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.

Be sure to save the date and sign up for our newsletter in order to receive the latest conference updates.

See you in June!

JD DeWitt




Meet our Speakers

Diane Drake


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

    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

                  Jan Cline


                  Jan Cline is the Emcee for Connecting Writers with Hollywood

                    Shari Smiley

                    Literary Manager

                    Shari Smiley is the Literary Manager at Gotham Group

                      Rich Peluso

                      Executive Vice President

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

                        Jarrod Murray

                        Literary Manager/Producer

                        Jarrod Murray is the Literary Manager/Producer at Epicenter

                          Will Fendon

                          Strategic Partner

                          Strategic Partner with Cast Iron Studios

                            Bobby Downes

                            Executive Producer

                            Bobby founded ChristianCinema.com, now the largest selection of faith-affirming and family-approved movies on the internet.

                              Suzy Sammons


                              Suzy Sammons is the President of Dove.org

                              Elisha Miranda

                              Professor of Film

                              Elisha Miranda is a professor of film, a director, a screenwriter, and a young adult novelist.


                                KEYNOTE TOPIC Books to FILM/TV–The process of selling the dramatic rights to a book in FILM/TV.

                                SHARI SMILEY
                                9:00 AM
                                General Session - Speaker Panel

                                Speaker introductions and find out what type of projects that they are seeking.

                                Diane Drake, Dave Trottier and Max Timm
                                Felicity Wren & Max Timm

                                Gain a competitive edge by overcoming the mistakes that most developing writers make, and replacing those mistakes with sound writing (and pitching) strategies.  This is a nuts and bolts workshop on how to actually write the screenplay.  Learn how to discover and dramatize the cinematic moments and emotional beats in your screenplay that make a difference. Understand how to write for your true audience—the reader.  Get answers to questions:  What are the secrets of writing crisp movie dialogue?  What are 7 common dialogue errors to avoid?  What’s the real difference between show and tell, and how do you apply the “less is more” principle to your writing?  In addition, get specific tips on how to create a winning pitch for today’s marketplace.

                                DAVE TROTTIER

                                Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and apply specific revising tools to ordinary scenes and transform them into spellbinding action, emotionally involving drama, and compelling comedy that readers will love.  This is fun!  Numerous handouts will be provided so that we can spot the problems yourself and quickly work through the revisions in class.  Suggested final revisions will be provided.  Sharpen your pencil—this is a hands-on workshop where you can see principles and techniques applied to writing great scenes.  As a bonus, formatting principles will be discussing in the process.  All of your questions will be answered.

                                DAVE TROTTIER
                                Robin McLain, JD DeWitt, Renee Meland, and Kim Hornsby


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                                Event Tickets


                                Early Bird Ticket
                                • Purchase Pitch Sessions upon Registration
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                                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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