When I set out to maintain a blog, it was part of a professional to do list I had created for myself (1 of 25 items, of which approaching my career more professionally was also on the list, hence the list). Another item was to find and research useful sites that offered either information, sound advice, networking opportunities, or all of the above. So yesterday I shared Stage 32. Today, American Zoetrope. The site was developed by Francis Ford Coppola and is open not just to screenwriters, but all writers, artists, musicians, actors, directors, etc.
The site offers you the opportunity to have your work read by a wide audience and receive feedback, in return you must do the same for others, but a little heads up, there are deadlines and rules. In the screenwriting “room” you must read 3 scripts and offer feedback before being allowed to submit your own work, and there is a time limit for how long your work will be available (30 days) on the site and how long you have to read and review others (you receive an additional 10 days to write the review). I think this is a great service as it allows you to be more objective which in turn might help you in your own writing. Plus, it’s free! Also, there’s an annual contest (deadline was in September, I missed it by 2 days…).
I hope you find this useful!