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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.

STANLEY DYRECTOR’s nonfiction book Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants, with its foreword by Ed Asner, has been selected and will soon join the collection of The Billy Rose Theatre Division at the Lincoln Center New York Public Library. A book excerpt on Robert Lees was highlighted on pages 61-63 in the September/October 2015 issue of award-winning Written By magazine.

Writer/director DEBORAH PEARL's short film Getting Ed Laid starring Ed Asner and Jean Smart is an official selection at the 2017 HollyShorts Film Festival. It screens Tuesday, August 15, 2:30 pm at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, 6801 Hollywood Blvd. as part of the “Golden Age” program. Tickets (scroll down by date to 8/15): HollyShortsSchedule. See masterful performances of these two multiple Emmy-winning actors! Click here to see trailer!

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 FindAWriter. 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 account MyWGAW. Click on "Update My Diversity Attributes" link on right options under “I Want To…”. Make sure to select Yes button at “OK to publish” for each attribute, then click bottom blue “Update Attributes” to save. For technical support with your My WGAW 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 or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.