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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Mon 2 
Fresh Off the Boat: A Night with Writing Staff of FOTB
7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild and Caucus members in active status, RSVP: Diversity with “FOTB” as subject. (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Asian American Writers Committee is excited to present a panel with the creator and writing staff of ABC's new hit comedy Fresh Off the Boat. Panelists include show creator Nahnatchka Khan (Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23) and writers Camilla Blackett, Jeff Chiang, Kourtney Kang, Sanjay Shah, and Ali Wong. Cherry Cheva (Family Guy) moderates. Food and drinks follow.
Sat 7 
Ann Marcus Memorial
1-3 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. RSVP: MarcusMemorial. The family of Ann Marcus and Writers Guild of America, West invite you to celebrate the life of Ann Marcus, who repeatedly broke through the entertainment industry’s glass ceiling within the male-dominated television industry and established a prolific writing career spanning five decades. She received the WGAW’s Morgan Cox Award in 2000 in recognition of her longtime, exemplary service to the Guild as a multiple term WGAW Board member as well as the Guild’s Secretary-Treasurer (1991-93). An Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning scribe, Marcus also served as a Governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. We welcome colleagues and friends to honor her powerful spirit as a pioneer. Light reception and drinks follow. Parking hosted in Theater structure. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ann Marcus to Best Friends Animal Society, 15321 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345. Questions: WGAW (323) 782-4776.

Incentivise Your Story - Production Incentives for the Writer
1:30-2:30 p.m. – AFCI Locations Show, Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Ave. of the Stars, Century City. For free badge registration directions, Guild and Caucus members in active status, directions, please email WritersEd with “Incentives” as Subject. Limited WGAW seats. Production incentives play a major role in the financing and production of movies and television today. Understanding the incentive landscape can be a powerful tool in determining which stories get told and how to navigate location-based production. Joe Chianese (EVP Entertainment Partners) moderates panel with Debra Bergman (SVP Fremantle Media scripted), et al. Hosted by AFCI and WGAW Writers Education Committee.

WGF: Late-Night Script-Tastic Pizza-Riffic Library Write-A-Thon*
6-11 p.m. – Shavelson-Webb Library, Writers Guild, 7000 W. Third St., Los Angeles. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. The Writers Guild Foundation is giving you the chance to kick off contest season in style. Join us in the library on Saturday night, March 7, where you can get a head start writing your scripts. There will be food, giveaways, and a lot more.
Sun 8 
Daylight Savings Hike
4-7 p.m. – Palisades Highlands. Members in active status and guests, required RSVP: Activities. Celebrate the beginning of daylight savings time with a sunset hike. We'll work up an appetite on Trailer Canyon fire road in the Palisades Highlands and satisfy our hunger at local eatery after (dinner is optional). Trail details and directions here. Sponsored by WGAW Activities Committee.
Tues 10 
Meeting: Latino Writers Committee
7:30–9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Flr 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.
Wed 11 
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.
Tues 17 
Meeting: Writers Education Committee
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: 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 lesbians, gays, 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.
Fri 20 
Call for Entries: Maison Des Scénaristes (2015 Cannes Film Festival, May 13-24)
Submission deadline on 3/20. Call for 2015 English language feature projects: click here. If you will be attending the Cannes Film Festival, félicitations! The Maison des Scénaristes (aka International Screenwriters' Pavilion) is offering screenwriters a unique opportunity to meet, mingle and possibly pitch to the international film community. If you have questions about the Pavilion, please email MDS. Bonne chance!
Sat 21 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Cinderella with Chris Weitz
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members + 1 guest only. Q&A with writer Chris Weitz begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 105 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Mon 23 
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.
Th 26 
Women’s History Month: An Evening with D.C. Fontana
7:30-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild and Caucus members in active status and a guest, RSVP: Diversity with “D.C. Fontana” as subject. The WGAW Committee of Women Writers and Career Longevity Committee present an exciting evening honoring Women's History Month and acclaimed television writer D.C. Fontana who opened doors for female scribes in the 1960s. D.C. is a working writer-producer with extensive credits including The Waltons, Dallas and Logan's Run but is best known for groundbreaking work on the Star Trek franchise. She speaks with Jane Espenson (Husbands, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica and Once Upon a Time). Join us in celebration of D.C.’s body of work and experiences. Wine reception follows.
Fri 27 
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.

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – 40th Anniversary of JAWS with Carl Gottlieb
after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with one guest. Q&A with co-writer Carl Gottlieb begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 124 minutes), moderated by David S. Goyer. Guild membership card required for entry. RSVPs via Guild Screenings do not guarantee seating.
Sat 28 
WGF: First Draft To Feature (Spring Craft Symposium)*
9 a.m.–6 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Get your screenplay ready for submission to industry professionals with a full day of panels discussing how to take apart your story and turn it into something special. Writers Guild Foundation and Austin Film Festival team-up for four panels, a WGA Archive Exhibit, and a full day of inspiration. Evan Daugherty (Divergent), Leslie Dixon (Limitless, Mrs. Doubtfire), Rick Jaffa (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy), Amanda Silver (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and others will join us onstage.
Mon 30 
Seasoned Reading: Glitch by Sam Bobrick
7 p.m- 10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor RSVP: Diversity with "Glitch" as subject with number in your party. Info: (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Career Longevity Committee invites you to attend the Seasoned Reading (staged reading) of Sam Bobrick’s Glitch. Six characters from three different plays by the same author find themselves all meshed together due to a computer glitch. Cast: Jeff Canatta, Bridget Flanery, Richard Horvitz, Adam Karl, Katie Maher and Devon Sorvari. Directed by Susan Morgenstern. Food and drink to follow.


Mon 13 
UK Member Meeting in London
7 p.m. cocktails/appetizers; 8-9:30 p.m. meeting – St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel (England). WGAW members only, RSVP: Kay Wolf or (323) 782-4790. Join President Chris Keyser and Assistant Executive Director Chuck Slocum to discuss the challenges UK writers face and to connect with fellow members.
Sat 18 
WGF: Staff Writer to Showrunner (Spring Craft Symposium)*
9 a.m.–6 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Writers Guild Foundation gathers for its annual television craft symposium with a collection of time-tested dramatists, gut-busting comics, innovative creators, insightful executives, and maybe a surprise or two! From network to Netflix, panels will discuss crafting stories, pilots and specs that get you into the writers’ room and help you on your journey to showrunner.
Mon 20 
2015 COLCOA French Film Festival – Program announced/RSVPs open 4/1 on colcoa.org
Through Tuesday, 4/28 – Directors Guild of America theaters, 7920 Sunset Blvd., LA. Free to WGA members in good standing and a guest. Click HERE for members-only webpage with RSVP instructions to use when program is announced Wednesday, April 1. The WGAW, in partnership with the DGA, MPA and SACEM, proudly presents the 19th annual COLCOA French Film Festival, "Nine Days of Film Premieres in Hollywood". COLCOA showcases the latest in French film production, including several U.S., International and World Premieres. Opening Night (Mon., 4/20) is by invitation only.


Fri 1 
Limited Condos Left! Lake Arrowhead Craft Conference & Retreat (May 29-31)
No refunds deadline Fri. 5/1 – 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.


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