Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance


Five Des Moines-area writers founded The Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance (ISA) in May 1997. Today, ISA membership includes over thirty professional and part-time scriptwriters from across Iowa. Some are accomplished playwrights and screenwriters and others are aspiring writers.


ISA-member playwrights have had their plays performed on stages across the country. Screenwriter members have garnered awards and some have had their scripts produced and screened.


ISA special events have included performances of six member-written plays at Living History Farms in central Iowa, and filming of three member-written short screenplays. Monthly ISA programs and workshops for members build and enhance writing skills. Industry professionals bring insight to marketing, refining, protecting and enhancing scripts.


Organized readings of members' scripts provide evaluation and commentary from other members.


Script development, from initial ideas to polished final drafts, is supported through continuous review and encouragement from fellow members. The goal of this website is to provide a source for up-to-date information on meetings, events, resources and member accomplishments.


Most importantly, the Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance has provided Iowa scriptwriters with access to and support from other scriptwriters. All are in the ISA to teach, learn and perfect the art and craft of scriptwriting. 

~ 20 YEARS ~

The Iowa Scriptwriters Alliance was born in May, 1997.
We're celebrating 20 years of camaraderie and are looking forward to seeing what the next 20 years bring. Tell us what you'd like to see from the ISA going forward!

2017–2019 ISA BOARD

Elected July 15, 2017 at our Annual Meeting


President: Caleb Harris

Vice President: Gabriel Tejeda-Benitez

Secretary: Renee Warner

Treasurer: Andrew McDowell

Member Chairman: Michael E. Berg

Additional Board Members: 
Wes Worthing
Sean Gannon
Robert Dopf
Jacob Alexander Krause

Karen Hight
Alexander Dingeman

Open Script Night
January 30, 2018
Urbandale Public Library




An organization dedicated to improving the art and craft of scriptwriters through education, communication and participation.

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