Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Mike Rich Speaks to Third Thursday in Portland January 17th

Please join us for this month's Third Thursdays with the ISA, January 17, at the Northwest Film Center. Our guest speaker is celebrated screenwriter, Mike Rich!

Details and registration link are below. We hope you can make it!

Mary Andonian and David Poulshock

Register now:

Your chance to meet award-winning screenwriter, MIKE RICH. Screenwriting credits include: Finding Forrester, The Rookie, Secretariat, Cars 3, and The Nativity Story. Mike recently published his first novel, The Skavenger's Hunt.

Plus, our 11/15 ISA event DOOR PRIZES include:
A signed copy of Mike Rich's new book, THE SKAVENGER'S HUNT.
One free hard copy of the book, Screenwriting Tribe by Daniel John Carey.
One free script entry to NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL.

WHEN: Thursday, January 17th - 7pm

WHERE: NW Film Center Office & Classrooms and South Park Restaurant*
NW FILM — 934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205 (10th & Salmon NOT Whitsell Auditorium)
SOUTH PARK — Each event begins at NWFC then migrates across the street to South Park.

Special Guest Mike Rich
Mike Rich's screenwriting breakthrough came in 1998 when his script "Finding Forrester" was honored by the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship competition. Within weeks it was picked up by Columbia Pictures and was a holiday season release just two years later, starring Sean Connery and directed by Gus Van Sant. Mike's second screenplay "The Rookie," starred Dennis Quaid and Rachel Griffiths, resulting in both a commercial and critical success for Disney in 2002. The following year, Mike wrote the script for "Radio," starring Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Debra Winger.

He has been a contributing writer on "Miracle," "Eight Below," and "Invincible."  Mike's works also include "The Nativity Story” and “Secretariat,” a Disney film which was released in 2010. In 2017, for the first time in his writing career, he worked in animation, writing the screenplay for Pixar’s Cars 3. And just last year, he wrote his first novel: a middle-grade book titled “Skavenger’s Hunt.”

Monday, December 24, 2018

Creating Narrative Tension in a Novel or Script

A short video by Bill Johnson about how to create and sustain narrative tension in a novel, screenplay, or play. A story that lacks narrative tension risks being episodic, a series of events that fail to have dramatic or emotional impact. Bill is available to teach a narrative tension workshop online and to review manuscripts. Originally this video was created for an online class taught by Bill Johnson for Pennwriters. 

For more information about Bill, visit his website at

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Poetry with Kim Stafford, Tim Gillespie and Timothy Kerlin

Join us for a special event with Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford, Tim Gillespie and Timothy Kerlin. This meeting is free and open to the public, and presented in partnership with Free Range Poetry and Portland Ars Poetica.

TUESDAY, December 4, 2018
1422 SW 11th Avenue, Portland
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We also invite you to join us for an open mic prior to the featured readers.

Open mic readers are limited to ONE POEM of short to moderate length, and open mic readers may be limited to 15 people. Sign up for open mic begins at 6:00 pm.

Our featured readers include Tim Gillespie, Timothy Kerlin, and Kim Stafford.

About Tim Gillespie

Tim is an almost-four-decade veteran Oregon public school teacher. He was one of the three original founders of the Oregon Writing Festival, which for 35 years has been supporting young Oregon writers. For a decade, he co-directed, with Kim Stafford, the Oregon Writing Project summer institute at Lewis & Clark College. He’s the author of Doing Literary Criticism from Stenhouse Press, and recent poems have been published in Windfall, The Timberline Review, Cloudbank, The Poeming Pigeon, English Journal, and Oregon English.

About Timothy Kerlin

Tim was an English composition teacher for nine years and currently works as a digital content developer with McGraw-Hill. His poems have been published in Literati Quarterly, Superficial Flesh, the Texas Observer, and the Burnside Review

About Kim Stafford

Founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craftand 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan. In May 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown.

About Free Range

Free Range Poetry is a long-running monthly poetry event, always combining an open mic with longer readings by established or emerging poets. Free Range Poetry's aim is to cultivate a welcoming venue for new and familiar voices. You can usually find Free Range Poetry on First Mondays at the NW Multnomah County Library.

About Portland Ars Poetica

Portland Ars Poetica is an ongoing literary poetry workshop open to any Portland-area poet who seeks to hone their practice and craft. Our activities include critique workshops, a poetry book club, calls for submission, and promotion of local performance venues. Find out more about Portland Ars Poetica at

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Don’t miss the 2nd PDX ISA Third Thursdays — November 15th!

Don’t miss the 2nd ISA Third ThursdaysNovember 15th! — a monthly mixer for Portland screenwriters and the film and television community. Mingle with fellow screenwriters, meet film and TV industry professionals, and win door prizes, all in a fun, casual atmosphere.

This event is free and open to all.

Register now for:

Your chance to meet guest speaker TIMOTHY RHYS, publisher of MovieMaker Magazine.
Writer, director and publisher of the world’s best-selling Indie film magazine, Tim Rhys will be on hand to give us his take on current screenwriting and Indie film trends.

Everyone who attends will receive a free digital subscription to MovieMaker Magazine!
(or a discounted one-year subscription to the hard copy magazine)

Plus, our 11/15 ISA event DOOR PRIZES include:

• A 1-year Subscription to ScriptLadder ($95 value) (see info below)

WHEN: Thursday, November 15th - 7pm

WHERE: NW Film Center Office & Classrooms and South Park Restaurant*
NW FILM — 934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205 (10th & Salmon NOT Whitsell Auditorium)
SOUTH PARK — Each event begins at NWC then migrates across the street to South Park.

Special Guest Timothy Rhys
Timothy Rhys is a writer and director who edits and publishes MovieMaker Magazine. He also develops independent motion pictures through his production companies, Vagabond Pictures and Cold Open Pictures. Tim recently produced the feature thriller Indiscretion, starring Academy Award-winner Mira Sorvino, and is currently producing the drama Sitiado. Tim is artistic director of the MovieMaker Institute, which has brought educational film programs around the world since 1997, and heads up MovieMaker Production Services, which assists independent producers. Tim has been a juror at the Hawaii International Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, the New Hampshire Film Festival, the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival, and many others, and serves on the board of the historic Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

ScriptLadder Creator, Tim JohnsonTim will also be on hand on November 15 to answer your questions about Scriptladder.
Meet your Hosts:

Mary Andonian is a novelist and screenwriter based in the Northwest. Despite a few prestigious college degrees unrelated to writing (somewhere in there lies a dark story), Mary has authored the teen inspirational book, BITSY’S LABYRINTH (which she also adapted into a screenplay), and the screenplays TIME SHARE, GUARDIAN JOE, THE SOUND OF RAIN and FOUR COLLEGE ESSAYS. She is a former board member of Willamette Writers, one of the largest writers’ associations in the country. Over the years, her passion for writing inspired her to take on leadership roles at the group's annual Willamette Writers Conference, including Program Coordinator and Literary and Film Committee Co-Chair. In those roles, Mary collaborated with scores of Hollywood agents, managers and producers to arrange pitch sessions, seminars and workshops at the conference. Reach Mary at

DAVID POULSHOCK is an award-winning Northwest screenwriter and filmmaker whose work includes TV commercials and corporate films; the best-selling “Wee Sing” kidvids for Universal Home Video; the groundbreaking public television series, “Mathematics Illuminated;” the feature documentary “Raw Materials;” and many other projects. His original screenplays have won accolades from the world’s top screenplay competitions. Prior to his film career, David was keyboardist with the legendary Northwest cult band, Upepo, an Oregon Music Hall of Fame honoree. He has served as adjunct faculty of the Art Institute of Portland, Chairman of the Willamette Writers Conference and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northwest Academy, and currently serves on the board of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA). Reach David at

Event Sponsors:
The Nickelodeon Writing Program offers emerging television writers from around the world a paid opportunity to develop their craft and launch their careers. While in the Program, writers hone their skills, build a professional network and gain real-world experience in writers' rooms for our critically acclaimed live-action and animated shows. The General Track is a 12-month commitment.
The Northwest Film Center is a non-profit media arts organization devoted to the exhibition of independent film, the education of audiences, emerging artists and youth, and the support of independent filmmakers . NW Film also is also home to Portland International Film Festival, the Northwest Filmmakers Festival and Fresh Film Northwest.
Southpark Seafood is a chic Northwest eatery featuring sustainable seafood, farm-fresh ingredients, and the area’s largest selection of oysters. Locally owned for 20 years, this iconic downtown Portland restaurant continues to be a definitive part of the city’s dining scene.
MovieMaker Magazine is the nation’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent film magazine. MovieMaker’s content is directed at the audience as well as the artist, and its lively mix of interviews, trend-setting criticism, DIY techniques, festival coverage, distribution and financing tips, behind-the-scenes indie “war stories” and appreciations of classic Hollywood actors, directors, cinematographers, producers, screenwriters and editors makes MovieMaker Magazine a perennial favorite and trusted brand with cinema artists and discriminating film fans everywhere.
ScriptLadder is a website offering a collection of unique tools to visualize your screenplay structure, exchange notes with colleagues, and host online table-reads. Launched in 2016, ScriptLadder has helped hundreds of writers from 11 countries gain fresh perspective on their screenplays and create even better stories.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Emily Suvada Hosts Willamette Writers November 6th PDX Meeting

Meet Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil and the just released This Cruel Design. This meeting is Tuesday, November 6th at the Old Church, SW 11th and Clay. Doors open at 6:30 pm, speaker at 7:10 to 8:10. Cost is $5 for guests, including MeetUp guests.

From Emily's website:

This Mortal Coil

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize!
Shortlisted for Best Young Adult Novel in the Aurealis Awards!
A Junior Library Guild Selection!

“Suvada’s scary, action-packed debut novel barely takes a breath, and its exploration of what makes us human goes well below the surface.” –Publisher’s Weekly


Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash though firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

Emily's Bio

Emily Suvada was born in Australia, where she spent her childhood reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. In college, she studied math and astrophysics, and went on to a career in finance before finding her way back to her first love—books.

Today, Emily lives in Portland, OR, with her husband, and still spends most of her free time reading, writing, and watching Star Trek. She also enjoys cooking, coding, powerlifting, hiking, and art. Her interests include AI, nanotech, virtual worlds, space travel, and genetic engineering. She is represented by DongWon Song of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.

Emily's novels will be available for sale after the meeting.



Willamette Writers also will have a table at the Portland Book Fair.

Join Literary Arts for the annual Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock), presented by Bank of America, returning on November 10, 2018. This one-day event features local and national authors presenting onstage events, pop-up readings, and workshops. Enjoy activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair, local food trucks, entry to the Portland Art Museum and more. Gather with your community and celebrate our shared passion for books.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Screenwriters Meeting In Portland

Third Thursdays is a monthly event for screenwriters, designed to provide a space to socialize with fellow writers as well as help form relationships with filmmakers, agents, managers and other top industry professionals.

“Third Thursdays was created to bring together screenwriters to support each other to push their careers forward. In this digital age, it is so important to have face-to-face interactions and make real connections with people,” says Molly Kasch, Director of Operations for ISA. “We are excited to be invited by members Mary Andonian and David Poulshock to bring ISA Third Thursdays to Portland.”

According to Andonian, “Oregon is home to a robust screenwriting community. We have incredible screenwriters – from Oscar and Emmy winners to in-the-trenches-working-their-way-up – all living in here,” she says. “This is a great opportunity for us to connect and further the art of screenwriting.”

Portland’s inaugural Third Thursday event will feature guest speaker Tim Williams, Executive Director of Oregon Film, the state agency responsible for advancing the film, video, interactive, animation and creative industries in Oregon. As PDX ISA host Poulshock notes, “Tim will talk about the new wave of film projects now being developed right here at home, starting with a local writer with screenplay. This is going to be great news to hear!”

Portland’s October launch is sponsored by the Nickelodeon Writing Program, Cinequest Screenwriting Competition, Northwest Film Center, Willamette Writers, and South Park Restaurant.

Portland Third Thursdays will take place at Northwest Film Center and South Park Restaurant on October 18th, 2018 at 7:00pm. More information about Third Thursdays events can be found at:

More about the ISA:

Based in Los Angeles, the ISA is dedicated to providing a one-stop shop for all creative needs of screenwriters around the globe. The ISA's web portal ( includes a wealth of information from writing gigs and classes, to podcasts and production resources, to pro industry tips and tricks, while the ever-expanding Development Slate provides a bridge for screenwriters to share their work and executives to view potential projects. With live events held in several cities and four countries, the ISA makes a concerted effort to grow its physical presence as well as its online reach. 
Connect with the ISA on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @NetworkISA.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

You're Invited to "Firstborn: a solo performance"

Gigi Rosenberg is performing her solo show "Firstborn" in Portland before she takes it on the road to New York City. Please join her!

Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm

Performance Works NW

4625 SE 67th Avenue, Portland, OR 97206

"Firstborn" is about how Gigi made sense of a mysterious inheritance she received, with many of the stories taking place in 1960s New York City, where she grew up.

Advance Tickets $15:
Details here: