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, Lionel Chetwynd, Bob Carroll & Madelyn Pugh Davis, David Dortort, Julius J. Epstein, John 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, Allan Manings, Garry Marshall, Arthur Marx, Richard Matheson, 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, Leonard Stern, Dan Taradash, Robert Towne, Billy Wilder

Stockpiled interviews (yet to be edited) include:

Allan Burns, Jean Rouverol Butler, Barbara Corday, DC Fontana, Devery Freeman, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel, Mel Goldberg, Everett Greenbaum, William Ludwig, Ann Marcus, Loring Mandel, John Mantley, Treva Silverman and David Swift

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.