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Screenwriter & Novelist Competition Weekend at Chatham Bars Inn

Packages and Tickets

Calling all aspiring screenwriters and novelists! Join national bestselling authors and industry experts Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge who will be at the event in person and Hank Phillippi Ryan who will join them  in the judging via virtual video 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.

*Please note that Hank Phillippi Ryan will be attending  the event virtually and not in person.