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

Upcoming Events

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On Sunday, June 14, our guest speaker will be Penny Penniston, author of Talk The Talk: A Dialogue Workshop For Scriptwriters. In this seminar, Penny will discuss the mechanics of dialogue writing: she will explain the forces which put dialogue in motion, move characters into conflict, shape lines, and create subtext. You will end the seminar with new insight into the inner workings of dialogue, with a rewrite guides to sharpen your scripts -- and, possibly, with a free book donated by Penny for the door prize raffle drawing at the end of the meeting!

What's New

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L.A. Writer/Producer Jeff Schimmel guarantees students of his Maximum Screenwriting seminar across the country: “You’ll learn what books can’t teach you, and what other writers won’t tell you.” Jeff Schimmel

On Saturday, June 6th (11:00am-12:30pm), Jeff will conduct a unique mini-course and Q&A -- with a few surprises -- as a way of introducing himself to the Chicago Screenwriters Network community (and to Chicago writers in general) at a very special CSN meeting being held at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, IL 60630. Admission is FREE!

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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.]