We pair WGAW members with like-minded organizations who work with young people from underserved communities on literacy, writing and filmmaking. Organizations we currently work with include Young Storytellers, Ghetto Film School, Get Lit!, PEN in the Community, InsideOUT Writers, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and more. The commitment ranges from one-time speaking engagements to longer term mentorship programs.
Photo: BEING MARY JANE creator Mara Brock Akil volunteered her time to give a talk with Get Lit!’s Literati Corps.
Photo: Screenwriter Linda Woolverton (MALEFICENT, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST) with young filmmakers from Ghetto Film School
The experiences I have had volunteering for the Foundation have enriched me personally and professionally. Contact with other writers and especially aspiring writers always refreshes my outlook and introduces me to talented, but still forming, storytellers who are in need of an inspirational boost. — Linda Woolverton
Through our Visiting Writers Program we also arrange for WGA writers to appear at high schools, colleges and universities locally and around the country. The program is designed to create a link between students and the Hollywood writing community in order to give students firsthand insights into the craft, practices and career management issues of the working writer.
If you are a WGAW member interested in volunteering your time and expertise with WGF, click here and sign up today.
For more information or general inquiries about our volunteer and mentorship opportunities, please email Libbie Anderson.