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Chicago Screenwriters Network (CSN) is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Upcoming Events

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Our guest speaker for March 2015 will be novelist and writing instructor Mary Carter of The Writers Loft. Her presentation will be on the topic of conflict -- one of the key elements of storytelling -- and is entitled "What's Your Problem?"

As the late Jerry Cleaver stated in his book Immediate Fiction, "No Conflict = No Story". Jerry founded The Writers Loft course and he was Mary's writing mentor; her CSN presentation will be drawn from the book and from Jerry's course materials. Mary assumed Jerry’s role as instructor of The Writers Loft following his death last year.

Screenwriters of all levels — as well as members of the creative, film, and television communities — are invited to this meeting, which takes place on Sunday, March 8, 2015 (6:00-8:30pm), at Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. [CSN meets on the 2nd floor.]

Mrs. Murphy & Sons has a parking lot for guests two doors south of the restaurant at the SE corner of Lincoln & Byron.  Add'l. street parking on Lincoln Ave. is free on Sundays; also, side streets in the area do not require permits for parking.

The doors open at 6:00pm for drinks, dining, and networking; the panel discussion commences at 7:00pm, followed by Q&A with audience members.

Admission is $5.00 in advance via Eventbrite -- available until two (2) hours before the meeting begins -- or $10.00 at the door.

Admission is free of charge for CSN annual membership holders; memberships can be purchased for $40.00/year at the door or via the Chicago Screenwriters Network website.

What's New

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CSN tagline contest 2015
  DEADLINE EXTENDED to Monday, February 23 (12 noon)! As part of our efforts to reboot & rebrand Chicago Screenwriters Network (CSN) as it enters its 20th anniversary year, the board of directors decided that a new CSN logo & tagline were in order. Logo-wise, we're pleased with our results. (See above.) But our efforts at coining a catchy new slogan to replace Meet. Write. Produce. – the tagline we’ve used for years? Not so much. We gave a million monkeys a million laptops to see if they could come up with something snappy; while they’ve already produced three screenplays -- two of which have been optioned -- they haven't generated any brilliant taglines. [Yet.] DETAILS HERE

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Annual Memberships Now Available!

CSN is now offering annual memberships discounted by one-third from 2014 pricing: throughout 2015, the cost of a one-year membership will be $40.00/year (formerly $60.00/year).

Membership privileges include free admission to all of CSN's monthly meetings (2nd Sun. of each month). Members also receive a limited-edition coffee mug (a $10.00 value) commemorating CSN's 20th anniversary in 2015 as well as member-only discount codes from many of our sponsors (including Final Draft and The Writers Store). Additional membership benefits will be announced as they are secured throughout the year.

Select a membership option (with or without mug shipping) from the pop-up menu below, then click the BUY NOW button below to complete your purchase via PayPal. (The prices below include the 2.75% PayPal processing fee.).

For more information on CSN's annual membership benefits, visit the JOIN page.

Membership options (with or w/o mug shipping)

How To Find Us

CSN meets at 6:00 p.m. the second Sunday of every month (unless otherwise notified).

New Location: Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, 3905 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. [CSN meets on the 2nd floor.]