Special and recurring events and workshops

Many events are free for members, among some of the membership benefits.

Special events

How to Pitch Your Story to Hollywood

Class 1: How to Pitch to Industry Professionals
Sept. 26, 2018

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Class 2: Live Pitch Workshop
Oct. 3, 2018

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

SIFF Film Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA
Free for NwSG Members
$40 for non-members
SPECIAL OFFER: $40 discounted 1-year NwSG membership
(New members only

Learn how to pitch like a pro in this special, two-part classroom series offered by the Northwest Screenwriters Guild. Dive deep on pitch structure, key story beats, and presentation style. Then come back a week later to workshop your pitch.

This series is a no-brainer for those planning to participate in the Seattle Film Summit pitch panel (event details below), where local writers will pitch A-list Hollywood producers, agents, and managers.

The series will be led by NwSG President and active WGA member Geof Miller. Geof has taught screenwriting at the University of Washington Extension, and, along with his writing partner, Troy Hunter, has several projects in development with Anonymous Content.


Meetup: 2018 Austin Film Fest Attendees

Thursday, October 4, 2018
7:00 p.m. – ??
9lb Hammer
6009 Airport Way South
Seattle WA 98101

Join us for a meet and greet at Georgetown neighborhood watering hole, 9lb Hammer. Enjoy the relaxed vibe, play games, and get to know your fellow Seattle AFF attendees. Talk festival tips, scheduling, badges, panelists, travel plans, script competition, films, Austin food and activities…

If you’re on the fence about going to AFF, come and check it out. You may decide to get a festival badge before the night is done!


Compete in the 2018 Seattle Film Summit Live Pitch Panel

Last year's Seattle Film Summit pitch panel was so much fun we thought we'd give it another go!
Last year’s Seattle Film Summit pitch panel was so much fun we thought we’d give it another go!

Sunday, November 18, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Seattle Film Summit
Hotel Interurban
223 Andover Park E.
Tukwila, WA 98188

The Seattle Film Summit Live Pitch Panel is returning for its second year!

The Northwest Screenwriters Guild is partnering with SFS for this exclusive opportunity.

Finalists will present 5-minute pitches to notable LA Industry professionals in front of a live audience during the conference. Pitch participants will also compete for a one-year membership to the Northwest Screenwriters Guild and an additional opportunity to pitch to a visiting industry professional during that year.

To be considered for a pitch slot you must submit a 60-second video pitch by 11:59 p.m., Monday, October 15. Slots are limited.

Recurring events

First Tuesdays at Roy Street Coffee

First Tuesday each month
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Roy Street Coffee and Tea
700 Broadway Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
FREE and open to all

The NwSG and TheFilmSchool have joined forces to present a new, expanded version of First Tuesdays. This series will feature talks from working industry professionals offering tools and insight into the most misunderstood element of the entertainment industry: the intersection of art and commerce. Presentations will include WGA writers, DGA directors, agents and managers, producers, studio execs and much, much more.

October 2: Tasveer Film Industry Panel
What do you need to have in place in order to make your movie? How much can you prepare on your own as a filmmaker? Who do you need to have on your team? And what do festival programmers and curators look for in films and filmmakers?

Panelists include:

Come join us for this panel of award-winning directors and producers, as well as festival programmers who will share their experience and expertise.


Weekly meetup for scene analysis

Each Wednesday
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Café Racer
5828 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
FREE and open to all

Long-time Northwest Screenwriter Guild member and former board member Wally Lane has started a scene analysis group that meets in Seattle.

The goal: First and foremost, to assist fellow screenwriters hone the craft of writing scenes—both action and dialogue—that are cinematic, engaging and correctly formatted.

Upcoming events and workshops

An Evening with Red Hour Films EVP Haroon ‘Boon’ Saleem

Time and Date: TBD
FREE for NwSG members
$25 for non-members

NWSG Compendium members may sign up for pitching sessions (to be held on TBD).

Join us for an evening with Producer Haroon Saleem, moderated by the Northwest Screenwriters Guild.

Haroon has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. Currently, he serves as the EVP of Production and Development to Nicky Weinstock and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films, helping to expand the robust brand beyond the strong work it is already known for. Haroon is also at work developing the New York Times bestseller, “An Ember in the Ashes” with acclaimed producer Mark Johnson for Paramount Pictures. Previous to that, he EP’d the Pierce Brosnan actioner “November Man” as well as the critically lauded indie “Into the Forest” starring Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood.

In 2010, Haroon produced the pre-show for the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) telecast. Prior to this, Haroon served as an executive at Walden Media where he led development and production of features including “Prince Caspian,” “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (the 2nd and 3rd installments of “The Chronicles of Narnia” series), “The Tooth Fairy” with Dwayne Johnson and “Chasing Mavericks” with Gerard Butler.

Before Walden, Haroon worked with Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment, developing such hits as “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Hitch,” “I Am Legend” and “Hancock.”

In 2012, Haroon created a small non-profit called “I VOTE,” which creates multi-platform campaigns geared towards young voters. Their 2012 election campaigns engaged nearly 900k online users and reached over 21 million. Previously, he led GO/LA, helping to raise over 1.6 million for the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign and fundraised for various other candidates.

Coming to Seattle: Craig Mazin and John August

Craig Mazin and John August

Date and details: TBD in 2019

Screenwriters, you most certainly recognize Craig Mazin and John August as the voices of the world-renowned Scriptnotes podcast, the premiere authority on professional screenwriting. And if you listened to their most recent podcast, you heard them announce they’ll be coming to Seattle eventually.

Be sure you’re subscribed to our email list to keep up with this and other upcoming events.

Script Tease: Develop Your Look Book

Instructor: Geof Miller
Date: TBD
FREE for members. $25 for non-members.

“Look Books” are brief (90-second) video presentations that help producers, directors, and studios experience how a film made from a script might look, sound, and feel. In this workshop you’ll translate the essence of your screenplay into a representative Look Book to help you pitch your idea.

Preparing for Your Pitch

Instructor Betty Kim (Featured in Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat Strikes Back.)
Date: TBD
FREE for members. $25 for non-members.

Back by popular demand, students in this class will learn the basics of pitching and will have the opportunity to practice their pitches, get notes, and improve their technique. This is an excellent class for members interested in joining the NWSG Compendium.