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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 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.

RICK FOSTER invites everyone to enjoy co-author Michael R. Holm’s and his new (20 years in the making) youth novel (grades 4-7) Matthew Patterson and the Wish Defenders. It was honored with a prestigious Kirkus Review Star and was named Indie Book of the Month for September 2018: “Whip-smart plotting makes this adventure an ideal romp.” On Dec. 17, it will be announced as one of their 100 Best Indie Books of the Year for 2018! A super fun fantasy, full of heart and important lessons regarding bullying, self-esteem, hard work, and determination. Available at these links via Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Please check out the dedicated WishDefenders website and like the MatthewPattersonBooks page to see video on positive reactions from our youth!

Writers Guild Award-nominated, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer/playwright TRACY LETTS (August: Osage County) proudly presents his new play Linda Vista at the Mark Taper Forum, January 9-February 17, 2019. Wheeler just turned 50. His marriage is over, his job is mundane, and the best years of his life appear to be behind him. A move from the cot in his ex-wife's garage to his own apartment opens up new possibilities for love and sex—complicated, painful, and hilarious. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be. Letts delivers a male mid-life crisis tragicomedy of epic proportions (Chicago Sun Times). This smart, very funny, hugely entertaining play (Daily Herald) resonates with a new sense of sobriety in the wake of #MeToo. Guild members: see Special Offers page (login required) under Events for top-listed Center Theatre Group exclusive offers for shows.

KEN PISANI’s pugilist play Glove Story was recently announced as winner of Panndora’s Box 2018 Festival of New Works (Long Beach). Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Julie Harris Playwright Award, and selection of the DC Black Theatre Festival, Glove Story reunites two middleweight champions who fought a legendary trilogy in the early days of the civil rights movement. Now in their seventies,“Irish” Jimmy and “Sandman” Johnson are reluctantly brought together by a young female sportswriter, and their stewing animosity erupts to hilarious and ultimately poignant effect. Catch next reading of Glove Story on Monday, 12/3, selected for The Blank Theatre’s Living Room series (6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood)!

WGAW members living or visiting Ensenada, Baja California, who are interested in socializing and building community with other arts/industry-minded individuals, are welcome to contact CAROL ROPER.

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.

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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 Find a Writer. 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 myWGA account. Select the "Update my diversity attributes" link under “I want to…” on your myWGA homepage. Make sure to select the "Yes" button next to “OK to Publish” for each attribute, then click bottom blue “Update Attributes” to save. For technical support with your myWGA 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.