Every writer in Los Angeles thinks about making it in Hollywood. To see their screenplay on the big screen, or on Netflix, or maybe as an independent film. But one thing Metaphor Club partner Lawrence Ross knew, as a screenwriting graduate of the UCLA Theater, Film, and Television program, was that some of the rudimentary steps, like regular cold table reads, often didn’t happen regularly in Black neighborhoods.

Until The Metaphor Club.

Each month, The Metaphor Club invites six writers to bring the first ten pages of their screenplays to be read by professional actors. Led by former UCLA and Hollins University film school professor Tim Albaugh, our monthly MetaREAD offers beginning and experienced writers to hear their work, while also receiving constructive criticism. Each writer is charged $20 for the chance, and that money is used to buy pizza for everyone.

To add your name to the next MetaREAD, which we’ll do via our MetaZOOM channel, email Lawrence Ross at