FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2014
Contact: Kevin Ott, Director of Communications 323.782.4694
For the fifth year running, the Writers Guild Foundation will hold its Veterans Writing Retreat, a weekend-long event offering military veterans the opportunity to hone their writing skills with guidance from a collection of well-known television and screenwriters.
Since 2010, the Veterans Writing Retreat has offered vets the opportunity to improve their writing, learn the landscape of the entertainment industry, and network with both peers and luminaries in screenwriting. Past mentors have included Robert Ben Garant (NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, RENO 911!), Peter Casey (CHEERS, FRASIER), Ashley Edward Miller (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, upcoming TERMINATOR television series) and Winnie Holzman (WICKED).
Now in its fifth year, the workshop has had a positive impact on the lives of many vets, both professionally and personally. Many vets see a profound emotional impact from developing their creative skills, and some have managed to obtain professional employment after the Retreat. What’s more, two retreat alumni who have done so – Brian Anthony (ARMY WIVES, IRONSIDE) and Thom Tran (THE GIs OF COMEDY) are returning to the workshop to serve as mentors.
“The problems veterans face today are mounting ever-higher, and it’s powerfully rewarding for the Foundation to be able to use its unique skills and contacts to provide vets with this opportunity,” said Katie Buckland, Executive Director of the WGF. “These men and women deserve concrete, meaningful gratitude. What’s more, each of these vets has an amazing story to tell – and they deserve the chance to develop the skills it takes to tell those stories well. That’s why this program will always be an important part of our mission.”
Additional information, including a complete list of mentors, will be available in the coming weeks.
WHO: 40-50 military vets, learning from 20 high-profile screenwriters
WHEN: May 3-4
WHERE: Writers Guild of America-West headquarters, 7000 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA