WGAW Calendar: 2014

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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.

November 

Mon 3 
Advance Screening+Q&A: Knock 'em Dead, Written by Barry Sandler (GLWC, CBW)
7-10 p.m. WGAW 2nd Floor. RSVP: Diversity with “Knock 'em Dead” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. Knock 'em Dead is a bitchy, raunchy, comic murder mystery poking fun at Hollywood, moviemaking and fame. Written by Barry Sandler and directed by David DeCoteau, the movie opens November 7, featuring a lively ensemble cast including Rae Dawn Chong, Jackée Harry, Anne-Marie Johnson, Christopher Judge, Phil Morris, Omarosa, Betsy Russell, Debra Wilson and others. Q&A with Sandler, DeCoteau and cast members follows the screening as well as dessert reception. Hosts: Gay & Lesbian Writers and Black Writers committees.
Wed 5 
American Film Market (AFM)
through Wed., 11/12 – Loews Hotel, Santa Monica. Registration required, no discounts: AFM. Filmmakers, producers, directors and writers from around the world come to AFM to gain exposure, discover new projects and make deals. WGAW members are invited to attend AFM and visit the onsite WGAW Lounge. Network and promote yourself to producers and potential partners. Attend exclusive screenings and industry conferences. Be inspired by cutting edge thinkers who share the secrets of their success.. For more information, click American Film Market.
Fri 7 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Nightcrawler with Dan Gilroy
after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members + 1 guest only. Q&A with writer Dan Gilroy begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 117 minutes). Moderated by Scott Z. Burns. Guild membership card required for entry.
Mon 10 
Final Draft In-Depth Workshop
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. WGA and Caucus members in active status only (no guests), RSVP: Diversity with “Final Draft” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. Ever looked at a Final Draft menu option and asked yourself, "I wonder how this works?" Join the WGAW and Final Draft for an in-depth workshop on the many features of Final Draft 9. From outline to production, from desktop to mobile, learn how Final Draft helps keep writers organized on their journey from script-to-screen. Three lucky attendees have a chance to win a free copy of Final Draft 9!
Tues 11 
Science in Media – WGAW, The Exchange and Google RSVPs CLOSED. NO WALK-INS.
7-10 p.m. – WGA and Caucus members in active status only (no guests; limited space). In today’s competitive society, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) knowledge is crucial. Since media affects culture, the Women Writers and Writers Education committees, in partnership with SEE (Science & Entertainment Exchange, aka The Exchange) and Google, will connect writers with scientists to promote research and portrayal of women and minorities in STEM roles. Primary focus of scientific discussion will be Disruption. Format: initial “speed-dating” followed by large group panel with top scientist speakers discussing topics like synthetic biology, robotics and weapons of mass destruction. Guild members can ask questions and learn to use The Exchange as a writing resource. Limited seating. Hosted parking onsite.
Wed 12 
Healthcare Seminar - Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Options
7-8:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. WGA members welcome, no guests, RSVP by Fri. 11/7: Member Services or (323) 782-4787. Are you confused about Health Care Reform? Are you searching for healthcare insurance options? Do you have questions about Covered California and how to enroll? Join us at the Guild on Wednesday evening, November 12, to hear about health insurance options for those not covered by the Writers Guild-Industry Health Fund plan as well as have questions answered about the Affordable Care Act. Presented by Dan Kitowski, Director of Health Services of The Actors Fund. Limited space.

Meeting: Career Longevity Committee
7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 4B. Info: (323) 782-4589. Formerly the Age Awareness Committee, 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.

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.
Th 13 
The Gay Scene: Year 10!
7:30 – 10:00 p.m. WGAW 2nd Floor, Multipurpose Room. Guild/Caucus members in active status, RSVP with “Gay Scene 10” as subject: Diversity. It’s back! For the tenth year in a row, the WGAW's Gay and Lesbian Writers Committee presents an evening of staged readings of LGBT-themed scenes from WGA member-submitted unproduced screenplays, short film scripts, teleplays and webisodes, and produced/unproduced stage plays. Selected writers: Richard Alfieri, Brad Bauner, Glenn Gaylord, Gary Goldstein, Beverly Kopf, Michael Montgomery, Beverly Neufeld & Steven Brandon, Eddie Robinson, Scotty-Miguel Sandoe, Chelsea Steiner, and Daniel Vaillancourt & David A. Lee. Cast (subject to change) includes Anastasia Coon, Rachelle Lefevre, Sunil Malhotra, Jack Plotnick, Robin Riker, Marc Anthony Samuel and others. Dessert reception follows.
Fri 14 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Foxcatcher with E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
after 6:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members + 1 guest only. Q&A with writers E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 134 minutes). Moderated by Howard A. Rodman. Guild membership card required for entry.
Sun 16 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Interstellar with Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
after 2:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members + 1 guest only. Q&A with writers Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 164 minutes). Moderated by Valerie Alexander. Guild membership card required for entry.
Tues 18 
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.
Wed 19 
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 21 
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.
Sun 23 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – The Imitation Game with Graham Moore
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members + 1 guest only. Q&A with writer Graham Moore begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 113 minutes). Moderated by Michael Mann. Guild membership card required for entry.
Mon 24 
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.

December 

Fri 7 
WGAW Member Holiday Party
7-10 p.m. – Location shared in direct email to active members to be sent mid-Nov. WGAW members in active status only +1 guest, RSVP by 5 p.m., Wed. 12/3: Holiday. We’re excited to see everyone again for this year’s holiday gathering! Come have a complimentary drink with your scribe peers, reconnect with friends and make new ones as we look forward to a new year! Limited capacity. Discount valet parking.