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Research Methods for Writers

  • Writers Guild Foundation Library 7000 West 3rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90048 (map)

If you're writing about a person, place, time, or an event, research is necessary. Screenwriters need a blend of historical, investigative, image, and general research skills to bring their characters and worlds to life and ground them in reality. Researching as you write will inform your decisions, plus make your work stronger and more credible. But the world—and the Internet—is big, so our friendly Library staff is here to help make it smaller for you. 

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.

Seminar and workshop conducted by WGF archivists and librarians Hilary SwettLauren O'Connor, and Javier Barrios

Doors open at 6:30pm. Workshop starts at 7:00pm. 

All events advertised on our “Events” page are open to anyone who wants to buy a ticket – not just WGA members!

In the case the event is sold out, we will have a first come, first serve stand-by line at the event. The stand-by line does not guarantee entry into the event. Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s library, archive and other outreach programs.

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