BUZZ: October 2015  

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The new musical Who's Your Baghdaddy or How I started the Iraq War (music and book by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penned) based on J.T. Allen’s screenplay "Curveball" opened September at the Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street, NYC, 10036, and runs through November.

April Dammann's new book, Corita Kent. Art and Soul. The Biography. has been selling well through her publisher, Angel City Press, and at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, in conjunction with a major Corita Kent exhibition. Here is the first-ever biography of the Hollywood nun (Sister Corita) who gained a reputation in the 1960s as an artist, educator and activist.

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.

Stanley Dyrector’s non-fiction book of blacklisted screenwriters with a foreword by Ed Asner called Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants is available on all electronic platforms as well as in soft cover at his publisher BearManor Media and Amazon.

Jan Kimbrough is one of twelve writers selected from a field of 3500 submissions for the Meryl Streep-funded inaugural writing lab for women screenwriters over forty. The lab is being held under the auspices of NYWIFT - New York Women in Film and Television.

Devra Maza's feature story "Becoming Fearless: A Conversation with A Girl Undone Author Catherine Linka" has been published by the Huffington Post's Books page. The interview with Linka includes insights into her popular debut YA novel, "A Girl Called Fearless" and its sequel. The article examines how the timely plot in the dystopian spec fiction series taps into global current events where women's rights and girls access to education are increasingly under attack. Linka also shares tips on her writing process, from conception to publication. Another of Devra's Huffington Post articles, "Art of Resistance: Charlie Hebdo's Antonio Fischetti and Judea Pearl on the War on Journalists" written for the World Post page, is now also being featured by The Daniel Pearl Foundation. The story contains interviews with Fischetti, a survivor of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and Pearl, father of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter, upon the presentation of The Los Angeles Press Club's Daniel Pearl Award to Charlie Hebdo. For more on Devra and her other articles, follow her on Twitter @DevraMaza and visit

David Misch presents his seminar "Understanding Comedy: The Rules" -- what comedy is and how it works -- at iO West in Hollywood on Sat., Nov. 7. More info at

Former WGAW Board member Michael Russnow's short film Speedwriting, which he wrote, directed and in which he also co-starred is an official selection of the Orlando Film Festival (October 21-25, 2015). He also recently received a Laurel of Honorable Mention at the SaMo Indie Festival, with a short clip shown at the Santa Monica event (October 2-4). The film was previously a selection at the Temecula Independent Film Festival and WMM Fest during Hollywood Fringe, both in June.

Mark Saha published his cutting horse yarn Lady Joe on CreateSpace in August. It tells the story of two best friends since high school, the girl they both dated and one married, and a champion cutting horse gone missing. Available on Amazon here.

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.


Diversity Attribute Directory Now Functional!
It is now possible to search for a WGA member according to self-identified diversity attributes. The information is available through the WGAW website using this link: This online directory of writers from diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource for producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. To be included, members must grant permission for publication of their diversity attributes. Sign in or create your MyWGAW Account via: Go to the "change attributes" link on the left side of your myWGAW homepage, and click Yes under each “OK to publish”. For technical support with your My WGAW 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 or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.