The WGAW Lake Arrowhead
Craft Conference & Retreat

June 7th-9th, 2013 

Spend a relaxing weekend at a bucolic mountain retreat with fellow Guild writers. 

Nestled between snow-capped mountains and the glorious blue water of Lake Arrowhead, the newly renovated UCLA conference center is a sprawling and serene lakeside campus.

In 2011, the WGAW Activities Committee brought back the much-beloved Lake Arrowhead Craft Conference & Retreat, which was a guild staple for nearly 20 years. Over 80 writers met in the pine-forested mountains just two hours east of Los Angeles for a weekend of amazing, intimate workshops with the best TV and screenwriters in the business, as well as fun activities like swimming, tennis, and hiking.

WGAW members will have the opportunity again in June, 2013. Members are welcome to bring their families. Spouses may audit the workshops with their member-spouse, or take advantage of amenities such as the gym, tennis courts, softball field, zip line, ping pong, foosball, pool and indoor/outdoor Jacuzzis, etc. while you attend the intimate workshops.

2011 Speakers: (l-r) Matthew Weiner, Jenji Kohan, Marti Noxon, J. Michael Straczynski, and Carol Leifer. Not pictured, Billy Ray  

Guest speakers this year will include Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan; writer-director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), Nancy Miller (Saving Grace, Nashville), and Mike White (Enlightened, School of Rock).

The cost for the full weekend, including 1-2 bedroom condolets, great meals, beverages, amenities and the salon-sized workshops begin at $525 per person.

Attendance is limited and last year’s event sold out by the early bird deadline. Once the available rooms are filled, you will be placed on a waiting list. Book soon to make sure you don’t miss out!

To register, see link below. Questions? Contact Activities with ARROWHEAD in the subject line.


The weekend consists of five “master class” workshops where top screenwriters and showrunners
share their insights on the craft and business of writing

for film and television. Each workshop is approximately 90 minutes.

Afternoon check-in
Cocktail Reception
Friday night keynote speaker

Morning speaker/workshop
Morning free time
Afternoon speaker/workshop
Afternoon free time
Evening speaker/workshop
Evening free time/social

Morning speaker/workshop


Rates include Friday reception, room, all meals and workshops 
EARLY BIRD (Before February 15, 2013)* 
Doubles SOLD OUT 
Singles SOLD OUT 
Participating spouse* SOLD OUT 
Non-participating spouse SOLD OUT 
Children SOLD OUT 
STANDARD (After February 15, 2013) 
Doubles** SOLD OUT 
Singles SOLD OUT 
Participating spouse* SOLD OUT 
Non-participating spouse SOLD OUT 
Children SOLD OUT 
*Members’ spouses may choose to audit the workshops for the same rate as members.
**Please let us know when you register if you would like us to pair you with another Guild member.

Please click here to download a reservation form and reserve your spot! 

What people say about past conferences: 

"The Conference at Arrowhead was a real treat. Beautiful setting, lots of goodwill, and everyone was there because they WANTED to be there. This is going to sound like an overstatement, but I swear it's true - every face I saw up there had a smile on it. Writers talking to writers about writing - with a sparkling lake in the background - not a bad formula for a very happy weekend." -- 2011 Speaker, Billy Ray  

“The guest writers were lovely, not just generous with their time but personable, approachable and candid. I found the whole experience incredible and magical.” - Nancy Kissam  

"I'd recommend [the retreat] to anyone. The speakers were always the top people in the industry. The facility is beautiful and the conference is whatever you wish to make of it -- an educational experience, a cozy party, a family weekend, a nature walk, fishing, sports, swimming, schmoozing, poker with buddies. It was amazing how much you could do in such a short amount of time. The nights were brisk and the days, warm. One of the best Guild activities on the schedule." -- Melvyn B. Sherer  

“Creatively restorative and inspirational.” -- Shernold Edwards  

"I served on the Craft Conference Committee for 20 years and am overjoyed that the WGAW Activities Committee has decided to revive the Conference. Of all the events I planned and implemented for the Guild, I cherished this one the most. It provided fun, relaxation, oodles of face time with great writers and very often a work opportunity. It's an event well worth supporting." -- Larry DiTillio  

“The weekend was at once too short and too long. Too short to hear even more great speakers, absorb more new ideas, make more new friends; too long for seducing us to stay in beautiful Arrowhead the entire weekend, wishing for more, incapable of immediately rushing back to our dark writing lairs to integrate what we learned into our own work.” -- Ben Moses    

"What I remember was the wonderful weather… while it would be hot as blazes down ‘on the flat,’ Arrowhead … would be sunny, cool, fresh-smelling and restful. In that lovely environment, the committee put up a ton of interesting panelists and presentations. It was great to be able to mingle with high- profile writers, directors and producers of the film and TV communities and to spend interesting and playful days up on the mountain.” -- Dorothy Fontana  

"One night, at dinner, I found myself sitting between Phil Rosenthal and Alan Ball. There I was with these giants of our field, engaged in this wonderful exchange of ideas about writing. I’d been writing for years and yet Arrowhead was the first time I really felt like I was a part of community of professional writers. It was a uniquely stimulating experience." -- Lavina Dawson