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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 new 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.

Film Struck subscription streaming services (presented by Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection) will feature clips from The STANLEY DYRECTOR Show, in which Dyrector interviews Cooley High screenwriter Eric Monte, as part of its feature on the making of Cooley High. The 9-minute special is available now on Film Struck, sharing about the genesis of Monte’s storytelling and how the film made it to screen. See more of Dyrector’s interviews archived under LA36 Public Access.

GARY GOLDSTEIN's stage play April, May & June will have its world premiere March 16-April 16, 2017 at Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Dr., in Beverly Hills. The comedy-drama, written by Goldstein and directed by Terri Hanauer, involves three adult sisters who gather to close up their late mother's house only to discover a surprise about the mom they thought they knew. $30 tickets (half-price for WGA members w/ID at door on standby basis). Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. matinees at 2 p.m. Friday, March 17 performance begins earlier at 7:00 p.m. www.theatre40.org; (310) 364-0535.

DAVID MISCH (Mork and Mindy, Saturday Night Live, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Funny: The Book) presents his illustrated seminar "How Comedy Works" at the Writers Store in Burbank, on (appropriately) Saturday, April 1st at 1:00 p.m.; click here for info. WGA members get 10% discount with code DM17WGA for class via Eventbrite as well as on Writers Store non-sale online items. David also teaches at UCLA Extension this spring: "The World of Musical Satire" (Westwood, April) and "The Worlds of Comedy" (Woodland Hills, May). (Note: Must be Osher member to enroll for Extension classes via links.)

Join DREW PEARCE (co-writer, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation; Iron Man 3) at the New Filmmakers LA event, “InFocus: Female Directors” on March 25, 5-11 p.m. Pearce hosts the screening of Don’t Mess with Julie Whitfield, a film he executive produced, written and directed by Amy Barham and starring Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; Santa Clarita Diet). Evening includes three film programs, with mingling over cocktails and beats at the filmmakers’ lounge adjacent to South Park Center’s 500-seat theater in Downtown Los Angeles. Presented in partnership with Women in Film, The Alliance of Women Director's, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Diversity Committee and others. Program information/Tickets ($5-$15 including open bar), please visit: www.NFMLA.org

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.

Emmy Award-winning writer BROOKS WACHTEL cordially invites you to a book-signing event for his novel, Lady Sherlock: Circle of the Smiling Dead. Lady Natasha Dorrington, an emancipated and brilliant detective in 1906 London, is drawn into a deadly mystery involving an ancient pagan curse and a diabolical scheme to plunge Europe into a devastating war. Wachtel, a “Navy brat”, Hollywood High alumnus and longtime Magic Castle magician, has combined his love of strong-female characters, magic, history, the fantastic and high-adventure in his well-received first novel. Join him on Monday, April 3, 7 p.m., at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood.

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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 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 wgfoundation.org or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.