November fund drive sustains mission to preserve great writing and promote storytelling through community programs.
By Kevin Ott
(November 6, 2012)
Robin Swicord (Left) with Mark Larson, an Army First Lieutenant in the Veterans’ Writing Project.
This month, the Writers Guild Foundation - the non-profit associated with the Writers Guild of America West - will hold its annual fund drive. Founded in 1966, the Foundation's mission is two-fold: to promote and preserve the work of entertainment industry writers and to promote great writing and storytelling in underserved communities by providing resources and instruction.
Towards this end, the Foundation sponsors several programs, such as its High School Screenwriting Workshops and the Veterans Writing Project, which matches experienced industry writers with nascent writers who are searching for creative outlets and to develop their voices. This year alone, more than 60 military veterans and some 230 at-risk high school students were the beneficiaries of the Foundation's programs.
In line with its preservation mission, the Foundation also maintains
the writer-focused Shavelson-Webb Library, which holds more than 30,000 items, the majority of which are original scripts of television shows and films. Over the last year the library hosted more than 6,700 visitors, and its online catalog is routinely searched by emerging writers throughout the world. The Foundation's growing archive is a boon to academic researchers, containing vital artifacts reflecting the history of the entertainment industry's first labor union.
The Foundation also hosts low-cost seminars, tackling a broad spectrum of craft-related issues including character creation, plot development and dramatic realism and science fiction. Writers Guild members receive special discounts to these events.
Individual donations are the Writers Guild Foundation’s lifeblood. To make a contribution that will help sustain the myriad services and programs the Foundation provides, please visit the Foundation online at www.wgfoundation.org.
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