WGAW Calendar: 2015  

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May

  LIMITED SPACE LEFT! Lake Arrowhead Craft Conference & Retreat
5/29-5/31 – UCLA Conference Center, Lake Arrowhead. The biennial Lake Arrowhead Craft Conference and Retreat returns May 29-31! Join fellow writers for an inspirational weekend of amazing talks, great food and fun parties with Emmy/WGA/Golden Globe nominee Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex, The Pacific), 4-time Emmy winner David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues), Golden Globe winner and WGA/Emmy nominee Jill Soloway (Transparent, Six Feet Under), Oscar/WGA nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy, Grandma), and one speaker TBA. Click HERE for information/reservations. Register ASAP for this sell-out event! Waitlist will be taken. Sponsored by WGAW Activities Committee.
Tues 5 
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 9 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Misery Loves Comedy with Kevin Pollack
after 5:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with co-writer/director Kevin Pollack begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 94 minutes). Co-written with Jon Vorhaus. Guild membership card required for entry.
Tues 12 
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 16 
The Third WGF Late-Nite Library Write-A-Thon* - SOLD OUT
6-11 p.m. – Shavelson-Webb Library, Writers Guild, 7000 W. Third St., Los Angeles. NOTE: This event is sold out. Info: WGFoundation. Contest deadlines are just around the corner. Staffing season is in full swing. Join the Writers Guild Foundation (WGF) in the library on Saturday night, May 16, where you can finish that final draft! Food, giveaways, and more! Please email Joanne, Managing Director of the Library, for more information.
Mon 18 
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. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Tues 19 
GENRE SMASH!*
7-8:30 p.m. – NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. 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: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender 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 27 
Home Sweet Hell Screening + Q&A
7:30-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild and Caucus members in active status + guest, RSVP: Diversity with “Home Sweet Hell” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. The Career Longevity and Latino Writers committees invite you to attend the screening of Home Sweet Hell, written by Carlo Allen & Ted Elrick & Tom Lavagnino, starring Katherine Heigl and Jordana Brewster. Screening followed by Q&A with writers, plus light food and drink reception.
Th 28 
Inside the Writers’ Room with Mad Men*
7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Writers Guild Foundation celebrates the writers of Mad Men and the end of an entertainment era. Show creator Matthew Weiner will be joined by writers Janet Leahy, Semi Chellas, Erin Levy, Tom Smuts, Lisa Albert, Robert Towne, Jonathan Igla, Carly Wray, Bob Levinson, and Josh Weltman, to discuss how they crafted some of television’s most influential characters, what a typical day in the writers’ room was like, and how they produced such an iconic American period drama. An amazing display of Mad Men outlines, notes, and screenwriting ephemera will be on display, courtesy of Writers Guild Foundation Archive.
Fri 29 
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.

June

Sat 13 
Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) Coffee Talk: Screenwriters
5-6 p.m. – Downtown LA venue TBA. Search for “Coffee Talk Screenwriters” at LAFFfestivalguide in coming weeks; event tickets not yet on sale. The WGAW joins Film Independent in co-hosting the popular Coffee Talk for Screenwriters during FIND’s Los Angeles Film Festival, featuring today's influential creatives discussing craft with peers in fun and unpredictable conversations. This year’s Screenwriter Coffee Talk speakers include David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight, Flash Forward), Meg LeFauve (Inside Out; Gigantic), Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club; Mirror, Mirror), and others TBA. Visit LAFilmFest for festival details.
Mon 15 
Los Angeles Film Festival Reception – Sponsored by SAGindie/WGAW/SAG-AFTRA
6-9 p.m. – Lucky Strike LA LIVE, 800 West Olympic Blvd., #250, downtown Los Angeles. Members RSVP by 6/11 with name, email, and if bringing guest: IndieFilm or (323) 782-4731. WGAW members and a guest are invited to a cocktail reception celebrating the films and performances of the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival. Co-hosts include WGAW members Maya Forbes (Infinitely Polar Bear; The Larry Sanders Show) and Alexia Landeau (Day Out of Days; 2 Days in New York), with SAG-AFTRA member Jon Heder. Parking: LA Live discount daily rate $10/car. Enter Gate B (off Chick Hearn Court) of West Parking Garage (Lot W). Festival pass/package purchasers also have option to purchase Festival parking (valid June 11-19) for $75. Visit LAFilmFest for more details.

 

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