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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.

APRIL DAMMANN’s "A Short Biography of Auguste Rodin" was just published by Applewood Books and is now available from Amazon.com.

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.

Devra Māza has won two 3rd Place prizes at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards for her playful HuffPost pop quiz "Are You Christian Grey? Take the Fifty Shades Test". The article was honored in the categories of Best Humor Writing, all media platforms, and Best Celebrity Feature, Online, while also receiving a nomination for Best Entertainment Blog by an Individual, Online. While a ten-question tongue-in-cheek multiple choice test explores how well Fifty Shades fanatics know their fictional leading man, the test's answers reveal the real must-have characteristics at the written heart of erotic novel heartthrobs. The nominations mark the fifth consecutive year in which Devra's writing has been recognized at national awards. For more on the NAEJ Awards, list of winners and gala photos, visit lapressclub.org. For more on Devra and her articles, follow her on Twitter @DevraMaza and visit DevraMaza.com.

Short film Speedwriting, written, directed and starring former WGAW Board member MICHAEL RUSSNOW recently premiered as an Official Selection of the 2017 Cardiff International Film Festival in 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.

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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.