About the ISA
Our mission is simple. Help every writer tell their stories brilliantly.
The ISA was founded by independent filmmakers who understand that there are many different roads to success. We believe that everyone, from all walks of life, have stories to tell, each with a unique perspective and style. Our goal is to help you grow as a storyteller by honing your individual talent, sharpening your distinct voice, then guiding you to breakthrough to the biz. From working writers, hobbyists and enthusiasts alike, we want to inspire you to believe in yourself and encourage you to become the most authentic storyteller you can be.
Our focus starts with expert advice, mentors, classes, contests, feedback and more to help you develop and build up your profile. Then we give you the tools to showcase your accomplishments and get the attention of producers, directors, agents and other industry pros looking to option work. There are no limits to what you can accomplish with the ISA. Keep writing, growing and use every tool we have to offer. You'll find your unique path to success, and we'll help you get there.
"You don't make a movie by yourself; you certainly don't make a TV show by yourself. You invest people in their work." - Vince Gilligan
Start writing and the rest will follow. The ISA is here to help you do just that.
The ISA Management Team
Letter From The Founder
The ISA started back in 2008 because as a screenwriter myself, I felt that resources and links for our profession were too scattered across different websites, newsletters, listing services, and so on. It was an exhausting 'game' to have to stay on top of every new podcast, writing job, contest or class that popped up in some corner of the screenwriting world, and it just made sense to create a single, complete source for everything so that writers could focus on their writing.
It's taken a few iterations and a major relaunch, but the ISA website today is exactly as I had envisioned back when we started - comprehensive, easy to navigate, and most importantly, dedicated to those emerging writers who have the commitment and self-discipline to continually sharpen their craft.
If there's one thing we've learned from the growth of the ISA over the past few years, it's that being willing and eager to learn from others is a necessary component to every successful career, but sometimes gets sidelined by deadlines, shifting priorities, and even conceit. Our amazing team goes to great lengths every day to make sure this site provides every possible resource to help you realize your potential as a screenwriter, and if you're serious about being discovered, this site will completely support you in your efforts. We urge you to learn from the success stories we've gathered, watch featured writer interviews, and see what your peers in the industry are doing.
Too many amazing screenwriters get discouraged early in their careers because they either underestimate the amount of diligence needed to make it, or they lack the support and information they need to get their writing into the hands of the right producer. It's my hope that the ISA changes that, by both housing nearly every resource you might need but also encouraging you to stay the course.
Let's face it - screenwriters can be demigods one moment and old news the next. It's a tough reality but you really are only as good as your last script. But by the same token, I think the prospect of every new day being the one where you get discovered is what makes this industry exciting and appealing to us creatives.
Keep your talents sharp and steer the course of your career. The more proactive you are, the more the ISA will help propel you to where you want to be.
Craig James Pietrowiak