Plus, healthcare extension for teams and Ask A Mentor
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FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Black Writers Who Inspire Us

Members of the CBW honor fellow Black writers who made an impact.

In a historically exclusionary industry, each generation of successful Black writers paves the way for a new one to follow. In honor of Black History Month, Connect asked members of the Committee of Black Writers (CBW) about the Black writers past and present who sparked their interest in writing or otherwise influence their craft. The responses ranged from the iconic to the intimate. Through direct mentorship, broader advocacy, or an exemplary career, these Black writers are an inspiration. Read more >>


Black History Month: Remembering Daryl G. Nickens

Nickens left an indelible mark on his fellow writers through a prolific body of work and a lifetime of community service.

Born January 21, 1949, Daryl G. Nickens was perhaps best known for co-writing the first feature film by a Black writer to open number one at the box-office—1991’s House Party 2, which he co-wrote with Rusty Cundieff (story by Cundieff, based on characters created by Reginald Hudlin). In WGAW history, he is distinguished by his decades of service, and as the posthumous recipient of the 2007 Morgan Cox Honorary Service Award after his passing in 2006. Read more >>


Writing Teams: This Rule Could Impact Your Health Coverage

Learn about the Health Fund’s Excess Earnings Extension for teams.

The Health Fund has options to help writers maintain health coverage during periods of unemployment and low earnings. Members of a bona fide writing team must pay particular attention to how their circumstances affect the benefits available to them.

In addition to the Extended Coverage Program, which allows writers to accrue eligibility points for use during periods of unemployment, writers may also quality for extended coverage based on excess earnings. Read more >>


Ask a Mentor: Navigating the Sea Change

Feature writer Cory Goodman answers a question about working during the pandemic and shares words of wisdom about keeping focused when the world intrudes.

Writing features can be a solitary business, but that doesn’t mean feature writers’ work hasn’t been affected by the pandemic. Screenwriter Cory Goodman (Underworld: Blood Wars, The Last Witch Hunter) describes how he manages to keep working during these unprecedented times, and offers his thoughts on how to cope with the resulting distractions.

Send your questions about the craft, job hunting, your career, or Guild service to Connect (under 100 words, please) with the subject “Mentor,” and we’ll send them to an established screen or TV writer to answer. Questions might be edited for space or clarity and will be published anonymously. WGAW mentors provide informal career advice and are not expected to read scripts, give notes, hear pitches, or help find representation or work. Read more >>

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