Young Storytellers is Seeking Mentors for 2017

 

The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with Young Storytellers, is hosting an information session and orientation for writers who are interested in mentoring young students in the art of screenwriting. Young Storytellers is always in need of professional screenwriters to meet the needs of the many students who want to participate in their programming.

When: Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 p.m.

Where: WGF Library 1st Floor, Info: (323) 782-4691

This is a 10 week mentorship opportunity (just one hour per week) in Young Storytellers’ Script to Screen program, where writers engage in a one-on-one mentorship of 5th grade students from low income schools, guiding them through drafting an original short script that will be performed by professional actors at the end of the semester. Young Storytellers works in many schools around LA so mentors can be assigned to schools near to their home or work.

Writers who attend are not obligated to participate; it is simply an introduction to the program. If you are interested, please RSVP to Libbie Anderson at landerson@wgfoundation.org.

Podcast: Writers on Writing with Terence Winter

On September 27, we had the pleasure of welcoming the marvelous Terence Winter, creator of BOARDWALK EMPIRE and VINYL, screenwriter of THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, and Emmy-winning writer of THE SOPRANOS. The TV legend spoke frankly with WGF Vice President Laurence Andries about his beginnings growing up in Brooklyn, how he gave up a career in law to pursue his dream of becoming a writer, and how his experiences informed the memorable shows, films and characters he wrote. 

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Music on this podcast is Silver Dreams by StinsonJazz

 

Help us keep the Library open on Saturdays!

Friends! We need your help!

We’ve lost our funding to keep extended Saturday hours and parking for library patrons. We need to raise $16,282 to keep the Library open every Saturday and keep parking free for visitors.

Why are Saturday hours so important?

Saturday is one of our busiest days at the Library and vital to reaching a diverse community of writers. For those who may not have the immediate resources and means to pursue a writing career, we provide a free space and a day over the weekend to work and access scripts.

Who comes to the Library on Saturdays? 

  • Writers with 9-to-5 jobs during the week
  • Writers who are students enrolled in classes during the week
  • Writers and scholars who travel from outside the LA metro area 
  • Writers with kids to take care of during the week and who use Saturday as a work/personal day
  • Writers thinking of transitioning from other careers
  • WGA members who want to write when the member’s lounge is closed

We can go on and on…

Every day that the WGF Library is open gives someone the opportunity to discover great writing, pursue a dream career, or finish a project that can change his or her life.

Please help us reach our goal and give what you can—even a $10 donation is appreciated. If you can’t give now, spread the word about our cause to your friends and colleagues.

Thank you all for your continued support!

DONATE NOW!

 

Podcast: Character Sketch with William Blake Herron

On September 6, we welcomed film and TV writer William Blake Herron (AGENT X, THE BOURNE IDENTITY) for an event co-hosted by NYU Tisch in LA. Moderated by fellow NYU alum Elliott Diguiseppi, Herron shared his experiences creating characters deep in the world of espionage. He also gave his perspective on studio assignments and how writers can approach that route.

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Music on this podcast is Prosperity by XTheNewgrounder

 

Podcast: Sublime Primetime 2016

On September 15, we, along with the Writers Guild of America, West and Variety, presented Sublime Primetime, our annual event celebrating Emmy-nominated writers. We welcomed a panel of incredibly talented writers, including Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON), Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (THE AMERICANS), Peter Huyck and Alex Gregory (VEEP), Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro (UNREAL), Caroline Omine (THE SIMPSONS), and Alex Rubens (KEY & PEELE). To top it off, BETTER CALL SAUL star Bob Odenkirk served as moderator, which naturally led to a hilarious conversation about this year’s memorable episodes.

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Music on this podcast is Midnight Sizzle by BlazingDragon.

 

Script to Stage: Young Storytellers is Seeking Mentors!

When: Wednesday, 8/24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: WGF Library 1st Floor, Info: (323) 782-4691

The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with Young Storytellers, is hosting an orientation for writers who are interested in mentoring young students in the art of screenwriting. Young Storytellers is always in need of professional screenwriters to meet the needs of the many students who want to participate in their programming.

This is a 10 week mentorship opportunity (just one hour per week) in Young Storytellers’ Script to Screen program, where writers engage in a one-on-one mentorship of 5th grade students from low income schools, guiding them through drafting an original short script that will be performed by professional actors at the end of the semester. Young Storytellers works in many schools around LA so mentors can be assigned to schools near to their home or work.

Writers who attend are not obligated to participate; it is simply an introduction to the program. If you are interested, please RSVP to Mary McGuire at mmcguire@wga.org.

Podcast: Writers on Writing with Steven Knight

On August 2, we welcomed prolific screenwriter, director and showrunner Steven Knight for a conversation about his career and writing process. The creator of PEAKY BLINDERS and the upcoming BBC/FX series TABOO shared his approach with moderator, Deadline Hollywood Senior Editor Dominic Patten, including his philosophy for dealing with writer’s block, how he designs seasons of PEAKY BLINDERS, and how he came up with the concept behind his film LOCKE.

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Music on this podcast is Living Color by ChaotixMachine.

 

Podcast: In Conversation With Phyllis Nagy

On July 26, we had the pleasure of teaming up once again with NYU Tisch to host the wonderful screenwriter, playwright and director Phyllis Nagy for a conversation on her work and process of adapting novels for the stage and screen. Nagy, whose critically acclaimed film CAROL was adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel, has also penned plays based on other novels by Highsmith as well as Anton Chekhov and Nathaniel Hawthorne. She gives great advice on how to honor one writer’s work while also highlighting your own.

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Music on this podcast is Labyrinth by Orboscar.

Podcast: Breaking In At Any Age

On June 26, we teamed up with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowship Programs to host a panel about breaking into the industry as a screenwriter at any age. We welcomed a stellar lineup, including Ronald Bass (RAIN MAN, MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING), Douglas Jung (STAR TREK BEYOND), Peter Landesman (CONCUSSION), Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT), and Linda Woolverton (ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, MALEFICENT). Moderated by WGF President Larry Andries, the group shared their individual journeys to screenwriting from different careers and gave sage advice to all aspiring writers about how they can use those previous work experiences to inform their approach to a career in the film and TV industries.

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Music on this podcast is Showtime by kywild.

Podcast: Writers on Writing with Marvel’s Jessica Jones

On June 21, we once again teamed up with our pals from NYU Tisch to welcome three writers/producers (and NYU Tisch alumni) from MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES: Hilly Hicks, Jamie King and Edward Ricourt. The trio shared their various paths to the writers room, their process for delving into Jessica’s world, and how showrunner Melissa Rosenberg’s approach to addressing particularly controversial story lines informed the room’s choices.

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Music on this podcast is Eclipse by DJSkeptical.