We welcome all aspiring writers, writer/directors, and directors of all backgrounds and anywhere in the world who are serious about a career in creating film and/or television. Applicants do not have to be in the entertainment industry, i.e. already employed and/or being paid for their screenwriting and/or directing. Nor do they need to be represented by a manager or agent: in fact, Craft Services is probably most useful to you if you aren’t. You just have to be committed to pursuing and improving your writing and/or directing. You also must have something to show for it: at least one completed script or screenplay.
This is the opposite of a competition. Craft Services is an open-minded, open-hearted, supportive and team-spirited creative community. We have built this network of ambitious and generous emerging writers over the past three years by helping and advising and encouraging each other – not by trying to climb over each other to success. If you’re looking to use it to “win” representation, and/or “score” an agent or script deal or professional contacts for yourself without regard for other new writers, then it’s probably not for you.
We accept adult applicants of all ages. Most of our members are on the young side, as budding screenwriters tend to be; but we happily welcome anyone who’s new to the world of professional screenwriting – including those who are looking to change careers or get into script writing later in life. Please note that we currently do not accept applicants under the age of 18. Childhood is hard enough without adding Hollywood into the mix.
Absolutely. No subscription fees. Zero costs. The Zooms, the writing workshops, the online discussions on our website, the bi-yearly script submissions, the peer counseling, the posted industry resources, and the advice both from Craft Services and our guests are completely free of charge once you’ve been accepted into the program.
No. This is not a set program with a beginning and end; it’s an ongoing and evolving network, and a rolling engagement. Once you’re accepted, you’re welcome to stay with us for as long as you like.
All the services and resources of Craft Services are for your use at your discretion, and can be taken advantage of as you see fit and when convenient. Our Zooms are all recorded and kept in our library for you to access when you want. Our writing workshops are voluntary. Our website is here when you need us. No requirements.
Not necessarily. Craft Services does not promise to find employment for any of its members, nor can we promise any response from Hollywood or professional managers or agents or industry executives to any script or screenplay you write. We just try and give you the resources to improve your knowledge of the industry, to sharpen and elevate your craft, to get real-time advice and insight, and ultimately to get closer to your professional goals if you work at it.
Not necessarily. We’re not financiers, and we’re not a network or streaming platform. We’re a support system, and a community, for writers all over the globe. Our goal is to try and better equip you to write and/or direct successful projects, and to further your creative career – and we will do all we can to guide and cheer you on along the way.
As part of the application process, we ask that you provide one (1) completed script as a sample so that we know that you have skills, have tried your hand at the craft, and are serious and committed enough to have completed a project – and want to do more.
We do not bar applicants who have agents and/or managers if they still want to learn more about the industry and connect with other emerging writers. But we don’t want it to be a misfit. If you’re already represented, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure we’re the community for you.
At this time, although we have members who speak many languages in countries all over the world, our services are geared toward English-language speakers and writers. We’re hoping to expand into other languages before long. Please send us an email at email@example.com if you’d like further updates.
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