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TV Weekend Chicago: From Concept to Studio Deal!

Seminar - Chicago Brought to you by International Screenwriters' Association
Early Registration ends: 04/10/2017
Class Begins: 05/05/2017   Ends: 05/07/2017
Class Time: 3:00 pm - (CST)
FEE: $299 Register For Class

Join us for this ISA Masters Series Seminar where you'll learn the tools to develop a TV Pilot from concept to pitch, so you can land that studio deal or get staffed on a show. Every writer's dream is to create longevity in this industry. Let the ISA and our esteemed guests help you! This ISA Masters Series Seminar is sponsored by Final Draft, Creative Cypher, Nickleodeon, and MovieMaker Magazine.




Each paid registrant receives THE CRAFT COURSE (value $69) and a subscription to MovieMaker Magazine for FREE!


To kick off the ISA’s TV Weekend Chicago, we are presenting a lecture breaking down NBC’s TIMELESS and Netflix's STRANGER THINGS by the ISA’s Director of Community Outreach and co-head of the ISA Development Program, Max Timm. Having launched The Craft Course in Screenwriting over a year ago, and with over a decade of experience in working one-on-one with writers of all genres and formats, Max will share his insights, lessons, and breakdown of the most essential element of any TV series, the recurring moment. 


On Saturday, top TV consultant, Jen Grisanti, will teach you how to write a TV pilot that sells. Having spent years as a Current Programming Executive, Grisanti knows not only what it takes from a business perspective, but she offers a hands-on, immediately supportive approach to educating writers on what it takes to sell material in this town. After Jen, we will present career consultant and industry expert, Lee Jessup, who will share with you everything you need to know about becoming a working television writer. Lee's clients continually move from novice, out-of-work screenwriters, to working and career-focused writers who are actually getting paid to do what they love! Both of our guest consultants are offering their expertise for what normally would take most clients weeks, if not months, to learn. Take advantage of their time and insights all in one day! (If you scroll down, you can read all about our fabulous guest consultants.)


On Sunday, veteran consultant and writing expert, Corey Mandell will help you improve your skills to pitch yourself and your ideas, an absolutely essential skill for anyone serious about launching or building a TV writing career. As a TV writer, you are not only attempting to sell a piece of writing, but it's your responsibility to allow the industry to know who you are on a personal and professional level. Learning how to pitch yourself is just as essential as pitching your project. We will follow Corey's class with an Industry Panel: Navigating the Screenwriting Business, and Breaking In To Hollywood From Chicago. The panel will focus on how to make the most of your screenwriting career, intentions, and creative pursuits no matter where in the country you live. With a focus on the Chicago creative community, the ISA will bring you an educational, empowering, and inspiring panel that will get you excited to pursue your writing dreams, with a practical and realistic approach.

Then we will wrap up the day with an interactive pitch event where 10 lucky writers in attendance will get the chance to practice their pitch in front of a panel of industry pros, all of which will give you direct feedback and support. 




  • EARLY Registration ends: APRIL 10th - $299 for 3 day pass
  • REGULAR Registration: April 11th - May 1st - $350 for 3 day pass 


The skills you'll learn over this 3-day event will help you turn your good TV script into a great script, and get you ready to pitch and sell at the highest level. This is a highly competitive industry, so let us help you elevate your craft and your career. You can't afford to miss this!


Open to all storytellers – screenwriters, TV writers, novelists, filmmakers, producers, agents, actors, development executives and more are welcome to attend.

Tags: TV Pilot, Web Series, Action, Adventure, Animation, Biography, Children, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction, Sports, Thriller, Western, Adaptation