Character Sketch: Uncovering Spies and Secret Agents with William Blake Herron

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
WGF / WGA Headquarters – Del Reisman Multi-Purpose Room, Los Angeles

From James Bond and Jason Bourne to Sydney Bristow and Carrie Mathison, film and TV’s fascination with the covert lives of spies and secret agents has produced memorable characters and endlessly entertaining franchises.

On this evening, writer William Blake Herron (AGENT X, THE BOURNE IDENTITY) shares his unique insight (he studied Russian in college and is an avid martial artist) and process for writing characters embroiled in the world of espionage. Along with a look into how to shape characters within the genre, he’ll also give us the scoop on his experiences with studio assignments and lessons learned as a first-time showrunner.

Co-hosted by NYU Tisch in LA.

Tickets: $10.00 - $15.00

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Sublime Primetime 2016

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

Every year we team up with the Writers Guild of America, West and Variety to gather this year’s nominated writers for a lively conversation on the season’s most talked-about episodes.


The People v. O.J. Simpson – “From the Ashes of Tragedy”
Written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski

Veep – “Mother”
Written by Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck

UnREAL – “Return”
Teleplay by Marti Noxon & Sarah G. Shapiro

More panelists to be announced!

Tickets: $20.00 - $100.00

Blunt Talk Season 2 2016

The Racontour: Writing Prose and Television with Jonathan Ames

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
WGF / WGA Headquarters – Del Reisman Multi-Purpose Room, Los Angeles

As the creator and showrunner of the Starz Original Series BLUNT TALK (which premieres its second season on October 2) as well as the much-missed HBO series BORED TO DEATH, Jonathan Ames is known for his whimsical style of maneuvering flawed yet empathetic characters through their substance-filled misadventures and idiosyncratic lives. Ames is also known for cribbing elements of his real life adventures into both his television and literary work, which includes three novels (one of which was adapted into the film THE EXTRA MAN), the autobiographical graphic novel THE ALCOHOLIC, numerous collections of essays and memoirs, and monologues he’s staged himself or at The Moth.

On this special night, Ames shares his approach and process to writing his varied projects, how they inform one another, and how he developed his self-referential style.

Tickets: $10.00 - $15.00


Writers on Writing with Terence Winter

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
WGF / WGA Headquarters – Del Reisman Multi-Purpose Room, Los Angeles

From his groundbreaking work on HBO as the creator of BOARDWALK EMPIRE and executive producer of THE SOPRANOS to his turns as screenwriter of films such as THE WOLF OF WALL STREET and 50 Cent biopic GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN’, Terence Winter is a writer and producer known for masterfully crafting stories centered around the world of criminals and cons. It’s quite the fascinating trajectory from his early work writing for 90s shows such as THE COSBY MYSTERIES, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS and SISTER, SISTER.

On this special evening, Winter takes us through his evolution as a TV writer, shares his process for shaping complex characters, and his approach to building the worlds surrounding his shows.

Tickets: $15.00 - $85.00

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Writers Guild Foundation Gift Certificates

All Day
WGF/WGA Headquarters, Los Angeles

The Writers Guild Foundation Gift Certificates can be used toward all of our awesome events such as the WGFestival, Inside the Writers Room, Writers on Writing, Master Classes, VIP Meet-and-Greets, Beyond Words, and a lot more.

Tickets: $10.00 - $100.00