Our History

The Scriptwriters Network Foundation, Inc., aka Scriptwriters Network (SWN) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational organization that brings in entertainment professionals to speak and teach the art, craft and business of script writing for TV, features and new media.

In 1986, a group of writers began meeting regularly to discuss scripts and writing careers in the entertainment industry. To enter the group, members needed to submit a script in advance, and, in the next several years, the group began to add new members and new ideas.

In 2001, the group became an organization by acquiring the non-profit 501 (c)(3) status under the name of Scriptwriters Network Foundation, Inc. aka the Scriptwriters Network and developed its current logo. During the next several years, Scriptwriters Network became a membership-based organization and removed the script submission process as an entrance requirement. In addition, the organization grew and expanded, adding several programs, interactive events and meetings for screen writers.

In 2012, Ms. Melessa Y. Sargent was elected President of the organization. In the beginning of her tenure, she secured the trademark for the current logo and name (and all programs, events and meetings there under) of Scriptwriters Network. She also firmly established the “SWN” acronym for ScriptWriters Network, which is the acronym still used today. Additionally, SWN’s President and her team updated all the paperwork necessary for SWN to maintain its non-profit 501 (c)(3) status.

Under her current leadership, a user-friendly website was created, and, with the help of many volunteers they maintain the current site with educational information, audio recordings, video recordings and write-ups of past meetings. SWN’s volunteer team has brought the organization to the next level by utilizing several social media platforms, such as Twitter, Instagram, Meetup, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr and Facebook, each with thousands of online followers.

Under Ms. Sargent’s current tenure, SWN has become more professional, organized and recognized, as the organization’s focus has changed to educating and serving the writing community. Furthermore, SWN, under Ms. Sargent’s leadership, has become an award winning organization and has won the “Los Angeles Award” (for education) every year from 2014 to 2017, the Top-Rated Non-Profit Award in 2013 and several additional awards, to date.


The Scriptwriters Network would especially like to thank those past organizers who worked to establish the original network. We thank you for laying down the foundation and acquiring the non-profit status. We hope you are proud of what we have accomplished since, and we hope you support the network currently for the educational mission we have worked hard to maintain!

The Scriptwriters Network would like to give a Special Thank You to all our Speakers, Members, Guests, Sponsors and Partners. To our Speakers and Writing Consultants, THANK YOU for working with us, continuing to support us, and giving back your time to the writing community. To our Members, Guests and Friends, thank you for attending our meetings and supporting us in every way. To our Sponsors and Partners, thank you for your support.

Finally, the Scriptwriters Network, would like to acknowledge and give a Special Thank You to the Attorneys and Consultants who assist and guide the organization to maintain its mission legally and professionally.

Thank You All!

SWN’s Awards & Melessa Y. Sargent

SWN’s Awards with Lana Mathis, Alicia Cheadle, Jill Narciso & Melessa Y. Sargent