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2012 Topics and Guest Speakers

5th Annual CSN Awards Night

5th Annual CSN Awards Night 

Winner of Overall Best Script and the 2/3 place winners, along with prize details, will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, to be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014, 6 pm at Roots.

The Grand Prize Winner gets a 4-days/3-Nights trip to LA (including airfare and hotel) and a chance to meet with industry executives. Second and Third place runners up will receive $250 each. Plus various other prizes to be announced that night.   As a bonus treat the Grand Prize winner will have a scene from their script acted out live by professional actors during the program.

Our guest speaker for the night will be actor Joseph Cranford, who has recently starred in the mega budget Superman reboot Man Of Steel as Pete Ross, Clark Kent’s childhood friend. Joseph will give a detailed account of what it’s like to act in a summer blockbuster.

  The five finalists and their screenplays are, in alphabetical order by title: 

- Boudekka by Rachel Roache 

- Dead Man by T.A. Snyder 

- Eyes For An Eye by Riik Makkoogan 

- Fit Island by Scott Kirkpatrick 

- Once Upon A Winter by Anna and Ella Schovanec 

We encourage patrons to purchase dinner and drinks for the wonderfully entertaining evening.  Tickets can be purchased here online for $10 or at the door for $15.  First come first serve. Limited seating.


FROM CONCEPT TO PRODUCING with Edmond G Coisson, Founder-Executive Director, Naperville Independent Film Festival, Inc.

Sunday, February 9, 7 pm at Roots

Linda Frothingham will interview Edmond about the Film Festival and the FILM industry.

PLUS A DISCOUNT OFFER:  A CHANCE TO ENTER YOUR FEATURE SCRIPT in their Screenplay Competition — Feature length up to 120 pages. 

Bring two printouts of each script to submit to the Naperville Independent Film Festival for $25 per script. Cash or Check. (Less than the original early bird entry fee).  Entry forms will be available. Learn more about the at the CSN monthly meeting.

Edmond just finished directing the feature film Precious Mettle, which he is the co-writer with Glessna F Coisson and Leonard Brink. Q&A TO FOLLOW.

Event is $10 online. $15 at the door. Or become a member for $60.


Table Read My First 5 Pages! Jan. 12

Table Read My First 5 Pages!

As always, we are kicking off our first 2014 meeting with our popular Table Read. WRITER OPPORTUNITIES – DEADLINE IS 12/22 to submit your pages.  If you can believe this, January is almost here! If you would like your script considered for the CSN Annual Table Read by professional actors, please submit your first 5 pages in PDF! Send to … Good luck! 


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The first 5 pages are critical to catching and maintaining a reader’s attention (especially if your reader is a producer, director, manager or agent). But it’s equally important to hear your words spoken aloud — preferably by professional actors.

CSN begins its exciting 2014 series with readings from the first five pages of several CSN members’ scripts. Here’s your chance to watch scripts in action, participate in feedback, and hear the valuable actors’ perspective. 

Please note that scripts are not chosen as “winners.” Many factors will go into the decision-making process such as offering a variety of genres and writing style.

Writers to be announced once selected. 


Writer/Director & Producer Industry Access Night

Writer/Director & Producer Industry Access Night

Dec. 8, 2013  7 pm to 9 pm

Special guests Corky Arnold and Steve Gellman share their writing and filmmaking expertise with interview host CSN VP Linda Frothingham. 

Join us for a lively industry Q & A.

Register early HERE to save $$$!

Steve and Corky are a Producer/Director team that is developing a slate of feature films with partners in Canada and Los Angeles.  The first of these productions — “FUTURE WARRIOR” – begins pre-production in 2014.

That night, bring a printout of your first 10-15 pages of your screenwriting to submit for future writing consideration. Put your logline (with no more than 20 words) name, and contact information on a cover page. Any genre. No phone calls please or outside submissions directly to them.  

$5 online/$15 at the door. 

Make sure to read their full bios!  

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Welcome Author Christine Sneed on Developing Great Characters

SUNDAY, November 3, 6 – 8:30PM at ROOTS. 1924 W. Chicago Ave.

Linda Frothingham will interview talented Author Christine Sneed!

 Learn how authors handle characterization!

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Register online:

And remember!  CSN is now at Roots Handmade Pizza!

It’s $5 online or $15 at the door. Limited space.

Chrisine has been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in poetry and has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and received special mentions in the Pushcart anthology for stories “Quality fo Life” and “Beach Vacation.”  Along with a 2010 Los Angeles Times book prize, first-fiction category, for her story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I’ve Made Cry, Portraits was awarded Ploughshares prize for a first book, the John C. Zacharis Prize, and was chosen as the Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association for traditionally published fiction.  It was also longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story prize.  She lives in Evanston, IL and teaches creative writing for Northwestern University’s graduate writing program and for Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program.

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2012 In Review

  • January '12:
    Table Read - "My First Five Pages"
  • February '12:
    Jessica Bendinger - First-Page Criticques
  • March '12:
    Gary and Beth Hoover - Teamwork
  • April '12:
    Jon McNaughton - Get Wild
  • May '12:
    Leslie Conliffe - Pitches
  • June '12:
    Daliah Saper - Entertainment Law
  • July '12
    Mini-Pitch Weekend
  • Augus '12
    Jennifer Grisanti - TV Pilot Class
  • September '12
    CSN Contest Award Show
  • October '12
    Police Veteran Timothy Janowick & Crime Writer Michael Allen Dymmoch Myths and Realities of Crime