Connecting Writers with Hollywood is an annual event that brings together writers, screenwriting professionals, and producers.

Hollywood is coming to Seattle!

#CWWH2019 is hosting a one day Master Class for writers and screenwriters.

This year CWWH is partnering with the prestigious Pacific Northwest Writers Association with the goal to inspire writers and producers in the creative community of the Pacific Northwest.


Executive Producer – Travis Mann (I CAN ONLY IMAGINE)
Max Timm (International Screenwriters Association)
Felicity Wren (International Screenwriters Association)
Naomi Beaty (Save the Cat!)
Sandra Leviton (Producer)
Ryan Dixon (Producer)
Executive Producer – Robert Lawrence (KINGKILLER CHRONICLE, CLUELESS)


Past Speakers include – Chuck Palahniuk (FIGHT CLUB), Rich Peluso (EVP/Sony Affirm), Mark Steilen (screenwriter TAG), Shari Smiley (Gotham Group), Mike Dill (Black Box Entertainment) and Brian Bird (WHEN CALLS the HEART).

Registration: February 8th – September 10th
Event Date: Sunday, September 15th
Time: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport – 18740 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA 98188
(888) 370-0998

Cost: $249.00 ($199.00 if attending PNWA) – Link: https://www.pnwa.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1158707&group=





Meet our exciting speakers



Director of Education at the International Screenwriters’ Association



    Development Director at the International Screenwriters’ Association



      As a screenwriter, Ryan has written projects for Disney, Amazon, Universal, and WWE Films



        Screenwriter, Script Consultant, and Screenwriting Instructor


          Executive / Producer / Keynote Speaker

          Over twenty-five years of motion picture industry experience as a Studio Executive and as an Executive Producer

            TRAVIS MANN

            President of Cobalt Pictures

            President of Cobalt Pictures, a global sales, production, and finance company

              SANDRA LEVITON


              Founder of Under The Stairs Entertainment - a Los Angeles based producer with over nineteen years of experience

                JD DEWITT

                Director of Development/Literary Manager

                Director of Development & Literary Manager at 5x5 Productions

                  ROBIN MCLAIN

                  President/Director of Operations

                  President & Director of Operations at 5x5 Productions.

                    KIM HORNSBY

                    Screenwriter/Author/Conference Emcee

                    Award-Winning Suspense Author and Screenwriter


                      8:00 AM
                      1 hr


                      9:00 AM
                      1 hr 15 mins

                      Conceptualization, Pitching, and The Power of Your Voice - (Max Timm and Felicity Wren)

                      In this one-hour conversation and open discussion, Felicity Wren and Max Timm of the Int’l Screenwriters Association will present a fun, inspiring take on how important your personal story is when pitching and presenting your project. So much of the success that writers find in the film and television industry is based on relationship building, and in any relationship we want to actually like the person we’re communicating with. Felicity and Max will discuss with the audience, how it isn’t just your amazing, successful book or screenplay that gets the attention of Hollywood. It’s you! It’s your unique story, and how that unique story connects to the original work and concept you have developed. If we take the writer out of the story, we just have a bunch of letters and words that string together ideas. Your role as a writer is to present to the world the truth, a message, original entertainment, and…you. This presentation and interactive workshop will help you rediscover the “you” inside your writing.

                      10:30 AM
                      1 hr 15 mins

                      Everything You Need To Know About Becoming a TV Writer - (Sandra Leviton)

                      The road to becoming a television writer is often a twisty and mysterious journey. In this presentation, we will navigate the map of the TV business and decode the process of becoming a TV writer. Topics include: finding representatives, the changing TV cycle and how it affects you, what to do if you don’t live in Los Angeles, and the various paths that lead to the writers’ room.

                      11:45 AM
                      1 hr 15 mins

                      Lunch On Your Own

                      1:00 PM
                      1 hr 15 mins

                      Travis Mann

                      Travis will discuss developing and producing motion pictures based on inspirational, true stories, sharing his experiences with the #1 independent hit film of 2018, “I Can Only Imagine,” as well as lessons learned from deals gone bad.

                      2:30 PM
                      1 hr 15 mins

                      Save the Cat 101: Screenwriting basics that form the foundation of your screenplay or adaptation - (Naomi Beaty)

                      We’ll look at movies as efficient vehicles for storytelling, in particular how movies engage the audience and the qualities of stories that translate well to the film medium. Framing this discussion, we’ll look at fundamental screenwriting principles as covered in the Save the Cat canon. These principles form the core of strong screenplays and create the foundation of your screenplay or adaptation.

                      4:00 PM
                      1 hr 15 mins

                      Pitches to Paychecks: The Business of Being a Professional Screenwriter - (Ryan Dixon)

                      Congratulations. You’ve made it. Now what? In this presentation, you will take a journey through the life of the working screenwriter. Topics include: What to expect from agents/managers, how to survive the Water Bottle Tour, pitching new projects, landing open writing assignments, coping with Studio development notes, how to do rewrites for actors and directors and dealing with the heartbreak of being removed from a project.

                      5:30 PM
                      1 hr

                      Keynote - Robert Lawrence

                      30 mins

                      One-Sheet Pitches

                      All CWWH attendees are allowed to bring 2 one-sheets of their material. As soon as the conference concludes, attendees will be able to leave their written pitch for up to 2 of the presenters for submission. The presenters have committed to reading each one.

                      Please let us know if you have any questions at: asst@5x5inc.com

                      Any Questions - Please Contact Us!

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                      Important #CWWH2019 Announcement:
                      If you are attending PNWA you will save $50.00 off of the CWWH day-long conference. Here is the link to the CWWH Masterclass on the PNWA site.
                      If you are not attending PNWA please follow the registration process below.
                      We look forward to seeing you in Seattle!


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                      what people are saying

                      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
                      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
                      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

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