Screenwriter & Novelist Competition Weekend at Chatham Bars Inn

Calling all aspiring screenwriters and novelists! Join national bestselling authors and industry experts Casey Sherman, Dave Wedge and Hank Phillippi Ryan for a fantastic winter weekend at Chatham Bars Inn. Pitch your screenplay or novel and receive evaluations, feedback and tips as the field is gradually narrowed to the naming of “ultimate storyteller” winners in each category: Screenwriting and Novel/Non-Fiction. The novelist/non-fiction winner will receive 1 year of mentoring and development from Fort Point Media for their manuscript including editing and introductions to literary agents. The screenplay winner will have their script optioned by Fort Point Media’s production company for development in film/television. Enjoy luxury accommodations, a welcome cocktail party and a dinner presentation throughout the weekend. Start the new year off right by chasing your dreams!

Weekend Itinerary


Friday January 28
Opening night cocktail reception for contestants hosted by Chatham Bars Inn and Fort Point Media.

Saturday January 29

10 am – 12pm: Novelist/Non-Fiction competition judged by Casey Sherman, Dave Wedge and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Contestants will perform their elevator pitches for their books and the judges will provide on the spot evaluations.

1pm - 3pm: Screenwriting competition judged by Casey Sherman, Dave Wedge and Hank Phillippi Ryan. Contestants will perform their elevator pitches for their books and the judges will provide on the spot evaluations.

4pm: All contestants gather as finalists are selected and announced to move on to Sunday's round.

6pm: Dinner with a cash bar and presentation by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge who will be discussing their blockbuster bestseller “James Patterson’s The Last Days of John Lennon”.

Sunday January 30

10am – 12pm: Breakout sessions with finalists. Judges will mentor finalists on what materials to take into the finale.

12:30 pm - 1:30pm: Novelist/Non-Fiction finalists will read a passage from their book for evaluation

2pm – 3pm: Screenwriters will read a scene from their script for evaluation.

4pm - 5pm: Finalists gather as judges select and announce the ultimate "Storyteller" winners in the categories of Novelist/Non-Fiction and Screenwriting. The novelist/non-fiction winner will receive 1 year of mentoring and development from Fort Point Media for their manuscript including editing and introductions to literary agents. The screenplay winner will have their script optioned by Fort Point Media’s production company for development in film/television.

Please note: Itinerary times are subject to change.

Packages & Tickets

Two-night packages start at $399 per night double occupancy plus tax and resort fee including accommodations, Friday cocktail reception, Saturday dinner with presentation and all screenwriter/novelist sessions. (Single occupancy 2-night packages are also available starting at $359 per night plus tax and resort fee.)

A limited number of local community tickets are available exclusively for the Saturday night dinner and presentation with a cash bar at $120 per person including tax and gratuities.

Please call the Chatham Bars Inn Reservations Team at 800.527.4884 to reserve weekend packages or Concierge at 508.945.6871 for dinner tickets.

About the Hosts/Judges



Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge are New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling authors of 14 books combined, including Boston Strong, which was adapted for the acclaimed film Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg, The Finest Hours, which is a major motion picture for Walt Disney starring Chris Pine & Casey Affleck, the 2020 true crime blockbuster, The Last Days of John Lennon, co-authored with James Patterson, 12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight for Redemption, The Ice Bucket Challenge, Search for the Strangler, Bad Blood, Animal (now in development as a feature film), and Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture and Killing of America’s Most Wanted Crime Boss,” which is in development as a limited series with Terence Winter (“Wolf of Wall Street,” “Boardwalk Empire”) and director Brad Furman (“City of Lies”).

Sherman and Wedge are the co-founders of Fort Point Media, a television & motion picture production company and are the co-hosts of the popular true crime podcast: Saints, Sinners & Serial Killers. Sherman is also an award-winning journalist and contributing writer for TIME, The Washington Post, Esquire, Boston Magazine, The Daily Beast and was a featured columnist for the Boston Herald. Sherman has appeared on more than 100 television programs. Wedge was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Boston Herald for 14 years. He has also written for VICE, Esquire, Newsweek and Boston Magazine.

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 13 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, four Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” “a superb and gifted storyteller,” and she’s the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her 2019 standalone, The Murder List, won the Anthony Award for Best Novel. International bestseller A.J. Finn says, “exciting, explosive, relentless,” and the Library Journal starred review calls it “A must-read.” Hank’s 2020 novel is the chilling psychological standalone The First to Lie, nominated for both the prestigious Anthony Award for Best Novel and Mary Higgins Clark Award. She recently released Her Perfect Life, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, which called it “A superlative thriller.” Hank is a founder of MWA University and The Back Room; and National Sisters in Crime past president.



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