for a female scholar. AW said she will send her a short list of names.

 

  1. Adjust Constitution: Reorganizing EC member titles and duties/Update Website / ADD ECR / Adding statement on integrity of members / Proposing EC serves for one year and then joins full EC for the next 2. Then can choose to run for another term. This would ensure quality candidates and continued new leadership.

 

RW says she talked to Paolo and there is a statement re duties. She will look into this more for the next meeting.

 

  1. Other business

 

Anna shares description /criteria for possible Teaching Award. RW suggests also including a five-min video as part of the application. IGA says for some teaching positions people are required to do a “sample lecture” – maybe that is something that we can request in video form as well? RW likes this idea. AW asks how we would evaluate who could be on the committee. IGA suggests this might be a good way to involve longtime SRN members who have extensive teaching experience. RW suggests Ian Macdonald, Jule Selbo, and Jill Nelmes and several members who might be interested.

 

Date of next meeting: Feb 20

16th Annual SRN Conference, September 2024 – Olomouc, Czech Republic

The central theme for the 16th Annual SRN Conference in 2024 is

“A Conversation Beyond Script”

Through this theme we seek to encourage a broad exploration of dialogue and communication within the world of screenwriting and beyond. Although we emphasize the role of dialogue, monologues and polylogues in scripts, films and television, we also invite you to interpret this theme metaphorically, considering filmmakers’ discussions amongst cast and crew, amongst cultures, and other related topics.

Call for Papers – SRN Conference 2024

We accept the following:
Traditional 20-Minute Papers
(Proposal should include: Title, Author’s name, Affiliation, Contact details, 300 word abstract, 4-6 keywords, 150 word bio)
Pre-constituted Panels
(Proposal should include: Title of the panel, 100 word outline of the overall topic, Abstracts of 2-3 presentations following the abstract guidelines listed above).
Posters
(Proposal should include: Title, Author’s name, Affiliation, Contact details,300 word abstract, 4-6 keywords, 150 word bio)

Please send your proposals to srn2024@upol.cz

Submission Deadline: January 12, 2024. Always wait for confirmation that your proposal is registered.

For further enquiries, contact the Conference organizers: Jan Černík, Anna Šimáková, Filip Faja

Details and further information about the conference will be available online as the conference draws nearer.

The Conference website has been active since November 2023. Access it here.

SRN Teaching Innovation Award – Inaugural Year 2024

Screenwriting Teaching Innovation Award

 

New for 2024, the Screenwriting Research Network (SRN) is implementing a Screenwriting Teaching Innovation Award to recognize the achievements of an outstanding faculty scholar whose work demonstrates new and original approaches to supporting the teaching and learning development of screenwriters and scholars of screenwriting. This may include (but is not restricted to) new teaching methods and new insights into learning around screenwriting, ways of linking screenwriting research with practice, ways of developing the writer’s individual ‘voice’ and their understanding of screenwriting as an artform, interventions into syllabus content and presentation, ways of engaging with industrial practice (such as improving the ‘fit’ between classroom work and production), or new ways of using screenwriting research to support teaching.

 

As a member of SRN, you may self-nominate for the Screenwriting Teaching Innovation Award, or you may nominate a colleague. Each candidate is responsible for collecting, collating, and preparing their application materials.

 

Please submit a nomination packet of no more than 15 pages, including the following materials:

 

  • Two-page summary statement describing an innovative assignment or teaching method including goals for the assignment or instructional technique, implementation in the classroom, student feedback and interaction with the assignment or teaching method, student success, and an explanation of reflective teaching and adjustments in response to student work and feedback.
  • Three-page CV highlighting accomplishments in teaching including screenwriting courses developed and taught, student mentoring, student successes, teaching workshops or lectures, institutional teaching awards, or published scholarship on the teaching and learning development of screenwriters and scholars of screenwriting.
  • Sample assignment or syllabus.
  • Two letters of support, including one from a faculty colleague and one from a former student.

 

Nomination packets are due April 1. The SRN Teaching Innovation Award Committee will select two awardees for 2024. Awardees will be notified will be notified July 15, and awards will be presented at the 2024 SRN conference.

Please direct questions to Teaching Innovation Award Committee members:

Dr Ian MacDonald

Dr Anna Weinstein

Dr Rosamund Davies

SRN Executive Minutes – August 2023

Monday, August 21, 2023

Circulation list: Rosanne Welch (RW), Rose Ferrell (RF), Jan Cernik (JC), Isadora Garcia Avis (IGA), Anna Weinstein (AW).  ECR Clarissa Miranda (CM)

 

  1. Apologies / Take group photo

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of 2 previous meetings (June and July)

 

–JC approves June, RF seconds

–RW approves July

 

  1. JC –Newsletter question – Group suggestions for inclusion? Next release date?

 

–JC announces Friday deadline for next newsletter

–RW suggests a reminder for people to register for the Sept conference

 

  1. RW: Update on bids for future conferences: 2024 Palaky, 2025 South Australia, 2026 Oxford Brookes. Armando in Milan sent bid on 7-8-2023 for Milan 2027)- other expressions of interest via email are: Ruth Gutiérrez Delgado rgutierrez@unav.es,

 

  1. Update on Book/Monograph Awards. 5 articles, 2 books as of 8-15. ACTION:

Winners given to Chair by Sept. 9th.  If they can’t be at the conference we ask for a video.

 

–RW reports that the Tom Stempel will be awarded his prize first, and then he will announce the book award winners. JC will have about 10 minutes to introduce the conference for Sept ’24.

 

  1. Working Group Update: CM Report on online meeting between working groups and Early Career Researchers. Also, should we delete the 3rd and 4th ones on the website as we’ve seen no new activity this year (Collaborative/Women in)? ALSO: Status on other forms of social media connection – reviving Instagram/need login password

 

–CM reports that she has created five Instagram posts that will post in the next two weeks. CM asks whether we should have a LinkedIn account. Rosanne says this is a good idea. Early career researchers event, “Intersections between research and practice” – will be Oct 20, 7am AEST.

 

  1. AW: Update on elections/submissions/deadline? New nominee hasn’t registered yet so if we decided to add him we should set a zoom with all of us to meet him first, maybe in the October meeting. Also, need new ECR… Joanne Tindale, other ideas?

 

–AW reports that Lucien is the only applicant/submission for the EC. RW will email Lucien and will make a formal announcement that Isadora and Jan will continue their service. RW reminds EC that we will need a new ECR.

 

  1. IG/RF – Any further updates on membership/new survey response / Update on Google Analytics report and upgrade w/Leeds

 

–RF updates that Rafael stepped in to help so Rose has access to the analytics in case anyone wants details.

 

  1. AW/RF: Update on other Writers Guilds/Post this on page of Website? What else to do with the info? Here’s a spreadsheet with the guild info she’s received so far:

 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11G6vN0VXljXTF7LbE1tUCS3gpHmLPt0ZdNXLJ6kcku0/edit?usp=sharing

 

–RF reports that she added links to the website. All agree that this is useful. General discusión of including additional information provided by contributors. AW suggests we shouldn’t add contributors’ names as we didn’t get permission. All agree.

  1. RF: Update on SRN Conversation planning

 

–RF updates on SRN Conversation planning. RF suggests that London has its own Conversation because there are four members, all four at different institutions. Was hoping to have New Zealand representative. Will get back to Kristen and Carmen and hope to have an Oct date.

 

  1. RW: SRN 2023 Conference Update – Registrations coming in/list of presentations posted to website/ Costume Exhibition planned to coincide/moved as many Europeans to Friday as possible for jet lag.

 

–RW reports that everything is coming along, registrations are coming in. RW reports keynote times/decisions: Thursday morning, Meg LeFauve and Loriene McKenna; Thursday evening, Phil Lazebnik; Friday morning, Jeff Melvoin; Sat morning, Meg and Loriene’s podcast.

 

  1. EC job descriptions: find and/or come up with descriptions of all the EC responsibilities.–All agree to return to and review descriptions shared by RF at next meeting after conference. RW suggests we might post on the SRN website after approval from all.

 

  1. Other business

 

Date of next meeting(s): September 19 or 20 (In person at SRN2023 – Time TBD)

Next year’s meeting schedule to be determined by new EC- but let’s set Monday October 23rd for now.

SRN Early Career Researcher Event

SRN Executive Committee is proud to invite Early Career Researchers and all members of the Screenwriting Research Network to a special event coordinated by our ECR Representative on the Executive Committee, Clarissa Miranda.
This year’s theme is the role of the academy (in undergraduate and graduate programs) in the development of screenwriters.
The Seminar is on the 20th of October, at 7AM (Australian Eastern Standard Time).
For those in Europe, Africa or the Americas the Seminar will be on the
19th of October, at 10pm (British Standard Time)
and 5pm (Eastern Daylight Time).
Our Speakers are: Margaret McVeigh, Head of Screenwriting & Contextual Studies at Griffith Film School (Australia), Balázs Zágoni, assistant professor, writer and film director from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj (Romania), and Katherine Chediak Putnam, an emerging Brazilian-American director and screenwriter who also works in Australia as lecturer at Griffith Film School.

To be sent the Zoom link, please contact Clarissa Miranda on miranda.clarissa@gmail.com

SRN Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

Our inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to Screenwriting Research goes to Dr Tom Stempel, Professor Emeritus at Los Angeles City College, presented at the Annual General Meeting at the 15th Annual Conference held in Columbia, Missouri, USA. Presented on 22nd September, 2023.

Screenwriting Labour Organizations Internationally

The Screenwriting Research Network has recently conducted a survey of its members to gather information about their local professional screenwriting organization. The following list is compiled from the answers given. If your organization is not listed, please feel free to contact the Website Coordinator within the Executive Council to request that it is added.

 

Country or Region Name  of Screenwriting Labour Organization
Australia Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) Link here.
Belgium, Flanders Scenaristengilde ( Link here) & Association des Scénaristes de l’Audiovisuel (ASA) Link here.
Brazil Associação Brasileira de Autores Roteiristas (ABRA) Link here.
Canada Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) Link here.
China China Central Academy of Drama (through the academic journal) Link here.
Czech Republic Association of Czech Film Directors, Screenwriters and Script Editors Link here.
Denmark Dramatiker Forbundet – Dramatist’s Union Link here.
England Writer’s Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) Link here.
France la Guilde française des scénaristes Link here.
Germany Deutscher Drehbuch Verband/DDV Link here.
India The Screenwriters Association (SWA) Link here.
Ireland Writers Guild of Ireland Link here.
Israel Screenwriters Guild of Israel Link here.
New Zealand New Zealand Writers Guild Link here.
Portugal APAD – Associação Portuguesa de Argumentistas e Dramaturgos Link here.
South Africa Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Link here.
Spain Sindicato de guionistas ALMA  Link here.    | Foro de Asociaciones de Guionistas Audio Link here.
Sweden Dramatikerförbundet – Writers Guild of Sweden Link here.
USA WGAW (Writers Guild of America West)  Link here. | WGAE (Writers Guild of America East) Link here.
International International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG) Link here.
Europe Federation of Screenwriters in Europe (FSE) Link here.

SRN Executive Minutes – July 2023

SRN Executive Council Meeting

MINUTES

Monday, July 17, 2023

Circulation list: Rosanne Welch (RW), Rose Ferrell (RF), Jan Cernik (JC), Isadora Garcia Avis (IGA), Anna Weinstein (AW).  ECR Clarissa Miranda (CM)

 

  1. Apologies / Take group photo

JC, AW, CM, RF

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of previous meeting – await more members in next meeting

 

  1. Strike Statement discussion: SRN statement approved by members via emailed responses. Now, the question of the wording…?  “The Screenwriting Research Network, along with writers guilds around the world, stands in solidarity with the WGA (Writers Guild of America) in their strike action for fair compensation for writers. The SRN would also like to extend our support to SAG-AFTRA (the Screen Actors Guild + American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) as they begin their work stoppage. We hope for a swift and fair resolution for all workers in these industries.”

–on website, newsletter, and listserve

 

  1. JC –Newsletter question – Group suggestions for inclusion? Take Twitter logo off bottom of newsletter as we don’t use it anymore.

JC – Done via email

 

  1. RW: Update on bids for future conferences: 2024 Palaky, 2025 South Australia, 2026 Oxford Brookes. Armando in Milan sent bid on 7-8-2023 for Milan 2027)- other expressions of interest via email are: Ruth Gutiérrez Delgado rgutierrez@unav.es,

 

  1. Update on Book/Monograph Awards. 5 articles, two books as of 7-23. ACTION: We will need a new judge for next year as Eva will step down.

JC recommends:  Last year I nominated Dina Lordanova. I think she would be suitable candidate this year too. (via email)

 

  1. IG/RF – Any further updates on membership/new survey response / Update on Google Analytics report and upgrade w/Leeds

 

  1. RW: SRN 2023 Conference Update – Registrations coming in/list of presentations posted to website/ Costume Exhibition planned to coincide/ moved as many Europeans to Friday as possible for jet lag.

 

  1. Other business

 

Date of next meeting(s): August 21 (Isadora on holiday), September 19 or 20 (In person at SRN2023 – Time TBD)

 

 

SRN Executive Minutes – June 2023

MINUTES

Monday 19th June via Zoom

Circulation list: Rosanne Welch (RW), Rose Ferrell (RF), Jan Cernik (JC), Isadora Garcia Avis (IGA), Anna Weinstein (AW).  ECR Clarissa Miranda (CM)

 

  1. Apologies / Take group photo

 

–CM and IGA running late

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of previous meeting

 

–JC approves, RF seconds

 

  1. JC –Newsletter question – Next one scheduled before or after SRN2023? Group suggestions for inclusion? – update on WGA strike? Updates on SRN2023?

 

–JC confirms the next newsletter will be in Sept. RW asks whether we want to include info/update on the writers’ strike. RF suggests it could be helpful for international SRN members to learn more about the strike, little coverage in other countries. RW gives overview and history of strike. JC suggests we email listserve to ask for comments from international guilds. RF says she’ll email listserve to ask for the names of international guilds as this information can be challenging for researchers to acquire. RW agrees this will be helpful to include in the repository for researchers.

 

  1. RW: Update on bids for future conferences: 2024 Palaky, 2025 South Australia, 2026 Oxford Brookes. Can we solidify one more this year? (Spain, Brazil, Milan?)

 

–RW updates that 2024-2026 conference locations are confirmed. IG reports that she spoke to Armando re Milan for 2027, and he has confirmed interest. RW will correspond with Armando so he can put forward a formal bid/proposal.

 

  1. Update on Book/Monograph Awards. Move to 2 year submission cycles?

 

–RW updates that she spoke the Tom, Eva, and Carmen and there have been only three article nominations and no book nominations to date. Suggestion to move the deadline to mid-July. All agree this makes sense. RF suggests we add a FB post re the book nominations to encourage submissions. RF also points out new page on the website, could be wise to direct traffic to the new page; book award winners will be commemorated online going forward. Open discussion about English language books having an advantage over books written in other languages. RW will email judges to ask whether they are open to guest judges who can read in other languages to encourage more submissions. If judges agree, RW will email listserve to request volunteer readers in other languages to serve as guest judges in years to come.

 

  1. IG/RF – Any further updates on membership/new survey response

 

  1. RW – Update on Google Analytics report and upgrade

 

–RF reports large base of U.S. subscribers but few who are active members. Also reports significant interest and engagement from subscribers in China. RW reminds RF and all that EC member will draft a few paragraphs to share the AGM meeting in Sept.

 

  1. Working Group Update: CM Report on middle year online meeting between working groups and Early Career Researchers to be held in June.

 

–CM reports she was happy to get Kate on board to present at the workshop, date still TBD, but looking at the first two weeks of August. Kate was mentored by Margaret McVeigh in Australia for her PhD, currently living in Australia and working with Disney but originally from Brazil. No new updates about working groups, but she will have more to report for the next meeting.

 

  1. RW/ALL: Update on elections during SRN.

 

–AW reports that she hasn’t received any interest about new EC members. She will put out another call to the listserve in early July.

 

  1. RF: Update: spot on website to post all award winners (books, articles, Tom’s award) permanently.

 

–RF directs EC members to new page on website. All agree it looks great!

 

  1. RF: Update on SRN Conversation planning

 

  1. RW: SRN 2023 Conference Update – RW – Registrations coming in/panels being constituted to post on website/Costume Exhibition planned to coincide/Jeff Melvoin Showrunner training added

 

–RW reports few registrations to date, expects this is due to availability of travel funding, expecting more later in the summer. RW has already started scheduling, will post the presentation/presenter titles on the website shortly. JC suggests international presenters are scheduled for days 2 and 3 to accommodate for jetlag. RW will revisit the schedule with this in mind.

 

  1. CM: Status on other forms of social media connection – reviving Instagram/need login password

 

–RW updates CM that we would like to put out a call on FB for SRN members to self-nominate recent books for book award.

 

  1. RW – Requesting more book reviews for JOS.

 

  1. Other business: Any vacations to consider in planning next meetings?

 

Date of next meeting(s): July 17 (Anna on holiday), August 21 (Isadora on holiday), September 19 or 20 (In person at SRN2023 – Time TBD)