The Veterans Writing Project

It’s the only program of its kind. We pair military vets who have a penchant for wordsmithing with a collection of WGA-enrolled film and television writers. Those writers mentor the vets in two phases: A weekend-long retreat, and a series of regular meetings throughout the following year.
Our vets arrive ready to work hard and get things done. And our mentors represent some of the most beloved movies and television series of the past 30 years.

When is it?
The first phase of the Veterans Writing Project – the weekend retreat – takes place on May 2 and 3. See below for information on how to apply. Vets who are accepted to the retreat will be eligible to take part in ongoing monthly workshops throughout 2015 and 2016.

How much does it cost?
The workshop is free to qualified veterans and military service members.

What are people saying about the retreat?
“I would climb a mountain just to feel as good about writing as I do today.”

“In the safe environment set up by the mentors, I discussed stories about my life that I’ve NEVER told before and felt safe.”

“While in jump school at Fort Benning, I recall feeling breathless with fear as I leaned out of a C-130. When I started writing, though, the fear was crippling. My mentor’s response was ‘Dude, fear is my middle name.’ Her words were powerful enough for me to feel confident to share my own words.”

Who is eligible?
All military veterans and active duty service members are welcome; typically, we host representatives of all ages from every branch of the armed forces. Other than veteran status, the primary criterion we look for is a sincere passion for writing, although some preference is given to those who have had less access to writing guidance. NOTE: Vets who have attended the workshop in the past are ineligible to attend a second time.

Vets from outside the Los Angeles area may attend, but must provide their own transportation and lodging costs.

Veterans are mentored by professional writers with a variety of backgrounds. Most are television writers or screenwriters, but we also invite journalists, novelists and teachers.

How many vets does it serve?
The Veterans Writing Project is twofold. There is a weekend workshop in April or May, where 40 to 50 vets attend a series of small, intensive writing classes. About 25 to 30 mentors attend this workshop. But we don’t leave the vets after that. After that, a small group of Los-Angeles area vets meets periodically at the WGF headquarters, to continue to workshop their writing with industry mentors.

How can I apply?
The application process for the 2015 program is now closed. Stay tuned for info on the 2016 program.

How can I help?
The Veterans Writing Project is always in need of financial support, and we’re always on the lookout for passionate and motivated mentors working in the film and television industry. For more information on how you can help contact us at 323.782.4692 or make a donation here.