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Planning Your Pitch at ISA's Third Thursdays - WAITLIST


Join us for the ISA's Third Thursdays and Pitch Panel - Planning Your Pitch: How To Win Over Your Audience on Wednesday, May 15th. This event is now on waitlist. You will receive a separate email notifying you if you have been confirmed.

We’ll dive in to the importance of self-promotion (the right way) and discuss strategies for preparing and delivering the best pitch for your project. With industry panelists, we’ll cover everything from understanding your own personal voice and how to use it to your benefit, to the specific qualities that go into properly selling your story. This is an all-star panel which will be moderated by the ISA's Director of Education and Story Farm Founder, Max Timm. See more on panelists and Max below.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 15th.
Doors at 7pm, Panel starts promptly at 7:30. NOTE: This is NOT the third Thursday, but rather the third Wednesday.
WHERE: The Broadwater - Main Stage 1076 Lillian Way.
We will move next door to The Plunge for drinks after the panel.

We will be celebrating the current Fast Track Fellows who will also be pitching. If you would like the opportunity to pitch as well, please send your title, genre, category (TV or film) and logline to by 5pm on May 8th. If selected to pitch, you will be notified on Friday, May 10th. Pitches will be 2 - 3 minutes, and you will hear feedback from the panelists directly after. Pitches will be timed and cut off at 3 minutes, so be prepared. This is an educational event; the pitches are not being heard for potential employment opportunities. One lucky and talented writer will receive a free Development Evaluation ($199 value).

The panel will be followed immediately by the ISA's Third Thursdays at The Plunge next door. You must be 21 years old to attend the mixer.

This event will be photographed and recorded. By attending, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded which may be used on the ISA website and online promotions related to the ISA and/or Third Thursdays and panel events. You do have the right to waive recording during your pitch.

This event is free and open to all. Seating is limited, and you must register to attend. No exceptions. Please do not register if you do not plan to attend. Registration does not guarantee admission.


Cami Delavigne co-wrote BLUE VALENTINE and has written on TV shows for AMC, ABC, Amazon and NBC. She’s currently working on a feature with Gary Sanchez and Amazon Studios and likes to juggle between film and television. She recently moved to LA from NYC and likes the weather, but hates the traffic.




Matt Dy attended the University of Texas at Austin and received a Bachelor of Science in Radio/TV/Film with a focus on screenwriting. He recently joined Adam Kolbrenner's newly formed Lit Entertainment Group as a literary manager. Previously, he worked at Austin Film Festival (AFF) since 2008 where he served as the Director of Script Competitions and facilitated the evaluation of thousands of annual script submissions reaching a record 10,580 submissions in 2018. During his time at AFF, he helped shepherd the careers of countless writers and connect them with various top agents, managers, and producers.



Diane Burroughs is an Executive Producer and sitcom writer with over 30 years of experience.  She is a successful Showrunner and Executive Producer of the series “Still Standing” which ran on CBS for four years.  She was the Co-Executive Producer on both “Yes, Dear,” “The Drew Carey Show” and many others.  Her company “Pitch To Me” is aimed at helping writers succeed at the art of the pitch in its many facets (down to what you wear to the pitch!) Also amongst her writing efforts is the blog,, which is a comedic look at restarting your life at 50. A documentarian, Diane’s first ever doc about the Women’s March on Washington, is a hit on the film festival circuit.  Details at  She looks forward to this evening, always ready to lend a hand and an ear to the next generation of content creators.


Cortney L. Wilson is a writer, director, and an Emmy-nominated producer. As a producer at Jill Soloway's Topple Productions she was behind Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Amazon Original series Transparent and I Love Dick. She developed original content including The Skinny, a Refinery29/Wifey TV web series that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2016. Wilson also helped produce the Emmy-nominated doc series: This Is Me for Amazon Prime. In 2017 she was hired by NYLON Studios to produce and direct their first original show: NYLON News: This Just Happened, a millennial-focused news show exclusive to Amazon Prime. She is in development for her directorial debut and has most recently been hired as Director of Production at Girlgaze, Inc. [2019].



 Max’s focus with the ISA is on education and to build a creative community, bringing ISA writers closer to managers, agents, and producers. Recently he has helped build the ISA Development Slate, submitting writers’ projects on their behalf and helping them launch their careers – 17 writers have received options and representation since 2015 because of Max’s assistance and support. His personal coaching and development service, The Story Farm, develops writers and their material much like a studio executive or literary manager would, walking a writer through the drafting and rewriting process. He also created online classes for the ISA titled, The Craft Course in Screenwriting and the 30-Day Screenwriting Challenge. Additionally, he helped create and launch the ISA’s popular Curious About Screenwriting interview-focused podcast network, and most recently, he and the co-head of the ISA Development Slate, Felicity Wren, launched a live Facebook broadcast show called Wine Wednesdays; an informal “script chat” bi-weekly series. Max is a screenwriter and author as well and recently released his debut book on screenwriting titled, (Not Just) Another Book on The Craft of Screenwriting. Most recently, Max has joined forces with his ISA cohorts, Felicity Wren and Craig James, to launch a production and development shingle called Creative Screenwriter with the plan to produce low to mid-range budgeted films written by the ISA’s top members.

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