WGAW Calendar: 2014

Calendar listings are reserved for official Guild and Writers Guild Foundation events. For a list of member-related events and announcements, see our BUZZ page.

The new GUILD SCREENINGS is now free to all WGAW members in Active status. See this month's schedule.

For a list of special opportunities for members, go to our SPECIAL OFFERS page.


Tues 7 
Meeting: Writers Education Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. 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. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Wed 8 
Meeting: Committee of Black Writers
7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee encourages African-American writers to become more active within the Guild and to raise the profile and perception of African-American writers in the industry at large by creating forums that foster networking, collaboration, education, information exchange, employment opportunities and creative expression. All WGA and Caucus members in active status welcome.
Fri 10 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Men, Women & Children with Erin Cressida Wilson
after 6:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 119 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Sun 12 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – St. Vincent with Theodore Melfi
after 5 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer Theodore Melfi begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 103 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

WGAW Storytelling Hour
6:30-9 p.m. – WeWork, 7083 Hollywood Blvd. (at La Brea), 1st Floor. RSVP required, members in active status may bring up to 5 guests: Activities. Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. Join us in the WGAW’s inaugural Storytelling Hour: first-person narratives told by fellow members on the subject of "Firsts". Hosted by former WGAW Board member and funny guy, John Aboud. Free admission includes reception with appetizers and beverages. Sponsored by the WGAW Activities Committee.
Mon 13 
Coaches and Consultants
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members in active status, RSVP with “Coaches” as subject: Diversity. Info: (323) 782-4589. Can coaches and consultants help you “step up your game,” improve your work/access, help you move forward in the industry or guide you to a different but rewarding path? We’ll have Tracey Becker (Pres., Beachfront Films; producing partner, Informant Media), Maggie Field (Maggie Field Literary Consulting), Lee Jessup (author, Getting It Write: An Insider's Guide To A Screenwriting Career), and Wendy Kram (L.A. FOR HIRE) discuss this new breed of industry professional, and how they’re helping writers who find it challenging to navigate their way to success.

10/13-10/16 – Cannes, France. Click here to register. WGAW members are invited to attend the largest gathering of content creators, producers, buyers and executives in the world at MIPCOM. Network and promote yourself to global producers and potential partners. Get on top of global trends and understand what motivates the world’s most successful broadcast and film executives. Attend exclusive world premiere screenings. Be inspired by cutting edge thinkers who will share the secrets of their success. Leverage your Guild membership and be included in the WGAW “pavilion” – a meeting point for your contacts. WGAW members attending for the first time are able to register and attend at discounted rate of €670. Click for more information on MIPCOM. Supported by WGAW’s Foreign Employment Task Force.
Tues 14 
WGF: Writers on Writing with Simon Kinberg*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Over the past decade, Simon Kinberg has built a name for himself as a go-to writer for fast-paced action and adventure centered around compelling, memorable characters. Most recently, he penned X-Men: Days of Future Past and is slated to write the next X-flick as well. He joins the Writers Guild Foundation to chat about how to create great action sequences and breathe new life into classic characters.
Fri 17 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – The Good Lie with Margaret Nagle
after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer Margaret Nagle begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 110 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Sat 18 
Women Running the Show (La Femme Film Festival panel)
1-3 p.m. – Regal Theater Stadium 14, LA Live, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., LA 90015. FREE for WGAW members with guild card. Info: LaFemme. Panelists include Janine Sherman Barrois (Criminal Minds, ER), Erin Ehrlich (Awkward, King of the Hill), Nancy Miller (Saving Grace, Nashville), Thania St. John (Chicago Fire, Covert Affairs), moderated by Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives, Alias, Northern Exposure). $6 parking in Lot W/West Garage with Guest Services validation. Presented by WGAW Committee of Women Writers.
Tues 21 
WGF: Genre Smash! with The X-Files creator Chris Carter*
7-8:30 p.m. – NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. In 1993, Chris Carter brought The X-Files to television screens across America, blending a cerebral brand of science fiction – rare for its time – with one of the most memorable will-they-or-won't-they couples of the ’90s. Carter joins the Writers Guild Foundation to talk about crafting a cultural phenomenon, and whether we should be worried about those lights in the sky.

Meeting: Committee of Women Writers
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee works to enhance the opportunities, advance the careers, and highlight the accomplishments of women in the Guild, to end discrimination against women writers in the industry and to improve the image of women in film, television, and radio. The group sponsors events designed to increase knowledge of the craft and the marketplace. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Wed 22 
Transitioning from Film to TV
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. WGA and Caucus members in active status only (no guests), RSVP: Transition Annual earnings reports show that the Hollywood writing market has radically shifted from features to television. With input from staff writers and showrunners who made the leap, this Writers Education Committee panel will suggest ways for screenwriters to make the daring transition between mediums. Speakers include writers Ian Deitchman & Kristin Rusk Robinson (Parenthood), Graham Yost (Justified, Speed, Broken Arrow), manager Larry Shuman (The Shuman Co.), and executive Nicole Clemens (FX), moderated by Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead, The Shield).

Submission Deadline - Switzerland 6-Week Screenwriting Residency
Write your next script in a Swiss chalet! WGAW's Foreign Employment Task Force (FETF) and DreamAgo are once again offering this unique opportunity: a 6-week screenwriting residency (April 1-May 15, 2015) in a Sierre, Switzerland villa. Current, Post-Current and Independent Film Caucus members in active status only are eligible to apply. Email Nena at DreamAgo with "WGAW/Swiss" as subject. Submit a 10-line pitch describing your story, plus a 5-line bio, by Wednesday, 10/22. If selected for the next round, be available to pitch that same idea in Los Angeles (venue/time TBD) on Friday, 11/7.
Th 23 
Austin Film Festival & Conference
10/23-10/26 Conference (Festival runs thru 10/30) – Austin, TX. Info/registration: Austin Film Festival & Conference. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established filmmakers, with a refreshing emphasis on the Writer. Guild members encouraged to attend Thursday’s (10/23) WGAW Late Night Welcome Party at Crave Restaurant, host: Scott Neustadter. If you are a member without a conference badge, RSVP by 10/14: Independent Film to be included on our WGAW party list. On Friday 10/25, badged attendees only are invited to “Screenwriters Agreements: What to Keep In and What to Leave Out” and “The Creative Career: Practical Tips for Starting Out” with WGAW writers Christine Boylan, Wendy Calhoun, Mike Million, and Scott Neustadter; moderator: Eric Heisserer. WGAW questions: (323) 782-4731.
Fri 24 
Meeting: Writers with Disabilities Committee
2-4 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee is looking for ways to aid disabled writers in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of the disabled in film and television. Please come, shake hands and talk about expanding opportunities for all of us. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Sun 26 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Ed Wood (20th Anniversary Screening) with Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writers Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 127 minutes). A rare, special screening of Final Curtain (22 min.), Written, Directed and Produced by Edward D. Wood, Jr. follows the Q&A. Guild membership card required for entry.
Mon 27 
Direct to Series: Original French Content for Global Market
10/27-10/28 – Writers Guild Theater, 135 South Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills 90211. Showcasing French television series, Direct to Series will highlight the exciting success and re-invention of French television drama while fostering opportunities for creative exchanges with American audiences. Join top television industry professionals for two days of screenings of French shows followed by Q&As and panel discussions with Europeans and Americans in key creative television positions. Starting Monday, Oct. 6, see schedule/details at Direct To Series website. Email questions here. Co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and Ile de France Film Commission.
Tues 28 
The State of Modern Horror and the Writer
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members in active status, RSVP with “Horror” as subject: Diversity. Info: (323) 782-4589. Members are invited to a panel with Latino guild writers discussing modern horror in both film and television--examining the history, psychology, and popularity of the genre, at a time of receiving wide acclaim on television and considered by studios as reliable in international markets. Candid conversation with Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead), Daniel Kenneth (True Blood), Al Rodriguez (From Dusk Til Dawn), and Al Septien (Candyman: Day of the Dead; Leprechaun 2; The Vampire Diaries) about creative and financial possibilities sprouting from our most macabre form of storytelling! Host: WGAW Latino Writers Committee.
Wed 29 
Meeting: Asian American Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 4A. Info: (323) 782-4589. The Asian-American Writers Committee represents the professional and creative interests of Asian-American Guild members. Its mandate is to be dedicated to the encouragement, empowerment and employment of writers of Asian heritage. Join us for an informative and fun evening in a relaxed environment. Snacks will be provided. WGA and Caucus members in active status welcome.


Mon 10 
Final Draft In-Depth Workshop
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. WGA and Caucus members in active status only (no guests), RSVP: Diversity with “Final Draft” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. Ever looked at a Final Draft menu option and asked yourself, "I wonder how this works?" Join the WGAW and Final Draft for an in-depth workshop on the many features of Final Draft 9. From outline to production, from desktop to mobile, learn how Final Draft helps keep writers organized on their journey from script-to-screen. Three lucky attendees have a chance to win a free copy of Final Draft 9!
Tues 11 
Science in Media – WGAW, The Exchange and Google
7-10 p.m. – Google offices, 340 Main St., Venice 90291. WGA and Caucus members in active status only (no guests; limited space), RSVP: STEM In today’s competitive society, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) knowledge is crucial. Since media affects culture, the Women Writers and Writers Education committees, in partnership with SEE (Science & Entertainment Exchange, aka The Exchange) and Google, will connect writers with scientists to promote research and portrayal of women and minorities in STEM roles. Primary focus of scientific discussion will be Disruption. Format: initial “speed-dating” followed by large group panel with top scientist speakers discussing topics like synthetic biology, robotics and weapons of mass destruction. Guild members can ask questions and learn to use The Exchange as a writing resource. Limited seating. Hosted parking onsite. RSVP asap!


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