8 of the Best Screenwriting Forums and Message Boards

By June 22, 2014Blog, Featured

While you can certainly learn screenwriting on your own, somewhere along the way you will need to network with likeminded people, asking for help when needed, and gracefully taking the criticism that comes with the process of learning a craft. Luckily for writers, there is a world of support that can easily be accessed online through several great screenwriting forums.

If you’re looking for help on structure, critique on your script, help with character/setting/plot development, and overall tips/advice – look no further. We did some digging and put together a list of the top screenwriting forums out there. In no particular order:

*List updated on 6/26 based on suggestions from readers. Thank you!

  1. Done Deal Pro – “The Business and Craft of Screenwriting.”
  2. The Black Board – The Official Writing Community of the Black List and Go Into The Story. 
”Read. Write. Review. Discuss. Succeed.”
  3. ScriptChat – “where screenwriters chat, share and learn — it’s not a competition, it’s a community” also on Twitter at #scriptchat and @scriptchat
  4. INDIETALK.com – “The Internet’s #1 Filmmaking Forum – Since 2003.” (a filmmaking community)
  5. Simply Scripts – Forum completely dedicated to Screenwriters. Lots of screenplays too!
  6. Writing Forums – Writing help, writing workshops, and community writing.
  7. Stage 32 Lounge – “From Fade In to Fade Out to all points in between.” Finding a manager, contest rankings, coverage, craft – This is the place to discuss all things screenwriting.
  8. Reddit / Screenwriting – Submit anything screenwriting-related. This is one subreddit where it’s okay to promote your own stuff! Just please do so judiciously.
  9. ScriptShadow – Founded as a site where produced screenplays were broken down, Carson Reeves has grown ScriptShadow into a vibrant community for script tips and analysis.
  10. Wordplay – Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, the screenwriters behind Pirates of the Caribbean founded this pro-screenwriting resource. While they don’t post often, they do have an active forum worth keeping an eye on.
  11. Write to Reel – Definitely worth a look, the forum on this site is smart and user-driven.

Did we miss any great resources?  Let us know in the comments or on Facebook and we’ll add to the list!

11 Comments

  • Shaula Evans says:

    Thank you for including The Black Board on your list. Writers deserve a world of support and we’re glad to be part of it.

    Shaula

  • Carson Reeves has a great site…it should definitely be on the list here.

  • Dag Tempe says:

    This isn’t a list of the “best” forums, but the ones with high membership. Done Deal is a good site, but the forum is dominated by 6 bullies who don’t tolerate any disagreement with what they decrees as screenwriting law.

    The Black List forum exists to suck people into paying for hosting on the Black List.

    Reddit is pretty good when the professional writers comment and they have flairs so you know who they are. They don’t comment enough, but overall, it’s better than most forums.

    The best forum hands down if you are serious about craft is at Wordplayer.com

  • Brad Wilke says:

    Thanks! Great list.

    I would also add: http://writetoreel.com/forum/forum.php.

    I discovered it this weekend when looking for John Hughes’ script for JAWS 3 (aptly titled NATIONAL LAMPOON’S JAWS 3, PEOPLE 0). Lots of rare script there and what seems to be a supportive community.

    Brad
    @jbwilke

  • Writer Phil says:

    @Dag

    I agree with you on the BL forums, for the most part.

    Done Deal is a great forum and I don’t see bullies on there – definitely not more than anywhere else on the ‘net. I don’t know what you are seeing, but you’re not looking hard enough. Solid advice and good help.

    Wordplay is a GREAT site with *amazing* columns from the guys, but those forums are from like the 1990s. They are old and out of date and very few posts are made there.

    Script Shadow is a blog, not a forum so not sure why it is on this list. Odd.

    If anything could be added to the list it would be Zoetrope and maybe even Trigger Street.

    @Brad

    Write to Reel is amazing for getting hold of scripts. Nice suggestion.

  • lashbo says:

    I agree with @Dag on BL and DD
    and @writer Phil on SS and WP
    Glad to see Stage 32 on here — really great conversations on screenwriting and everything about the industry in their lounge.

  • tamara says:

    add WRATERS.com … free platform for marketing a script

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