The 2020 ScreenCraft Writers Summit is coming to Chicago! 

Register early. Price will increase after February 21st.

Friday, April 24th – Monday, April 27th, 2020

Join us for workshops, panels, cocktail parties,
pitch events and mentorship with some of Hollywood’s
top screenwriters, agents and producers.

Have a question? Review our Frequently Asked Questions
View Preliminary Summit Schedule Here

Reserve your 2020 badge

The best in Hollywood are coming to Chicago in April.
Join us for industry education and inspiration.

The 2020 Speakers & Mentors Already Confirmed:

Meg LeFauve

Oscar-nominated Screenwriter (INSIDE OUT, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, CAPTAIN MARVEL)

Wendy Calhoun

Peabody Award Winning TV Writer/Producer (PRODIGAL SON, STATION 19, EMPIRE, NASHVILLE, JUSTIFIED)

Joan Wai

Senior Manager, Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting,
Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Brian Nitzkin

Senior Vice President, Myriad Pictures
(SUPPORT THE GIRLS, MARGIN CALL, KINSEY, etc)

Amy Retzinger

Literary Agent, Partner
Verve Talent Agency

Gigi Pritzker

CEO and Co-Founder, MWM
(MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, DRIVE, HELL OR HIGH WATER, etc)

Sylvia L. Jones

TV Writer (THE CHI, PEARSON, TELL ME A STORY) Screenwriter (THE CLARK SISTERS: FIRST LADIES OF GOSPEL)

Jill Chamberlain

Author of The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret to Successful Screenwriting

Enid Portuguez

Director of Events and Communications at the Writers Guild Foundation

Emily Dell

ScreenCraft Writers Summit Executive Director, Director, Screenwriter (B-GIRL, CryptTV, DreamworksTV, Verona Graphic Novel)

Scott Myers

Writer & Exec. Producer, host of “Go Into the Story”
Professor, DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts

Shira Rockowitz

Associate Director, Feature Film Program, Sundance Institute

Matt Bird

Author, “The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers”

Bill True

Film & TV Writer (RUNAWAY, FORT RULES)
Department Chair and Head of Screenwriting, Scottsdale School of Film+Theatre.

David Rabinowitz

Oscar-winning Screenwriter (BLACKKKLANSMAN)

Jacob Krueger

Founder, Jacob Krueger Studio
Writer of EMMY-winning THE MATTHEW SHEPARD STORY

Adam Kolbrenner

Literary Manager and Founder, Lit Entertainment Group
Producer (PRISONERS, CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, etc)

Tony Gil

Literary Manager, The Gotham Group
* Pitch Competition Signing Rep *

Max Borenstein

Screenwriter (GODZILLA, KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA V. KONG, WORTH, etc) and TV Showrunner (UNTITLED 2021 HBO LAKERS SHOW, MINORITY REPORT)

Kendra Chanae Chapman

TV Writer (EMERGENCE and DESIGNATED SURVIVOR)

Frederick Mensch

Writer of Emmy-nominated NIGHTINGALE (HBO), MovieBytes.com Proprietor
Tanya Saracho

Tanya Saracho

Showrunner and Creator, VIDA (Starz)

Shannan E. Johnson

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

More mentors to be announced soon!

I learned so much from the panels (Meg LeFauve was by far my favorite – she spoke to my heart every time), the pitching experience was incredible, and it was so enjoyable to meet other writers at similar stages of their careers as mine at the social events. Truly I’ve never found it easier to socialize with total strangers than at this event. I loved it.” – Nate Herzog

“It was freaking amazing! Useful, real-world information and helpful, real-world contacts. ScreenCraft is hands down one of the best in the business!” – Rhonda Baraka, screenwriter and filmmaker (she signed with a literary manager she met at the ScreenCraft Writers Summit)

“I have never been a part of a conference where I felt so well-taken- care-of from start to finish! I had a great time, loved my panels and enjoyed the whole experience.” – Jeb Stuart, writer of DIE HARD, THE FUGITIVE, ScreenCraft Conference Panelist

Badge Details

Summit Access

$375

Reserve Your Badge
REGULAR DEADLINE: Feb 21st
After February 21st, price increases to $425
  • Four days of celebrating the craft of screenwriting in Chicago!
  • Access to opening night reception with all conference attendees and panelists (Friday April 24th)
  • Access to Summit panels and workshops with Oscar, Emmy and WGA winning writers of film and television. Participate in high-level discussions with the leaders of the entertainment industry, get valuable pitch preparation and join craft-enriching sessions that will take your writing to the next level.
  • All-Summit Evening Party on Saturday April 25th
  • Entry to the free Pitch Competition to have your 2-minute pitch judged.  The top pitches will pitch to a panel of celebrity judges, at the Pitch Finals on Sunday April 26th.
    ** The winning pitch receives a guaranteed signing with a literary manager (name to be released prior) as well as bragging rights as “Best Pitch of the Summit!”
  • Optional add-on: Family-Style Dinner (Sunday April 26th before the Pitch Finals), and excursions in the city and cultural events (to be announced).
  • 75% discount on annual membership to The Script Lab library of educational video content for screenwriters and filmmakers (including recorded panels from the Summit)!
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Elite Access

$575

Reserve Your Badge
REGULAR DEADLINE: Feb 21st 
After February 21st, price increases to $625

All of the great programming as the Summit Access Badge, to the left, plus:

  • The Mentorship AMA’s (“Ask Me Anything”):  All elite badgeholders will be able to join two 30-min “AMA” session with one of our panelists: Award-winning Writers, agents, managers, producers, studio executives, etc.  With only 10-12 people in the room, this is your chance to ask every burning question and get actionable advice from working industry professionals at the top of their game. AMA sessions will be scheduled throughout the weekend, and signup information will be released four weeks prior to the Summit.
  • VIP Reception:  An exclusive cocktail party reception in a private room at the Allegro Hotel with panelists and our sponsors (Saturday April 25th, 5pm-7pm).
  • The Elite Badge Pre-Pitch “wine-down”:  Wine & Cheese reception, with the panelists and mentors, on Sunday April 26th before the Pitch finals (5pm-6pm).
  • Pitch Prep:  Elite badgeholders will be able to sign up for personalized pitch prep sessions in the weeks before the Summit, to prepare for your official pitch time!
Reserve Your Badge

LEARN. BE INSPIRED. CONNECT.

LOCATED AT:
The Summit Headquarters is Hotel Allegro 
171 W. Randolph St., Chicago, Illinois

View Preliminary Summit Schedule Here

Headquartered at the historic Hotel Allegro by Kimpton

Hotel Allegro by Kimpton
171 W. Randolph ST. 
Chicago, IL 60601

The glamour and pageantry of America’s Golden Era is alive and well at Kimpton Hotel Allegro. A historic gem in the heart of Chicago’s downtown Theatre District, surrounded by sights like Grant Park and State Street. This boutique haven is right in the middle of the Loop’s historic Theater District, and has played host to Hollywood stars and mafiosos throughout its colorful history. Join us for 3 full days of mentorship, panels and parties with some of Hollywood’s top writers, producers, studio executives, literary managers and agents.

The hotel is believed to be the first fully air-conditioned hotel in the world (it’s been given many modern luxury updates since then!), and the first hotel in the Midwest to have telephones in every guest room! The adjacent Palace Theatre soon became one of the epicenters of Chicago’s vaudeville scene with stars such as Jimmy Durante, Mae West, Sophie Tucker and Bob Hope performing there and all staying next door at this hotel. As vaudeville and big bands fell out of style, the neighboring Palace theatre eventually became the biggest movie theater in the entire city of Chicago in the 1940s!

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