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Thursday, April 22
 

4:00pm MDT

Box Office Open
Come to the Box Office to pick up badges and ask questions, or get a great Summit T-shirt and badges for 2022!

Thursday April 22, 2021 4:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
Palladium Foyer, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

6:30pm MDT

Pre-Summit Social Event (details to follow)
We welcome anyone in town to join us for a Pre-Summit Social Event, details to be announced.
(This will be an optional ticketed event)

Thursday April 22, 2021 6:30pm - 9:00pm MDT
TBA
 
Friday, April 23
 

9:00am MDT

Box Office Open
Come to the Box Office to pick up badges and ask questions, or get a great Summit T-shirt!

Friday April 23, 2021 9:00am - 7:30pm MDT
Palladium Foyer, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

10:30am MDT

Pitch Desk Open
Any last minute questions about the Pitch Competition? Come by the Pitch Desk on the 3rd Floor of the Allegro in front of the Aragon and Tivoli Rooms!

Friday April 23, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm MDT
Outside Aragon Room, Hotel Allegro

1:30pm MDT

AMA Session 1 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday April 23, 2021 1:30pm - 2:10pm MDT
Palladium Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:45pm MDT

Craft Intensive | WTF is the Difference Between a Character's WANTS and NEEDS?
You hear it all the time: wants, needs, motivations, internal and external goals. WTF does it all mean and how does it make a character likable, relatable and dimensional? In this workshop we'll cover creating characters whose journeys an audience will want to follow.

The Craft Intensive Sessions are deep-dive educational sessions with a great instructor.

Speakers
avatar for Shannan E. Johnson

Shannan E. Johnson

Script Development Consultant, The Professional Pen, Former Exec, Syfy Channel


Friday April 23, 2021 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:45pm MDT

Panel | Pitch, Please!
What makes a good pitch great? More importantly, what doesn’t? This “Pitch 101” session is for all who are participating in the Writers Summit Pitch Competition, and anyone who ever wants to pitch their work! Panelists will breakdown the best pitch structure and elements and demonstrate Do's and Don'ts of great pitches.

Moderators
avatar for Jorge Gonzalez

Jorge Gonzalez

Roadmap Writers, Director of Operations
Jorge serves as the Director of Operations for the screenwriting education platform Roadmap Writers, and oversees both their JumpStart Writing Competition and Diversity Initiative Competition. In just four years Roadmap has helped more than 100 writers get signed to representation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joey Tuccio

Joey Tuccio

CEO of Roadmap Writers
Joey Tuccio is the CEO of Roadmap Writers, an educational hub for writers. Before starting Roadmap, Joey worked at Bold Films and read for both Hugh Jackman and George Clooney's companies. He founded Roadmap Writers with the aim to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and... Read More →
avatar for Tony Gil

Tony Gil

The Gotham Group, Manager, Producer
Tony Gil is a manager/producer at The Gotham Group, where he manages screenwriters, authors, illustrators, and directors across Film, TV, and Animation. Tony started his career in the CAA TV Dept before moving to New York to work as a development coordinator for Barry Diller’s InterActive... Read More →

Sponsors

Friday April 23, 2021 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

2:20pm MDT

AMA Session 2 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday April 23, 2021 2:20pm - 3:00pm MDT
Palladium Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:00pm MDT

AFTERNOON BREAK
Friday April 23, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm MDT
TBA

3:10pm MDT

AMA Session 3 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday April 23, 2021 3:10pm - 3:50pm MDT
Palladium Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:15pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block A
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2020) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/26. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Friday April 23, 2021 3:15pm - 5:30pm MDT
Aragon Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:15pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block A
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Friday April 23, 2021 3:15pm - 5:30pm MDT
Tivoli Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:15pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block A
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Friday April 23, 2021 3:15pm - 5:30pm MDT
Rialto Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:20pm MDT

Craft Intensive | How to Get Your First Job in Hollywood
Breaking into the Entertainment Industry - the fact that you have to "break in" says a lot. Even if no one is holding the door open, there's plenty that you can do to pave your own way. Join Sundance Institute Associate Director and USC Peter Stark Producing Program Lecturer Shira Rockowitz as she shares strategies and practical tools to help you approach your entry-level job search. This workshop will focus on goal-setting, creating a personal brand, and building your network. No breaking and entering required.

Friday April 23, 2021 3:20pm - 4:35pm MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:20pm MDT

Panel | How to Summit with Success
We're here at the Writers Summit to learn, connect, build community and get inspired. But what are the best tools to do that? This panel features seasoned Summit pros breaking-down how to market yourself, meet people, ask the question that makes you seem super smart, and build lasting connections.

Moderators
avatar for Bill True

Bill True

Department Chair for Screenwriting, Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre, Film & TV Writer (RUNAWAY, FORT RULES)
Bill’s debut feature, RUNAWAY, premiered to universal accolades at Tribeca and Toronto. It went on to screen worldwide at other top festivals, taking top prize at the Austin Film Festival and subsequently getting released by eOne Films. He has developed feature and television projects... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kendra Chanae Chapman

Kendra Chanae Chapman

EMERGENCE, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, AVANT-GUARDIANS, Writer & Producer
Kendra Chanae Chapman is a writer and producer who was most recently a story editor on EMERGENCE for ABC. She was also a staff writer on DESIGNATED SURVIVOR for Netflix. Prior to that, Kendra developed and executive produced AVANT-GUARDIANS, a 7-episode web series that was awarded... Read More →
avatar for David Rabinowitz

David Rabinowitz

BLACKKKLANSMAN, Oscar-winning Screenwriter
David Rabinowitz is an Academy Award-winning co-writer of the Spike Lee film BLACKKKLANSMAN. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal. Since then, he's worked as a freelance video editor, motion graphics artist, and screenwriter. David is from... Read More →


Friday April 23, 2021 3:20pm - 4:35pm MDT
Imperial Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

4:00pm MDT

AMA Session 4 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Friday April 23, 2021 4:00pm - 4:40pm MDT
Palladium Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

5:00pm MDT

Writers Summit Opening Reception
Opening reception for all badgeholders and panelists of the 2021 ScreenCraft Writers Summit.
Must have a 2021 Writers Summit Badge to attend. Hosted beer & wine 21+ only

Friday April 23, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

7:00pm MDT

Writers Summit Open Social
The Allegro Hotel Lobby Bar & Lounges are the place to keep creative discussions going!

Friday April 23, 2021 7:00pm - 11:59pm MDT
Hotel Allegro Lobby Bar 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

8:30pm MDT

"Chicago Year One" Party
The "Chicago Year One" party is where we celebrate our earliest Summit Badgeholders - who registered for the Summit before the coronavirus reschedule.  Join us for an exclusive party with VIP's and panelists, only open to those who had a 2020 Writers Summit Badge before the event moved. Let's celebrate together!
Hosted beer, wine and desserts.  21+ no outside guests

Friday April 23, 2021 8:30pm - 10:30pm MDT
TBA
 
Saturday, April 24
 

9:00am MDT

Box Office Open
Come to the Box Office to pick up badges and ask questions, or get a great Summit T-shirt and badges for 2022!

Saturday April 24, 2021 9:00am - 6:00pm MDT
Palladium Foyer, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

AMA Session 5 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 9:30am - 10:10am MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

AMA Session 6 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 9:30am - 10:10am MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

All-Attendee Keynote | The Hollywood TED’s, “The Best Lesson I Ever Learned”
The only ALL-Attendee Keynote of the Summit, one of the most popular events: Our esteemed panelists will share TED-style stories on “The Best Lesson I Ever Learned” in the entertainment industry. Past stories have featured dinners with Oprah, getting fired by Michael Mann, and what it’s like to win an Oscar. Don’t miss it!

Moderators
avatar for Emily Dell

Emily Dell

Director of Events & Outreach, ScreenCraft
Emily Dell is the Exec. DIrector of the ScreenCraft Writers Summit, and also an award-winning writer and director whose work has had over 16 million views online. For CryptTV she created the series TROUBLED YOUTH (>14M views), sold screenplay THE RULES OF BUSINESS to The China Film... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

Lit Entertainment Group, Manager/Producer
Adam Kolbrenner is the founder of Lit Entertainment Group, where he reps top creators including Dave Andron (SNOWFALL); Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken (10 CLOVERFIELD LANE); Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis (THE CHILDREN, FIVE FEET APART); Craig Doyle (GROWN-ISH), and more. He produced... Read More →
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

INSIDE OUT, CAPTAIN MARVEL, GOOD DINOSAUR, Writer
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar’s Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR and is currently writing a series for Hulu as well as the animated film MY FATHER’S DRAGON for... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Calhoun

Wendy Calhoun

PRODIGAL SON, STATION 19, EMPIRE, NASHVILLE, JUSTIFIED, Peabody Award Winning TV Writer/Producer
Wendy is a writer and executive producer with an overall deal at Warner Bros. Television Studios. Most recently, Wendy served as Consulting Producer for ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY firefighter spinoff STATION 19. She has developed new series pilots with NBC, the CW, Netflix, FX, 20th... Read More →


Saturday April 24, 2021 9:30am - 10:45am MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

Pitch Prelims Block B
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Saturday April 24, 2021 9:30am - 11:45pm MDT
Aragon Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

Pitch Prelims Block B
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Saturday April 24, 2021 9:30am - 11:45pm MDT
Rialto Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

Pitch Prelims Block B
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Saturday April 24, 2021 9:30am - 11:45pm MDT
Tivoli Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

10:20am MDT

AMA Session 7 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 10:20am - 11:00am MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

10:20am MDT

AMA Session 8 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 10:20am - 11:00am MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

10:45am MDT

MORNING BREAK
Saturday April 24, 2021 10:45am - 11:05am MDT
TBA

11:05am MDT

Panel | Getting In: An Inside Look at Screenwriting Competitions & Fellowships
Screenwriting Competitions and Fellowships can be a great way to break into the industry, but what’s the best way to get noticed? Should you tailor your application to each program, or always bring something new to the table? Bring all your burning questions to this panel featuring the top screenwriting competitions and fellowship programs out there, presented by Coverfly.

Moderators
avatar for Tom Dever

Tom Dever

and Independent Film Producer, Head of Writer Development for Coverfly
Tom Dever is the Director of Writer Development for Industry Arts, the parent company of ScreenCraft and Coverfly. He has been running competitions for the past three years and working with top writers to help them get signed and optioned. Since taking over, he has helped over 50... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Spencer Janes

Spencer Janes

Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Competitions, Director of Operations
Spencer Janes is the Director of Operations for the Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Competitions. Originally from Massachusetts, Spencer is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Film and English. He worked for two years in development with production company Romark Entertainment... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday April 24, 2021 11:05am - 12:20pm MDT
Imperial Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:05am MDT

Panel | Writing is Rewriting: The Importance of Notes, Feedback & Development
You typed “FADE OUT”, pushed the chair back… You’re totally done, right?
As working writers and executives know, you’ve only just begun. Writing is a collaborative process, where feedback, notes and development are as important as individual inspiration. Maybe more. Join us to learn rewriting strategies and development tips from top working writers, presented by WeScreenplay.

Moderators
avatar for Shannan E. Johnson

Shannan E. Johnson

Script Development Consultant, The Professional Pen, Former Exec, Syfy Channel

Speakers
avatar for Amy Retzinger

Amy Retzinger

Verve Talent Agency, Literary Agent, Partner

Sponsors

Saturday April 24, 2021 11:05am - 12:20pm MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:10am MDT

AMA Session 10 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 11:10am - 11:50am MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:10am MDT

AMA Session 9 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 11:10am - 11:50am MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:00pm MDT

AMA Session 11 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 12:00pm - 12:40pm MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:00pm MDT

AMA Session 12 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 12:00pm - 12:40pm MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:30pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block C
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Saturday April 24, 2021 12:30pm - 2:45pm MDT
Aragon Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:30pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block C
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Saturday April 24, 2021 12:30pm - 2:45pm MDT
Rialto Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:30pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block C
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Saturday April 24, 2021 12:30pm - 2:45pm MDT
Tivoli Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:40pm MDT

LUNCH BREAK
NOTE: No lunch is provided. Check the pocket guide for local recommendations!

Saturday April 24, 2021 12:40pm - 1:45pm MDT
TBA

1:45pm MDT

Craft Intensive | GET YOUR STORY STRAIGHT!
The idea sounded so great in your head. Why are you struggling now to get it on the page? Join pro-writer and screenwriting professor Bill True as he shares simple but powerful story theory principles that will help you more easily transform your great ideas into great stories. Based on the popular classes Bill teaches at the esteemed Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre, this workshop is perfect for anyone looking for tools to take their story development skills to the next level!

Speakers
avatar for Bill True

Bill True

Department Chair for Screenwriting, Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre, Film & TV Writer (RUNAWAY, FORT RULES)
Bill’s debut feature, RUNAWAY, premiered to universal accolades at Tribeca and Toronto. It went on to screen worldwide at other top festivals, taking top prize at the Austin Film Festival and subsequently getting released by eOne Films. He has developed feature and television projects... Read More →


Saturday April 24, 2021 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:45pm MDT

Panel | Lit Entertainment: The Manager + Writer Relationship
You’re looking for a Manager, but what should you be looking for? Once you sign, what are healthy expectations on both sides? And do you actually sign anything?? Lit Entertainment is a Management and Production company with a proven track record of championing new voices and getting scripts sold and into production. Join us to learn the hallmarks of a great writer + manager relationship.

Moderators
avatar for Tom Dever

Tom Dever

and Independent Film Producer, Head of Writer Development for Coverfly
Tom Dever is the Director of Writer Development for Industry Arts, the parent company of ScreenCraft and Coverfly. He has been running competitions for the past three years and working with top writers to help them get signed and optioned. Since taking over, he has helped over 50... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

Lit Entertainment Group, Manager/Producer
Adam Kolbrenner is the founder of Lit Entertainment Group, where he reps top creators including Dave Andron (SNOWFALL); Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken (10 CLOVERFIELD LANE); Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis (THE CHILDREN, FIVE FEET APART); Craig Doyle (GROWN-ISH), and more. He produced... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday April 24, 2021 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
Imperial Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:45pm MDT

Panel | WGF Presents: Writers on Writing
The Writers Guild Foundation brings back one of its highlight events, an in-depth discussion with an all-star writer. Speaker To Be Announced.

Moderators
avatar for Enid Portuguez

Enid Portuguez

WGA Foundation, Director of Events and Communications
Before serving as the Digital Media Officer at the World Federation of United Nations Associations, Enid spent her days blogging about TV and reviewing LA hotspots as a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor for the Los Angeles Times, Instyle.com, The Daily Beast, and Movieline... Read More →

Speakers
Sponsors

Saturday April 24, 2021 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:50pm MDT

AMA Session 13 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 1:50pm - 2:30pm MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:50pm MDT

AMA Session 14 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 1:50pm - 2:30pm MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

2:40pm MDT

AMA Session 15 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 2:40pm - 3:20pm MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

2:40pm MDT

AMA Session 16 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 2:40pm - 3:20pm MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:00pm MDT

AFTERNOON BREAK
Saturday April 24, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm MDT
TBA

3:15pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block D
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Saturday April 24, 2021 3:15pm - 5:30pm MDT
Tivoli Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:15pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block D
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Saturday April 24, 2021 3:15pm - 5:30pm MDT
Rialto Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:15pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block D
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Saturday April 24, 2021 3:15pm - 5:30pm MDT
Aragon Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:20pm MDT

Craft Intensive | "It All Starts with a Script" with Final Draft
Join Final Draft’s Andrew Schwartz for an overview of the exciting features in Final Draft 11. With Final Draft 11, you can brainstorm, visualize, report, tag, collaborate and customize your writing environment like never before.The refined Beat Board offers limitless space to organize your ideas in a customizable, visual way. Plan set pieces, store character research, and much more. Plus, we’ll dig in to the foundation features that have made Final Draft the industry standard screenwriting software for over 25 years. We’ll also raffle-off 3 copies of Final Draft 11 to those in attendance.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Schwartz

Andrew Schwartz

Final Draft, Inc, Studio Liaison,

Sponsors

Saturday April 24, 2021 3:20pm - 4:00pm MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:20pm MDT

Panel | Making Good Characters Great (and Bad Ones Truly Evil)
You want to write characters who leap off the page. But how do you write characters with the best leaping skills? Join great writers to breakdown how to craft an unforgettable character. The participants on this panel have created characters that entranced viewers, won accolades for actors, and even made monsters the most interesting person in the room.

Speakers
avatar for Max Borenstein

Max Borenstein

GODZILLA, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA V. KONG, UNTITLED 2021 HBO LAKERS SHOW, MINORITY REPORT, Screenwriter & Showrunner
Max Borenstein wrote the script for 2014’s blockbuster GODZILLA, as well as KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (story), and the forthcoming GODZILLA V. KONG. His next film as writer and producer, the drama WORTH, starring Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, and Amy Ryan... Read More →
avatar for David Rabinowitz

David Rabinowitz

BLACKKKLANSMAN, Oscar-winning Screenwriter
David Rabinowitz is an Academy Award-winning co-writer of the Spike Lee film BLACKKKLANSMAN. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal. Since then, he's worked as a freelance video editor, motion graphics artist, and screenwriter. David is from... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Calhoun

Wendy Calhoun

PRODIGAL SON, STATION 19, EMPIRE, NASHVILLE, JUSTIFIED, Peabody Award Winning TV Writer/Producer
Wendy is a writer and executive producer with an overall deal at Warner Bros. Television Studios. Most recently, Wendy served as Consulting Producer for ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY firefighter spinoff STATION 19. She has developed new series pilots with NBC, the CW, Netflix, FX, 20th... Read More →


Saturday April 24, 2021 3:20pm - 4:35pm MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:20pm MDT

Panel | The Creative Producer
Producer and CEO of Madison Wells Media, Gigi Prizker (MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, DRIVE, HELL OR HIGH WATER, etc) is known for sourcing excellent material and producing groundbreaking stories.  Join a deep-dive discussion on how she finds scripts, works with writers and shepherds the filmmaking process, and what continues to inspire her about story. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Gigi Pritzker

Gigi Pritzker

MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, DRIVE, HELL OR HIGH WATER, CEO and Co-Founder, MWM
Under her leadership, MWM Studios has produced Academy Award-nominated feature films such as HELL OR HIGH WATER starring Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges, and RABBIT HOLE starring Nicole Kidman. The well-regarded film veteran has produced numerous major film and TV projects, including... Read More →


Saturday April 24, 2021 3:20pm - 4:35pm MDT
Imperial Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:30pm MDT

AMA Session 17 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 3:30pm - 4:10pm MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:30pm MDT

AMA Session 18 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Saturday April 24, 2021 3:30pm - 4:10pm MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

4:00pm MDT

Competition Finalist & Winners Reception - BY INVITATION ONLY
NOTE: Invitations to the Finalists and Winners Reception will be sent directly to competition Finalists and Winners 2 weeks before the Summit.

Past ScreenCraft competition Finalists and Winners are invited to a private reception with select VIP guests. Location revealed with invitation. 21+, no outside guests permitted.

Moderators
avatar for Tom Dever

Tom Dever

and Independent Film Producer, Head of Writer Development for Coverfly
Tom Dever is the Director of Writer Development for Industry Arts, the parent company of ScreenCraft and Coverfly. He has been running competitions for the past three years and working with top writers to help them get signed and optioned. Since taking over, he has helped over 50... Read More →
avatar for Spencer Janes

Spencer Janes

Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Competitions, Director of Operations
Spencer Janes is the Director of Operations for the Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Competitions. Originally from Massachusetts, Spencer is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Film and English. He worked for two years in development with production company Romark Entertainment... Read More →

Saturday April 24, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm MDT
Crescendo Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

5:00pm MDT

Elite Badge VIP Reception Presented by Final Draft

Elite Badgeholders are welcomed to join Panelists, VIP’s and our friends from Final Draft for a reception. Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers.
21+, no outside guests permitted.

Sponsors

Saturday April 24, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Savoy Ballroom & Lounge, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

7:00pm MDT

VIP Panelist dinner

Saturday April 24, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm MDT
TBD

8:00pm MDT

Summit Saturday Night Party
Join us for the Summit Saturday Night Party at Randolph Tavern (across the street from the Allegro).
21+, cash (no-host) bar, outside guests welcome.

Saturday April 24, 2021 8:00pm - 11:00pm MDT
Randolph Tavern
 
Sunday, April 25
 

9:00am MDT

Box Office Open
Come to the Box Office to pick up badges and ask questions, or get a great Summit T-shirt and badges for 2022!

Sunday April 25, 2021 9:00am - 6:00pm MDT
Palladium Foyer, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

AMA Session 19 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 9:30am - 10:10am MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

AMA Session 20 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 9:30am - 10:10am MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

Craft Intensive | Creating Emotional Characters that Audiences will Care About
Join Oscar-nominated screenwriter Meg LeFauve for insights into her process for creating authentic, rich characters.

Speakers
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

INSIDE OUT, CAPTAIN MARVEL, GOOD DINOSAUR, Writer
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar’s Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR and is currently writing a series for Hulu as well as the animated film MY FATHER’S DRAGON for... Read More →


Sunday April 25, 2021 9:30am - 10:45am MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

Panel | The Tipping Point: How to Make the Jump to Working Writer
You’ve struggled through your first few [many] bad scripts and now you’re finally getting to the good stuff. So how do you get your work in front of decision makers? Who are the shepherds to take you to the next level? The Launch Pad Competition presents a discussion of what the tastemakers are looking for in the first staffing jobs and writing assignments that will take you from “aspiring” to “working” writer. Join us to dig in to the strategies and tools that will help you tip the scale.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

Lit Entertainment Group, Manager/Producer
Adam Kolbrenner is the founder of Lit Entertainment Group, where he reps top creators including Dave Andron (SNOWFALL); Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken (10 CLOVERFIELD LANE); Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis (THE CHILDREN, FIVE FEET APART); Craig Doyle (GROWN-ISH), and more. He produced... Read More →
avatar for David Rabinowitz

David Rabinowitz

BLACKKKLANSMAN, Oscar-winning Screenwriter
David Rabinowitz is an Academy Award-winning co-writer of the Spike Lee film BLACKKKLANSMAN. He got his start working as a multimedia producer for the Wall Street Journal. Since then, he's worked as a freelance video editor, motion graphics artist, and screenwriter. David is from... Read More →
avatar for Sylvia L. Jones

Sylvia L. Jones

THE CHI, PEARSON, TELL ME A STORY, TV Writer, Screenwriter
After traveling the country to cover the 2016 presidential primary elections for ABC7Chicago, long-time journalist Sylvia L. Jones decided to leverage her comprehensive knowledge of the city's politics to help launch Showtime's THE CHI and USA's SUITS spinoff, PEARSON. She then wrote... Read More →

Sponsors

Sunday April 25, 2021 9:30am - 10:45am MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

Pitch Prelims Block E
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Sunday April 25, 2021 9:30am - 11:45am MDT
Aragon Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

Pitch Prelims Block E
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Sunday April 25, 2021 9:30am - 11:45am MDT
Rialto Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

Pitch Prelims Block E
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Sunday April 25, 2021 9:30am - 11:45am MDT
Tivoli Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

10:20am MDT

AMA Session 21 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 10:20am - 11:00am MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

10:20am MDT

AMA Session 22 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 10:20am - 11:00am MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:05am MDT

Craft Intensive | "The Protagonist’s Journey" with Scott Myers
The Protagonist’s Journey: The Story’s Narrative Imperative

Speakers
avatar for Scott Myers

Scott Myers

Professor, DePaul University School of Cinematic Artis, Writer & Exec. Producer, Host of “Go Into the Story”
Scott has written over thirty movie and TV projects at nearly every major Hollywood studio and broadcast network. His screenwriting credits include K-9, ALASKA, and TROJAN WAR. From 2002-2010, Scott was an executive producer at Trailblazer Studios, overseeing the company’s original... Read More →


Sunday April 25, 2021 11:05am - 12:20pm MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:05am MDT

Panel | Say it Loud: Voice and Authenticity in Writing
A unique writer's “voice” that comes through on the page is a combination of personal experience and tangible skill, and is critical to success. Learn how to find and amplify your own voice from working writers who all have vibrant, uncompromising voices.

Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 11:05am - 12:20pm MDT
Imperial Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:05am MDT

Panel | You’ve got a Movie Idea, Now Make It!
The bad news we hear all day is that it’s hard to break into the entertainment industry. But the good news is that Independent Film is a wide-open playground, whether you’re in LA, Chicago or Lima. If you want to see your work come to life, and take charge of your creative process, join us to hear panelists break down strategies, best practices and key steps along the way, so that even a small movie can find a big audience.

Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 11:05am - 12:20pm MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:10am MDT

AMA Session 23 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 11:10am - 11:50am MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:10am MDT

AMA Session 24 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 11:10am - 11:50am MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:00pm MDT

AMA Session 25 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 12:00pm - 12:40pm MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:00pm MDT

AMA Session 26 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 12:00pm - 12:40pm MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:30pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block F
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Sunday April 25, 2021 12:30pm - 2:45pm MDT
Tivoli Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:30pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block F
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Sunday April 25, 2021 12:30pm - 2:45pm MDT
Rialto Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:30pm MDT

Pitch Prelims Block F
By sign-up only, please refer to Pitch Competition emails (March 2021) for sign-up information.

The Prelims are round one in the tournament of champions that is the Writers Summit Pitch Competition! In the prelims your pitch will be judged by a panel of experts. The top pitchers will advance to the Top 40, and the top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday 4/25. Bring your A-game!

Moderators
Sunday April 25, 2021 12:30pm - 2:45pm MDT
Aragon Room, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:45pm MDT

Panel | THE SECRET PANEL
What is it?  Who is it?  The less you know... the more you're dying to know!
Details of this panel will be released day-of on Social Media, but it's sure to be juicy. Don't miss it!

NOTE: NO LUNCH IS PROVIDED - we recommend you get some take-out before or after!

Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:45pm MDT

Craft Intensive | The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Surprising and Satisfying Stories
According to author Jill Chamberlain, 99% of first-time screenwriters fail to tell a story. What those writers do instead is present a situation. Do you know the difference? In this information-packed lecture, Jill will walk through the Nutshell Technique, the method she created to visually demonstrate to writers the difference and to show them how to transform mere situations into surprising and satisfying stories.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

Founder, The Screenplay Workshop, Author, The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting
Jill Chamberlain is the author of The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting (University of Texas Press), one of the highest rated screenwriting books on Amazon. It’s on the syllabus for film schools across the world including the acclaimed screenwriting program at Columbia University. Producer Callum Greene (STAR WARS EPISODE IX: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER... Read More →


Sunday April 25, 2021 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:45pm MDT

Panel | Breaking Story 101
Join us in the story “engine room”, where you’ll watch some of Hollywood’s most experienced writers break a story from idea into acts, outline and beats. Come watch the story come together in front of your eyes!

Speakers
avatar for Meg LeFauve

Meg LeFauve

INSIDE OUT, CAPTAIN MARVEL, GOOD DINOSAUR, Writer
Nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar for the blockbuster INSIDE OUT, LeFauve won an Annie Award for that screenplay. She also wrote Pixar’s Golden Globe nominated THE GOOD DINOSAUR and is currently writing a series for Hulu as well as the animated film MY FATHER’S DRAGON for... Read More →
avatar for Max Borenstein

Max Borenstein

GODZILLA, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA V. KONG, UNTITLED 2021 HBO LAKERS SHOW, MINORITY REPORT, Screenwriter & Showrunner
Max Borenstein wrote the script for 2014’s blockbuster GODZILLA, as well as KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (story), and the forthcoming GODZILLA V. KONG. His next film as writer and producer, the drama WORTH, starring Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, and Amy Ryan... Read More →


Sunday April 25, 2021 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
Imperial Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:45pm MDT

Panel | The TV Writers Room: How it Works and How to Run One
The TV writers room is the room where it happens. What actually happens behind those doors, beyond ordering lunch? Experienced TV writers will breakdown how to pitch ideas, break stories, serve your showrunner and balance being great with serving the team. These panelists all started in TV rooms and now run them, and will share what it takes to lead a room to make a great show.

Moderators
avatar for Sylvia L. Jones

Sylvia L. Jones

THE CHI, PEARSON, TELL ME A STORY, TV Writer, Screenwriter
After traveling the country to cover the 2016 presidential primary elections for ABC7Chicago, long-time journalist Sylvia L. Jones decided to leverage her comprehensive knowledge of the city's politics to help launch Showtime's THE CHI and USA's SUITS spinoff, PEARSON. She then wrote... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Calhoun

Wendy Calhoun

PRODIGAL SON, STATION 19, EMPIRE, NASHVILLE, JUSTIFIED, Peabody Award Winning TV Writer/Producer
Wendy is a writer and executive producer with an overall deal at Warner Bros. Television Studios. Most recently, Wendy served as Consulting Producer for ABC’s GREY’S ANATOMY firefighter spinoff STATION 19. She has developed new series pilots with NBC, the CW, Netflix, FX, 20th... Read More →


Sunday April 25, 2021 1:45pm - 3:00pm MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:50pm MDT

AMA Session 27 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
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Sunday April 25, 2021 1:50pm - 2:30pm MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

1:50pm MDT

AMA Session 28 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
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Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 1:50pm - 2:30pm MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

2:40pm MDT

AMA Session 29 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
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Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 2:40pm - 3:20pm MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

2:40pm MDT

AMA Session 30 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

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Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 2:40pm - 3:20pm MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:00pm MDT

AFTERNOON BREAK
Sunday April 25, 2021 3:00pm - 3:20pm MDT

3:20pm MDT

Panel | The Failure Panel: Imposter Syndrome is My Best Friend
Everything I write is terrible! Everything I write is genius! Ring any bells?

Back by popular self-flagellating demand, this year’s Failure Panel digs into the familiar roller coaster between confidence and humility. Sage-like panelists share hard-won wisdom on how to balance these extremes, to be always listening, learning and improving. Note: No video or recording allowed.

Moderators
avatar for Emily Dell

Emily Dell

Director of Events & Outreach, ScreenCraft
Emily Dell is the Exec. DIrector of the ScreenCraft Writers Summit, and also an award-winning writer and director whose work has had over 16 million views online. For CryptTV she created the series TROUBLED YOUTH (>14M views), sold screenplay THE RULES OF BUSINESS to The China Film... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam Kolbrenner

Adam Kolbrenner

Lit Entertainment Group, Manager/Producer
Adam Kolbrenner is the founder of Lit Entertainment Group, where he reps top creators including Dave Andron (SNOWFALL); Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken (10 CLOVERFIELD LANE); Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis (THE CHILDREN, FIVE FEET APART); Craig Doyle (GROWN-ISH), and more. He produced... Read More →
avatar for Tony Gil

Tony Gil

The Gotham Group, Manager, Producer
Tony Gil is a manager/producer at The Gotham Group, where he manages screenwriters, authors, illustrators, and directors across Film, TV, and Animation. Tony started his career in the CAA TV Dept before moving to New York to work as a development coordinator for Barry Diller’s InterActive... Read More →


Sunday April 25, 2021 3:20pm - 4:35pm MDT
Imperial Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:20pm MDT

Pitch Competition - Top 40

The top 40 pitches will be selected from all prelim sessions for the second round of the Writers Summit Pitch Competition. The top 10 will live-pitch to the entire Summit at the Pitch Finals and Award Ceremony on Sunday night, the Awards Ceremony will follow!

Sunday April 25, 2021 3:20pm - 4:35pm MDT
Palladium Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:30pm MDT

AMA Session 31 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
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Moderators
Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 3:30pm - 4:10pm MDT
Orpheum Room I, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

3:30pm MDT

AMA Session 32 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
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Speakers

Sunday April 25, 2021 3:30pm - 4:10pm MDT
Orpheum Room II, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

5:00pm MDT

Pre-pitch "Wine Down" Presented by Roadmap Writers

After the panels, before the pitch finals, Elite Badgeholders are invited to join Panelists and VIP's for a Wine & Cheese Reception presented by Roadmap Writers. 21+, no outside guests permitted

Sponsors

Sunday April 25, 2021 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

6:30pm MDT

Summit Family-Style Dinner

The Summit Family-Style Dinner is a chance to share inspirations and lessons with your friends from the Writers Summit, over delicious food.

NOTE: Not included with any Badge. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Location/menu released April 2021.

Sunday April 25, 2021 6:30pm - 8:00pm MDT
TBA

8:00pm MDT

Pitch Competition Finals & Writers Summit Awards Ceremony
The capstone to the Writers Summit: The finalists of the Summit Pitch Competition will live-pitch to a panel of VIP judges. Come celebrate the best stories and watch your friends compete for a guaranteed signing with Literary Manager Tony Gil and bragging rights as the “Best Pitch of the Summit!”

Speakers
avatar for Joey Tuccio

Joey Tuccio

CEO of Roadmap Writers
Joey Tuccio is the CEO of Roadmap Writers, an educational hub for writers. Before starting Roadmap, Joey worked at Bold Films and read for both Hugh Jackman and George Clooney's companies. He founded Roadmap Writers with the aim to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and... Read More →
avatar for Tony Gil

Tony Gil

The Gotham Group, Manager, Producer
Tony Gil is a manager/producer at The Gotham Group, where he manages screenwriters, authors, illustrators, and directors across Film, TV, and Animation. Tony started his career in the CAA TV Dept before moving to New York to work as a development coordinator for Barry Diller’s InterActive... Read More →


Sunday April 25, 2021 8:00pm - 10:00pm MDT
TBA
 
Monday, April 26
 

9:00am MDT

Box Office Open
Come to the Box Office to pick up badges and ask questions, or get a great Summit T-shirt and badges for 2022!

Monday April 26, 2021 9:00am - 2:00pm MDT
Palladium Foyer, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

9:30am MDT

Craft Intensive | TV Writing: Keys To A Successful Pilot
Speakers
avatar for Jacob Krueger

Jacob Krueger

Founder, Jacob Krueger Studio, Writer of EMMY-winning THE MATTHEW SHEPARD STORY
The founder of Jacob Krueger Studio, Jacob has worked with thousands of writers, from Academy and Tony Award Winners, to beginning writers picking up the pen for the first time. Jacob is a WGA Paul Selvin Award Winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and director. Jacob’s first... Read More →


Monday April 26, 2021 9:30am - 10:45am MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

10:00am MDT

AMA Session 33 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

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Speakers

Monday April 26, 2021 10:00am - 10:40am MDT
Palladium Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

10:50am MDT

AMA Session 34 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

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Speakers

Monday April 26, 2021 10:50am - 11:30am MDT
Palladium Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:05am MDT

Craft Intensive | The Heart of Screenwriting: Writing Great SCENES
Matthew Bird, author of "Secrets of Story" takes writers through The Heart of Screenwriting: Writing Great SCENES.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Bird

Matthew Bird

The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers, Author
Matt Bird is the author of the bestselling writing advice guide The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers from Penguin Random House. He has an MFA from Columbia University and has worked as a screenwriter and playwright for ten years... Read More →


Monday April 26, 2021 11:05am - 12:20pm MDT
Savoy Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:05am MDT

Panel | Re-writing Chicago: The Power of Local Community in a Worldwide Industry
Moderators
avatar for Angie Gaffney

Angie Gaffney

Independent Film Alliance (IFA) Chicago, Executive Director
Angie Gaffney is a producer, entrepreneur and life coach based in Chicago. Her latest initiative is The Independent Film Alliance Chicago, a result of the recent merger between IFP Chicago and Stage 18 Chicago. As a life and leadership coach, Angie specializes in working with creatives... Read More →

Speakers
Sponsors

Monday April 26, 2021 11:05am - 12:20pm MDT
Walnut Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

11:40am MDT

AMA Session 35 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

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Speakers

Monday April 26, 2021 11:40am - 12:20pm MDT
Palladium Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

12:30pm MDT

AMA Session 36 - EMAIL SIGNUP ONLY
NOTE: AMA Signups will go out to Elite Badgeholders four (4) weeks prior to Summit

The Mentorship AMA’s are “Ask Me Anything” sessions with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, managers, producers, studio executives, etc. With only 12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask the burning questions and get real advice!

ELITE BADGES ONLY
Purchase Elite Badges here. Already have a Summit Badge? Upgrade to an Elite Badge here.

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Speakers

Monday April 26, 2021 12:30pm - 1:15pm MDT
Palladium Ballroom, Hotel Allegro 171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601