Writers Group Los Angeles

Deadline Junkies

A development lab for professional screenwriters.

What is the goal?
Sell scripts. Make movies. Network with talented people.

How does it work?
Every Tuesday evening we hold three staged readings at a theater in Sherman Oaks. These readings are performed by professional actors in front of a group of fifteen experienced and articulate, Hollywood scribes. After each reading, the room exchanges feedback and discussion on how the writer can improve the material.

How much does it cost?
Meetings are free for actors and auditors. Member screenwriters pay $30 a month.

What time do you meet?
Every Tuesday evening from 7:15 pm to 10 pm.

Where do you meet?

Open Stage West
14336 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Can I hear a sample?
Sure, click here.

What movie genres do you cover?
The group is 90% comedy, 10% other.

Are there produced screenwriters in the group?
Yes. The group is about fifty-fifty—half produced screenwriters and half up-and-coming screenwriters.

How big is the group?
We have 15 screenwriters on our regular five-week rotation and around 150 actors on our casting page. Writers attend every week while actors attend whenever they are cast. Other auditors, producers, directors and friends of the group attend whenever they like.

If I get in, how often will my work be read?
Member screenwriters present new work every four to five weeks.

Who runs this thing?
The group was founded in 2009 by writer-director Adam Strange.

What's parking like?
Parking is easy. We have a parking garage below the theater and plenty of street parking. Meters run until 8:00PM. Garage parking is free.

I'm super busy. Do I have to come every week?
Yes. If you want your stuff read, you should come every week. Shoddy attendance is the most common reason we take screenwriters off the rotation. If we are going to make the commitment to your project(s), we want your feedback on ours. Sounds reasonable, right?

How do I get my screenwriting in front of the group?
Click here for details on how to join the Deadline Junkies screenwriting lab.

Sample Meeting