Special and recurring events and workshops

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


Special events

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Don’t miss 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.


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.

December 4: Get Noticed: A Communications Workshop and Holiday Happy Hour with Lorraine Montez

Lorraine Montez

Join us for a fun holiday evening this December. Award-winning marketing communications professional Lorraine Montez will share tips, tricks and best practice must-dos filmmakers need to get their films and themselves noticed. A fun happy hour with our fellow filmmakers, screenwriters, and Seattle folks will follow.

Lorraine Montez – In addition to an extensive film and acting career, Lorraine is an award-winning marketing-communications professional with more than 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, writing, media relations and public speaker training. She’s worked as a marketing communications consultant for several clients in the Seattle area, including: Seattle University, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle City Light, and the City of Seattle. She’s held communications and marketing management positions with: United Way of King County, Worksource Seattle-King County and Seattle Goodwill. She works collaboratively with diverse teams and is a skillful strategist, writer, content producer and curator for reaching audiences through multiple channels. She has produced commercials and industrials for the Yes on 522 Campaign, Seattle Goodwill, United Way of King County and several other clients.

Lorraine has a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts from New Mexico State University, and completed the intensive Public Relations Certificate Program from the University of Washington.

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.