Entering its fourteenth season, FX series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has continued to push boundaries in TV comedy. On this special evening, creator, showrunner, and star Rob McElhenney shares his secrets to sustaining the show’s hilarious stories, how he runs his room, and his creative process for developing his shows.
Whether big city or small-town USA, a show’s location can have a powerful impact. We are teaming up with Columbia College Chicago on this special evening to sit down with a panel of TV writers for a discussion about how writing location, whether real or fictional, sets the scene and can shape the motivations of the characters.
Trying to tackle that TV pilot script? This interactive workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of writing your pilot script, from outlining, structure and establishing characters to mapping story arcs through the first season and beyond. Be prepared to write during the workshop and interact in small groups.
Ben Blacker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and Andrew Reich (Friends) bring you Dead Pilots Society, in which pilots passed over by the networks finally get their due. There are no notes, no one gets fired, and everyone has a good time.
The September 14th show teams up with the Writers Guild Foundation and stars Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight), Tim Simons (Veep), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Kimiko Glenn (Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse) and more to be announced!
Prove you know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em at The Writers Guild Foundation's 4th Annual Texas Hold 'Em Charity Poker Tournament.
On this special evening, we partner with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) for a discussion that challenges the damaging tropes seen on screen by highlighting more authentic depictions of Black Muslim identities created by talented Black Muslim screenwriters.
Join us for a case study in implementing research into your next project with Craig Mazin, creator/writer/executive producer of the critically acclaimed HBO limited series Chernobyl. We’ll study how the creative team approached their research, how they parsed through collected data to identify key info to implement in the show, and how they managed the relationship between staying true to the facts and taking creative license.
On this special evening, we team up with Stephens College MFA in Television and Screenwriting for a panel featuring TV writers and producers who will discuss their experiences writing and developing nuanced portrayals of motherhood while also balancing duties as working moms themselves.
Put on your war paint—our next Trivia Night is here!
War of the Words is our audiovisual film and television Trivia Night that features eight rounds of challenging trivia and prizes for our top teams. We’ll provide the drinks, you bring your A-game.
There are few emotional journeys greater than the ones we’ve taken while watching Pixar movies. On this special evening, we talk about storytelling and craft with award-winning screenwriter and director Andrew Stanton, one of the driving voices behind beloved Pixar films such as Finding Nemo, WALL•E, Monsters, Inc., and the Toy Story franchise, including the latest film, Toy Story 4.
Documentaries may deal with following real-life subjects and stories, but writing is still involved in the process. On this special evening, we sit down with a panel of documentary writers and filmmakers to learn how they structure their narratives, how they approach documentary scripts, and how the writing process informs the directing and editing processes.
Join The Writers Guild Foundation for Stories from the Frontline, an evening spotlighting storytellers who have experienced homelessness. Hear personal stories of strength and perseverance from individuals of all walks of life and backgrounds.
Russian Doll immediately drew audiences in with its high-concept, time-bending narrative and stellar performances. While we’re dying for a second season of this critically acclaimed show, join us for a special look inside the writers room of this Netflix Original Series with creators and executive producers Leslye Headland, Natasha Lyonne, and Amy Poehler along with writers Jocelyn Bioh and Allison Silverman.
Summer Writers Academy: Elements of Pitching - Presented by The Writers Guild Foundation & The Riveter
Every Tuesday in June, The Writers Guild Foundation and The Riveter will be hosting workshops featuring film and TV writers, producers, and entertainment executives that focus on all the elements of pitching, from crafting your personal story and shaping your film or TV pitch to working the room at a networking event or meeting.
Put on your war paint: our next Trivia Night is here!
War of the Words is our new audiovisual film and television Trivia Night that offers eight rounds of challenging trivia and prizes for our top teams. Free drinks are provided for all guests, and all proceeds support The Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library and our community outreach programs.
Join us for a special screening followed by a panel and Q&A for NBC’s hit sitcom Superstore. Now in its fourth season, learn how the writers develop the show’s band of memorable characters, plus how they address social issues within the structure of a workplace comedy.
The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowship Programs, presents the writing conference you won't want to miss!
WGFestival 2019 is a weekend of keynote panels, interactive breakout sessions, and special events focused uniquely on the craft and business of writing for film and TV. Featuring the industry's best and brightest writers, producers, and executives, our goal is to provide an educational, insightful, and inspiring experience for writers at all levels.
Join author Victoria Riskin and the Writers Guild Foundation for a special evening commemorating two Hollywood legends.
A discussion between Riskin and screenwriter Howard A. Rodman immediately follows the pre-reception.
Looking to submit to a writing program or fellowship this year? This three hour seminar will explore strategies on how to approach the application process, how to prepare yourself for the interview, and how to craft a successful personal pitch.
As television has grown and expanded to include new, innovative formats and platforms, westerns have remained a popular genre and consistent source for stories among writers and show creators. In this panel discussion, writers and producers from the latest crop of TV westerns share insight into the creation of their series, how they’re reimagining the genre, and why stories out of the American West continue to inspire.
On this special evening, we partner with Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting and Television to sit down with a panel of Latina TV writers and producers. We'll gain insight into how they found and developed their voices as writers, how they broke into the industry, and each of their approaches to working your way up in a writers room.
You and a guest are invited to join the Writers Guild Foundation and WGA and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Josh Singer (First Man, Spotlight, The Post) for a special evening reception in the WGF Library.
Enjoy small bites, refreshments, and a short discussion with Singer and fellow writer and former WGAW President Howard A. Rodman on tackling historical pieces as a screenwriter.