About Emerging Screenwriters

Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Analysis was created through the Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition by Craig James Pietrowiak, a Chicago born filmmaker now living in Hollywood, California. Craig had been writing, producing and acting in independent films for years before deciding to launch the International Screenwriters’ Association, a resource website for screenwriters. He created the site because he appreciates the hard work that screenwriters put into their screenplays and wanted to provide these writers all the tools necessary to improve their career. The competition and analysis service are extensions of this philosophy. Craig knows how difficult it is to get your ‘foot in the door’ of the Hollywood system. With both the competition and analysis service, he hopes to find undiscovered but talented screenwriters and get them closer to fulfilling their ultimate dream.

Head Consultants

Jennifer Barbee has been a professional script and story consultant for 9 years, providing thoughtful notes, coverage and consultation for screenwriters with the aim of readying their material for each stage from pitch to production. Jennifer has worked extensively with Film Independent’s mentoring workshop program, Bluecat Screenplay Competition, CinemaTexas, and the International Screenwriters’ Association. In her capacity as a staff member of the Writer’s Guild of America, West since 2004, she works daily to support the efforts and interests of working writers. As a writer herself, Jennifer has contributed to “Blood & Thunder Magazine,” “Venus Magazine,” and an upcoming anthology about horror comedy films edited by Jeffrey S. Miller (The Horror Spoofs of Abbott & Costello, MacFarland, 2004). She also celebrated the publication of her first non-fiction book, Down and Derby: An Insider’s Guide to Roller Derby (Soft Skull Press, NY) in 2010. Jennifer has a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeff Miller, originally from Allentown, PA, grew up with a love of movies and comic books that never left him. Jeff has provided quality script coverage and consultation for many organizations over the years including the International Screenwriter’s Association, Bluecat Screenplay Competition, Page International, IFP West as well as on a one-on-one basis to aspiring screenwriters. He received his BA in English graduating summa cum laude from Shippensburg University and earned a Master’s degree in Film and Video from American University in Washington, DC, where he also won the department’s annual award for Best Screenplay. Later, he moved to Los Angeles where he completed his first book, The Horror Spoofs of Abott and Costello. He has also written articles on film and TV history for such magazines as “Filmfax,” “Midnight Marquee,” “Mad About Movies,” and “Television Chronicles” while also contributing chapters to a number of books published by Midnight Marquee Press. He wrote over 100 documentaries for Passport Productions including episodes of their series Hollywood Remembers, Hollywood Rivals and Hollywood Couples and recorded the official DVD commentary for Universal’s Abbott and Costello film Hold That Ghost. In recent years, he has become active as a writer and performer in local theater as well as providing original radio scripts for companies returning to that classic medium.