WGAW Calendar: 2015  

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Save the Dates! Lake Arrowhead Craft Conference & Retreat (May)
The Lake Arrowhead Craft Conference and Retreat is back! Save the dates May 29-31! We are looking forward to another fantastic weekend. Confirmed speakers so far are Jill Soloway (Golden Globe winner, Transparent) and writer/director/producer Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy) whose new film Grandma will close this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Watch your inbox and join our Facebook page for updates and registration information. To pre-reserve your room, email Activities.


Wed 4 
WGF Guest Speaker Series: Sexual Assault in Modern Culture*
6:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Academy Award-nominated documentary producer Amy Ziering will present clips from her upcoming doc, The Hunting Ground, which premiered at Sundance this year to rave reviews. She'll be joined by a panel of writers who'll chat with her about representations of sexual assault in modern culture: Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), Jan Oxenberg (Parenthood) and Pam Veasey (CSI: Cyber). Light dinner served at 6:30 p.m.; panel starts 7 p.m. Presented by Writers Guild Foundation.
Th 5 
Beyond Words – 2015 WGA Screen Nominee Panel* SOLD OUT
7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. Purchase tickets early for this annual sell-out: WGFoundation. Celebrating WGA- and Oscar-nominated screenwriters in the 2015 Original and Adapted Screenplay categories; panelist updates announced on Foundation’s website. WGA, AMPAS, military, and student discounts.
Sun 8 
Poker and Game Day
3-7 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild members and a guest, RSVP: Activities with "Poker" as subject. Enjoy games such as Scrabble/Celebrity/Trivial Pursuit with writer colleagues. Or play in a "fun money" Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament. First hour of poker is "free play," where beginners learn the ins-and-outs of the game. Tournament starts 4 p.m. and ends 7 p.m. Sponsored by WGAW Activities Committee.
Mon 9 
You’re Not You Screening
7-10 p.m. WGAW 2nd Floor. RSVP with “You’re Not You” as subject: Diversity. Info: (323) 782-4589. The Writers with Disabilities Committee invites you to a screening of You’re Not You. Screenplay by Shana Feste and Jordan Roberts, based on the book by Michelle Wildgen, this drama centers on a classical pianist who has been diagnosed with ALS and the brash college student who becomes her caregiver. Featuring performances by Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel.
Wed 11 
Meeting: Committee of Black Writers
7-9 p.m. – WGAW Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. The Committee of Black Writers is dedicated to empowering and increasing industry visibility of African-American writers and generating more career and networking opportunities within the Guild. All WGAW and Caucus members in active status welcome.
Tues 17 
GENRE SMASH! with BoJack Horseman Masterminds*
7-8:30 p.m. – NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Join Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of the Netflix cult hit BoJack Horseman, and Amy Hanawalt, the show's lead visual designer, as they discuss how they work together as writer and artist to create a hilarious animated series with depth and insight to spare.

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. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Wed 18 
“And the Nominees Are…” NAACP Image Awards
7-10 p.m. WGAW 2nd Floor. WGA members only, RSVP with “NAACP” as subject: Diversity Info: (323) 782-4589. NAACP Image Award-nominated scribes discuss writing in a new era of film and television. Learn from this year’s award contenders about their lauded projects and the changing face of industry diversity. Panel discussion with writers nominated for outstanding writing in television and motion picture: Reggie Bythewood (Gun Hill), Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy), Shernold Edwards (A Day Late and a Dollar Short), Zahir McGhee (Scandal), Erika Green Swafford (How To Get Away With Murder), Richard Wenk (The Equalizer).

Meeting: Writers Education Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. 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.
Thu 19 
WGAW Panel: Race in America: On and Off Screen
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild members in active status only; NO guests/no media: RSVP by 2/16: Race In America Panel or (323) 782-4787. In the wake of Ferguson, Eric Garner and #BlackLivesMatter, the WGAW once again examines important topics and media’s impact on our culture, now focusing on the depiction of race in film and television. As artists and creators, we will take a hard look at how images we write for screen play out in real life. With roughly 90% of writing jobs going to white males, we will examine how the lack of diverse voices offscreen affects these images. These frank discussions are for WGA members only and are closed to all media and outside guests. Introduced by WGAW President Chris Keyser and WGAW Board Member Katherine Fugate. Moderated by Ali LeRoi (Are We There Yet?, Everybody Hates Chris), panelists include Kenya Barris (Black-ish), Wendy Calhoun (Empire, Nashville), Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24), Joanna Johnson (The Fosters), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights) and Jennie Snyder Urman (Jane The Virgin).
Mon 23 
Becoming Transparent: An Evening with the Award-winning show
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. RSVP with “Transparent” as subject: Diversity. Info: (323) 782-4589. Take a look inside the Golden Globe and DGA award-winning and Writers Guild Award-nominated Amazon Studios series about a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that their father is transgender. Panelists include Transparent creator/executive producer Jill Soloway; co-executive producer Andrea Sperling; staff writers Ali Liebegott, Jonnah Speidel and Faith Soloway; associate producers Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, and cast member Amy Landecker. Writer/director/activist Andrea James moderates. Pilot episode screens 7:00 p.m., panel starts 7:30 p.m. Dessert reception follows.
Wed 25 
Cooley High - 40th Anniversary Celebration Screening +Q&A
7-10 p.m. WGAW 2nd Floor. WGA members in active status and a guest, RSVP with “Cooley High” as subject: Diversity Info: (323) 782-4589. In honor of television and film pioneer Eric Monte (co-creator, Good Times), guild members are invited to celebrate and watch a classic film, known as the “black American Graffiti”, penned by Monte. The 1975 film Cooley High, based on the real Chicago north side high school, focused on a group of high school friends in the 1960s who enjoyed life despite their challenging environment. Centering on one youth who had aspirations to escape his circumstance and become a writer, this semi-autobiographical film enjoyed great box office success. Screening followed by Q&A moderated by Robert Townsend with Monte and select cast and crew.
Th 26 
Meeting: Asian American Writers Committee with Aaron Helbing (The Flash)
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 4A. Info: (323) 782-4589. Special guest speaker: Aaron Helbing (writer/co-executive producer, The Flash). 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. WGAW and Caucus members in active status welcome.
Fri 27 
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. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.


Mon 2 
Fresh Off the Boat: A Night with Writing Staff of FOTB
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild and Caucus members in active status, RSVP: Diversity with “FOTB” as subject. (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Asian American Writers Committee is excited to present a panel with the creator and writing staff of ABC's new hit comedy Fresh Off the Boat. Panelists include show creator Nahnatchka Khan (Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) and writers Camilla Blackett, Jeff Chiang, Kourtney Kang, Sanjay Shah, and Ali Wong. Food and drinks follow.
Sat 7 
Save the Date – Ann Marcus Memorial
1-3 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. RSVP: MarcusMemorial. The family of Ann Marcus and Writers Guild of America, West invite you to celebrate the life of Ann Marcus, who repeatedly broke through the entertainment industry’s glass ceiling within the male-dominated television industry and established a prolific writing career spanning five decades. She received the WGAW’s Morgan Cox Award in 2000 in recognition of her longtime, exemplary service to the Guild as a multiple term WGAW Board member as well as the Guild’s Secretary-Treasurer (1991-93). An Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning scribe, Marcus also served as a Governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. We welcome colleagues and friends to honor her powerful spirit as a pioneer. Light reception and drinks follow. Parking hosted in Theater structure. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ann Marcus to Best Friends Animal Society, 15321 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345. Questions: WGAW (323) 782-4776.

Incentivise Your Story - Production Incentives for the Writer
1:30-3 p.m. – AFCI Locations Show, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Ave. of the Stars, Century City. For free badge registration directions, Guild and Caucus members in active status, please email WritersEd with “Incentives” as Subject. Limited WGAW seats. Production incentives play a major role in the financing and production of movies and television today. Understanding the incentive landscape can be a powerful tool in determining which stories get told and how to navigate location-based production. Learn how writers can get the most from production incentives in this panel event hosted by the AFCI and WGAW Writers Education Committee.
Sun 8 
Daylight Savings Hike
4-7 p.m. – Palisades Highlands. Members in active status and guests, required RSVP: Activities. Celebrate the beginning of daylight savings time with a sunset hike. We'll work up an appetite on Trailer Canyon fire road in the Palisades Highlands and satisfy our hunger at local eatery after (dinner is optional). Trail details and directions here. Sponsored by WGAW Activities Committee.


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