LOS ANGELES, NOV. 4 – A wide variety of film and television creators including Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew Weiner and David Shore will host a reception to celebrate the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project, the only program that pairs military veterans with industry writers who serve as creative and professional mentors.
The event marks the fifth year of the program, which is designed to increase the participation of veterans in the entertainment industry and add more veteran voices to our mass culture. It’ll be attended by a variety of mentors, former participants in the program, WGF staff and board, donors, and other luminaries.
Since 2005, the Writers Guild Foundation has run the Veterans Writing Project, wherein working film and television writers offer guidance to veterans wishing to learn more about the entertainment industry, or simply improve their writing skills. Past mentors have included FRASIER co-creator Peter Casey, WICKED writer Winnie Holzman, RENO 911! co-creator Robert Ben Garant, BOB’S BURGERS writers Lizzie Molyneux and Wendy Molyneux, and former WALKING DEAD showrunner Glen Mazzara.
The program has turned out hundreds of satisfied veterans, all of whom have improved their writing skills considerably – but several vets have left the program to join the writing staffs of shows like ARMY WIVES, RIZZOLI & ISLES and the upcoming CONSTANTINE and SECRETS AND LIES. Other vets have premiered films at film festivals and produced ongoing web series.
“There’s a profound need for more veteran voices in today’s media landscape,” said WGF Executive Director Katie Buckland. “These writers have uniquely important stories to tell, and we value the opportunity to give them the chance to develop those stories.”
WHAT. A reception to celebrate the Veterans Writing Workshop.
WHEN. Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7pm to 8:30pm.
WHERE. Writers Guild Foundation Library, 7000 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles 90048
WHO. Host Committee includes Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Allan Burns, David Shore, Matthew Weiner and more
CONTACT. Kevin Ott, Director of Communications, 323.782.4694