Screenwriting events are a great opportunity to improve your craft, meet peers and network with other industry professionals. Below we’ve listed major screenwriting events across the world.  The events are in date-order and we’ve colour-coded by area so that you can see at a glance which events are in your part of the world:

UK is green,  USA & Canada is blue,  Europe is orange,  Rest of World is purple.

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17-22 February 2018 – Berlinale Talents, Berlin, Germany
Berlinale Talents is the annual summit and networking platform of the Berlin International Film Festival for 250 outstanding creatives from the fields of film and drama series.

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27 April – 5 May 2018 – Séries Mania, Lille, France
After seven riveting seasons, Séries Mania has established itself as the annual event dedicated to the TV series format for both the general public and the wider industry. 

April 2018 – Toronto Screenwriting Conference, Canada
The Toronto Screenwriting Conference (TSC) is a two-day weekend event that brings together screen-based industry professionals and offers them advanced skills development and networking unparalleled by any other screenwriting event on the continent.

Every Month: The Black List Writers’ Happy Hour
Social networking for writers in cities across the world; London, Sydney (Australia), Montreal (Canada) and the following US cities, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, Albuquerque, DC, New Orleans, Los Angeles, NYC, Austin, Portland, Raleigh, Denver, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami.

Every Month: Network ISA Third Thursday Networking
Social networking for screenwriters held the third Thursday of every month in London, Los Angeles and Montreal.
For all forthcoming dates see their Events page.

10-19 May 2018 – Nashville Film Festival and Creators’ Conference, USA
The Creator’s Conference, presented by NashFilm, includes robust tracks for filmmakers, screenwriters, musicians, and all kinds of creators. Come hear about the latest industry trends, paths that have led to success, ways to hone your craft, and meet others in the community.

May 2018 – Three Rivers Screenwriters’ Conference, Pittsburgh, USA
The 3 Rivers Screenwriters Conference is a 3-day educational event that seeks to further the art and craft of storytelling by supporting, connecting, educating and inspiring writers, actors, directors and other artists across all genres and mediums. 

June 2018 – ScriptFest including Great American Pitchfest, Los Angeles, USA 
Master your craft, perfect your pitch, and meet Oscar-winners, showrunners, agents, and managers at this year’s ScriptFest. With over 120 execs waiting to hear your pitch, this is a must-attend L.A event in the screenwriting calendar.
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June 2018 – Série Series, Fontainebleau, France
Created in Fontainebleau (France) in July 2012, by an enthusiastic group of leading TV series professionals, Série Series is a television series “think tank”. It has become an unmissable event for all TV professionals: screenwriters, directors, producers, distributors.

15-16 June 2018 – Craft of Comedy UK, Llandudno, Wales, UK
For those who work in comedy and those who’d like to.

15-17 June 2018 – Winchester Writers’ Festival, UK
Each June the Winchester Writers’ Festival attracts over three hundred emerging novelists, screenwriters, short story writers, children’s writers, poets and memoir writers  from across the UK and internationally to the University of Winchester to attend workshops, talks and one-to-ones with over seventy literary agents, commissioning editors, authors and expert practitioners throughout an inspiring and supportive weekend. Now in its 38th year, the Festival is open to creative writers of all levels of experience.

30 June 2018 – National Writers’ Conference, Birmingham, UK
A one-day event featuring sessions on all subjects and aspects of writing, from prose and poetry, to broadcast and digital writing. 

June 2018 – Banff World Media Festival, Canada
Bringing together top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience. The Festival began as an intimate space where unparalleled access and cutting-edge insight could combine to forge relationships, launch new business and aid the ambitious members of a dynamic industry in reaching their goals. Attracting over 200 Development Executives and a wide-ranging cross-section of television and digital media professionals from around the world, BANFF is the ideal place to make new contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects.

July 2018 – Hollywood Pitch Festival, Los Angeles, USA
Non-stop pitch meetings with 200 Producers, Directors, Studio and Production Executives

22-24 August 2018 – Edinburgh International Television Festival, Scotland, UK
The Edinburgh International Television Festival is one of the most prestigious media events in the UK – bringing together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and inspirational talent in our field, and to debate the major issues facing us as an industry. The Festival draws around 2000 delegates from the major networks and production companies internationally.

7-9 September 2018 – London Screenwriters’ Festival, UK
An annual gathering of emerging and established screenwriters. With over 1,000 attendees, 100 sessions, 150 industry expert speakers and the biggest names in film and TV (from both the UK and Hollywood), the LSF has become the premiere screenwriting event to attend.
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September 2018 – Raindance Film Festival, London, UK
Raindance showcases features, shorts and music videos by filmmakers from the UK and around the world celebrating and supporting independent, new and alternative filmmakers not just during our 12-day festival but throughout the year.

September 2018 – RTS London Conference 2018
Events in television don’t get much bigger than the RTS Cambridge Convention and the RTS London Conference. Held on alternate years, each event brings together the senior leaders and CEOs from the global TV industry for discussion and debate, setting the agenda for the future media year.

September 2018 – Central Coast Writers’ Conference, Los Angeles, USA
Whether you are a new writer or an established author, the Cuesta College Central Coast Writers Conference will elevate your writing and scribing passion to the next level. Cited as one of the best writers conferences in the US, this destination conference offers workshops in all genres presented by an inspiring faculty. From Academy Award winners to New York Time Best selling authors to Poets to Children’s Authors to NetFlix stars, we have it all personalized just for you.

October 2018 – SerienCamp Conference, Munich, Germany
International tv series festival and conference with screenings, workshops and pitching. 

October 2018 –  New York TV Festival, USA
The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.

October 2018 – Austin Film Festival and Writers’ Festival, USA
Known as the “Writers Festival” since its inception 24 years ago, Austin Film Festival recognizes the importance of narrative at the core of filmmaking. By celebrating the work of storytellers; those committed to crafting intricate worlds, fully-formed characters, and diverse perspectives, AFF bolsters its reputation as a champion for the creator.

November 2018- C21 International Drama Summit, London, UK
Undoubtedly the most significant annual gathering of the global drama community. Three-day event with an unrivalled agenda, screenings, coproduction marketplace and awards.

PLUS:

Other WGGB Events (UK) 

Other RTS Events (UK)

Other BAFTA Events (UK)

Other BFI Events (UK)

Other Network ISA Events (US & UK) 

If you know of any other screenwriting events that might be of interest to your fellow screenwriters, do let us know in the comments below.