On the Shoulders of Giants:
Early Writers Guild History

The Writers, ca. 1930. The members pictured include Preston Sturges (front row, far left).

From its incarnation in July 1920 as the Screen Writers’ Guild to officially being recognized as a labor union in 1933 and the merge with radio and television writers in 1954, the Writers Guild blazed a trail as the first union in the entertainment industry.

Prominent members in the early days included: James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Julius and Philip Epstein, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, John Howard Lawson, Dorothy Parker, Preston Sturges, and Billy Wilder.

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Early Writers Guild History

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  2. Oh my god, that was fantastic! This was my first “visit” to the archives. What a wonderful trip back in history – I wish I had lived right among them all. Great job.

    • Thanks Jennifer! We often call that time in guild history our MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. It would be wonderful to transport to those early days and soak up inspiration from Parker, Wilder, Hammett, and Hellman!

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