How to prep for and pitch open writing assignments.
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JULY 6, 2021

WGA members have varied experiences when it comes to Open Writing Assignments (OWAs), ranging from highly positive and career-changing endeavors, to frustrating and perilous dead-end "bake-offs." In this issue of Connect, we offer up a range of member perspectives as we take an up-close look at OWAs, with tips and tricks from members and development execs along the way.


Ask a Mentor: How to Prep for an OWA

Tripper Clancy shares the crucial steps you should take before pitching for an OWA.

Your agent calls and tells you that a studio exec loved your sample and has invited you to pitch on a piece of IP they’ve acquired. If this is your first time pitching for an open writing assignment or OWA, what’s the best way to prepare for it? Tripper Clancy (Stuber, Die Hart) lists the questions to ask and steps to take before you enter the room that will give you the best shot at landing the gig. Read more >>


Pitch It or Ditch It?

Screenwriter captains identify warning signs that an OWA may be a dead end.

When it comes to the question of whether OWAs are worth pursuing, writers have a range of perspectives. To some, OWAs are the devil’s game—stay away!—while others see them as opportunities if you’re smart in your approach. So, when should you say no way to an OWA?

Connect asked several screenwriter captains for their cautionary advice. The biggest concern among the writers interviewed were phantom OWAs, fake or highly dubious projects that producers often present as real jobs. Phantom OWAs come in many forms: Read more >>


OWAs: How to Pitch Open Writing Assignments to Get Hired

Writers and development execs share tips on pitching for OWAs at virtual panel.

Even great writers may not necessarily be great “in the room,” as successfully pitching yourself for OWAs (Open Writing Assignments) requires a specific skill set that can be improved and perfected to increase your chances of getting hired on a project. Also, knowing the differences between pitching for an OWA’s existing project, versus an original idea, affects the way writers approach both the material and the meeting. Read more >>

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