CWWH brings together writers, producers, managers and agents. It is one of the most accessible and affordable conferences of its kind. In attendance
are producers in search of their next project, film agents ready to take on new clients and pro-screenwriters prepared to teach novelists the art
of screenwriting.

As director of Connecting Writers with Hollywood, it is my sincerest goal to provide the best of opportunities for writers in the Pacific Northwest.
I created CWWH, because it is not an option for everyone to make a trip to L.A. and get themselves in front of a producer or film agent. So, I bring
them to the Inland Northwest, where our talent is limitless.

At this conference, you will not be competing with hundreds of writers. We wish for everyone to feel like their voices are heard and provide an
atmosphere of support and access. I am very pleased to announce that this year we are introducing Connect Groups! This is a small group setting where
attendees will have an hour with our featured speakers, the topics will vary and be of valuable information.

If you need any help deciding if this is a conference for you, please read our testimonial page or feel free to email me with any questions you have.

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See you in June!

JD DeWitt




Meet our Speakers

Diane Drake


Diane is an accomplished professional screenwriter, writing instructor, story consultant, speaker, and author.

    Rich Peluso

    Executive Vice President

    Rich Peluso is the Executive Vice President of AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE).

      Dave Trottier

      Teacher/Script Consultant/Author

      Dave is an award-winning teacher and in-demand script consultant, author of The Screenwriter’s Bible.

        Rich Cowan

        Partner of North by Northwest Productions

        Rich Cowan is a partner of North by Northwest Productions, a full-service film and video production company.

          David Katsman

          Literary Manager/Producer

          David Katsman is a literary manager/producer at LINK Entertainment, and is based in Los Angeles.

            Stephanie A. Johnson


            Stephanie A. Johnson is the President of Clover Entertainment, Inc.

              Max Timm

              Director / President

              Max - Director of Education and Outreach with the ISA, President of The Story Farm Development and Coaching service

                Laura Bradford

                Agent and Founder

                Laura Bradford founded and established the Bradford Literary Agency.

                  Felicity Wren


                  Felicity Wren is the Development Director at International Screenwriters’ Association.

                    Robin McLain

                    Director of Operations

                    Robin McLain is the Director of Operations at 5 x 5 Media

                    Shari Smiley

                    Literary Manager

                    Shari Smiley is the Literary Manager at Gotham Group

                      Jarrod Murray

                      Literary Manager/Producer

                      Jarrod Murray is the Literary Manager/Producer at Epicenter

                        Suzy Sammons


                        Suzy Sammons is the President of Dove.org

                        Will Fendon

                        Strategic Partner

                        Strategic Partner with Cast Iron Studios

                          Jan Cline


                          Jan Cline is the Emcee for Connecting Writers with Hollywood


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                            Event Tickets


                            Early Bird Ticket
                            • Available until April 15th
                            • Purchase Pitch Sessions upon Registration
                            General Ticket
                            • Purchase Pitch Sessions upon Registration
                            Available 4/16

                            What people say

                            Connecting Writers with Hollywood was an excellent conference. As a full time, indie published novelist, I was anxious to see what opportunities were available in Hollywood. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of professionals we had the opportunity to pitch our ideas and existing work to. The sessions were well organized, and everyone I had the pleasure of pitching to was very encouraging. The presentations given by the professionals working in the film industry were excellent. My second pitch of the conference led to a lunch meeting with Shawn West of the Wayne Agency, and an offer for representation which I happily accepted. Very few conferences deliver the opportunities that CWWH2017 did, and I strongly encourage writers at any stage of their career to attend.
                            Toby Neighbors - Author
                            I had no idea what to expect, but the conference was well run and fun. It was better than I expected. The panels were all very helpful and Shawn West’s comment on how this is the best for indie authors was very encouraging. Quite an eye-opener as films and the formats that can be expanded beyond the theater. The panel with all the presenters was excellent. I enjoyed hanging out with other writers and agents and producers in the evening.

                            The two keynote speakers were amazing. I keep telling people that Spokane has impressive hidden talent. I definitely plan to return next year to pitch another.

                            Janet Oakley - Author
                            Thank you so very much for opening these doors up for writers here in the northwest. You and your supporting staff did an excellent job. The venue was marvelous. The panel of professionals were informative and gracious with their time and wisdom. Brian Bird was gracious to open up a time slot to listen to our pitch, and wants to see our completed screenplay. Also, Shawn West wants to read our treatment.
                            Rusty Cooper – Screenwriter
                            I just wanted to thank you again for putting on such a fantastic event! It was such a great learning experience and I am already looking forward to next year! I couldn’t be happier with the turnout and am happy to say I’ve already been in contact with Brian Bird. So thank you again for a wonderful event!
                            Jaci Wheeler – Author
                            I want to thank you for your wonderful event! It was such a great experience…super-professional and yet super-relaxed. A great combo! The presenters all shared relevant and diverse content. I feel like I had so many take-aways and met so many interesting, good, people. Thank you, thank you! I look forward to next year!
                            Gretchen Cowan - Attendee
                            Thank you and the Five Sons for making this conference informative AND productive! My pitches were all well received, I learned a lot from the breakout sessions, and made some good new friends!
                            Rich Cook – Screenwriter
                            I’m really excited about the new opportunities presented to me during the conference. It was so well organized and well-attended, it surpassed my expectations. Thank you for the invitation to join the fun!
                            Shawn West - Film Agent
                            JD DeWitt’s Connecting Writers with Hollywood conference was a turning point in my writing career. During an Open Mic, she offered new writers the chance to read something they’d written. I chose a short, five-minute excerpt. Someone who heard me recommended me to JD, and she reached out to me. Thanks to her ensuing recommendation, I was able to secure representation for my upcoming memoir from a rockstar literary agent, Chip MacGregor.
                            Steven Denlinger - Author

                            Registration opens on January 15th, 2018

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