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WALTER DAVIS invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Walter directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Wine Bistro in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.
Co-founders ANTON DIETHER and JON WILLIAMS of the Austin WGAW Members Group invite WGAW guild members in active status, living in or visiting the Austin, TX area, to join their mailing list for notification of regular and special local events. To join the community (aka “rally” on this site), visit WritersGuildinAustin.
DEBORAH PEARL, writer/director/producer of Getting Ed Laid starring Ed Asner and Jean Smart, recently won its second accolade as Best Comedy Short at the 2017 Marina Del Rey Film Festival, and will screen at the 2018 Sedona Film Festival, March 1 and 2. Click here for trailer. The short is also available on Amazon, free with Prime. Pearl’s comedy pilot Spider Lane's Rock Logic is a finalist in the Cinequest Film Festival's Screenwriting Competition in San Jose, where winners will be announced on March 10. www.deborahpearl.com
Short film Speedwriting, written, directed and starring former WGAW Board member MICHAEL RUSSNOW garners its 11th achievement as semi-finalist in San Mauro Torinese Film Festival (Turin, Italy), on the heels of its Official Selection in last fall’s Cardiff International Film Festival (South Wales). This honor adds to the film’s selections and/or awards at the Temecula Independent Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, SaMo Indie Festival, London Film Awards, WMMFest, New York Film Week, Canada International Film Festival, IndieWise Virtual Film Festival and the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival (India). Speedwriting is a satire on writer and actor workshops that creatives often take in efforts to build their careers.
In the spirit of fostering creativity, building friendships, and maybe lowering BP by venting industry frustrations, FRED SHAFFERMAN invites all writers to join a weekly indoor full-court WGA basketball game. Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in Hollywood and Sundays 9:30 a.m. in North Hollywood. Email Fred for details.
Diversity Attribute Directory
Did you know that you can search for a WGAW member according to self-identified diversity attributes? The information is available through our WGAW website by clicking Find a Writer. This online directory of writers of diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource by producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. WGAW Members: to be included and grant permission for publication, please sign in or create your myWGA account. Select the "Update my diversity attributes" link under “I want to…” on your myWGA homepage. Make sure to select the "Yes" button next to “OK to Publish” for each attribute, then click bottom blue “Update Attributes” to save. For technical support with your myWGA account, call (323) 782-4885, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
WGF: Share Your Expertise with the Community!
The Writers Guild Foundation offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year for all WGAW members who want to connect with the writing community, particularly with youth and military veterans who aspire to tell their stories. Opportunities range from one-time guest lectures to longer term mentorships--we work with members' levels of time commitment and availability. For more information, visit wgfoundation.org or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.