Los Angeles, CA – The Writers Guild Foundation (WGF) kicked off the 2017 session of the Veterans Writing Project with a weekend retreat on April 29 and 30 at the New York Film Academy campus in Burbank, CA.
Now in its seventh year, the yearlong Veterans Writing Project pairs military veterans who are interested in writing for film and TV with mentors who are members of the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). The 2017 session welcomed the program’s largest class yet with 80 veterans and 27 mentors, including seasoned film and TV writers and producers Peter Casey (Frasier), David Isaacs (Frasier), Ken Levine (M*A*S*H*), Ashley Edward Miller (X-Men: First Class), Saul Turteltaub (Sanford and Son), Kira Snyder (The Handmaid’s Tale), Steve Lightfoot (The Punisher series), and Marc Klein (Serendipity). The weekend retreat consisted of workshops on developing story, structure, and characters, and culminated with a presentation on the elements of screenwriting from noted film writer Billy Ray (Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games).
This year, the retreat, which was sponsored by Final Draft, was held at the New York Film Academy for the first time.
“Our Veterans Writing Project has opened doors for men and women who have bravely served our country to break into the entertainment industry,” said WGF Executive Director Katie Buckland. “We are thankful to our generous hosts and sponsors, the New York Film Academy and Final Draft, for their support as we continue to train more vets who aspire to share their stories with the world.”
“There’s nobody more creative than veterans,” said Colonel Jack Jacobs, Chair of NYFA’s Veterans Advancement Program. “They bring life experience and creativity to a profession that requires both of those attributes. The partnership between the New York Film Academy and Writers Guild Foundation symbolizes both institutions’ dedication to those who have served our country faithfully.”
Following the weekend retreat, the Veterans Writing Project continues with workshops throughout the year focusing on the craft and business of writing for the screen. For more information on the program, visit wgfoundation.org.
About the Writers Guild Foundation:
The Writers Guild Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history and craft of writing for the screen. Along with operating the Shavelson-Webb Library and Archives, the Foundation hosts events featuring notable TV and film writers and runs programs connecting writers with underserved communities, from military veterans to youth.
About the New York Film Academy:
New York Film Academy (NYFA) teaches students the art of filmmaking and related visual and performing arts through blending traditional school instruction with practical, hands-on experience. NYFA is the largest independent international film and acting school in the world. Since 1992, NYFA has been offering innovative curricula taught by award-winning instructors using industry standard equipment.
More than 1,250 veteran students have attended NYFA, and the School has Veterans Support staff at all three US campuses: New York City, Los Angeles, and South Beach (Miami). www.nyfa.edu