WGAW Calendar: 2016 

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May

Tues 3  
The Other Foot in the Door: Getting the Second Staff Job and Beyond
8-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status, no guests, RSVP: OtherFoot. Shortened orders, smaller staffs, and squeezed budgets combined with a higher supply of upper level writers contribute to challenges of new TV writers looking for their next job after just breaking in. Panel discussion of strategies, tactics and techniques for continuing your career with Jessica Gao (Silicon Valley), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The 100), LaToya Morgan (Turn: Washington’s Spies), Carole Kirschner (Director, WGA Showrunner Training Program and CBS Diversity Writers Mentoring Program), and Andrew Wang (agent, WME). Moderated by Sam Miller (Single by 30; Mom). Co-hosted by WGAW’s Writer Education, American Indian Writers and Latino Writers committees.
Th 5  
LGBT Characters on TV: What's New?
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status+2 guests, RSVP: LGBT. WGAW’s LGBT Writers Committee presents a panel of TV showrunners, writer/producers and others to discuss the continually increasing presence of LGBT characters on the small screen. Who are they? How did we get there? Where are we going? Speakers include Rachel Bloom & Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Carter Covington (Faking It), Daniel Goor (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Sonay Hoffman (American Crime), Becky Mann (The Real O’Neals), Peter Nowalk (How To Get Away with Murder), and Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane the Virgin). Moderated by LGBT entertainment writer/blogger Greg Hernandez. Dessert reception follows.
Fri 6
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Love & Friendship with Whit Stillman
after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer Whit Stillman begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 92 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Sat 7
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Keanu with Jordan Peele & Alex Rubens
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writers Jordan Peele & Alex Rubens begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 98 minutes). Moderated by Keegan-Michael Key. Guild membership card required for entry.
Tues 10
Meeting: Latino Writers Committee
7:30–9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee actively represents the professional, creative, social and economic interests of Latino Guild members. Its mandate is to encourage Latino writers to become more active within the Guild; and to raise the profile and perception of Latino writers in the industry at large by creating forums that foster networking, collaboration, education, information exchange, employment opportunities and creative expression. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

WGF: Entertainment Law for Creatives*
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Attorney Luke Lieberman will give a survey of intellectual property, personal/publicity rights, and relevant contract law. Consider it an overview for writers, directors, actors, and producers on how to protect their work, avoid common pitfalls and manage their representatives.
Wed 11
Meeting: Career Longevity Committee
7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. The mission of the Career Longevity Committee is to assist writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the marketplace. WGAW members of all ages are encouraged to attend. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.
Sat 14
WGF: Call for Guild Mentors – Veterans Writing Project Weekend Retreat*
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. 5/14 and 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun. 5/15 – WGF Library. Info: WGFoundation. The Veterans Writing Project kicks off its annual weekend retreat, which pairs military veterans with professional film and TV writers in a workshop setting. If you are a WGA member who would like to volunteer as a mentor for a future retreat or workshop, email Mary McGuire at the Foundation.
Mon 16
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – A Bigger Splash with David Kajganich
after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer David Kajganich begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 124 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Tues 17
WGF: Master Class with Courtney Kemp Agboh*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Power creator/showrunner Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife) shares her journey creating and developing her first show and the lessons she’s learned approaching Power’s upcoming third season.

Meeting: LGBT Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. IInfo: (323) 782-4589. The LGBT Writers Committee seeks to represent the interests of its constituency as a resource to all writers seeking to portray gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in their work; provide cultural and educational opportunities for WGAW members to nurture an understanding of how sexual orientation affects the lives of writers; host networking and social activities which enable membership to build relationships and create a greater demand for writing services of LGBT writers; promote greater awareness of sexual orientation as a minority and, where appropriate, articulate instances of homophobia and/or discrimination within our industry. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.
Fri 20
Meeting: Writers with Disabilities Committee
2-4 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Info: (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee is looking for ways to aid writers with disabilities in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of persons with disabilities in film and television. Please come, shake hands and talk about expanding opportunities for all of us. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.
Mon 23
Meeting: American Indian Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This Committee represents the professional and creative interests of American Indian writers. It works to mentor, encourage, empower and increase the visibility and employment of writers of American Indian heritage, and serves as a cultural and educational resource for all Guild member-writers seeking to portray American Indians in their work. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.
Tues 24
Latino Scene Night
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Info: (323) 782-4589. Guild/Caucus members + guest, RSVP: Latino. WGA members are invited to an entertaining evening, featuring compelling and humorous scenes. Laugh, network, and snack! Scenes penned by Guild/Caucus members Gus Avila, Maria Escobedo, Steve Mackall, Vivien Mejia, Jess Pineda, Rudy Robles, Spiro Skentzos, Blaine Tyler, Leslie Valdes, Evette Vargas, and Sage Wells. Directed by Ed Ornelas. Sanford Casting. Reception follows.
Wed 25
WGF: Between the Chapters: Writing and Acting with Jane the Virgin*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Show developer/showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman (90210, Gilmore Girls) shares insight into the process of writing the popular one-hour comedy. She’ll be joined by cast members Justin Baldoni, Jaime Camil and Andrea Navedo, who will offer actors’ perspectives.
Th 26
WGF: Inside the Writers Room with Better Call Saul*
7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Co-creator/showrunner Peter Gould (Breaking Bad, Too Big to Fail) and the writers room of Better Call Saul take us through the process of crafting the show and creating new arcs and stories that inform the larger Breaking Bad world.
Tues 31
Meeting: Writers Education Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Eligible members* only, RSVP: WritersEd. This committee brainstorms and develops events and programs which provide WGA members with practical, inside knowledge about how the industry works and how it is changing, emphasizing tips and tools to help writers succeed. We strive to provide "working knowledge for writers" and invite you to contribute your ideas. *Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

WGF: Preacher Special Screening and Panel*
7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. After a screening of the pilot for new AMC series, co-creator/EP Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) and the writers and producers of Preacher sit down to talk about adapting the popular comic book into a TV show.

June

Th 2  
A Discussion with Norman Lear and Chuck Lorre
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. All WGA members/public and guest, RSVP: LearLorre. WGAW’s Career Longevity Committee invites you to a special discussion with WGAW icons/show creators Norman Lear (All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, Sanford and Son, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons) and Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly, Mom). Moderated by writer/awards columnist Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood). Reception follows. The mission of the Career Longevity Committee is to assist writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the marketplace.
Tues 7  
Los Angeles Film Festival Reception - Sponsored by SAGindie/WGAW/SAG-AFTRA
Culver City, time/venue TBA. Writers Guild/Caucus members in active status + guest, RSVP by Wed., 6/1: IndieFilm or (323) 782-4731. WGA members and a guest are invited to an evening cocktail reception celebrating the films and performances of the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival. Visit LAFilmFestival for festival information/tickets/badges. Members who RSVP will receive reception details. No festival pass/ticket required for this reception.

WGF: Inside the Writers Room with Outlander*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Info: WGFoundation. Show developer/showrunner Ronald D. Moore (Caprica, Battlestar Galactica) and the writers room of Outlander guide us through their process of crafting the show’s emotional journeys and swashbuckling story lines.

 

*Presented by the Writers Guild Foundation (WGF). Proceeds benefit the WGF Shavelson-Webb Library and other Foundation programs.