Richard Linklater, Quinta Brunson, Lulu Wang & More To Headline ScreenCraft Virtual Writers Summit

EXCLUSIVE: ScreenCraft has finalized the lineup for its annual Virtual Writers Summit.

The summit, which is expected to span the entire month of June this year, will feature creatives including Richard Linklater, Issa Lopez, Lulu Wang, Quinta Brunson, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and Sean Wang.

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Typically, the summit has occurred over one weekend. However, this year boasts the largest lineup ever, thus resulting in panels over the course of the month on June 8, 15, 22, and 29.

“This marks the fifth year we have organized our annual writers summit virtually and, undeniably, the strongest lineup we have ever put together,” Thomas Dever, VP of Business Development for Industry Arts, ScreenCraft’s parent company, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to hear from these incredible speakers and bring them together with our audience to educate and inspire.”

See the full schedule below.


Headline Speaker – Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary) Letting Authenticity Guide Your Story, hosted by Deadline’s Katie Campione

Interactive Panel – Mark Stasenko (WeCrashed, Players) How to Re-Write a Scene in Final Draft 13

Headline Speaker – Richard Linklater (Boyhood, Before Sunrise, and Hit Man) Stretching the Narrative Limits of Filmmaking


Headline Speaker – Liz Tigelaar (Under the Bridge, Little Fires Everywhere & Tiny Beautiful Things) Exploring the Art of Character, hosted by Shanee Edwards

Live Q&A – Staying Resilient: Literary Reps On How to Break In, with Eliza Wheeler (Gersh), Luis Pineiro (The Cartel), Molly Hurwitz (Thruline), Jon Brown (Ensemble)

Headline Speaker – John Orloff (Band of Brothers, Masters of the Air) From History to Screen: Adapting Award-Winning Stories from Real Life, hosted by Kole Lyndon Lee

Headline Speaker – Lulu Wang (Expats; The Farewell), Reflecting A Tapestry of Human Experience hosted by Dean Bakopoulos, Professor, University of Iowa


Headline Speaker – Nkechi Okoro Carroll (All American: Homecoming; Found), Leading Writers Rooms with Inclusion and Diverse Storytelling, hosted by Variety’s Emily Longeretta

Live Q&A – Mentorship Matters presents a live Q&A with today’s top showrunners, including Raelle Tucker (The Power; Supernatural), Aaron Thomas (S.W.A.T., SouthLAnd), Melanie Marnich (Apples Never Fall; A Murder at the End of the World), Graham Rolan (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan)

Live Q&A – How to Sell Your TV Show, with Paige Hooper (Yasuke, Yearly Departed) from Unapologetic Projects, formerly Vice President of TV at 21 Laps


Headline Speaker – Sean Wang (Dìdi (弟弟)) Merging Personal Experience with Cinematic Storytelling, hosted by Al Horner, Host, Script Apart

Live Q&A – Alliance of Women Directors presents The Intersection of Writing and Directing with Rachel Raimist (The Spiderwick Chronicles; CSI: Vegas), Anya Adams (Black-ish; Ginny & Georgia), Neema Barnette (Harlem; The Equalizer)

Interactive Panel – Pitch Perfect-ing – An Interactive Pitch Workshop, Chris Lockhart from WME

Headline Speaker- Issa López (True Detective Season 4, Tigers Are Not Afraid) Explore Your Obsessions: Finding Inspiration and Blending Genres hosted by Donnita Shaw

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