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Cynthia Whitcomb to teach Pre-Conference Pitching Workshop

The Willamette Writers Summer Conference is just around the corner and, with it, the chance for many local authors to pitch their books to agents and editors from across the country. For those authors looking to hone their pitches before the big weekend, there's still time to register for a Pre-Conference Pitching Workshop led by well-known author, screenwriter, teacher, and writing coach Cynthia Whitcomb. The workshop takes place from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, July 26th, at TaborSpace in SE Portland.

Writers participating in the six hour workshop will learn the art of crafting an effective pitch from a writer who has sold over 70 works, most of them through pitches. They will then have an opportunity to practice their pitches aloud.

Cynthia Whitcomb has sold more than 70 feature-length screenplays. Her scripts have won and been nominated for numerous awards such as The Emmy Award, Cable Ace Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award, Humanitas Award, and Writers Guild of America Awards. She has taught screenwriting for many years, including seven years at the acclaimed UCLA Film School. She is also the author of two books on screenwriting: The Writer's Guide to Writing Your Screenplay and The Writer's Guide to Selling Your Screenplay.

The Pre-Conference Pitching Workshop will be held in Muir Hall at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland, OR. Cost is only $50. Register online at the Willamette Writers website or send a check made out to Willamette Writers to WW, 2108 Buck Street, West Linn, OR 97068. Please include "Cynthia Whitcomb Pitching Workshop" in the memo line. For more information, please call 503-305-6729 or email

Special Note: Though the TaborSpace Coffeehouse is open until 1:30 pm, it only serves drinks and light refreshments. If you would like something more substantial, please bring your own lunch.

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