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ISA's Third Thursdays - Portland


Don’t miss Emmy-nominated Screenwriter Cynthia Whitcomb at ISA’s Thursdays PDX— July 18th!  July’s monthly mixer is for Portland screenwriters, and the film and television community. Learn, network, and win door prizes in a casual environment — then mingle at SouthPark restaurant afterward*.  

 (*NOTE: For one month only, SouthPark is unavailable to ISA in July...a different post-celebration venue will be announced at the July meeting.)

One of Portland’s most prolific and awarded writers, CYNTHIA WHITCOMB is a screenwriter, playwright, author, and educator. She has 75 sold scripts, including 30 produced!  She’s been nominated for the Emmy, W.G.A., Humanitas, Oregon Book, Drammy and Edgar Allan Poe awards. Her credits include: Buffalo Girls, I Know My First Name is Stephen,  Mark Twain and,mn,b Me, and many others. And she is one of Portland’s most sought-after writing teachers.   

This event is free and open to all.   

Register now to meet screenwriters and playwright Cynthia Whitcomb

WHEN: Thursday, July 18th - 7:00 pm 
WHERE: NW Film Center Office & South Park *  
934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205  
* We begin at NW Film then migrate across the street to South Park.  

*(Please note: We will meeting at a different venue following our speaking event for the month of July only. Details forthcoming.)
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Plus, our 07/18 ISA event DOOR PRIZES include:

  • • One free entry to The Great American Script Contest
  • One free entry to Vancouver International Women in Film Screenplay Competition
  • 3-month Scriptation Industry Pro membership
  • One free 1-year Pro-Level subscription to ScriptLadder
  • 1 e-book copy of The Nutshell Technique: Crack The Secret of Successful Screenwriting by Jill Chamberlain

PLUS:  All attendees receive 25% off entries to The Great American Script Contest and $5 off entry fee from Cinequest. 


Cynthia Whitcomb has sold 75 scripts, 30 of which have been produced. She has been nominated for the Emmy, W.G.A., Humanitas, Oregon Book Award, Drammy and Edgar Allan Poe Awards.  Her works include Buffalo Girls (miniseries, starring Anjelica Huston, nominated for 11 Emmys.)   I Know My First Name is Stephen (for which she was Emmy nominated.)  Mark Twain and Me starring Jason Robards (Emmy, Best Children’s Program.)  Whitcomb has created roles for Martin Sheen, Ellen Burstyn, Liev Schreiber, Gena Rowlands and many others.  Her plays for theatre include Lear’s Follies, The Seven Wonders of Ballyknock, and Parnassus on Wheels. Her most recent screenwriting book is The Heart of the Film.  She teaches writing locally and takes a group of writers on a trans-Atlantic writing cruise every spring.  More info at


Meet your Hosts:

Mary Andonian is a novelist and screenwriter based in the Northwest. Despite a few prestigious college degrees unrelated to writing (somewhere in there lies a dark story), Mary has authored the teen inspirational book, BITSY’S LABYRINTH (which she also adapted into a screenplay), and the screenplays TIME SHARE, GUARDIAN JOE, THE SOUND OF RAIN and FOUR COLLEGE ESSAYS. She is a former board member of Willamette Writers, one of the largest writers’ associations in the country. Over the years, her passion for writing inspired her to take on leadership roles at the group's annual Willamette Writers Conference, including Program Coordinator and Literary and Film Committee Co-Chair. In those roles, Mary collaborated with scores of Hollywood agents, managers and producers to arrange pitch sessions, seminars and workshops at the conference. Reach Mary at



David Poulshock is an award-winning Northwest screenwriter and filmmaker whose work includes TV commercials and corporate films; the best-selling “Wee Sing” kidvids for Universal Home Video; the groundbreaking public television series, “Mathematics Illuminated;” the feature documentary “Raw Materials;” and many other projects. His original screenplays have won accolades from the world’s top screenplay competitions. Prior to his film career, David was keyboardist with the legendary Northwest cult band, Upepo, an Oregon Music Hall of Fame honoree. He has served as adjunct faculty of the Art Institute of Portland, Chairman of the Willamette Writers Conference and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Northwest Academy, and currently serves on the board of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (OVLA). Reach David at 



Oregon Media Producers Association (OMPA)
OMPA is the champion of Oregon’s film, television and digital storytelling industry. Our members are the core of our state’s production resources. We grow Oregon’s industry by promoting the work of these members and advocating for them in state and local governments. We have a history of advocacy, articulating our value to key audiences – to national professionals and government. Through Source Oregon and other communication instruments and promotions, we provide national exposure for our members.  We contribute to Oregon's culture of creativity as a green and economically powerful 21st Century industry that fuels desperately needed jobs and tax revenues.  The key strength of OMPA is its network, representing every facet of media production throughout the state. OMPA members are Oregon's media production community, known for its spirit of fellowship and solidarity. 

The Northwest Film Center is a non-profit media arts organization devoted to the exhibition of independent film, the education of audiences, emerging artists and youth, and the support of independent filmmakers . NW Film also is also home to Portland International Film Festival, the Northwest Filmmakers Festival and Fresh Film Northwest.

Southpark Seafood is a chic Northwest eatery featuring sustainable seafood, farm-fresh ingredients, and the area’s largest selection of oysters. Locally owned for 20 years, this iconic downtown Portland restaurant continues to be a definitive part of the city’s dining scene. 

Cinequest Voted Best Film Festival by USA Today Readers, the 2019 edition of Cinequest will do as much with Film & Technology as ever while expanding to include additional creative experiences such as virtual and augmented realities, fashion, writing, television, dance, art & design, a creativity summit, and more! Cinequest presents over 130 World and U.S. premiere films, groundbreaking innovations, virtual and augmented reality experiences--plus fashion, writing, dance, art, and design integrations. Picture The Possibilities by Cinequest holds its annual Creativity Summit during the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival as well. Over 1,100 artists, innovators, and youth present from over 50 countries each year.

Scriptation Founded by a television writer and script coordinator, Scriptation is the #1 PDF annotation app for film and television professionals. It supports all common annotation types including highlights, drawings, notes, free text, images, sound recordings, and more. Combined with its proprietary note transferring algorithm, Transcription, which analyzes script changes and intelligently transfers a user’s annotations into each new draft, Scriptation is the only paperless solution built for the entire production crew.

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition accepts English-language feature screenplays written by women. The festival is a forum for collaboration and networking with other screenwriters and filmmakers who contribute to the visibility of women through the ongoing practice of their craft. Women In Film and Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is a member-driven, not-for-profit society, which addresses systemic barriers to women’s equal participation in the production and dissemination of screen-based media. We approach our goals by working with a range of partners to increase funding, employment, and promotional opportunities for those identifying as women. We offer professional skill-based training and create opportunities to further women-led projects. We present and publicly celebrate the achievement of women in screen-based media, primarily, but not exclusively, through The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival.

The Great American Script Contest will be bringing not only legit and first-rate chances for you to connect with industry decision-makers, agents and producers in Los Angeles, but also provide opportunity to network at live events in Chicago and LA. Script Con will not only be one of the best opportunities for you to get your writing seen and discovered, finalists will all be part of the physical film festivals in Chicago (March) and in LA (June). Teaming with Chicago Comedy, LA Comedy Film Festival and Chicago Independent Film +TV Festivals, The Great American Script Contest is set to give you unbelievable access and connections to the industry.

ScriptLadder Tim Johnson is a Software Engineer at Disney who also loves to write. He combined both interests to develop, a unique website that helps you visualize your screenplay with our patented infographics, host online table-reads, and share notes with colleagues.  After writing several feature-length screenplays and a dozen short scripts, Tim knows it’s harder than you thought, but not as hard as you think. With a Pro-Level subscription, you can upload any number of screenplays and instantly see our unique visual analysis, host table-reads, and share notes online.

The Nutshell Technique: Crack the Secret of Successful Screenwriting is one of the highest rated books on screenwriting on Amazon, out of over 3,000 books on the subject. Author Jill Chamberlain is a screenwriter and script consultant who has fixed and fine-tuned scripts for major studios, for A-list screenwriters, and for many, many spec screenwriters. Jill is offering her Nutshell Technique master class in L.A. July 13 and Sept 14-15 - register at

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On February 21, 2019 Lisa Parsons said:

So nice to see Mary, David, and Nancy again. I so enjoyed tonight’s speaker, a woman role model, who had so much to say. I won a door prize too, the workshop tribe book. Should be fun to delve into on a rainy evening. Thanks again and hope to see you at another ISA event soon.


Lisa Parsons

P.S. Bill Johnson won a prize too for a submission to a contest.  Our lucky day totally.  Even gluten free cookies I like too




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Lisa, I don't know how I missed this, but thank you for joining us and I hope to see you at another event soon! Congrats on your book win. 

On October 19, 2018 Noah Hale said:

Just wanted to drop a line and say thanks for holding this event. It was both informative and encouraging. I'm also a graduate of the NW Film Center School of Film certificate program and I took you holding it there as a definite sign that I should come. Of course, that sign turned to bright neon when I won the free entry for the Cinequest screenwriting competition as a door prize. Time for me to give one of my scripts another polish and submit it to Cinequest.

Thanks again,

Noah Hale



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Noah, thanks so much for joining us, and I'm thrilled you won the Cinequest prize! Good luck, and thanks again.

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Each event begins at NW Film Center on SW Salmon then migrates just across the street to South Park Restaurant, which often hosts NWFC after parties and events.
NW Film Center Lobby and Classroom 1 — 7:00-8:30ish
934 SW Salmon, Portland OR, 97205
Registration, Meet & greet social hang out for 1st half hour 
Light refreshments — beverages, snacks, (provided by a private donor)
Guest Speaker & Q&A, Announcements, Door prizes – in classroom, round table setting
Full AV capabilities, with tech person on-site!
Classroom seats up to 50
South Park Restaurant 8:30-10:00ish
One of Portland’s premiere dining venues as well as a film/creative social hub
Continued social networking for those interested
Reserved area in the bar — accommodating 20-30
Full menu, appetizer, dinner, bar, wine, oysters
Individual orders okay. No minimum, no charge to group.
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