Special and recurring events and workshops

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

Workshops and events we’re planning for 2019:

  • Visual storytelling
  • Story structure with Save the Cat
  • SAG-AFTRA table read
  • Rewrite techniques
  • Creating a treatment, series bible, and fundraising
  • Getting an agent or manager
  • Marketing and networking
  • An evening with Scriptnotes: John August and Craig Mazin

Special events

(Scroll down for recurring events)

Creating Unique Characters using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Saturday, January 19th, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library, Montlake Branch
2401 24th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
This is a FREE workshop

A good, strong script needs good, strong, UNIQUE characters.

In this two-hour workshop, explore how to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to give each of your characters their own distinctive voice and personality.

The MBTI is a tool based on the work of psychoanalyst Carl Jung. It helps to differentiate people on the basis of their extroversion or introversion, how they take in information about their world, and how they make decisions. While there are some debates about the instrument’s scientific validity, the aspects of personality it illuminates can help you to create characters with unique styles and voices.

The workshop will give a brief overview of the underlying theory and then let you take one of the questionnaires “as if” you were one of your characters. Then we will discuss the results and what they might suggest for your characters.

Randy Webb has had a long career doing human resource and organization consulting to Fortune 100 companies as well as smaller non-profits. He is currently on the faculty of New York University teaching applied behavioral psychology to graduate business students and is a Compendium Member of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild.

This is a part of the Northwest Screenwriters Guild 2019 workshop series.

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.

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 (Dates TBD)

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.