Dear new Writers Guild of America West member,
This is serious stuff. You are now a professional writer. You had about a five times better chance of hearing your name read at the Major League baseball draft this year than of getting this letter.* Make sure your parents know that.
As a member-led union of writers, the Guild is a place that you should consider your home. You probably know already that being a writer carries with it great opportunities, but also unique challenges that often only other writers truly understand. Generations of writers have worked hard to give you access to the tools you need to meet these challenges and to find camaraderie with your fellow writers. The New Members Committee is committed to helping you learn about and access those tools—so please take advantage.
David Shore Chair, New Members Committee
*Approximately 1500 players drafted into Major League baseball every year; approximately 300 new members admitted to the WGAW every year.
For information on how to join the Guild, visit How to Become a Member.
- New Members Program
Meet other writers, learn about your union and eat free!
- Enforcing Our Contract
Credits, Minimums, Residuals, Your Rights and more!
- Member Benefits
Health Coverage, Pension and other good stuff
- Captains & Stewards
Make sure your voice is heard
- Guild Democracy & Administration
Your vote matters!
The WGA is more than just film and TV
- Public Policy & the Political Action Committee
Reaching beyond Hollywood
- The Craft of Writing
Learn from other writers
- Writers Guild Foundation & Library
The ultimate writers’ resource
- Career Training & Advice
Showrunner training and advice for screen and TV writers
- The Guild Press Room, Calendar & More
More information that you could possibly need