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Script Frenzy was a monthlong challenge to write 100 pages of scripted material in April. Run by The Office of Letters and Light, it was the sister challenge to National Novel Writing Month.

The first Script Frenzy took place in June 2007 under Program Director Kristina Malsberger [1], during which participants aimed to write 20,000 words of a screenplay or stage play. Unlike NaNoWriMo, participants were allowed to write with a partner; like NaNoWriMo, beginning with previously written works was forbidden.

The next year the event was moved to April, and Jennifer Arzt took over as program director. The format of the event was also changed: all scripts were allowed, including those based on previous works, and the goal changed from 20,000 words to 100 pages. These rules remain in place to this day. Under Jennifer, the event grew from about 8k participants in 07 and 08 to about 12k in 2009 to over 21,000 participants in 2010.

In January 2011 Sandra Salas replaced Jennifer Arzt as the Script Frenzy program director, who left to direct her own screenplay. Unfortunately, while Sandra helped set a record for SF winners in 2011, she failed to do so in 2012, and saw a participant decrease in Script Frenzy in both 2011 and 2012. The SF 2012 participant total was 16,358, third place for most SF participants. It was about 75.5% of the 2010 record of 21,666 and about 85.1% of the second place total of 19,221 from SF 2011.

In June 2012, the Board of Directors voted to end Script Frenzy [2] . The NaNo/Camp NaNo Fanbase, and even parts of the SF Fanbase, expressed understanding and support of the decision. Some SF ML's were even glad, because they no longer had to host unpopular 'script-ins' for their region. To this day, less than 50 unique users have signed a petition for SF to return, although the interest is higher for an unofficial SF 2013 on the NaNo site. The YWP site was quickly put into a more archival-ish view. On february 12, 2013, the following update was given regarding Frenzy's Future:

Dear Scriptwriter,

Endings can be hard. Whether it's a slow trot into the sunset, or a fight to the finish, the best fade-outs are satisfying conclusions perfect for the stories told.

We let you know last year that Script Frenzy would not be returning as a main program in 2013. But after five years of encouraging scriptwriting madness, we knew we couldn't just cut to black. Now, the questions may be swirling:

So I can't write scripts with you at all this year?

You can, and as a crucial part of our community, we want you to! In April and July 2013, we're planning to:

•roll camera on "Scripts" as a new Camp NaNoWriMo genre.

•cast flexible word-count goals to stand in for page-count goals. •premiere Script Frenzy forums.

What will happen to the site?

You'll be able to log in to save forum posts, profile information, or anything you'd like until April 1. After that the site will become a lone landing page. We're also planning to create an online archive for the scriptwriting resources we've gathered for writers of plays, graphic novels, and screenplays.

And all the Script Frenzy goodies?

We're holding a one-time blowout sale on all Script Frenzy merchandise before it retires from the stage forever. It's the final opportunity to pick up Frenzy memorabilia.

We know you'll continue to write scripts: the Frenzy isn't that easy to shake loose. We hope you'll remain a part of our community of writers. After all, the best endings let you know that the gunslinger keeps slinging, the romance keeps blooming, that peace is only the start of a glorious new.

To the continuing of a beautiful friendship,

Tim Kim

Editorial Director

These letters are the only hope for a full return of SF:

SC _ _ N _ _ _ _ _ _ RN _ _ _ 4


Script Frenzy writers started from scratch on 1 April. They could write alone or with one partner to reach the 100 page goal. They could also do as much planning as they like before the start of April but were not allowed to start writing before the beginning of the month. No scriptwriting experience was necessary to participate in Script Frenzy, as the site provided resources to learn the basics before the challenge begins.

For more questions see the official FAQ or the unofficial FAQ.

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