WGAW Calendar: 2015  

Calendar listings are reserved for official Guild and Writers Guild Foundation events. For a list of member-related events and announcements, see our BUZZ page.

The new GUILD SCREENINGS is now free to all WGAW members in Active status. See this month's schedule.

For a list of special opportunities for members, go to our SPECIAL OFFERS page.

January 

Sun 4 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Black or White with Mike Binder
after 5 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer/director Mike Binder begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 121 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Wed 7 
Meeting: Latino Writers Committee
7:30–9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee actively represents the professional, creative, social and economic interests of Latino Guild members. Its mandate is to encourage Latino writers to become more active within the Guild; and to raise the profile and perception of Latino writers in the industry at large by creating forums that foster networking, collaboration, education, information exchange, employment opportunities and creative expression. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Fri 9 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Beverly Hills Cop (30th Anniversary Screening) with Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Danilo Bach
after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with screenwriters Daniel Petrie, Jr. and Danilo Bach begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 105 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Sat 10 
Contenders Series – 2015 WGA-Nominated Film Screenings
Sat-Thurs, 1/10-1/22 – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Following nominee announcements on Wednesday, 1/7, the Writers Guild continues its tradition of screening all ten 2015 WGA Original and Adapted Screenplay nominated films prior to the Thursday, 1/29 voting deadline. Click here for members-only link to Schedule/RSVP details. Double feature on Saturday, 1/10, followed by single screenings on weekday evenings. Q&As for each film TBD. WGA members and guest. Bring membership card for entrance.
Wed 14 
Meeting: Career Longevity Committee
12-2 p.m. – WGAW Room 4B. Info: (323) 782-4589. The mission of the Career Longevity Committee is to assist writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the marketplace. WGAW and Caucus members in active status of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Tues 20 
GENRE SMASH!*
7-8:30 p.m. – NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets/Info: TBD. Join the Writers Guild Foundation as they chat with writers and creators who have helped shape the most memorable moments in television, film, animation, web series, video games, and more.

Meeting: Writers Education Committee NEW DATE
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. RSVP: WritersEd. This committee brainstorms and develops events and programs which provide WGA members with practical, inside knowledge about how the industry works and how it is changing, emphasizing tips and tools to help writers succeed. We strive to provide "working knowledge for writers" and invite you to contribute your ideas. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.

Meeting: Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. The GLWC seeks to provide a resource to writers portraying lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) in their work, nurture an understanding of how sexual orientation affects the lives of writers, provide networking/social activities, create a greater Guild awareness of sexual orientation as a minority, articulate instances of industry homophobia and/or discrimination, and encourage all LGBT members to become more active with the Guild. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Fri 23 
Meeting: Writers with Disabilities Committee
2-4 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee is looking for ways to aid disabled writers in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of the disabled in film and television. Please come, shake hands and talk about expanding opportunities for all of us. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Mon 26 
Meeting: American Indian Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This Committee represents the professional and creative interests of American Indian writers. It works to mentor, encourage, empower and increase the visibility and employment of writers of American Indian heritage, and serves as a cultural and educational resource for all Guild member-writers seeking to portray American Indians in their work. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Wed 28 
Staffing Season Is Always Now – A Crash Course / Preparation
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members only (no guests), RSVP: Diversity with “Staffing Season” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. Staffing is year-round these days, but network staffing begins in March with the big push in late May once shows are picked up. The Diversity Department hosts an informative, motivational panel supported by its eight diversity committees. Writer/executive producers, show executives and agents (i.e. job creators and gate keepers) discuss what they're looking for in a writing sample and in a writer -- from script tone, to tone of your voice in meetings. Gain insight on how to brush up your material, yourselves and inspire you to create a new spec that gets noticed, and more importantly, gets you hired.
Th 29 
Life of Crime – Writing the Procedural Drama*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Join Larry Andries (Supernatural, Alias, Boomtown, Six Feet Under) as he chats with a "murderer's row" of episodic crime drama writers and creators.

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Still Alice with Wash Westmoreland
after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with co-writer/co-director Wash Westmoreland begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 101 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry. Co-sponsored by WGAW Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee.

February 

Th 5 
Beyond Words – 2015 WGA Screen Nominee Panel*
7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. Purchase tickets early for this annual sell-out: WGFoundation. Celebrating WGA- and Oscar-nominated screenwriters in the 2015 Original and Adapted Screenplay categories; panelist updates announced on Foundation’s website. WGA, AMPAS, military, and student discounts.
Sun 8 
Poker and Game Day
3-7 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild members and a guest, RSVP: Activities with "Poker" as subject. Enjoy games such as Scrabble/Celebrity/Trivial Pursuit with writer colleagues. Or play in a "fun money" Texas Hold 'em Poker Tournament. First hour of poker is "free play," where beginners learn the ins-and-outs of the game. Tournament starts 4 p.m. and ends 7 p.m. Sponsored by WGAW Activities Committee.

 

*Presented by the Writers Guild Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library and other Foundation programs.