The WGAW Lake Arrowhead
Craft Conference & Retreat

May 29th-31st, 2015

Reboot, Refresh, Reinvigorate!

In 2011, the WGAW Activities Committee brought back the much-beloved Lake Arrowhead Retreat & Craft Conference, a Guild staple for twenty years. In pine-forested mountains just two hours east of Los Angeles, Guild members gather every other year at the UCLA Conference Center for a weekend of amazing, intimate talks with the best television and screen writers in the business. Members will have the opportunity again this May.

Nestled between snow-capped mountains and the glorious blue water of Lake Arrowhead, the UCLA Conference Center is a sprawling and serene lakeside resort. After you check in to your two-story condolet, the weekend kicks off with a hosted cocktail reception on the Zen Deck, overlooking beautiful Lake Arrowhead, followed by dinner with wine. Then you’ll be treated to the first of five master classes offered by some of the most respected writers in the business. Saturday night, writers can cut loose and go wild in a game night (with prizes!).

Between workshops you can stroll by the lake, take a hike or a dip in the pool, play a game of tennis, practice your putt, start a volleyball game, work out in the gym, unwind in the Jacuzzi or grab a shady spot and let the stimulating talks and idyllic setting inspire you. Return Sunday afternoon, relaxed and rejuvenated, with new ideas, new friends and maybe a new script idea or (who knows?) a new job lead!

Guest speakers this year will include:
Jill Soloway (Transparent)
Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex)
Paul Weitz (American Pie, About a Boy, Antz)
David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue)
Chip Johannessen (Homeland)

Members are welcome to bring their families. The cost for the full weekend, including 1-2 bedroom condolets, great meals, all beverages, amenities, cocktail reception, game night, plus the master classes starts at $495 per person (early bird rates). What a deal!

Attendance is limited and sells out quickly. Once the available rooms are filled, you will be placed on a waiting list. Book soon to make sure you don’t miss out!

Join us! To register, see link below. Questions? See our FAQS page or contact Activities with ARROWHEAD in the subject line.

Read the WriteNow article about last year’s conference.


The weekend consists of 5 “master class” workshops where top screenwriters and showrunners
share their insights on the craft and business of writing for film and television.
Each workshop is approximately 90 minutes.

Afternoon check-in
Cocktail Reception on the Zen Deck
Dinner (wine included)
Friday night keynote speaker

Morning speaker
Morning free time
Afternoon speaker
Afternoon free time
Evening speaker
Game Night!

Closing speaker

Rates include 2 nights/3 days room, Master Classes, all meals, beverages, workshops and parties.
STANDARD (After Tuesday, March 17, 2015)
Doubles $595
Singles SOLD OUT  
Participating spouse* $595
Non-participating spouse $495
Children $275
*Spouses may choose to attend the workshops for the same rate as members.

Please click here to download a reservation form and reserve your spot!

Here’s what previous conference attendees and speakers have said:

"The Conference at Arrowhead was a real treat. Beautiful setting, lots of goodwill, and everyone was there because they WANTED to be there. This is going to sound like an overstatement, but I swear it's true - every face I saw up there had a smile on it. Writers talking to writers about writing - with a sparkling lake in the background - not a bad formula for a very happy weekend." 2011 Speaker, Billy Ray

"The Writers Guild retreat was a great opportunity to withdraw from the distraction of the business and focus with family and other writers on the artistic aspirations that inspire us to keep writing." 2011 Speaker Matthew Weiner

"The Arrowhead retreat is a place for us to learn from those writers whose work we respect and admire; to find community with fellow writers; and to do all this in gorgeous bucolic setting high above all daily wears and cares. It's win/win/win. My all-too-brief time there last year -- Q&Aing with Vince Gilligan and hanging out delightedly -- has become a fine and rare memory." Howard Rodman, Screenwriter, VP, WGAW

"I wasn't sure what to expect, but this weekend was an amazing event. I got to meet writers whose work I admire, made new friends and feel inspired and invigorated to get back and create. I'll definitely be back!" Hollie Overton, TV writer, 2013 attendee

"An extremely well-planned and executed event!" Adam Belanoff, TV writer/producer, 2013 attendee

"The speakers were inspiring — not to mention friendly and accessible. The committee was warm & created a wonderfully creative and supportive atmosphere." Enzo Mileti, screenwriter, 2013 attendee

"I am so impressed with how well put together this event was. Well done!" Jeremy Shipp, TV writer, 2013 attendee  

“The guest writers were lovely, not just generous with their time but personable, approachable and candid. I found the whole experience incredible and magical.” Nancy Kissam, 2011 attendee

“The weekend was at once too short and too long. Too short to hear even more great speakers, absorb more new ideas, make more new friends; too long for seducing us to stay in beautiful Arrowhead the entire weekend, wishing for more, incapable of immediately rushing back to our dark writing lairs to integrate what we learned into our own work.” Ben Moses, 2011 attendee

"What I remember was the wonderful weather… while it would be hot as blazes down ‘on the flat,’ Arrowhead … would be sunny, cool, fresh-smelling and restful. In that lovely environment, the committee put up a ton of interesting panelists and presentations. It was great to be able to mingle with high- profile writers, directors and producers of the film and TV communities and to spend interesting and playful days up on the mountain.” Dorothy Fontana, TV writer/showrunner

"Beautiful setting and a chance to hang with other writers. It's a great weekend and you'll be inspired to write. Promise." Nancy Miller, Speaker, 2013

"The first time I attended the Lake Arrowhead conference, I sat down for lunch on an outside deck across from a sweet-looking guy by himself. It turned out to be Kurt Siodmak! As a geekish Universal horror fan, I asked him all about "The Wolf Man," and he talked about it with pride, but just as one film in a long career. Later, the conversation moved to other topics, and he said he was working on some new material...he was 90-something at the time. That kind of miracle is why I love the WGA Lake Arrowhead Craft Conference." Michael R. Perry, TV/Screenwriter, 2013 attendee