BUZZ: August 2015  

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Deirdre Hanssen invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Deirdre directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Stella Mare’s French Country Cuisine in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Michael January’s novel Frankenstein Diaries: The Romantics – The Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley debuted in June with Winged Lion Publications and Prestbury Books, and is now available via Amazon in paperback and for Kindle. A speculative collaboration with Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley from her journal diaries, the book recreates the 1814 elopement trip of the 16-year old future author and Percy Byssche Shelley.

Five-time Emmy Award-winning Rob Kutner (CONAN, Daily Show) has debuted his sci-fi comedy comic book series SHRINKAGE at online-comics-reader Farrago Comics. Tiny aliens have taken over the U.S. President's brain. So brilliant, dysfunctional neuroscientist Lana Percy and crusty Cold War 3-1/2 star General Storage McCrain are shrunk down and injected up the Most Powerful Nose In The Free World to fight them. As written up in Tech Times and CNET, SHRINKAGE is the first original series from Farrago, available for free download to your device at

Josefina Lopez opens her updated play Real Women Have Curves at the Pasadena Playhouse, Sept. 8-Oct. 4. Set in a tiny sewing factory in East Los Angeles, five full-figured women race to meet an impossible deadline to keep the small business alive. This award-winning comedy was the basis for the 2002 film of the same name starring America Ferrera and has been updated for the Playhouse’s 2015 production. Real Women Have Curves celebrates real bodies, life in southern California, and the incredible bond when women work together. WGAW members have access to discount code (login required) to be posted mid-August in Special Offers.

Joelle Sellner's Saved by The Bell graphic novel debuted in July, released by IDW and Lion Forge comics. All your favorite characters -- Zack, Slater, Kelly, Lisa, Screech, and Jessie (and Mr. Belding, of course!) -- are back at Bayside High for freshman year, trading in brick phones and mullets for iPhones and Twitter accounts. Available in comic book stores or via above Amazon link in paperback or for Kindle.

In the spirit of fostering creativity, building friendships, and maybe lowering BP by venting industry frustrations, Fred Shafferman invites all writers to join a weekly indoor full-court WGA basketball game. Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in Hollywood and Sundays 9:30 a.m. in North Hollywood. Email Fred for details.


Diversity Attribute Directory Now Functional!
It is now possible to search for a WGA member according to self-identified diversity attributes. The information is available through the WGAW website using this link: This online directory of writers from diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource for producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. To be included, members must grant permission for publication of their diversity attributes. Sign in or create your MyWGAW Account via: Go to the "change attributes" link on the left side of your myWGAW homepage, and click Yes under each “OK to publish”. For technical support with your My WGAW Account, call (323) 782-4885, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

WGF: Do You Have Children’s Books?
To schedule a delivery or drop-off of your children’s books, contact the Foundation at (323) 782-4692. The Writers Guild Foundation is looking for children’s books to distribute to needy parents and children in the Los Angeles area through organizations such as Sojourn Services for Battered Women & Children, The Children's Bureau of Southern California, Prototypes (Domestic Violence Shelter), and School On Wheels. Pick-ups may be possible for large donations. Visit for more information about Writers Guild Foundation programs.