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.
Join us for a seminar and workshop where we'll introduce you to a wide range of free resources for conducting general research, provide a framework for defining research questions, give you tools to manage the research process, and some solid ideas on how to move forward with a specific research query.
You’ve got your story down, but can you pitch yourself as the writer behind the idea? The Writers Guild Foundation in partnership with The Riveter invite you to an exciting new event that covers how to craft your personal brand, how to pitch yourself and your projects in any situation, and how to leverage platforms such as social media to showcase your voice.
On this special evening, Akil shares her process for creating her shows, her journey climbing the ranks in the TV industry, and her experience developing a series based on her own real-life relationship with husband and producing partner, Salim Akil.
The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureauand the Muslim Bar Association of Southern California, hosts a panel with writers, actors, and practicing entertainment law attorneys on the legal and business side of the entertainment industry.
The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with Define American and The Hollywood Reporter, hosts a discussion featuring writers and actors on how immigrants in America are depicted on television.
Coming off the heels of their explosive second season, join Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan for our next iteration of the Showrunner Sessions series.
Are you looking for advice for breaking into a writers' room and making a good impression? Our panel featuring current writers' assistants and script coordinators may be just the place! Learn the inner workings and daily responsibilities of a writers' room staff, the skills you need to approach the job, and how people--especially those from underrepresented communities--can get staffed.
Join The Writers Guild Foundation in partnership with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting for a discussion surrounding how women television comedy writers got their start, how they use their experiences to inform their work, and the challenges they face in the writers room.
Our first Represent! panel was so popular that we had to do another one. Navigate the world of representation with this panel of agents and managers from across the industry. Learn how agencies and management firms find clients, how you as a writer can make contact, and all the nuances of breaking in (and staying in) the film and TV business as a writer.
Navigate the world of representation with this panel featuring agents and managers from across the industry. Learn how agencies and management companies find clients, what writers should have prepared before approaching an agent or manager, and the nuances for breaking in (and staying in) the film and TV business as a writer.
On this special evening, we welcome Diablo Cody, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of films including Juno, Young Adult, Jennifer’s Body, Ricki and the Flash, and, most recently, Tully. She will share how she approaches her screenplays and creative projects as well as the writing that inspires her.
Through his unflappable poise as host of NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers and his 13 hilarious seasons as a writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live, Seth Meyers has used his sharp yet candid humor to help us navigate and make sense of today's complex (and confounding) political and pop cultural landscape.
OWN’s critically acclaimed drama series Queen Sugar, from Academy award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, is a powerful, cinematic and multi-layered series that tells the contemporary story of the Bordelon siblings, who struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing.
Are you tired of losing on HQ? Join us for a night of film and TV-related trivia on Wednesday, May 16th in the WGF Shavelson-Webb Library. Throw down in eight rounds of fast-paced trivia fun! Register for $100 as a team of up to four players or $25 per person. If you don't have a team, no problem! Make new friends and connections as we assign you to one.
Having just wrapped its debut season, Showtime drama The Chi introduced us to life in the South Side of Chicago through the eyes of its compelling cast of characters, who make up a community connected by circumstances and a common need for redemption.
In support of WGF's Veterans Writing Project, the writers room of SHOOTER will join us for a panel conversation exploring their acclaimed USA Network series.
On this special event, co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This Is Us, Love, Simon) share how they craft each season's episodes, from plotting the layered character arcs to navigating through multiple timelines, how they run the writers room, and all the lessons they've learned along the way. Moderated by Yvonne Villarreal of the Los Angeles Times.
WGFestival 2018 is a weekend of keynote panels, interactive workshops, 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.
The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with the USC SCA Network Leadership Committee, presents an evening featuring USC School of Cinematic Arts writers. The panelists, working in the areas of network, cable, and streaming platforms share their experiences in working in the entertainment industry as a USC School of Cinematic Arts alum. We’ll learn about their career paths and hear their opinions about the craft of storytelling.
If you're wondering what it takes to finance your film, we're teaming up with NYU Tisch West for a panel gathering top independent producers, financiers, sales agents, and distributors, who will reflect on the current state of the independent film industry, discuss the different avenues of financing, and provide strategies for developing one’s own projects.