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Encyclopedia > The American Screenwriters Association

The American Screenwriters Association™ (ASA) is the world's leading professional association organized for educational purposes, including the promotion and encouragement of the art and craft of screenwriting.

The ASA is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, and is committed to the international support and advancement of all screenwriters. Interested individuals from around the world who are pursuing the writing of documentaries, educational films, feature films, television, and even large screen format (Omnimax ™, IMAX ™) films, are welcome to join.

ASA exists to serve the largest, most under-represented writer's population today...the hundreds of thousands of screenwriters who are diligently working to write and sell their film and television scripts, or are currently working in film or television and looking to advance their careers.

Today, the American Screenwriters Association has an international membership of more than 30,000 members located throughout the United States, Europe, the Pacific and the Middle East in 40 countries and 1059 cities! The ASA accomplishes their mission by providing writers with practical resources, networking opportunities, and services and programs that enhance their skills.

The ASA continues to work with many of the leading screenwriters and industry professionals including Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Big, Dave, Pleasantville), Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, An American President, A Few Good Men, Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, Kiss-Kiss Bang-Bang ), Terry Rossio and Ted Elliot (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, The Mask of Zorro, Aladdin), Syd Field, Linda Seger, Michael Hauge, Lew Hunter, Richard Walter and many, many more.

  • John E. Johnson, Executive Director

Current Board Members Include:

  • Michael Hauge, Script consultant, author
  • Matt Hader, Screenwriter
  • Diane Cairns, Film Industry Executive
  • Ellen Sandler, Writer/Producer (Everybody Loves Raymond)
  • Nick Filippo, Business Executive
  • Craig Scott, Filmmaker, Rachel's Challenge
  • Mark R. Turner, Indie Producer
  • Jason Pila, Screenwriter
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