Do I need to be a published writer in order to attend?

Absolutely not. A writer at any stage of their career is encouraged to attend. While some producers are seeking material which can be adapted, others are seeking straight up story (concept), published or not. Screenwriters, this applies to you as well. And if you’re a beginner, the educational aspects and connections from the conference automatically provide you with a great advantage.

Can I sign up for more than 1 pitch session?

Initially, you can sign up for up to 2. However, you can only sign up once
for the same person. Example, you may not sign up twice for Rich Peluso
and expect a 20-minute session. If upon checking in at the conference,
there are any available pitch sessions, you can purchase additional. This
will be first come, first served.

How will I know when my pitch times are?

You will be scheduled in advance of the conference and presented with your times when you check in. You will not be overbooked and we will make sure that you are able to make all of your pitch sessions.

Is there a waiting list for sold-out pitch sessions?

Sort of. If any pitch sessions are added by the pitch taker, there will be a sign-up sheet for those at the registration/check-in table.

Important things to know about pitching

What happens if a presenter cancels their appearance and if they do, will I get a refund?

Of course, we hope this does not happen. Our presenters are all committed to coming and spending time with you. Should anyone cancel, it would be because of circumstance beyond their control. They are looking forward to this event, too! No refunds will be offered, the conference will be a time of education and opportunity, in its entirety, and not based off of any one person.

I’m a published author, will there be a book signing?

Currently, the answer to that is no. That may change, so stay tuned.

Which Davenport hotel does the conference take place?

The Historic Davenport Hotel (though all are within walking distance)

Address: 10 S Post St, Spokane, WA 99201

Phone: (509) 455-8888

What is downtown Spokane like?

If you’ve never been to Spokane, you’re in for a nice surprise! Within walking distance from the Davenport hotel, you will find a plethora of restaurants to choose from and shopping (if you have time!). Don’t forget to visit the region’s premiere bookstore, Aunties — it’s worth the walk! Spokane in June is particularly beautiful and if you want nature photography opportunities, you will have it!

What to Expect?

Who would benefit from this event?

Both established and unpublished authors and screenwriters.

Concept is what Hollywood is looking for, you don’t have to be in print in order to be in the running. Come with your best logline and gain some interest!

What makes this event unique among similar offerings?

Our conference is intentionally designed to have an intimate atmosphere… meaning, we cap off the attendance and the presenters we bring are aware that they need to be accessible. We have developed Connect Groups, a small circle of attendees, hosted by presenters. This is a close-knit discussion and a chance for genuine Q&A, a great opportunity to learn from the experts.

What sort of topics are presented here?

— to name a few…

Screenwriting Courses by Dave Trottier and Diane Drake

What to Expect When a Producer is Interested in your Book?

What can a Film Agent/Literary Manager do for you?

How to Create the Perfect Hook/Logline for Hollywood

Packaging – The Process from Concept, Development, Production & Distribution

Who can I pitch my material to?

Shari Smiley, who negotiated films GONE GIRL and WILD and Rich Peluso, Exec. V.P. of Sony’s AFFIRM (he’s actually the one who green lights projects). David Katsman of LINK Management, Jarrod Murray of Epicenter are among others taking pitches.

Why Attend: The Top Five Reasons

It is not easy to land a meeting with an executive producer or a film agent. By bringing experts who work in Hollywood, to Spokane, CWWH provides an opportunity to get in front of the people who can actually do something with a writer’s material.

Whether you are a novelist, a beginner writer, or a screenwriter, there will be presentations geared specifically toward your craft.

CWWH is meant to be an intimate conference. There will not be the confusion of a large arena, or hundreds of other writers to compete with. And there is not a feeling of loss when selecting a break-out session because there are no more than 2 at a time. With intent, we keep the platform simple so that attendees can spend as much time as possible with the experts.

Connect Groups! This year we are introducing connect groups. This is a session where up to 25 attendees have a break-out session with a Hollywood insider. There will be a moderator to make sure an individual does not monopolize the time. This will be a great opportunity to get specific questions answered and to network with the guest speaker and others.

Pitch Sessions of course! This is the golden opportunity for writers. Ten minutes, one-on-one with a producer or agent, who you will share your material with.

Thank you for your interest in the Connecting Writers with Hollywood conference – if you have any additional questions, please email JD at jd@jddewitt.com