Minnesota is truly unique in the level of professional support for people working in the arts and a great example of this is the Screenwrtiers' Workshop, Minnesota Film Arts, and IFP. Few major cities have such a broad range of post-educational support services as these non-profit organizations provide.
The Screenwriters' Workshop provides screenwriters with a professional development model for advancement in their skills and artistic abilities. There is a step-in process that involves participation in script groups (meet with other writers on biweekly and month basis) to get feedback on the pages you are writing in your script; a monthly roundtable reading called Second Tuesday where your entire script is read by different readers playing your characters; to Script Night where your script is read by a professional cast of actors and actresses on the stage at the Illusion Theater before an audience. Additionally, your can write a scipt for possible selection in SWW workshop production program called Screenlabs.
Few other places in the country have a workshop program this intensive for screenwriters. Frank Daniel, the founding artistic director of Robert Redford's Sundance Institute said, "Screenlabs and the Screenwriters Workshop is better than the Sundance Institute because the support is sustained and ongoing."
This workshop is entirely volunteer run which has its advantages and disadvantages from the standpoint of arts organizational management. But after being in existence for more than 18-years and making a significant contribution to the careers of many artists the film industry, its purpose is undisputed and necessary.