WGAW Calendar: 2016 

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February

Mon 1
Call for Submissions: “Drama Queens” and “Ladies of Laughter” - Showrunners Meet & Greets
Deadline: 2/1. Female WGAW/Caucus members in active status only, submit WGA-registered .pdf script to WoWGAW with “Drama Queens” or “Ladies of Laughter” as subject. Women of the WGAW (WoWGAW) are seeking submissions for upcoming “Ladies Of Laughter” (tent. 4/11/16) and "Drama Queens" (tent. 4/27/16) events. Selected members will get opportunity to meet TV drama OR comedy showrunners during group speed-date evening. To be considered, women Guild members please submit one original (no specs) hour-long pilot to Drama Queens OR one half-hour pilot to Ladies of Laughter. You may only submit one script in one category. NOTE: New this year as an all-volunteer program--if you apply for one category, you MUST read for the other. Additional readers may volunteer (without submission) to guarantee that all scripts get a minimum of two evaluations. Team writers of only two people (both must be WGA) will be considered if one writer is female. Your name should not appear anywhere on the script, only in body of email message.
Tues 2
Telling Life Stories: Crisis and Care at the Beginning, Middle and End
6:30 p.m. reception; 7-9 p.m. panel – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status and guest, RSVP to HHS. (RSVPs not taken by WGAW.) Hollywood, Health & Society presents a panel to explore challenges in health and caregiving through the different stages of life. Entertainment professionals, health experts and personal storytellers will share inspiring real-world stories from their own lives. Panelists include writer/producer/philanthropist Norman Lear, Dr. Zoanne Clack (writer/EP, Grey’s Anatomy), Katie Elmore-Mota (East Los High), Stephen Hootstein (writer, Chicago Med), Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer (creators, Getting On), among others.
Wed 3
CBW’s 2nd Annual “And The Nominees Are…”
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Eligible members*+1 guest, RSVP: NAACP. Info: (323) 782-4589. NAACP Image Award-nominated scribes discuss writing in a new era of film and television. Learn from this year’s award contenders about their lauded projects and the changing face of diversity in our industry. Panelists: Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton), Shem J. Bitterman (Whitney), Aaron Covington (Creed), LaToya Morgan (TURN: Washington’s Spies), and Jamie Turner (Being Mary Jane). Moderated by Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris, Are We There Yet?). Soul food and wine reception follows. *Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.
Th 4
Beyond Words – 2016 WGA Screen Nominee Panel*
7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. Purchase tickets early for this annual sell-out: WGFoundation. Celebrating WGA- and Oscar-nominated screenwriters in the 2016 Original and Adapted Screenplay categories. Panelists announced on Foundation’s website after the New Year. WGA, AMPAS, and student discounts.
Wed 10
Writers with Disabilities Committee presents "The Disability Scene"
7:30-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. WGAW members +1 guest, RSVP: DisabilityScene. Info: (323) 782 4589. Writers with Disabilities Committee proudly presents its inaugural Disability Scene — an evening of staged readings of disability-themed scenes from screenplays, teleplays, webisodes, and stage plays: Blind Kisses by SJ Roth, Coldwater by Kurt Voelker, Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein, Nanny and the Girl by Susie Singer Carter, Helen of Trout by Adrienne Sterman, Intangible Ground by Julia Camara, No One Is Looking by Michael Dougherty, The Injury by David Radcliff, and Welcome Home by Erik Linthorst. Light food reception follows.
*Select scenes directed by Peter Farrelly (Dumb & Dumber, Dumb & Dumber To, There’s Something About Mary, Shallow Hal).
Th 11
WGAW Videogame Writers Caucus “Meet the Nominees” Reception
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. WGAW Guild and Caucus members in active status, RSVP by 5 p.m., Fri. 2/5: Videogames. Please join the Videogame Writers Caucus to meet and greet with this year’s Videogame Award nominees for a lively Q&A panel and reception. Panelists include Hugo Giard, Jeffrey Yohalem and Melissa MacCoubrey (Assassin’s Creed Syndicate); Eric Fenstermaker, Carrie Patel, George Ziets and Jorge Salgado (Pillars of Eternity); and Rhianna Pratchett (Rise of the Tomb Raider). Additional panelists TBA.

3rd & Fairfax WGAW Podcast: Episode 17
In this episode of the podcast Chrissy Pietrosh & Jess Goldstein, co-creators and showrunners of Telenovela, are interviewed by Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker. Also, writing team Lauren Mackenzie & Andrew Gettens discuss their Feb. 27 panel (see 2/27 “Go Team!” event in Calendar to RSVP) on the ins and outs of writing with a partner. You can find all episodes of the podcast here, and please subscribe in iTunes.
Tues 16
Meeting: Committee of Women Writers
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee works to enhance the opportunities, advance the careers, and highlight the accomplishments of women in the Guild, to end discrimination against women writers in the industry and to improve the image of women in film, television, and radio. The group sponsors events designed to increase knowledge of the craft and the marketplace. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.
Wed 17
CBW’s Celebration of ’90s Black TV Shows and Writers
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Eligible members*+1 guest, RSVP: 90sWriters. Info: (323) 782-4589. Writers from some of the best Black TV shows of the ’90s discuss working during a time when many shows centered around successful African-American families and shed light on realistic characters. Panelists: Meg DeLoatch (Living Single, Family Matters), Jacque Edmonds-Cofer (Living Single, Martin, Moesha), Myra J (Martin, Hanging with Mr. Cooper), Dee Harris-Lawrence (New York Undercover), and more TBA. CBW Co-Chairs Amy Aniobi, Ben Jones and Lena Waithe moderate. Soul food and wine reception follows.
*Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.
Th 18
Meeting: Asian American Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 4A. Info: (323) 782-4589. The Asian-American Writers Committee represents the professional and creative interests of Asian-American Guild members. Its mandate is to be dedicated to the encouragement, empowerment and employment of writers of Asian heritage. Join us for an informative and fun evening in a relaxed environment. Snacks will be provided. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

WGF: Writers on Writing with Meg LeFauve*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGF 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. On this special night, Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur) shares her process to bringing characters to life and her experiences writing animated features.
Sat 20
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – How to be Single with Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGA members only with guests. Q&A with writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 110 minutes). Screenplay by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein and Dana Fox. Screen Story by Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein. Based on the Book by Liz Tuccillo. Guild membership card required for entry.
Sun 21
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Deadpool with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGA members only with guests. Q&A with writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 106 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Tues 23
Latino Writers Committee’s Salon with Televisa USA
7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Foundation 1st Floor Library. LWC members+1 guest, RSVP with “LWC Salon” as subject: Diversity. Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW Latino Writers Committee welcomes executives from Televisa USA: Carmen Cervantes (Dir. of Special Projects) and David Sigurani (Dir. of Development). Televisa USA is working on various projects aimed at the U.S. Hispanic audience and are anxious to meet WGAW writers that understand Latino culture, experiences, and unique differences, in order to authentically tell Latino stories. Moderated by Josefina Lopez.

Meeting: Writers Education Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Eligible members* only, RSVP: WritersEd. This committee brainstorms and develops events and programs which provide WGA members with practical, inside knowledge about how the industry works and how it is changing, emphasizing tips and tools to help writers succeed. We strive to provide "working knowledge for writers" and invite you to contribute your ideas. *Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

WGF: Master Class with Evan Daugherty*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGF 2nd Floor. Info: WGFoundation. Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent) gives insight into his process for adapting classic stories for a modern audience and what it’s like to take on the screenplay of famous film franchises such as Tomb Raider and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Wed 24
Meeting: Committee of Black Writers
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. The Committee of Black Writers is dedicated to empowering and increasing industry visibility of African-American writers and generating more career and networking opportunities within the Guild. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.
Th 25
3rd & Fairfax WGAW Podcast: Episode 18
This episode of the podcast features an interview with Josh Safran by Liz Tucillo. Josh is the creator and showrunner of Quantico. Also, Hilliard Guess talks with co-chair of the WGAW’s Committee of Black Writers, Michelle Amor. You can find all episodes of the podcast here, and please subscribe in iTunes.
Fri 26
Meeting: Writers with Disabilities Committee
2-4 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee is looking for ways to aid writers with disabilities in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of persons with disabilities in film and television. Please come, shake hands and talk about expanding opportunities for all of us. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

The Guild Screenings and CBW’s 25th Anniversary Celebration of The Five Heartbeats with Townsend & Wayans
7:30-10 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills 90211. Eligible members*+2 guests, RSVP: Heartbeats. Info: (323) 782-4589. Come spend a memorable evening with legendary filmmakers co-writer/director Robert Townsend and co-writer Keenen Ivory Wayans as we celebrate and watch their classic film, The Five Heartbeats. Loosely based on the lives of recording artists including The Dells and The Temptations, this 1991 film depicts the rise and fall of a Motown-inspired R&B group The Five Heartbeats as told through Donald "Duck" Matthews (portrayed by Townsend). Screening followed by Q&A with Townsend and Wayans. Guild membership card required for entry. *Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.
Sat 27
“Go Team!” Navigating the TV Landscape as a Team
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Eligible members* (no guests), RSVP: GoTeam. Are you part of a TV writing team? Do you employ TV writing teams? If Yes, then join us for a moderated panel discussion designed to encourage, educate, and empower writing duos. Topics include career management, guild and contract issues, working on a staff, division of labor, and running a show. We will also create a mailing list and Facebook page with hopes of building a community for guild teams. If you're part of a team, or have any questions about teams, you gotta be there! Speakers include Chrissy Pietrosh & Jessica Goldstein (Telenovela co-creators), Shelley Meals & Darin Goldberg, and others TBA. Moderated by Lauren Mackenzie & Andy Gettens. Room opens 8:30 a.m. for light morning nosh; snacks post-event. Hosted by WGAW Writers Education Committee. *Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

March

Sun 6
WGAW Pub Trivia Night!
6-9 p.m. – Planet Dailies, Original Farmers Market, 6333 West Third St. #O20, Los Angeles 90036. RSVP: Activities. Join fellow writers for a fun quiz night! Work in teams of 4-5 for your chance to show off your TV and movie knowledge, and win prizes! Appetizers provided. Cash Bar. WGA members + guest welcome. Sponsored by WGAW Activities Committee.
Sat 19
WGF: WGFestival 2016: The Business*
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. The WGF’s annual craft symposium is back with a new name. This all-day event features panels that focus on how to build a career in the screenwriting trade.

April

Mon 4
MIP-TV - Attention WGAW TV Writers and Showrunners!
Mon 4/4-Thurs 4/7 – Cannes, France. WGAW members in active status, are you planning on attending MIP-TV in Cannes? Please contact Kay Wolf or (323) 782-4731.
Sat 16
WGF: WGFestival 2016: The Craft*
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. This all-day event features panels that focus on topics such as the changing landscape of distribution, new media, and crafting the script of today and of tomorrow.

 

*Presented by the Writers Guild Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library and other Foundation programs.