The Writer Speaks: Oral Histories of Film and Television Writers

Over the years the Writers Guild Foundation has recorded interviews with prominent writers about their careers and about their working lives and practices. Completed interviews are available for viewing on our blog, our YouTube channel and in our library.

Interviews available in the library include:

Edward Anhalt, Walter Bernstein, Charles Bennett, Robert Benton, Robert Blees, Irving Brecher, Marshall Brickman, James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Jean Rouverol Butler, Lionel Chetwynd, Bob Carroll & Madelyn Pugh Davis, Barbara Corday, David Dortort, Julius J. Epstein, DC Fontana, Devery FreemanJohn Gay, Bo Goldman, William Goldman, Buck Henry, Austin & Irma Kalish, Fay Kanin, Millard Kaufman, Hal Kanter, Christopher Knopf, Norman Lear, Ernest Lehman, William Link, David Lloyd, Loring MandelAllan Manings, Ann Marcus, Garry Marshall, Arthur Marx, Richard Matheson, Paul Mazursky, John McGreevey, Frank Pierson, Abe Polonsky, Carl Reiner, Del Reisman, Bill Richmond, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Alvin Sargent, Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf, Arnold Schulman, Sherwood Schwartz, Mel Shavelson, Sidney Sheldon, Treva Silverman, Leonard Stern, Stewart Stern, David Swift, Dan Taradash, Robert Towne, Saul Turteltaub, and Billy Wilder.

Stockpiled interviews (yet to be edited) include:

Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel, Mel Goldberg, Everett Greenbaum, William Ludwig, and John Mantley.

Stockpiled interviews will be edited as funds become available.

This project needs funds! Each interview costs about $1,500 to tape and edit – and with overhead it’s more. For a donation of $2,500 you can have your name on the ending credits of a finished DVD: “This interview was made possible through the generosity of…..” plus all the usual perks and acknowledgements offered to Foundation donors. Just let us know that you would like your donation to be applied to the Writer Speaks program.