WGAW Calendar: 2015  

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

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2015 IDA Documentary Screening Series – Registration open!
The International Documentary Association’s (IDA) annual Documentary Screening Series presents some of the year’s best documentary films to members of industry guilds and organizations, and the IDA community. A Q&A with filmmakers follows each screening. Priority seating given to guild members. WGA members register online to receive direct invitations.

September

Wed 2
Candidates Night 2015
6-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Current active WGAW members only, no guests. WGAW Officer and Board candidates share their priorities and goals for the Writers Guild, and welcome your questions at this year’s election forum. 6:00 p.m. drinks; 6:30 p.m. Board Candidates+Q&A; 7:30 p.m. dinner; 8:30 p.m. Officer Candidates+Q&A.
Wed 9
Meeting: Career Longevity Committee
7-9 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.

WGF: Character Sketch: Glen Mazzara on Writing the Anti-Hero*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Glen Mazzara (Damien,The Walking Dead) discusses the role of the anti-hero in dramatic TV, from its origins to development and anticipated demise. He will also share hard-earned lessons, mistakes and insights from his career as a drama writer and showrunner.

Meeting: Writers Education Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. 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.
Sat 12
Writers Salon 2015 – RSVPs OPEN!
2-5 p.m. – Active guild members only. For venue and to RSVP, attendees must review and agree to Event Rules. The Writers Education Committee “back-to-school” favorite returns! At a local school, with class sizes no larger than 30 member peers, esteemed show creators/writers share their experiences, answer questions and set their own agendas. No Panels. No Moderators. Just one-on-one conversations. Free for WGA members in active status only. No guests. Speakers (subject to change) include Kenya Barris, Steven S. DeKnight, Sam Esmail, Brent Forrester, Mark Goffman, Dan Goor, Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis, Aaron Korsh, and Melissa Rosenberg. Limited space; RSVP now!

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – The Intern with Nancy Meyers
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer Nancy Meyers begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 121 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Tues 15
Meeting: LGBT Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. The LGBT Writers Committee seeks to represent the interests of its constituency as a resource to all writers seeking to portray gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders in their work; provide cultural and educational opportunities for WGAW members to nurture an understanding of how sexual orientation affects the lives of writers; host networking and social activities which enable membership to build relationships and create a greater demand for writing services of LGBT writers; promote greater awareness of sexual orientation as a minority and, where appropriate, articulate instances of homophobia and/or discrimination within our industry. Finally, all LGBT WGAW and Caucus members in active status are encouraged to become more involved in Guild activities.
Wed 16
Multiplatform Storytelling for TV
7-9 p.m. WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status, RSVP: MultiPlatform. Info: (323) 782-4589. Showrunners/content creators speak on changing landscape of TV storytelling by creating engaging and integrated original content distributed across multiple platforms (digital, comics, apps, games, interactive) to expand their story universe, engage and grow and audiences, and monetize. Speakers: Bill Balas (Bates Motel); Amy Berg (DaVinci’s Demons); Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost); Jim Kouf (Grimm); Steven Long Mitchell (Pretender); Andrew W. Marlowe (Castle); Maurício Mota, Charo Toledo, Cris Franco (East Lost High); Davy Perez (American Crime); Ian Sander & Kim Moses (Reckless). Moderated by LWC Co-Vice Chair and multiplatform writer/creator Evette Vargas. Co-sponsored by WGAW's eight diversity committees.
Th 17
Seasoned Reading: The Commission by William Gucwa
7-10 p.m. WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status, RSVP: Commission. Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW’s Career Longevity Committee invites you to attend the Seasoned Reading (staged reading) of William Gucwa’s The Commission. On November 22, 1963, America was shocked by the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Within a week, seven of the most prominent men in the country were chosen to investigate the murder of the century. They concluded there was no conspiracy; Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone. This is the story about why they came to that decision. Directed by Judith Rose. Food and drink reception follows.

2015 Sublime Primetime* – Emmy nominee panel
7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Tickets/Info: Writers Guild Foundation. Variety’s Cynthia Littleton (Managing Editor, TV) moderates this season’s celebrated panel of Emmy-nominated writers (subject to availability): Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge), Alec Berg (Silicon Valley), Joshua Brand (The Americans), Semi Chellas (Mad Men), Stephanie Gillis (The Simpsons), Elliott Kalan (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Christine Nangle (Inside Amy Schumer), and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men). Light reception follows. Co-presented by WGAW, Writers Guild Foundation and Variety.
Fri 18 
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. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Sun 20 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – No Escape with John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writers John Erick Dowdle & Drew Dowdle begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 103 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Tues 22  
Meeting: Latino Writers Committee
7:30–9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. 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. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Sat 26 
WGF: Veterans Writing Project Weekend Retreat*
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.9/26 and 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sun. 9/27 – WGF Library. Info: WGFoundation. The Veterans Writing Project kicks off its second track at this weekend retreat, which pairs military veterans with professional film and TV writers in a workshop setting. Application for the program is open to all US military veterans until Friday, September 11. If you would like to volunteer as a mentor for a future retreat or workshop, email Mary McGuire at the Foundation.

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Black Mass with Mark Mallouk
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with co-writer Mark Mallouk begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 122 minutes). Based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. Guild membership card required for entry.
Sun 27 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Legend with Brian Helgeland
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer Brian Helgeland begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 131 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Mon 28 
TRANS*formers: Changing the Trans* Youth Reality One Show at a Time
6:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild members and guest(s), RSVP by Fri. 9/18: TRANS*formers. Joanna Johnson, executive producer and writer of The Fosters joins a group of trans* performers, youth advocates and healthcare workers in a dynamic and timely panel discussion about writing for trans* characters. 6:30 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Panel. Presented by UCLA’s GMI with support of WGAW.

Meeting: American Indian Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 3A. 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. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.

October

Sat 17  
Post-Production for TV Writers – Understanding the Final Rewrite
9 a.m.-2 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status only, no guests, RSVP: TVPost. Join us for a down-and-dirty crash course on television post-production for writers with little-to-no experience in the process. Established producers and post professionals will demystify the TV writer’s role in shepherding work from page to screen. Showrunner Training Program Chair Jeff Melvoin (Army Wives, Alias) moderates. Speakers include Alicia Hirsch (SVP Post Production, Fox Television Studios), executive producer Robert Sertner (Blood and Oil, UnREAL), editor Kelly Dixon (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), and others. If the thought of overseeing an edit fills you with trepidation, RSVP now! Limited space. Hosted by WGAW Writers Education Committee, event chair Liz Benjamin (Blood and Oil, UnREAL).
Th 22
WGF: The Dramatist: Beau Willimon on Writing for Stage and Screen*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. House of Cards showrunner and playwright Beau Willimon discusses his writing process for his Emmy-winning Netflix Original series, his approach to adapting his plays to film, and his techniques for dramatizing careers in science, politics and beyond.
Th 29  
Austin Film Festival & Conference
10/29-11/1 Conference (Festival runs thru 11/5) – Austin, TX. Info/registration: Austin Film Festival & Conference. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established filmmakers, with a refreshing emphasis on the Writer. Members are encouraged to attend Thursday’s (10/29) WGAW Late Night Welcome Party. Our party hosts are also our “The Creative Career: What You Need to Know” panelists, WGAW writers Chris Provenzano, Peter Craig and Andrea Berloff as moderator (others to be confirmed). If you want to attend the Welcome Party and are a member without a conference badge, respond by 10/19: Independent Film to be included on WGAW list. Badged attendees only are invited to conference panels. WGAW questions: (323) 782-4731.

 

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