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MARILYN ANDERSON has authored a new book, How to Live Like a MILLIONAIRE When You're a Million Short, published by Potpourri Books. It's a breezy, information-packed guide that provides all kinds of money-saving tips that can save you thousands of dollars on entertainment, travel, shopping, fashion, health, beauty, home decor and more. Plus, there are lots of tips on how to get things free, how to get free theatre tickets in LA, how to get free hair styling at expensive salons, and even how to spend 6 nights at a 4-star resort in Spain... for free!
For a new series of artist biographies, APRIL DAMMANN presents A Short Biography of Pablo Picasso suitable for young adults and adults alike, available through Applewood Books and Amazon. Her book on Auguste Rodin will follow in near future.
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.
STANLEY DYRECTOR’s nonfiction book Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants, with foreword by Ed Asner, is now catalogued in the The Billy Rose Theatre Division at Manhattan’s Lincoln Center New York Public Library. Interviews with Norma Barzman, Oliver Crawford, Bernard Gordon, Abraham Lincoln Polonsky, Richard Powell, Jean Rouverol (Butler), Joan Scott, et al. A book excerpt on Robert Lees was highlighted on pages 61-63 in the September/October 2015 issue of award-winning Written By magazine.
GARY GOLDSTEIN's short play "Moment of Truth" is currently part of Whitefire Theatre’s "Fall Shorts" show, a diverse anthology of ten original 10-minute comedy plays from nine playwrights, including WGAW members DAVE CAPLAN and BRUCE KANE, performed by a cast of 28 actors. Directed by Bryan Rasmussen, Bruce Kane and Gary Goldstein. Produced by Jake O'Flaherty. 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 990-2324. Tuesdays, 8 p.m., through October (10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31). Tickets $15 in advance via BrownPaperTickets, $20 at door (if available).
Television icon and groundbreaking writer/producer NORMAN LEAR kicks off the Garry Marshall Theatre’s Modern Masters fundraising series at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, with a one-night only special event. Mr. Lear discusses his career and gives insight into the ever-changing landscape of television, welcoming audience participation. This 75-minute event will be recorded as part of Mr. Lear’s podcast “All Of The Above With Norman Lear.” Wine and cheese reception follows. Limited seating. $150 tickets/information, please click Lear-GarryMarshallTheatre, 4252 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank 91505.
As part of its Benefit Series, Santa Monica Playhouse presents a world premiere reading Saturday, October 7, 8p.m., of Pretty Naked People by DAVID MISCH (Mork and Mindy, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Saturday Night Live), directed by and starring Paul Provenza (Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza); also starring Andy Kindler (Louie), Laura Kightlinger (Will and Grace) and Krizia Bajos (How I Met Your Mother). Logline: Two aging screenwriters hire a young Hispanic woman to front for them. $20 tickets, click here, or call box office: (310) 394-9779, ext. 1. All proceeds benefit Santa Monica Playhouse.
DEBORAH PEARL's short film Getting Ed Laid starring Ed Asner and Jean Smart is an official selection at the Marina Del Rey Film Festival 2017... and Ed Asner will be there! Wednesday, October 4, 7:30 p.m. at AMC Classic Marina Marketplace 6, 4335 Glencoe Ave., Marina del Rey. $15 tickets. Click on green TICKETS button, then scroll 1/3 way down to title GETTING ED LAID here.
KEN PISANI’s debut novel AMP’D has been named a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Named after American humorist James Thurber, the Thurber Prize is bestowed annually in recognition of outstanding contributions in humor writing. Past winners include David Sedaris, Jon Stewart, Alan Zweibel, Ian Frazier, David Rakoff, Calvin Trillin, and Julie Schumacher. The 2017 Prize will be awarded at a ceremony in New York City on October 2, and the winner is invited to a special event at Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio.
STEVEN SCHINDLER’s fifth novel, The Last Sewer Ball, was awarded the Grand Prize at the New York Book Festival, with an awards ceremony that took place at the legendary Algonquin Hotel in New York City in July. Like the Facebook page. Available in paperback or Kindle via Amazon. Steven’s brand new novel, High Desert High, will release on November 7. Pre-order your copy now by clicking here!
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.