Plus, new screenwriter handbook and getting the most out of general meetings.
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MARCH 11, 2022

Introducing the Screenwriters Handbook

This new resource helps writers get acquainted with life as a Guild screenwriter.

New to screenwriting? Let the Guild’s newly released Screenwriters Handbook be your guide. The handbook will take you through the key work issues screenwriters face, helpful career tips from seasoned screenwriters, and the rights, benefits, and support that come with WGAW membership.

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Behind the Tweets: “Rewrite Map”

Jeffrey Lieber tackles rewrites in this column unpacking topics from Writer Twitter.

When I first transitioned from being an actor to being a writer (a million and nine years ago now), the biggest challenge for me was creating a systematic “practice” for my work. Dialogue came easy. Same with emotional structure. And once my fingers were moving, I was pretty much good to go. That said, getting those fingers moving…overcoming the fear of failure and rejection and stagnation…was totally overwhelming (no duh, right?). Read more >>

Ask a Mentor: Are Generals, In General, a Waste of Time?

Denise Moss outlines how to get the most out of general meetings—career-starter or not.

Taking general meetings can feel like a waste of your time, especially if you’ve been on many and feel like they haven’t helped to progress your career. But you never know which general will be that career-starting moment for you—or if the person you’re meeting with will be the one to throw your name in the ring somewhere down the line, whether they have hiring power at the time or not. Denise Moss (Sydney to the Max) has these tips for getting the most out of general meetings. Read more >>

TV Writer Access Project Honorees Announced

Congrats to this diverse group of writers.

As part of the Writers Guild of America West’s continuing efforts to increase diversity and promote inclusiveness within the entertainment industry, the WGAW announced its 2022 TV Writer Access Project honorees: a diverse group of 13 writers whose work has been cited by a committee of upper-level writers and showrunners.

The honorees will have their work spotlighted industry-wide via the Guild, as well as participate in a series of WGAW-hosted workshops this month designed to equip them with the skillsets and tools for successful television writing careers. See the list of honorees >>

Celebrate Outstanding Writing With Ashley Nicole Black

Have you registered for your complimentary ticket to the virtual Writers Guild Awards on March 20?

Honoring outstanding writing in film, television, new media, broadcast and digital news, radio/audio, and promotional categories, the Writers Guilds of America West and East will host the 2022 Writers Guild Awards joint virtual ceremony on Sunday, March 20, at 4 p.m. (PT) / 7 p.m. (ET). Writer-actor-comedian and 2022 Writers Guild Award nominee Ashley Nicole Black (Ted Lasso, A Black Lady Sketch Show) is set to host this year’s show, with additional talent to be announced.

Guild members: Check your email inbox for an invite with details to register for a comp ticket to watch our Writers Guild Awards show next Sunday. (The last reminder was sent yesterday afternoon.) Congratulations to all of the 2022 Writers Guild Awards nominees!

Writers Guild of America West • 7000 W. Third Street • Los Angeles, CA 90048

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