Events

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

SIFF Grand Prize Screenplay Reading

Thursday, June 7
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
SIFF Film Center
Seattle, WA

The winning script of the SIFF Screenplay Competition, “Youth Decay” by Brandon Hall, receives a live read with SAG Actors. The reading will be followed by an engaging conversation with Wendy Kram (Producer and Owner of L.A. for Hire) about taking your great script and making connections in the industry.

About “Youth Decay:” After discovering that the father she’s never met lives 1500 miles away in Albuquerque, NM, a teenage female punk singer from Olympia, Washington lies to her bandmates about an upcoming competition in Albuquerque in order to get them to agree to run away from home on a summer tour that will ultimately put the punk singer in front of her hated father, once and for all.

 

Mastering Your Cold-Call to Open Hollywood Doors

Friday, June 9
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Place: TBD
FREE for NwSG Members
Non-members: $20

Last month, the NwSG was fortunate enough to host top screenplay consultant and industry coach Wendy Kram with her insightful and fun class on cold-calling to open Hollywood doors. Wendy, who is also a producer developing projects with industry powerhouse Anonymous Content, brings her expertise for a follow-up class. In this highly interactive workshop, you’ll:

  • Present a two-minutes elevator pitch about your background and career specialty or objective (actor, writer, author, producer), and logline for your feature film or TV project.
  • Receive live feedback from Wendy on your pitch, learning what works and why.
  • Practice a series of responses that are easy to deliver, engaging, and effective at getting gatekeepers to lower the drawbridge.

About Wendy and L.A. FOR HIRE:

Wendy Kram brings over 15 years of experience as an industry executive, consultant and producer. She has developed and produced projects for Disney, Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, NBC, ABC, CBS and USA Networks.

Wendy has supervised development for projects that received Humanitas, NAACP, WGA, and Golden Globe awards, including: Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (CBS), Lucky Day (ABC), Tidy Endings (HBO), Passion of Ayn Rand (starring Helen Mirren for Showtime). Additional credits include “Mad Money” with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes. Currently, Wendy is producing 4 features and 2 TV series with with Anonymous Content (the company that represents Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Steven Soderbergh and, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarrítu, and is responsible for “True Detective”, “Mr. Robot”, “The Revenant” and “Spotlight”).

Wendy has conducted writing and producing workshops at Harvard University, NYU Tisch School of Film & Television, and UCLA. She has also served as a guest speaker at USC on “The Business of Breaking into Hollywood”. She has secured representation and high-six figure deals for her clients, and she is ranked by Creative Screenwriting Magazine as one of the industry’s leading script consultants.

As a reminder, NsWG members receive a 15% discount on L.A. FOR HIRE services.
To learn more about Wendy and L.A. FOR HIRE, please visit www.la4hire.com and click on “Services for Screenwriters & Producers”. If you have any questions, feel free to call or send her an email: wendy@la4hire.com, 310-994-3258

 

Workshop: Creating the Series Bible

Time and place: TBD

Top screenplay consultant and industry coach Wendy Kram will lead this workshop for writers who are writing a half-hour comedy or a one-hour drama. A Series Bible is an essential tool for selling your TV show in the current marketplace.

During the 2-hour workshop, you will:

  • Learn the formula for writing a successful TV Bible
  • Discover the secrets for creating effective loglines
  • Define your vision and what makes your project stand out
  • Make it irresistible to buyers and talent
  • Get live feedback on your loglines
  • Recieive Wendy’s Bible Template and Work Book

Who should attend:

  • Writers, producers, entrepreneurs with a TV series concept or pilot
  • Writers and producers seeking marketing tools
  • Writers looking to find out what executives want
  • Screenwriters, directors, and producers seeking ways to increase marketability

Register by May 31 and receive a prep packet via email that will help you get the most out of the event.

Class fee if you sign up by May 31st: $50.00
NwSG members receive 15% discount: $42.50

Class fee after May 31st: $65.00
NwSG 15% discount: $55.25

Pay Wendy directly via Venmo: @Wendy-Kram (preferred); or PayPal: wendy@la4hire.com

About Wendy and L.A. FOR HIRE:

 

Biweekly meetup for scene analysis

1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month
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 twice a month 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.

 

Coming to Seattle: Craig Mazin and John August

Craig Mazin and John August

 

Date and details: TBD (possibly June 23 or 24)

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 sometime during the summer of 2018.

We’re working on the details, but we couldn’t be more excited to be part of what is sure to be one of the biggest events of the year.

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

 

“This Is Us” Staff Writer Kay Oyegun

August 9, 2018
Time and place TBD

Nigerian-American screenwriter Kay Oyegun (“This Is Us,” and the forthcoming Angela Davis biopic), will drop us a visit. More details as the event nears.

 

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.