BUZZ: July 2014

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Horror screenwriters Diane Doniol-Valcroze and Arthur K. Flam have co-authored 41 Strange, a first-of-its-kind Kindle ebook anthology of short-short stories exclusively devoted to the strange and horrifying. The 41 tales were written “in the lonely hour of the wolf… in the pre-dawn darkness when you get those ‘waking nightmares.’” 41 Strange has been called “great entertainment” by, and should appeal to a general audience of film lovers and short story readers, as well as fans of science-fiction, horror and crime, and readers looking for a quick dose of strange stories for commuting, or just curling up for a chilling night read before bed. For more information: and Press Release

Stanley Dyrector's book Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants with a foreword by Ed Asner, is available online via Amazon, Nook, Apple iTunes, BearManor Media, and in hard copy at the following book stores: Skylight Books on Vermont, Chevalier's Books in Larchmont Village, Barnes and Noble at The Grove, Samuel French on Sunset Blvd. Additionally, Dyrector’s Hollywood true story articles, “Crazy Business of TV Writing” and “Taxi Rest” appeared in Fran Lewis's MJ Magazines (Vol. 1, Issue 3, March 2014) available from Smashwords and Amazon, with “Meeting Clint” and “Stan Regrets Jack Lemmon” anticipated to publish in upcoming July 2014 issue. For more information:

Deirdre Hanssen invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Deirdre directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Stella Mare’s French Country Cuisine in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Emmy-winner Peter Lefcourt’s new play, The Way You Look Tonight, a comedy with a heart of tarnished gold, opens at the Odyssey Theater on July 12 for a seven-week run. Entertaining, a tad outrageous, and politically incorrect (Asians, Hispanics, African-Americans, Gays, Jews, Methodists, Vegans, and the French will find ample opportunity to take umbrage). Adult situations, polysyllabic words, subtext, dancing, cross-dressing and a lot more… Don’t miss it! Directed by Terri Hanauer, with a cast of superbly talented actors. Tickets/Info: click here

Gary Lennon (Orange is the New Black) proudly announces the West Coast premiere of his sweet and crazy romantic comedy Dates and Nuts at Bootleg Theater. Eve, an animal rights activist in Brooklyn searches for love in the dating jungle of New York City after just being dumped by her fiancé—for a man. Angry at the male species, she becomes increasingly frantic as she searches for Mr. Right. “I was having a romantic comedy moment when I wrote this,” laughs Lennon, better known for grittier work. “I love writing female characters. All of us possess masculine and feminine characteristics, and Eve is a manifestation of me.” Published by Samuel French, Dates and Nuts premiered in New York City, but Lennon has made changes for the Bootleg production. Wilson Milam (The Lieutenant of Inishmore [Broadway, RSC, Taper]) directs. Runs through 7/13 with certain dark days; generally 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays. $20 Advance online purchase; $25 At door. $18 Seniors/Students with ID. Tickets/Information: Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90057. (213) 389-3856.

Screenwriter Myrna Sokoloff's novel Hand of Fatima is free for Kindle download on for 2 days: Mon., July 9 and Tues., July 10. Hand of Fatima is a political thriller about terrorism. A group of friends seek the truth about a deadly raid in Helmond Province, Afghanistan, in which Navy SEALS died and their friends were wounded. In their search for answers, the group uncovers a plan even more dangerous to the safety of America.

Four-time Emmy winner Joe Toplyn's one-of-a-kind how-to book Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV is now available on Amazon. Toplyn, a former head writer for both Jay Leno and Dave Letterman, analyzes each type of comedy piece in the late-night TV playbook and takes you step-by-step through the process of writing it. His comprehensive manual can also be used to write short-form comedy for the Internet, sketch shows, magazines, reality shows, radio, advertising, and any other medium.


WGF: Do You Have Children’s Books?
To schedule a delivery or drop-off of your children’s books, contact the Foundation at (323) 782-4692. The Writers Guild Foundation is looking for children’s books to distribute to needy parents and children in the Los Angeles area through organizations such as Sojourn Services for Battered Women & Children, The Children's Bureau of Southern California, Prototypes (Domestic Violence Shelter), and School On Wheels. Pick-ups may be possible for large donations. Visit for more information about Writers Guild Foundation programs.

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.