The 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference includes three days of seminars and discussions with award-winning film and television writers, directors, producers and educators.
Speakers will share their stories and experiences on topics such as: “The Art of Pitching,” “Writing Horror,” “Directing and Producing Your Own Script,” “Adapting Novels & Plays for the Screen,” “iphone Filmmaking” and “Indie Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget.”
The intimate nature of the conference offers a supportive community that provides incredible opportunities for networking!
Our event this year will run over 3 days.
The Conference is partnering with Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville and The Hollywood Theater in Dormont for some off-site programming. Check out the full conference schedule for more information and details.
Eric Red (The Hitcher, Near Dark, 100 Feet, Bad Moon) and Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete, TV’s From Dusk Till Dawn) discuss the […]Click for more information on 'Writing Horror – A Conversation with Eric Red & Alvaro Rodriguez'
Have a story or even just an idea for a story? Chances are, you’re going to want to talk about it at […]Click for more information on 'The Art of Pitching'
Learn the fine art of trimming, refining and enhancing your story when adapting from a novel. You will find out […]Click for more information on 'Adapting the Novel for the Screen'
This session will teach you how to get the most out of your small budget, the advantages and disadvantages of […]Click for more information on 'Independent Filmmaking: Directing and Producing Your Own Script'
Join comedian Mike Betette of Epic Rap Battles of History acclaim and Guy Goldstein of WriterDuet as they lead participants through […]Click for more information on '“Improv”ing Your Writing'
There’s the film you wrote, the film that was shot and the film that was edited. Find out how editing […]Click for more information on 'Editing: The Last Rewrite'
Hooking the reader (and the audience) is crucial. Find out what readers, producers and execs look for in these pages, […]Click for more information on 'The First 30 Pages'
If your passion is serial storytelling, YouTube, Vimeo and other Web platforms no longer make it necessary for studios or […]Click for more information on 'Writing for the Web'
Technology is your friend. No longer do you have to write on a typewriter and jot notes on index cards. […]Click for more information on 'Using Technology to Fast Forward Your Writing'
Every script needs them. Together the three Cs create your logline, your story, your movie. If your logline is missing […]Click for more information on 'The Three Cs – Concept, Character and Conflict'
In this session, you can learn which special effects and animation are possible at the script level and how to […]Click for more information on 'Special Effects & Animation'
What does it takes to get an indie film made and sold in today’s marketplace?Click for more information on 'Understanding the Current Indie Film Landscape'
They maybe non-fiction films, but they still have to tell compelling stories. Documentary filmmakers who will tell you how to […]Click for more information on 'Documentary Filmmaking'
Things have broken your way, you’re a hot new writer and now you’re scheduled to take meetings with studio execs […]Click for more information on 'How to Take a Meeting'
Seasoned independent filmmakers discuss the challenges writers face when it comes to producing and directing their own scripts. Lots of sound […]Click for more information on 'Independent Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget'
Whether it’s “Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This […]Click for more information on 'Writing Dynamic Dialogue'
Scene writing is storytelling at its purest form. Although this class will be particularly relevant to short-form storytellers who work […]Click for more information on 'The Craft of Scene Writing'
These elements can help raise the stakes in your story, adding conflict, momentum and suspense. You will learn how to […]Click for more information on 'Twists, Turns & Ticking Time Bombs: Writing Action & Suspense'
What qualities to look for in an actor and how to form and maintain a collaborative relationship with actors during […]Click for more information on 'Working with Actors'
How do you separate the director side of you from the writer? How do you decide which compromises to make? […]Click for more information on 'Directing Your Own Script'
Writing does not have to be a lonely endeavor. Find out about the benefits and challenges of writing with a […]Click for more information on 'Writing Partners, Teams and Groups'
Making your film begins long before you say, “Action!” on the set. Learn from professionals who’ve been about the value […]Click for more information on 'The Value of Pre-Production'
How different is writing for the stage than for the screen. Learn from acclaimed playwrights who’ve written for numerous theater […]Click for more information on 'Writing for the Stage'
Dying is easy, comedy is hard. Whether you’re writing broad slapstick or subtle humor, you have to straddle a fine […]Click for more information on 'Comedy Sketch Writing'
Women make up a small percentage of writers and directors in Hollywood. This discussion deals with a topical issue that’s […]Click for more information on 'Women in the Industry'
The 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference is thrilled to be holding its inaugural year at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) in downtown Pittsburgh!
DLCC is the only convention center in the world with LEED® certifications. Unparalleled views can be enjoyed from both inside the building and on the green rooftop gardens.
We’ve negotiated excellent rates at the nearby 4-star Omni William Penn Hotel. Rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and start at $169 per night, depending on the size of the room.