Since the SCRNWRiT website has been out of commission intermittently [it might be working now - try], this page is provided as a courtesy to Screenwright(R) clients and visitors. Below are instructions for joining the SCRNWRiT mailing list, which offers information, help, support and camaraderie to anyone wrestling with (or contemplating the creation of) a film script.

[Most browsers will allow you to File, Save As, so that you can read this off-line in your browser; or you can Click and highlight from top to bottom, press Ctrl+C to copy the text to your clipboard, then retrieve it in your word processor by pressing Ctrl+V; or you can Print it from here.]

To receive electronic mail from working and aspiring screenwriters around the world, just insert your name as you would like it to appear on the list, and send only the following message in the body of an eMail (the automated LISTSERV ignores the Subject line):

subscribe scrnwrit Your Name


A command confirmation request will be automatically generated, and after you reply to the message with an ok command, complete directions for customizing your subscription options will be sent (you'll want to save the welcome messages - they're quite informative). The following will make more sense after you read the LISTSERV's instructions, but at this point, I'll jump in and offer my 2¢ with a solution for managing the hefty volume of eMail. After I've been notified that I'm subscribed to a very active mailing list such as SCRNWRiT, I send this type of command to the LISTSERV: set scrnwrit digest ack norepro - to leave this LISTSERV, eMail a signoff scrnwrit command. Remove the following X (stops SPAM robots) to contact list owner Prof. Jack R. Stanley, PhD <JackS@PanAmX.Edu>, for further information. [Before posting to any LISTSERV, it might be wise to brush up the eMail composition skills by taking a short online class.]

Other media-related mailing lists may be found at SCREENsite; they also maintain listings of Usenet newsgroups such as: mail.screenwriters, misc.writing.screenplays, rec.arts.movies.production, misc.writing, alt.movies.independent, bit.listserv.cinema-l,, bit.listserv.screen-l, rec.arts.animation, rec.arts.movies.current-films, rec.arts.movies.past-films, rec.arts.movies.misc and rec.arts.cinema. Here are some other links, for posting to mail.screenwriters, for searching the archives at Deja News, and for learning more about SCRNWRiT at Tile.Net & Liszt. Other scriptwriting lists: playsandplaywrights, SCREEN-L, screen-list, screenplay.challenge, screenwriting, Scribelink (or here, here), scripts-l, SCRNWRTG, SPEC, GreatScripts, HollywoodNet, 120pages2go, and the WGA newsletter. TV writing lists include episodic-l and SITCOM.

Burning Typewriter: Would you like a powerful writer's image as your Windows (or other system) background graphic? In 3.x, choose Main, Control Panel, Desktop, to record the name of your current Wallpaper File, in case you want to undo your work. Then visit "Hommage" 1974 by Leopoldo M. Maler, which is located at The Hess Collection. After loading, simply right-click on it, and select Set As Wallpaper! [To make a smaller version, paste its URL into the Graphics section at Anikó J. Bartos - Conversion and choose Shrink to Purée, so WebFX can chop it down to size.]

IRC: At approximately 7pm Pacific time on Monday and Saturday nights (early Tue/Sun, UTC), there's a screenwriter Internet Relay Chat currently scheduled on the #scrnwrit channel of the SuperChat server. Contact your Internet Service Provider for instructions about connecting to this IRC channel.

If you're in a UNIX Shell environment, you would normally type irc at the UNIX command prompt. If you have a SLIP/PPP account, you'll need IRC software. At, you can find "mIRC" or "PIRCH", which are highly recommended. The program will have a field to add as a server choice (it probably won't be one of the defaults), and the port number, if required, is usually 6667 - when you get connected and receive a welcome message, type /join #scrnwrit to chat.

Once you're comfortable with the software, you may select a "handle" or nickname by typing /nick [name], and you can post an action entry with /me [action]. You'll see quite a few shorthand acronyms like LOL for Laughing Out Loud, and smileys [or emoticons, like this sideways winking, smiling ;-) face]. But if you're ever unsure about somebody's meaning, just ask them.

Alternate IRC: AOL users may not be able to connect to the server as outlined above. If this is the case, try port 6670 through 6675 on the NewBrunswick.NJ.US.SuperChat.Org server; it will give you access to the same #scrnwrit channel. If you have any further problems, you could also check for a random SuperChat server, or switch to port numbers 7777, 7000, or 6660 - 6669. Finally, if you want to slightly reconfigure your browser, you can automatically connect with this mIRCLink.

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