The Screenwriter's Workshop

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IFP Chicago and the Chicago Screenwriters Network are proud to present a one-day Screenwriter’s Workshop on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, in partnership with the Greenhouse Theater and starring the 2015 graduated class of School at Steppenwolf.

IFP Chicago and Chicago Screenwriters Network announce an open call for submissions from writers to submit their short scripts for consideration.

On December 1, 2015, five selected writers will spend a day workshopping their scripts with the “Meet the Parents” creator Mary Ruth Clark and the 2015 graduating class of School at Steppenwolf. The daytime workshop will be followed by a one-evening-only table reading, free and open to the public at 7:30 PM located at the Greenhouse Theater (2257 N Lincoln Ave), in conjunction with their recurring Trellis Series. The readings will be followed by a talk-back session, moderated by IFP Chicago board member Keaton Wooden.

Playwrights and Screenwriters may submit scripts that are ten pages or less, or ten-page excerpts from longer pieces for consideration. Submissions are free for IFP members, $10 for Chicago Screenwriters Network members, and $20 for the general public. Organization members should contact their membership organizations for discount codes. All submissions are due by November 19, 2015, by 5 pm.

To submit a script for consideration, please use our Online Submission Portal.


Stay tuned for the announcement of the selected scripts that will be participating in the Screenwriter's Workshop and Staged Reading Event on December 1, 2015.

Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP CHICAGO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the idea that independent film is an important art form and powerful voice in our society. We provide information, community, education and professional development opportunities for independent filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. We encourage quality and diversity in independent production and assist filmmakers at all levels of experience in realizing their unique vision. To find out about upcoming programs and events, or to sign up for the IFP Chicago newsletter visit  Find IFP Chicago on Facebook and Twitter.

Chicago Screenwriters Network (CSN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized as a public charity by the IRS; 2015 marks their twentieth anniversary. CNS is dedicated to educating its members in the craft and business of screenwriting and to fostering community among writers. CSN has grown from a handful of enthusiasts into a community with hundreds of local members and an expanding social media presence with thousands of followers. Many CSN members and alumni have won awards for their screenplays; others have had work produced for film or television.

Greenhouse Theater Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater rental center that strives to nurture small to mid-size theater companies toward continued growth and expression at the heart of the Chicago theater community. The Trellis Staged Reading Series is a free program that takes place Tuesday nights at the Greenhouse Theater Center. This series is designed to enable local playwrights and directors who don’t have an artistic home with the resources and venue to have their work heard. No matter what draft the play is in, Trellis provides a unique opportunity for feedback and development with the aim of growing theatre here in Chicago.