The Veterans Writing Project

The mission of the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project is to identify emerging writers from United States military backgrounds and provide them with the tools and insights to nurture their passion for writing and successfully navigate the entertainment industry.

We do this in two phases over a yearlong program: A weekend-long retreat, and monthly follow-up workshops and special events. Each military veteran is paired with WGA members. Our writer-mentors represent some of the most beloved movies and television series of the past and present, and are committed to guiding the voices of the future.

The application window to apply to the 2018-2019 Veterans Writing Project is now closed.

When is it?
The program’s kickoff event – the weekend retreat – takes place in May 2018. Ongoing mentorship workshops and networking events will continue each month through May 2019 on weekday evenings.

Where is it?
All sessions take place at the WGF’s Shavelson-Webb Library in Los Angeles, CA.

How much does it cost?
The program is free. NOTE: those from outside the Los Angeles area are expected to cover their own transportation and lodging costs.

Am I eligible?
We encourage U.S. military veterans and military service members who are interested in the craft and business of screenwriting and storytelling to apply. Applicants must be 21+ years old and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Should applicants have writing experience?
Writing experience is not a requirement — what is most important is that applicants show a passion for the craft and business of writing and a commitment to completing 1 screenplay or TV pilot during the program.

How many vets does it serve?
About 40 veterans are accepted to the program per year.

How can I apply?
The application window to apply to the 2018-2019 Veterans Writing Project is now closed. Please check back next year.

What is the deadline to apply?
The application window to apply to the 2018-2019 Veterans Writing Project is now closed. Please check back next year.

Application Check List:

  • Standard background information
  • Personal Statement: Tell us about yourself and why you’re applying. 500 words maximum.
  • Resume
  • 2-3 Loglines: Please submit 2-3 story ideas in the form of loglines. Ideally, one of these should be the idea you plan to develop into a screenplay during the program.
  • Original script sample (optional): 5-page maximum.
  • Copy of your DD214

Click here to apply!

Will there be an interview?
WGF staff and/or selection committee members may reach out to select applicants for a phone or Skype interview.

Meet some alumni from the Veterans Writing Project

View photos from the Spring 2016 session
View photos from the Fall 2015 session 

I am a WGA member; how can I help?
If you are a WGA member and you are interested in mentoring, please contact Libbie at vets@wgfoundation.org. The program is also always in need of financial support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.

I am not a WGA member or a veteran; how can I help?
Our volunteer needs are currently met, but you may email Libbie at volunteering@wgfoundation.org for more information on how to give your time to the Veterans Writing Project. The program is also always in need of financial support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.

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A group of Veterans Writing Project alumni with TV legend Norman Lear and co-showrunner of Netflix’s ONE DAY AT A TIME Gloria Calderon Kellett on November 2016. 

 

The Veterans Writing Project is co-sponsored by: