Past Events

Jul 2017

TV Writers: How to Brand Yourself

   Date: Jul 12, 2017

At this special event, our panel of writers and industry insiders give their insight into branding, from how to effectively communicate your ideas and leverage various types of writing opportunities to presenting yourself at meetings and networking like a boss. 

Jun 2017

Vive la Télévision: A Conversation on French and American TV writing

   Date: Jun 28, 2017

What is it really like to write and produce a TV show in another country? And how does it compare to the American experience? On this special evening, we team up with the French consulate for a panel featuring French and American TV writers and producers, who will discuss their processes as well as their approaches to craft and genre.  

Panelists: 

Neal Baer (Under the Dome, A Gifted Man, ER)
Antoine Lacomblez (Trois Fois Manon and Manon 20 ans)
Claude Scasso (Transferts, Caïn)
More panelists to be announced. 

Bringing Words to Life: Writing for Performers

   Date: Jun 27, 2017

As the entertainment industry rapidly evolves and becomes more accessible, creators have found themselves taking on multiple roles, from writing to acting to directing and everything in between.

On this special night, we team up with Cornell in Hollywood for a panel of five writers and actors (and Cornell alums) who will give their insight on how writing and acting intersect, how to honor a writer’s intention and still make a role entirely your own, and what it is like to take on both the jobs of writer and actor at once.

TV Writers: The First Years of Your Career

   Date: Jun 21, 2017

Every TV writer has his or her own story about how they broke into the industry and moved up the writers room ladder. On this special event, we’re partnering with the University of Chicago Arts Alumni Network to hear from writers about their first few years writing for television. They’ll share how they found representation and management, how they landed their first staff gig, and how they got that first script.

Writers on Writing with Cameron Crowe

   Date: Jun 1, 2017

Screenwriter and director Cameron Crowe had us at hello with some of his most memorable movie lines (the ones above are from JERRY MAGUIRE, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and ALMOST FAMOUS).

On this special evening, Crowe, who also wrote and directed SAY ANYTHING…, SINGLES, VANILLA SKY, and the recent Showtime series ROADIES, gives us insight into his writing process, what inspired his most memorable scenes, and how he’s developed his unique voice. Sitting in the moderator’s chair will be fellow writer and friend of the Foundation, Winnie Holzman (ROADIES, ONCE AND AGAIN, MY SO-CALLED LIFE).

May 2017

The Serialized Sitcom: Writing and Acting with The Good Place

   Date: May 25, 2017

Fresh off its debut season, the NBC comedy from Universal Television THE GOOD PLACE has deftly blended the characters and elements of a delightful network sitcom with the storytelling chutzpah of a mind-bending, metaphysical drama. We follow the adventures of Eleanor, a recently deceased woman who finds herself mistakenly assigned to a utopian afterlife called the Good Place, which is overseen by its wise architect Michael and inhabited by do-gooders. No spoiler alerts, but let’s just say the show ushered in a second season with a shocking finale rarely seen in sitcom-land.

On this special evening, we’re screening an episode from THE GOOD PLACE’s impressive first season followed by a conversation about the show’s clever writing and acting with creator and showrunner Michael Schur (PARKS AND RECREATION, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE) and the writers, as well as lead actors Ted Danson (CHEERS, FARGO), who plays Michael, and Kristen Bell (HOUSE OF LIES, VERONICA MARS), who plays Eleanor.

Inside the Writers Room with CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

   Date: May 3, 2017

Having wrapped its second season, The CW musical comedy CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND continues to surprise and leave us in awe with its wickedly smart and highly entertaining writing.

On this special night, co-creator, executive producer and star Rachel Bloom and co-creator and executive producer Aline Brosh McKenna are joined by their writers room for a look inside their process for developing those hilarious musical skits and the show’s heartwarming yet flawed characters.

Apr 2017

Writing for a Digital Audience with the Writers of THE LATE LATE SHOW

   Date: Apr 26, 2017

With the enormous popularity of its “Carpool Karaoke” segments,THE LATE, LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN’s digital presence and strategy has become central to the CBS show’s success.

On this special evening, executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe are joined by their writers, Nate Fernald, Tim Siedell, Nedaa Sweiss, Matt Whitaker, John Kennedy, Louis Waymouth, Jared Logan, Ian Karmel, Dicky Eagan, and Lauren Greenberg, to discuss their approach to crafting a late-night talk show, how a digital audience impacts their writing, and the challenges and opportunities within the formats.

Entertainment Law for Creatives

   Date: Apr 12, 2017

As creatives, navigating the business side of the entertainment industry can be daunting, which is why brushing up on Entertainment Law 101 is always a great idea. Attorney Luke Lieberman is back to give a survey of intellectual property, personal/publicity rights, and relevant contract law–consider it an overview for writers, directors, actors, and producers on the how to protect their work, avoid common pitfalls in the industry and manage their representatives.

Mar 2017

WGFestival 2017: Sunday Afternoon Workshops

   Date: Mar 26, 2017

This page is for WGFestival PICKFORD and ALL ACCESS pass holders only.

WGFestival 2017: Sunday Morning Workshops

   Date: Mar 26, 2017

This page is available for WGFestival PICKFORD and ALL ACCESS pass holders only.

WGFestival 2017: Saturday Afternoon Workshops

   Date: Mar 25, 2017

This page is for WGFestival PICKFORD and ALL ACCESS pass holders only.

WGFestival 2017: INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

   Date: Mar 25, 2017

We’re selling individual tickets to select panels on the WGFestival 2017 schedule. If you want more access to the weekend’s panels and events, check out the available passes.  Individual tickets are available for the following panels: Friday, March 24 – WGAW Headquarters 7:30pm – 9pm: An Evening with MOONLIGHT writer and director Barry Jenkins (MOONLIGHT). Moderated by Laurence […]

WGFestival 2017: Saturday Morning Workshops

   Date: Mar 25, 2017

This is available to WGFestival PICKFORD and ALL ACCESS pass holders only.

WGFESTIVAL 2017 SCREENWRITING CONFERENCE

   Date: Mar 25, 2017

The Writers Guild Foundation
In Partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowships Programs

Presents

WGFESTIVAL 2017
SCREENWRITING CONFERENCE

This year, we are taking over the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study for an entire weekend of panels, interactive workshops, and special events focused on the craft and business of writing for the screen.

As always, expect the best and brightest writers, producers, executives and insiders in the film and television industries. Stay tuned for the schedule and lineup.

Madam President: Remembering the Life and Legacy of Mary McCall, Jr.

   Date: Mar 16, 2017

To commemorate Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating Mary McCall, Jr., the first woman president of the Screen Writer’s Guild, one of the groups that formed the Writers Guild of America.

At this special event, we, in partnership with the University of Warwick and the WGAW’s Women Writers Committee, will screen McCall’s 1936 film CRAIG’S WIFE. Immediately following the screening, historian J.E. Smyth talks to McCall’s daughters, Sheila Benson and Mary-David Sheiner, about their mother’s life and legacy.

Refreshments will be served before the 7:30pm screening, and an exhibit curated by the WGF Archive of McCall’s work as a writer and Guild president will be on display.

This event is free with RSVP.

WGF's SCRABBLE TO SCREEN Tournament

   Date: Mar 10, 2017

Now that lolz, twerking and ixnay are official words…

It’s time to play SCRABBLE with the Writers Guild Foundation!

Join us and your fellow wordsmiths for a fun night of weird, wacky, writerly words at our first-ever SCRABBLE tournament. There will be food, drinks, and prizes for First, Second, Third, and Fourth Place as well as the Highest Word Score and Highest Score in an Individual Game.

Stay tuned for the tournament rules and details.

Feb 2017

Write-A-Thon: The M&Ms Strike Back

   Date: Feb 25, 2017

If you missed our first Write-A-Thon this year, here’s another chance for you to join us for an evening of writing, snacking, and networking with your fellow writers.

As always, there will be pizza and soda during the break, raffle prizes, and our super awesome Library staff will be on hand to procure scripts and answer any questions you may have.

Sorry, the Write-A-Thon is sold out!

BEYOND WORDS 2017

   Date: Feb 9, 2017

Awards season is right around the corner…

Every year, we partner with the Writers Guild of America, West to gather the year’s award-nominated screenwriters for a discussion on their memorable films and their lives in the trade in front of a sold out crowd at the Writers Guild Theater.

Panelists:

Damien Chazelle – LA LA LAND
Tom Ford – NOCTURNAL ANIMALS
Eric Heisserer – ARRIVAL
Barry Jenkens – MOONLIGHT
Kenneth Lonergan – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Jeff Nichols – LOVING
Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick – DEADPOOL
Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi – HIDDEN FIGURES
Taylor Sheridan – HELL OR HIGH WATER

Jan 2017

Write-A-Thon: A New Year's Hope

   Date: Jan 28, 2017

That’s right, we are welcoming 2017 with the first Write-A-Thon of the year! Expect to be surrounded by snacks, pizza, and your fellow writers. Plus, we’ll also have a raffle with cool prizes.

If you’ve never been to one of our Write-A-Thons, it’s an evening when we keep the Library open after-hours. Whether you’re a night owl, a member of a writing group that meets on evenings, or just feel motivated when surrounded by other writers, we welcome anyone who wants to come work and write.

We are also excited to welcome Jennifer Goyne Blake from the Sundance Institute’s Episodic Story Lab, which is accepting applications until February 1. Learn about the opportunities within the lab and how you can make your application the strongest.

The Write-A-Thon is sold out. But we do have a wait list!

Life of Crime 3: Murder She Wrote

   Date: Jan 24, 2017

Our annual exploration of serial crime dramas and crime procedurals continues with the most prolific and successful women writers in the genre.

WGF Vice President of Programming Laurence Andries and our panel of all-women writers and creators look at the genre from the female point of view.

Panelists:

Diane Frolov (CHICAGO MED, BOSCH, BOARDWALK EMPIRE)
Chris Levinson (LEGENDS, LAW & ORDER)
Judith McCreary (SECRETS & LIES, LAW & ORDER: SVU, CRIMINAL MINDS)

Stay tuned for more panelist announcements!

Writing Outside the Color Lines: Women Writers of Color on Storytelling and Perspective

   Date: Jan 13, 2017

TV writers are often expected to voice characters outside their cultural identity. This panel, in partnership with Stephens College MFA in Television and Screenwriting, will focus on the experiences of women writers of color in bringing authenticity to telling stories across all color lines.

Moderated by Valerie C. Woods (SOUL FOOD, ANY DAY NOW, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL), Adjunct Faculty, Stephens College MFA in Television and Screenwriting

Panelists:

Shernold Edwards (SLEEPY HOLLOW, HAVEN)
Dee Harris-Lawrence (STAR, SHOTS FIRED)
Dawn Kamoche (HAND OF GOD, SHARP OBJECTS)
Monica Macer (QUEEN SUGAR, NASHVILLE)

GOLDEN TICKET 2017

   Date: Jan 1, 2017

Get the WGF Golden Ticket: An individual season pass to nearly every Writers Guild Foundation event from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

The Golden Ticket gets you access to every ticketed event and every ticketed VIP party and every ticketed meet-and-greet we hold between those dates.*

That means every interview. Every panel. Every INSIDE THE WRITERS ROOM. Every MASTER CLASS. Day-long craft symposiums and the WGFESTIVAL. Award nominee panels like SUBLIME PRIMETIME and BEYOND WORDS. It’s a magical pass that grants you access to everything you’d otherwise need to buy a ticket for.

We’ll include other surprises and perks as well. In the next few weeks, we’ll be making big announcements about events in 2017.

If you bought all these tickets individually, you could spend over $1500.

BUT ONE WGF GOLDEN TICKET IS ONLY $850.

Dec 2016

Pieces of Glass Book Signing and Q&A with John Sacret Young

   Date: Dec 8, 2016

The Writers Guild Foundation and Humanitas are thrilled to host a book signing followed by a Q&A with WGA Award-winning writer and author John Sacret Young.

The creator of CHINA BEACH and writer and producer of THE WEST WING will discuss PIECES OF GLASS, a memoir reflecting on his life and writing career through his love of art, with actor and CHINA BEACH star Robert Picardo.

Writers on Writing with Randall Wallace

   Date: Dec 6, 2016

Oscar nominated and WGA Award-winning screenwriter, director, New York Times bestselling novelist, and songwriter Randall Wallace knows a thing or two about sweeping epic dramas. He wrote the Academy Award-winning BRAVEHEART, PEARL HARBOR, WE WERE SOLDIERS as well as THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK and HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, which he also directed.

On this special evening, Wallace shares his experiences starting in the industry as a songwriter and TV writer, how he made the move into directing and novel writing, and how he approaches researching and writing big historical war dramas.

Nov 2016

Inside the Writers Room with INSECURE

   Date: Nov 30, 2016

On this special evening, Issa Rae, showrunner Prentice Penny and the writers room discuss their process of developing the show’s comedic voice, how they approach the direction of season one, and how they turn mundane life moments into hilarious and sharp commentary on race, gender and culture.

Panelists:

Issa Rae – Co-creator, star and Executive Producer
Prentice Penny – Writer and Executive Producer
Dayna Lynne North – Co-Executive Producer
Amy Aniobi – Staff Writer
Ben Dougan – Staff Writer

PLUS, we’ll have VIP Experience tickets available, which includes a VIP pre-reception in the WGF Library with refreshments, small bites and a meet-and-greet with the panelists at 6:30pm, plus reserved seating among the front rows at the event.

Women Write Now: Breaking Barriers in Film, TV and the Web

   Date: Nov 29, 2016

The Writers Guild Foundation and Stage 32 are partnering on this special event, which invites women writers to discuss their careers and their experiences working as a writer in the industry, from where they started and how they got their material noticed to what the future for women in media looks like and what inspires them to write every day.

Panelists:

Lauren Schuker Blum (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK)
Jessica Mecklenburg (STRANGER THINGS, BEING MARY JANE)
Deborah Schoeneman (HAND OF GOD, GIRLS)
Kirsten Smith (10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, LEGALLY BLONDE)
More panelists to be announced. Stay tuned!

A networking reception will follow directly after the panel from 9pm to 10pm.

USVAA Veterans Writing Workshop New Works Presentation

   Date: Nov 9, 2016

This is a private event for USVAA invitees.

Special Screening of LOVING

   Date: Nov 3, 2016

This is an invitation-only event.

Gamertainment: Gaming Goes Mainstream

   Date: Nov 1, 2016

Co-hosted by Cornell in Hollywood and Harvardwood, this panel welcomes entertainment executives for a discussion about the new paradigm that’s blurring the lines that once separated gaming from film and television.

Oct 2016

An Afternoon with Ava DuVernay and the Cast of Queen Sugar

   Date: Oct 22, 2016

EVENT UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 22 at 2pm. Please check back for new venue location information. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.

Since her breakthrough film SELMA showcased her keen eye for storytelling, writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay has broken barriers and spearheaded conversations about diversity in the film industry (plus founded ARRAY, a distribution collective for filmmakers of color and women) while also continuing to develop compelling independent and big budget projects.

This fall, she branches out to television with QUEEN SUGAR, a new drama based on the novel by Natalie Baszile that premieres on OWN on September 6. The series follows the Bordelon siblings as they return to Louisiana after inheriting their father’s sugarcane farm.

On this special event, DuVernay discusses her journey from breaking into the film industry as a writer and director to developing QUEEN SUGAR (alongside Oprah Winfrey, no less). She’ll be joined by the show’s cast members to share the process of bringing the characters to life.

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament

   Date: Oct 21, 2016

GO ALL IN FOR VETS!

Join the Writers Guild Foundation, Scott Alexander, Michael Brandt, Glenn Gordon Caron, Semi Chellas, Carlton Cuse, Ben Edlund, Stephen Falk, David Fury, Derek Haas, Alexa Junge, Simon Kinberg, Jay Kogen, Craig Mazin, Jeff Nathanson, Dan Petrie, Jr., Steven Rogers, David Shore, and Matthew Weiner for a…

TEXAS HOLD ‘EM POKER TOURNAMENT

6pm – Registration and Poker Lessons

7pm – Tournament Begins

All proceeds benefit the Veterans Writing Project

Notes on Craft: Dialogue

   Date: Oct 18, 2016

We’ve gathered some masters of dialogue for a panel to offer their tricks of the trade. They will cover how to use dialogue to reveal character, hide exposition, create a believable world, and much, much more.
PLUS, during the audience Q&A, attendees have the option of sharing a favorite (brief) scene of dialogue for the panelists to dissect live.
Join moderator Jane Espenson (ONCE UPON A TIME, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER) and panelists Doris Egan (REIGN, HOUSE), Bob Harris (CSI, BONES), Kelly Lefever (HARD ROCK MEDICAL, HOME AND AWAY), Bradley Thompson (THE STRAIN, FALLING SKIES, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), and David Weddle (THE STRAIN, FALLING SKIES, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA).

Countering Stereotypes: Muslims, Muslim-Americans and the Modern Middle East on TV

   Date: Oct 13, 2016

MOST, a non-profit resource offering entertainment writers and producers expert advice and contemporary storylines on all things related to Muslims, and the Writers Guild Foundation invite you to join us in a discussion about the entertainment industry’s unique capacity to perpetuate and/or broaden existing views of Muslims, Muslim Americans and the Middle East, and how storytelling can promote greater understanding, while delivering first-rate film and series TV comedy and drama.

Panelists:

Khaled Abol Naga – Actor, Tyrant, Vikings
Emily V. Gordon – Writer, The Carmichael Show, The Big Sick
Chris Keyser – Executive Producer, Tyrant, past President of the Writers Guild of America, West
Bassem Youssef – Known as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt,” satirist and host of Fusion’s Democracy Playbook

Moderated by: Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, Co-Director MOST, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

Writers on Writing with Carlton Cuse

   Date: Oct 11, 2016

Since getting his start in TV writing for the Michael Mann series CRIME STORY, Carlton Cuse has gone on to create and run a gamut of shows spanning various genres. Like action adventure? You can thank him for THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY, JR., MARTIAL LAW and NASH BRIDGES. Then Cuse joined Damon Lindelof to run the writers room of a show called LOST, which turned the concept of mind-bending TV on its head. Currently, Cuse remains as busy as ever as executive producer of FX’s THE STRAIN, creator of COLONY on USA Network, series developer of BATES MOTEL on A&E, and creator of the upcoming Amazon series JACK RYAN.

On this special evening, Cuse shares insight into his writing process, his approach to creating his own shows, and his experiences as a seasoned showrunner.

Sep 2016

Writers on Writing with Terence Winter

   Date: Sep 27, 2016

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.

The Raconteur: Writing Prose and Television with Jonathan Ames

   Date: Sep 20, 2016

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.

Sublime Primetime 2016

   Date: Sep 15, 2016

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.

Panelists:

SCOTT ALEXANDER & LARRY KARASZEWSKI
The People v. O.J. Simpson

JOEL FIELDS & JOE WEISBERG
The Americans

ALEX GREGORY & PETER HUYCK
Veep

MARTI NOXON & SARAH G. SHAPIRO
UnREAL

CAROLYN OMINE
The Simpsons

ALEX RUBENS
Key & Peele

Moderator: BOB ODENKIRK, Better Call Saul

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

   Date: Sep 6, 2016

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.

Aug 2016

From Views to VR: Careers in Digital Storytelling

   Date: Aug 16, 2016

This panel addresses the various paths to a career in storytelling within the digital space. From writing webisodes to VR simulations, our panelists share their experiences creating content for new and emerging mediums and what lessons they’ve learned in often unchartered territory.

Moderator:

Richie Solomon – video games BINGO Blitz, Zynga Elite Slots, Scratchers Casino, and The Godfather: Gangland.

Panelists:

Dean Orion – Executive Creative Director at Spaces Inc., a virtual and mixed reality company that conceives, designs and builds fully dimensional VR and MxR experiences. Formally a creative producer at Walt Disney Imagineering.

John Zuur Platten – Creative director at Niantic Labs, developer of Ingress and Pokémon GO, and a creative consultant on a reboot of his Fear Effect property. Written and designed over 60 projects for every major publisher and studio, including: Ghostbusters, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay.

Anne Toole – Anne is a writer for TV, games, web series, VR, comics, and short fiction. Credits include THE WITCHER and THE LIZZIE BENNET DIARIES, a web series that won an Emmy.

Evette Vargas – Award-winning writer, director, multiplatform & Virtual Reality creator. Work includes series for MTV, Bravo, DirectTV; branded entertainment for FAST & FURIOUS, LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and Madonna. Wrote and directed her digital series DARK PROPHET.

Micah Wright – Wrote, storyboarded, directed, and composed songs for shows like The Angry Beavers, Hey Arnold!, and Constant Payne. Written and designed on over 50 video games including hit games in the Transformers, Ratchet & Clank, Destroy All Humans, and wrote the zombies mode for Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Hired in 2014 by Samsung to help guide the creation of the Virtual Reality experience TheBluVR.

Making the Cut: How to Navigate the Screenplay Contest Circuit

   Date: Aug 9, 2016

Our panelists will share their experiences inside various contest and fellowship application processes, how to navigate through the gauntlet of steps, and how you can use networking opportunities at events (such as San Diego Comic-Con and this one) to get yourself and your work noticed throughout the process.

Panelists:

Brian Anthony – THE NIGHT SHIFT, ARMY WIVES, completed the 2012 NBC Writers On The Verge Program
Brandon Easton – MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER, 2014 nominee for an Eisner Comic Industry Award, completed the 2015 Disney-ABC Writing Program
Greta Heinemann – NCIS NEW ORLEANS, completed CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Humanitas New Voices Initiative
Andrew Lanham – THE GLASS CASTLE, 2010 Nicholl Fellowship winner, Winner of Drama and Latitude awards at Austin Film Festival
Shireen Razack – SHADOWHUNTERS, completed CBS Writers Mentoring Program
Michael Werwie – 2012 Nicholl Fellowship winner

Women Who Run the Room: A Conversation with Showrunners

   Date: Aug 6, 2016

On this special Saturday event, a panel of female showrunners discuss their experiences of running a room and the impact of increasing female voices in television.

Panelists:

Alexa Junge – GRACE AND FRANKIE, UNITED STATES OF TARA, FRIENDS
Laurie McCarthy – REIGN, GHOST WHISPERER
Lizzy Weiss – SWITCHED AT BIRTH, UNDRESSED

Check back for more panelist announcements.

Writers on Writing with Steven Knight

   Date: Aug 2, 2016

Screenwriter and director Steven Knight’s fascinating and highly enviable career spans genres and mediums. On the big screen, he’s penned the thrillers DIRTY PRETTY THINGS (which earned him an Academy Award nomination), and EASTERN PROMISES; dramas such as LOCKE (which he also directed) and PAWN SACRIFICE, and the upcoming THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB and ALLIED.

On the small screen, he’s the creator and showrunner of PEAKY BLINDERS and the upcoming BBC series TABOO starring Tom Hardy. Plus, Knight has also published novels, written plays and even co-created the game show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE?

Jul 2016

In Conversation with Phyllis Nagy

   Date: Jul 26, 2016

In this special event in our IN CONVERSATION WITH series, Phyllis shares her experiences adapting novels for the screen (CAROL was adapted from a Patricia Highsmith novel) and for the stage (Phyllis wrote plays based on novels by Highsmith, Anton Chekhov and Nathaniel Hawthorne). She’ll also talk about the transition from writing for the stage to screen as well as how one medium can inform the other.

Escape from Development Hell: How to Get a Movie Made

   Date: Jul 18, 2016

For every Hollywood success story, there are 100 tales of trudging unsuccessfully through the trenches. Lessons are learned, contacts are made, and every so often, a deal is struck. Our panelists will share how you can maximize your opportunities and emerge from the trenches to get your film produced.

Jun 2016

Breaking In at Any Age

   Date: Jun 28, 2016

We’re thrilled to host a panel, in partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowship Programs, on how to break into the industry as a writer at any age.

Writers on Writing with Marvel's Jessica Jones

   Date: Jun 21, 2016

At this special event, three writers and producers from MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES–Hilly Hicks, Jamie King, and Edward Ricourt –join us to talk more about the intricacies of building Jessica’s world and their own paths to building a career as a writer.

Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm.

Master Class with Mike O'Malley

   Date: Jun 14, 2016

If Mike O’Malley looks familiar, it’s probably because he’s tugged at your heartstrings as Burt Hummel on GLEE or made you laugh as Jimmy Hughes in the CBS comedy YES, DEAR. He’s also guest starred on shows such as PARENTHOOD, MY NAME IS EARL, PARKS AND RECREATION and on films such as DEEP IMPACT, 28 DAYS and LEATHERHEADS.

Along with his list of acting credits, O’Malley is also the creator and showrunner of the Starz Original Series SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, a comedy about the lives of a pro-basketball player and his family after they move to Atlanta. He was also a writer and producer on the Showtime series SHAMELESS.

In this Master Class, O’Malley shares his process and experiences creating and running his show as well as how acting has informed his writing.

Inside the Writers Room with OUTLANDER

   Date: Jun 7, 2016

The hit Starz original series, adapted and developed by Ronald D. Moore from the novels by Diana Gabaldon, has captured a rabid following with its strong, sensual characters, lush storytelling, and its dimensional look at relationship and power dynamics. On this special evening, we’re thrilled to welcome Moore, who also developed the beloved series BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, and the OUTLANDER writers room to share the process behind crafting the show’s emotional journeys as well as its swashbuckling story lines.

May 2016

Special Screening and Panel with PREACHER

   Date: May 31, 2016

On this special evening, we are screening the premiere episode of PREACHER which will be followed by a panel that will discuss how to adapt comic books, writing the anti-hero, and what’s in store for the first season. The panel will feature executive producer Sam Catlin and the show’s writers and producers.

Inside the Writers Room with BETTER CALL SAUL

   Date: May 26, 2016

What else can you expect from creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould? On this special Inside the Writers Room event, Gould, along with members of the writers room, take us through the process of crafting BETTER CALL SAUL and creating new arcs that inform the larger world of BREAKING BAD as well as their own journey from various writers rooms, including the BREAKING BAD writers room, to the BETTER CALL SAUL writers room.

Between the Chapters: Writing and Acting with JANE THE VIRGIN

   Date: May 25, 2016

At this special event, JANE THE VIRGIN creator and showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman shares insight into the process of designing that ride for the past two seasons. She’ll be joined by members of her incredible cast, who’ll give the actor’s perspective on bringing the characters and dialogue to life.

Master Class with Courtney A. Kemp

   Date: May 17, 2016

After an exceptional career as a writer and producer on THE GOOD WIFE, ELI STONE, JUSTICE and THE BERNIE MAC SHOW, Courtney A. Kemp made her spectacular debut as a creator and showrunner with the Starz Original Series POWER. The hit show, which is the most highly watched original series for the cable network, follows the complex double life led by James “Ghost” St. Patrick (played by Omari Hardwick) amid the gritty and glamorous streets of New York City.

With POWER’s third season premiering this summer, Kemp talks to us about the journey and process behind creating and running her TV show as well as the lessons learned as she approaches the show’s upcoming season. Kemp will also shed light on transitioning from writing half hour to writing hour.

Entertainment Law for Creatives

   Date: May 10, 2016

As creatives, navigating the business side of the entertainment industry can be daunting, which is why brushing up on Entertainment Law 101 is always a great idea. On this evening, attorney Luke Lieberman will give a survey of intellectual property, personal/publicity rights, and relevant contract law–consider it an overview for writers, directors, actors, and producers on the how to protect their work, avoid common pitfalls in the industry and manage their representatives.

With experience as both a creator and a lawyer, Luke provides a unique perspective on the industry, providing invaluable information for established and up and coming filmmakers alike.

Apr 2016

WGFestival 2016: THE CRAFT

   Date: Apr 16, 2016

On Saturday April 16th, we’ll gather for an all-day event at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.

WGFestival: THE CRAFT will have panels on the changing landscape of distribution, new media, and crafting the script of today and tomorrow. Today even more opportunities abound across many different platforms. Creators, showrunners, and Executives will open the magic box and discuss all the possibilities.

Write-a-Thon 3

   Date: Apr 9, 2016

It’s our third Write-A-Thon of the year! Like any third installment in a series, you can expect all the familiar favorites (the pizza, the snacks, the raffle prizes) plus some new faces. At our last Write-A-Thon, we had the pleasure of welcoming Heather Washington from the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship. This time, we’re excited […]

Mar 2016

The World Builder: Frank Spotnitz on Creating Complex TV Series

   Date: Mar 24, 2016

In this special event, Frank Spotnitz shares his experiences writing across genres and platforms as well as delving into the intricate process of world-building.

Spotnitz is no stranger to building and exploring new and old worlds. He wrote, executive produced and developed Amazon’s most viewed series, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, about what would have happened if the Allied Powers lost World War II and the U.S. along with much of the world is controlled by Imperial Japan and Nazi German. Spotnitz then takes us back to the Italian Renaissance with MEDICI: MASTERS OF FLORENCE, an upcoming eight-part drama series starring Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman that chronicles the rise of the Medici family.

He’ll be interviewed by friend of the Foundation, Neil Landau, who has interviewed Spotnitz for his brand new book, TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution, which will be available to purchase at the event.

PLUS we’ll also have an EXCLUSIVE Green Room Experience beginning at 6:30pm, where you can meet and hang out with Frank before the event. You will also get a reserved front row seat at the event. These tickets are limited.

Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm.

WGFestival 2016: THE BUSINESS

   Date: Mar 19, 2016

On Saturday March 19th, we’ll gather for an all-day event at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.

WGFestival: THE BUSINESS will be focused on your career in the screenwriting trade. Panelists will help you fashion your concept into something they want to read, help you turn that script into a film, and guide you through what it takes to sustain yourself in the film business.

Write-A-Thon 2

   Date: Mar 5, 2016

This event is sold out and the wait list is full.

Our first Write-A-Thon of the year was a sold-out hit, so we’re naturally following it up with a sequel (Sorry, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart aren’t starring in this one).

We will, however, have some cool things to add, such as special guest, Heather Morris Washington, Program Manager of the Universal Pictures Emerging Writers Fellowship, who will give info and answer questions about the fellowship’s fourth year.

As always, there will be pizza, soda, snacks, raffle prizes, our fabulous Library staff, and most importantly, uninterrupted writing time for you to finish that script.

Feb 2016

MASTER CLASS WITH EVAN DAUGHERTY

   Date: Feb 23, 2016

Evan Daugherty, screenwriter of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, DIVERGENT, KILLING SEASON, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and the upcoming 2017 reboot of TOMB RAIDER, shares his journey from NYU film student and living in his parent’s basement to moving to LA and becoming the writer of big-budget, high-profile movies. Trust us, he will inspire you!

In this Master Class, he’ll also give insight into his process for adapting classic stories for a modern audience and what it’s like to take on the screenplay of a famous film franchise.

WRITERS ON WRITING WITH MEG LEFAUVE

   Date: Feb 18, 2016

On this special night, Meg LeFauve (INSIDE OUT, THE GOOD DINOSAUR) shares her process to bringing characters to life, her experiences writing animated features, and her approach to writing live action features like the upcoming CAPTAIN MARVEL.

PLUS we’ll also have an EXCLUSIVE Green Room Experience beginning at 6:30pm, where you can meet and hang out with Meg before the event. You will also get a reserved front row seat at the event. These tickets are limited.

BEYOND WORDS 2016

   Date: Feb 4, 2016

Award season is coming…

Each year at BEYOND WORDS, we partner with the Writers Guild of America, West to assemble a panel filled with award-nominated screenwriters who chat about their lives in the trade and their nominated work.

This event is presented by the Writers Guild of America, West, Variety, and the Writers Guild Foundation.

Jan 2016

LIFE OF CRIME 2: WRITING THE SERIAL DRAMA

   Date: Jan 26, 2016

We have just added Chris Brancato and Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider to the panel!

Chris was an Executive Producer on the Golden Globe nominated NARCOS. He has written for HANNIBAL, LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT, and LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT. Diane & Andrew have written for CHICAGO MED, BOSCH, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and THE SOPRANOS.

If you made it to last year’s sold out Life of Crime event, then you learned the secrets to writing a great procedural. This time around, we are opening the suitcase and giving out ALL THE SECRETS to writing serial crime dramas.

Join Laurence Andries (THE PACIFIC, SIX FEET UNDER) as he chats with a “Murderer’s Row” of crime drama writers and creators about writing serial dramas, serials vs. procedurals, and a whole lot more!

Laurence will be joined by Shawn Ryan (THE SHIELD, TERRIERS) and more. Keep checking back for additional panelists.

New Years' Resolution Write-A-Thon

   Date: Jan 16, 2016

It’s a new year! That means new resolutions to start (or finish) that feature/pilot/spec/novel/short story. Plus, those Sundance Episodic Story Lab and Nickelodeon Writing Program deadlines are right around the corner!

Let us help you kick start those resolutions with our first Write-A-Thon of the year on Saturday, January 16!

We’ll have pizza, soda, and our awesome Library staff on hand, not to mention some cool prizes to raffle off.

Space is limited, so get your tickets early!

THE HUMORIST: ADAM MCKAY ON WRITING ANCHORS, BANKERS, AND ANT-MAN

   Date: Jan 12, 2016

We can pretty much bet money that there isn’t an Adam McKay project that hasn’t produced that side-splitting, tears-inducing, food-spitting kind of laughter. The writer, director and producer, frequently with comedy partner Will Ferrell, is responsible for the hilarious ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY, TALLADEGA NIGHTS: THE BALLAD OF RICKY BOBBY, STEP BROTHERS, THE OTHER GUYS, ANCHORMAN 2 as well as the screenplay for ANT-MAN.

The former SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE head writer (who was known to make cameos as an audience member who heckles the hosts) recently co-wrote and directed THE BIG SHORT, a drama based on Michael Lewis’s novel on the 2008 global financial collapse and which stars Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carrell.

On this special night, McKay shares his experiences and insight into writing comedies as well as how the comedic process informs his dramatic projects. Come listen, learn and most definitely laugh.

During the discussion, Adam will be joined onstage by special guest Charles Randolph, who co-wrote THE BIG SHORT with him!!

They’ll be interviewed by friend of the Foundation and co-host of the Scriptnotes podcast, Craig Mazin. His credits include IDENTITY THIEF, THE HANGOVER PART II, THE HANGOVER PART III, and the upcoming THE HUNTSMAN WINTER’S WAR.

GOLDEN TICKET 2016

   Date: Jan 12, 2016

Get the WGF Golden Ticket: A season pass to nearly every Writers Guild Foundation event from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

Dec 2015

SCRIPTNOTES HOLIDAY LIVE SHOW with JOHN AUGUST and CRAIG MAZIN

   Date: Dec 9, 2015

Join us at the LA Film School theater, where our pals JOHN AUGUST and CRAIG MAZIN will host a special live taping of their weekly podcast SCRIPTNOTES.

John and Craig will be joined onstage by MALCOLM SPELLMAN, producer of Fox’s EMPIRE, and NATASHA LEGGERO and RIKI LINDHOME, creators and stars of Comedy Central’s ANOTHER PERIOD, along with additional special guests to be announced soon!

WRITERS ON DIRECTING WITH JAMES VANDERBILT

   Date: Dec 2, 2015

In his latest film TRUTH, a political drama starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford about the Killian documents controversy that led to the resignation of CBS anchor Dan Rather, screenwriter James Vanderbilt sits in the director’s chair for the first time.

On this insightful night, Vanderbilt shares his experiences and lessons learned while writing and directing a film as well as the impact his directorial debut has had on his writing.

Nov 2015

THE MULTI-HYPHENATES: JAY & MARK DUPLASS ON DOING IT ALL

   Date: Nov 10, 2015

Along with being brothers, Jay & Mark Duplass are also writers, actors, producers, and directors who helped pioneer the mumblecore movement by writing and directing films such as BAGHEAD, CYRUS and JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME. They continued their trend of bleeding edge filmmaking by executive producing TANGERINE, a film that was shot entirely on three iPhone 5s smartphones.

Together, the talented Duplass brothers created the HBO comedy TOGETHERNESS, which stars Mark as one-half of a couple struggling with marital malaise, and executive produced the film MANSON FAMILY VACATION, which stars Jay. You can also currently turn on your TV/computer/tablet and find the brothers pretty much everywhere starring on shows such as Amazon Video’s TRANSPARENT (Jay), FX Network’s THE LEAGUE (Mark) and Hulu’s THE MINDY PROJECT (Jay and Mark).

On this special night, the multi-hyphenate duo shares the joys and challenges of balancing multiple roles, getting an independent film off the ground, and working together to make it all happen.

MASTER CLASS WITH VEENA SUD

   Date: Nov 4, 2015

Veena Sud’s fascination with dark, edgy female characters led her to executive produce the hit CBS detective drama COLD CASE as well as develop the popular Danish series FORBRYDELSEN into THE KILLING for AMC and then Netflix.

In this intimate Master Class, Sud shares her experiences writing within the genre, developing an international series for American audiences, and navigating a series from traditional cable networks to new online platforms.

Oct 2015

WRITERS ON WRITING with Drew Goddard

   Date: Oct 28, 2015

From populous cities ravaged by monsters and zombies to a mysterious island and now Mars, screenwriter Drew Goddard has masterfully woven compelling stories amid dark, volatile, enigmatic environments. This month, his adaptation of Andy Weir’s e-book THE MARTIAN hits the big screen starring Matt Damon. Goddard also was executive producer on Marvel’s DAREDEVIL series on Netflix.

In what’s sure to be an epically awesome conversation, Goddard will expand on his process for writing within modern genres as well as across traditional and new platforms.

THE DRAMATIST: BEAU WILLIMON ON WRITING FOR STAGE AND SCREEN

   Date: Oct 22, 2015

Join us for an in-depth discussion with HOUSE OF CARDS showrunner and playwright Beau Willimon as he explores the art of writing stories about the harried halls of Washington D.C.

He will discuss his writing process for his Emmy-winning Netflix Original series, his approach to adapting his plays into film, as well as his techniques for dramatizing careers in science, politics, and beyond.

Writers Guild Foundation Benefit: A Reading of STERLING by Ken LaZebnik

   Date: Oct 18, 2015

Two years ago, Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt was killed by an IED in Afghanistan. When members of the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to picket the funeral, 5,000 people in his hometown of Columbia, Missouri formed a human shield between the family and the protestors. His mother, Sherry Wyatt, says: “Most people never get to meet their heroes. But I got to be his mother.” STERLING, a new screenplay by Ken LaZebnik, chronicles Sherry Wyatt’s journey as a Gold Star mother.

This reading, starring Annie Potts and directed by Mark Taylor, will benefit the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veteran Writing Workshop.

The Sound of Music with The Writers Guild Foundation

   Date: Oct 18, 2015

Please join The Writers Guild Foundation on Sunday, October 18 for one of our group outings to see the North American tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the Ahmanson Theater. Three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien directs a lavish new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved musical. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the […]

Sep 2015

SUBLIME PRIMETIME 2015

   Date: Sep 17, 2015

It’s that time of year again. The Emmys are around the corner and we are teaming up with the Writers Guild of America, West and Variety to gather some of this year’s nominated writers for a fun and insightful conversation on this season’s celebrated shows.

Character Sketch: Glen Mazzara on Writing the Anti-Hero

   Date: Sep 9, 2015

Glen Mazzara (THE SHIELD, THE WALKING DEAD) will discuss the role of the Anti-Hero in television drama – the origin, development and anticipated demise of this seminal figure from American literature. He will also share hard-learned lessons, mistakes, and insights from his career as a television drama writer and as a showrunner.

Aug 2015

Master Class with Winnie Holzman and Jason Katims

   Date: Aug 26, 2015

In this Master Class, we get a glimpse into Winnie Holzman’s (MY SO-CALLED LIFE, ONCE AND AGAIN) process of writing such beloved stories and characters, who continue to captivate audiences and influence new productions on stage and screen.

The discussion will be moderated by writer, developer and producer Jason Katims (PARENTHOOD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS). Jason and Winnie were colleagues on MY SO-CALLED LIFE, so you can bet that Winnie will have a few questions for Jason about his craft and career, too!

Master Class with Meredith Stiehm and Pam Veasey

   Date: Aug 11, 2015

In this Master Class, moderator Pam Veasey (CSI: CYBER, CSI: NY, IN LIVING COLOR) is on hand to guide Meredith Stiehm through her impressive career as creator of THE BRIDGE and COLD CASE, executive producer of HOMELAND and writer on ER and NYPD BLUE.

Words Into Pixels: Couches, Consoles and Creating Worlds

   Date: Aug 5, 2015

Narratives have begun to play a more critical role in the development of video games after the massive successes of story-driven series such as BIOSHOCK, PORTAL, THE LAST OF US and ASSASSIN’S CREED. Enter the video game script writer and the lucrative field of writing for the gaming industry.

Join Neil Druckmann (THE LAST OF US, UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END), Tom Bissell (GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT, THE VANISHING OF ETHAN CARTER), TJ Fixman (RATCHET & CLANK series), and Marianne Krawczyk (GOD OF WAR series) as they discuss how to write video game scripts and how to break in.

Jun 2015

Matilda at the Ahmanson Theatre

   Date: Jun 4, 2015

Thanks to the Center Theatre Group, we have tickets to see Matilda The Musical!  Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards®, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Meet our […]

May 2015

Inside the Writers' Room with MAD MEN

   Date: May 28, 2015

Matthew Weiner will be joined on stage by Janet Leahy, Semi Chellas, Erin Levy, Tom Smuts, Lisa Albert, Robert Towne, Jonathan Igla, Carly Wray, Bob Levinson, and Josh Weltman to discuss how they crafted some of television’s most influential characters, what a typical day in the writers’ room was like, and how they produced such an iconic American period drama.

The Third WGF Late-Night Library Write-a-Thon

   Date: May 16, 2015

This event is sold out.

Apr 2015

GENRE SMASH! with comedy writer extraordinaire MIKE SCULLY

   Date: Apr 21, 2015

Mike Scully has written for some of the greatest comedies of the past 20 years: PARKS AND RECREATION. THE SIMPSONS. EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND. Seriously, check out his IMDB page. Join Mike and WGF communications director Kevin Ott at the world-famous Nerdmelt Showroom as they discuss what it takes to write a good comedy, how it feels to have worked on so many truly iconic shows, and where the midpoint is between Homer Simpson and Ron Swanson.

Staff Writer to Showrunner 2015

   Date: Apr 18, 2015

On April 18th, we’ll gather for our annual television craft symposium at the Writers Guild Theater with a collection of time-tested dramatists, gut-busting comics, innovative creators, and insightful Executives. From network to Netflix, we’ll talk about crafting stories, pilots, and specs that will get you into the writers’ room and will help you on your journey to showrunner. Featuring writers and creators of BLACK-ISH, EMPIRE, DAREDEVIL, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, BEING MARY JANE, THE COMEDIANS, HANNIBAL and more!

Hedgebrook Presents: Engaging The Feminine Heroic

   Date: Apr 12, 2015

Experience a unique one-day creative workshop led by Dara Marks and Deb Norton. Enjoy a day filled with lively conversation and writing workshop time, culminating in a wine and cheese reception. Write, learn, share stories and leave freshly inspired. This event is organized and presented by the Hedgebrook Foundation.

The second WGF Late-night Library Write-a-thon

   Date: Apr 11, 2015

This event is sold out.

Mar 2015

First Draft to Feature 2015

   Date: Mar 28, 2015

MORE PANELISTS ANNOUNCED!!

Evan Daugherty, Leslie Dixon, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Terry Rossio, and more will join us on March 28th!

For 2015’s spring craft symposium, the Writers Guild Foundation joins forces with the Austin Film Festival for the second year in a row to help you get through that first rewrite or finish that final polished draft. Get your screenplay ready to submit to a competition, an agent, a manager, or a producer with a full day of panels discussing how to take apart that first draft and turn it into something special.

Tickets are still only 65 bucks – the lowest price for a day long event like this.

GENRE SMASH! with PITCH PERFECT writer Kay Cannon

   Date: Mar 17, 2015

Join us as we chat with Kay Cannon, writer of PITCH PERFECT and its impending sequel, as well as 30 ROCK and NEW GIRL. If we try really hard, we might be able to get her to sing.

The WGF Late-night Script-tastic Pizza-riffic Library Write-a-thon

   Date: Mar 7, 2015

This event is sold out.

Feb 2015

GENRE SMASH! with the BOJACK HORSEMAN masterminds

   Date: Feb 17, 2015

Join us as we interview BOJACK HORSEMAN creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and lead designer Lisa Hanawalt, and chat about building a show that’s almost designed to be binge-watched.

Beyond Words 2015

   Date: Feb 5, 2015

Each year at BEYOND WORDS, we partner with the Writers Guild of America West to bring you a panel full of award-nominated screenwriters who chat about their lives in the trade and their nominated work.

This year’s panelists include: Dan Gilroy (NIGHTCRAWLER), James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY), Jason Hall (AMERICAN SNIPER), Brian Knappenberger (THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY: THE STORY OF AARON SWARTZ), Richard Linklater (BOYHOOD), and Graham Moore (THE IMITATION GAME).

Guest Speaker Series: Amy Ziering on Sexual Assault in Modern Culture

   Date: Feb 4, 2015

The California Women’s Law Center joins the Foundation for a discussion with Oscar nominated filmmaker Amy Ziering (THE INVISIBLE WAR, DERRIDA). Amy will present clips from her new film, THE HUNTING GROUND, about campus sexual assault . After the presentation, Amy will be joined by Kimberly Peirce (BOYS DON’T CRY, CARRIE), Pam Veasey (CSI: CYBER, CSI: NEW YORK) and Jan Oxenberg (PARENTHOOD, COLD CASE) to discuss portrayals of assault in film and television.

Jan 2015

Life of Crime: Writing the Procedural Drama

   Date: Jan 29, 2015

Join Laurence Andries (THE PACIFIC, SIX FEET UNDER) as he chats with a “Murderer’s Row” of episodic crime drama writers and creators about writing procedurals, setups, plot twists, red herrings, witnesses, femme fatales, homme fatales, gumshoes, hatchet men, trigger men, stool-pigeons, slugs, the cooler, and the big sleep.

Laurence will be joined by Robert Doherty (ELEMENTARY, MEDIUM), Erica Messer (CRIMINAL MINDS, ALIAS), Graham Yost (JUSTIFIED, SPEED), and more. Keep checking back for additional panelists.

Dec 2014

GENRE SMASH! with David Fury

   Date: Dec 16, 2014

David Fury – writer of 24, LOST, BUFFY, ANGEL, FRINGE and more – joins us at the NerdMelt Showroom on December 16.

The Scriptnotes Holiday Spectacular

   Date: Dec 11, 2014

It doesn’t matter what you celebrate, this year’s SCRIPTNOTES HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR has you covered. Christmas? Noel, baby! Hannukah? Mazel tov! Festivus? Serenity now! Life Day? Wraaauuurrrrghh! The Rectification of the Voldranii? Many zuuls will know what it is to be roasted in the depths of the sloar that day, we can tell you. Join us […]

An Evening With Aaron Sorkin

   Date: Dec 8, 2014

We are sold out. We may release a few tickets on Monday December 8th in the early afternoon. There will be a stand-by line at the event. There are a lot of ways we could describe this event, but really, we only need two words: AARON. SORKIN. He joins us at the ArcLight Hollywood to […]

Nov 2014

GENRE SMASH! with FRASIER creator Peter Casey

   Date: Nov 18, 2014

We’re bringing Peter Casey, who left CHEERS only to co-create and executive produce FRASIER, to the NerdMelt Showroom on November 18.

Oct 2014

SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN at the AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

   Date: Oct 25, 2014

For the second year in a row, we’re bringing our world-famous, without-equal SCRIBBLE TO SCREEN program to the Driskill Hotel for the 2014 Austin Film Festival.

That means an entire day of writers opining about their creative processes – ably aided by samples of their own work. Maybe you’ll see an early draft of that pivotal episode of your favorite TV show. Or a treatment of a movie, its margins stuffed with hastily scrawled studio notes. Or a series of note cards outlining one of your favorite scenes in all of modern culture. Whatever it is, it’ll be projected on stage, right next to its creator, who’ll talk about its place in the journey from first idea to final cut.

GENRE SMASH! with X-FILES creator Chris Carter

   Date: Oct 21, 2014

The creator of one of the most influential TV shows of the last 30 years is joining us at the NerdMelt Showroom on October 21. Why? BECAUSE WE BELIEVED.

WRITERS ON WRITING with SIMON KINBERG

   Date: Oct 14, 2014

Simon wrote great action material like X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, SHERLOCK HOLMES, MR. AND MRS. SMITH, and the upcoming FANTASTIC FOUR movie – not to mention a couple of other X-MEN movies and the upcoming animated STAR WARS series, REBELS.

Sep 2014

WRITERS ON WRITING with Jason Katims

   Date: Sep 23, 2014

Join us for a night of conversation with Jason Katims – writer, developer and producer of rich dramas like PARENTHOOD, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and ABOUT A BOY.

GENRE SMASH! with Amy Berg

   Date: Sep 16, 2014

After a long career as a writer of shows like PERSON OF INTEREST, LEVERAGE, EUREKA and THE 4400, Amy Berg pitched her own series, CAPER, to Felicia Day’s Geek and Sundry multimedia production company. It’s now up to nine episodes and counting, with hundreds of thousands of views. Not surprising, considering she’s built her brand as a writer considerably, with over 19,000 Twitter followers and a bevy of appearances at writing conferences and fan conventions. She joins us at the NerdMelt Showroom September 16.

Aug 2014

SUBLIME PRIMETIME 2014

   Date: Aug 20, 2014

Just like every year, we’re joining forces with the WGA-West to bring you a panel full of Emmy-nominated writers. This event sells out every year, so be sure to get tickets fast.

Genre Smash! with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY writer Nicole Perlman

   Date: Aug 19, 2014

Nicole Perlman – one of very few women charged with writing a big-budget superhero movie – joins us on August 19 to talk about writing Marvel’s latest.

Jul 2014

GENRE SMASH! with BEN EDLUND

   Date: Jul 15, 2014

Ben Edlund created THE TICK, then wrote for ANGEL, FIREFLY, SUPERNATURAL, VENTURE BROTHERS and more. And he joins us a the NerdMelt Showroom on July 15! SPOON.

THE SERIES OF TUBES: SERIAL STORYTELLING IN AN EXPANDING WORLD

   Date: Jul 12, 2014

On July 12, we’ll have our annual TV writing craft symposium, exploring the many new avenues writers have to produce their work and have their work produced. We’ll be joined by the creators of COMMUNITY, THE KILLING, HUSBANDS, BURNING LOVE, HOUSE M.D., and many, many more incredible writers and producers.

Jun 2014

GENRE SMASH! with GODZILLA writer MAX BORENSTEIN

   Date: Jun 17, 2014

Max’s first feature was a low-budget indie, and his second was GODZILLA – quite a big step! We’ll talk about writing great scripts on a budget, carrying the weight of a 60-year-old franchise, the fantastic world of giant monsters and created by Toho Studios, and who would win in a fight between Godzilla and Brian Cranston. Who’s our money on? You’ll have to click the link to find out!

INSIDE THE WRITERS ROOM: NEW GIRL

   Date: Jun 12, 2014

For three seasons now, you’ve invested more emotional energy in Jess and Nick’s relationship closer than your own relationship with your parents. You’ve wondered how much money is going to wind up in Schmidt’s jar. You’ve wanted to give Winston a big hug. On June 12, we’ll have NEW GIRL creator Liz Meriwether, along with writers Brett Baer and Dave Finkel (and maybe more to come).

May 2014

Genre Smash! - CLASSIC SIMPSONS NIGHT

   Date: May 20, 2014

Remember those classic SIMPSONS episodes from those amazing early seasons? Like when Homer got elected union boss or when Bart stole Jebediah Springfield’s head? Or when Homer joined a barbershop quartet? Or when — aaaah, you get the idea! Anyway, those writers are joining us for the next GENRE SMASH! We are so smart! We are so smart! S-M-R-T! I mean S-M-A-R-T!

The SCRIPTNOTES SUMMER SUPERHERO SPECTACULAR

   Date: May 15, 2014

SCRIPTNOTES and the Writers Guild Foundation are together again! JOHN AUGUST and CRAIG MAZIN team up for another live edition of their SCRIPTNOTES podcast, this time featuring some of the biggest names behind the biggest superhero movies. Marvel and DC together on stage! Umbrage and reason unleashed!

Apr 2014

GENRE SMASH! with JANE ESPENSON

   Date: Apr 15, 2014

TV fans and writers! HEAR OUR CALL! Many of you have been following Jane Espenson since her work in the 90s on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. And many of you read her every post on janeespenson.com, her comprehensive and ongoing look at what it takes to write a great spec script. And of course you all watched her groundbreaking and award-winning webseries HUSBANDS.

Oh yeah, and there’s also her work on BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, FIREFLY, GAME OF THRONES, TORCHWOOD, ONCE UPON A TIME and a heck of a lot more. She’ll be joining us at the NerdMelt Showroom to explain exactly how she got to be so awesome. Because WE WANT ANSWERS.

From First Draft to Feature

   Date: Apr 12, 2014

THIS EVENT IS TOTALLY SOLD OUT. Not kinda-sorta sold out, not ha-ha-just-kidding sold out, not “I know the website says it’s sold out, but was wondering if there was any way…” sold out. SOLD OUT.

But! But! There will be a wait list AT THE DOOR TOMORROW. So come by the Writers Guild Theater before 9am and we’ll see what we can do. WARNING BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE JUST DON’T GET IT: Getting on the wait list does NOT guarantee you a ticket. It merely guarantees you a place on the wait list. But you’re still better off than the people who stayed home, right?

Mar 2014

Genre Smash! with SUPERNATURAL creator Eric Kripke

   Date: Mar 18, 2014

Hop in your ’67 Impala and grab your Colt Paterson revolver. The creator of SUPERNATURAL and REVOLUTION is coming to the NerdMelt Showroom!

ZOMBIESTRAVAGANZA: Writing and Acting THE WALKING DEAD

   Date: Mar 11, 2014

The writers of THE WALKING DEAD are coming. And they’re bringing the stars of the show with them!

Feb 2014

GENRE SMASH! with the writers of BOB'S BURGERS

   Date: Feb 18, 2014

Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux are the Emmy-nominated sisters behind some of the funniest episodes of BOB’S BURGERS. So of course we begged them to join us for the fourth installment of our fastest-growing new series, held each month at the NerdMelt Showroom.

Jan 2014

Beyond Words 2014

   Date: Jan 28, 2014

BEYOND WORDS is our annual celebration of WGA-nominated screenwriters in the Original and Adapted screenplay categories.

GENRE SMASH! with Marti Noxon

   Date: Jan 21, 2014

You guys liked BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, right? And its spin-off ANGEL? And you like MAD MEN, right? And PRIVATE PRACTICE and GREY’S ANATOMY and GLEE and BROTHERS AND SISTERS and the supercool FRIGHT NIGHT remake? Guys: Marti Noxon wrote all of that stuff. She’ll be the third guest in our monthly GENRE SMASH! series […]

GENRE SMASH! Super Combo

   Date: Jan 21, 2014

Get tickets to see MARTI NOXON and the writers of BOB’S BURGERS for one low price!

Script Reading with Robin Schiff

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Robin Schiff is a writing teacher, former member of The Groundlings, and the writer and producer of cult classic ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. Robin Schiff will read your script She will give you notes She may tell you how to raise the viscosity by adding a complex glucose derivative during the emulsification process […]


Script Reading and Meeting with Paradigm Agent Adrian Garcia

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Adrian Garcia is an agent at Paradigm Talent Agency, where he represents a broad array of literary authors and feature writers. Adrian Garcia will read your script He will take a meeting with you Once you’ve purchased, click here to email our Development Director, Sandy Allyn, to set up the meeting and get contact information – or […]


Script Reading and Meeting with Millennium Film President Mark Gill

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SOLD OUT! Mark Gill is the president of Millennium Films, and has executive produced such films as OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, LOVELACE and THE PAPERBOY. Mark has 25 years experience in the film business and has worked for Miramax and Warner Independent. Mark Gill will read your script He will meet with you and give you notes Mark […]


Script Reading and Meeting with Manager AMOTZ ZAKAI

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Amotz Zakai is a manager at Echo Lake Management, focusing on TV and features. Click here to hear an interview with Amotz. Amotz will meet with you He’ll read your screenplay He’ll give you notes Take this opportunity to discuss the marketability of your script with someone who knows quality writing. Once you’ve purchased, click here to email our […]


Script Reading and Meeting with Evan Corday

| Still Left: 2Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Evan Corday is the Literary Manager, Partner, and Head of Television at Cartel Entertainment.  She was previously Partner and Head of Television at Evolution Management.  Her clients have written for MAD MEN, CSI, MARCO POLO, and BATTLE CREEK, among many others. Evan will meet with you She’ll read your screenplay She’ll give you notes Take this […]


Script Reading and Lunch with Manager ERIC ROBINSON

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Eric Robertson is a manager at The Gotham Group, focusing on Literary, Production and Development Eric will meet with you He’ll read your screenplay He’ll give you notes Take this opportunity to discuss the marketability of your script with someone who knows quality writing. Once you’ve purchased, click here to email our Development Director, Sandy Allyn, to set […]


Meeting with Nicholl Fellowships Administrator GREG BEAL

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Greg Beal is the administrator of the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Prior Nicholl winners include CASTLE creators Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller and ERIN BROCKOVICH writer Susannah Grant. Greg will meet with you He’ll talk to you about what it takes to write a great script, and what it takes to win […]


Lunch with THE LAST OF US writer/director NEIL DRUCKMANN

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Neil Druckmann is the writer and director of THE LAST OF US, the winner of the WGA’s 2014 award for Best Videogame. He’s also the creative director at Naughty Dog, the company that made the game. And he’s writing the screenplay for the movie adaptation. Neil will have lunch with you He’ll talk about the video […]


Lunch with THE KILLING Producer VEENA SUD

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Veena Sud was the showrunner and executive producer of THE KILLING, both on AMC and Netflix. She has also written (and executive produced) COLD CASE. Veena will take you to lunch She’ll chat with you about the business, and offer career advice Take this opportunity to discuss the TV writing landscape with someone who’s seen it evolve […]


Lunch with Entertainment Attorney ALAN WERTHEIMER

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Alan Wertheimer is a partner at the entertainment law firm Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein. His clients include JJ Abrams and Gary Ross. Alan will take you to lunch to chat about the industry and your career goals. Take this opportunity to discuss your career plans with someone who advises some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including […]


Lunch or Dinner with CASTLE creators Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller

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Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller are the creators, writers, and producers of CASTLE, now in its seventh season on ABC. Marlowe and Miller will take you to lunch or dinner They will offer you career advice Once you’ve purchased, click here to email our Development Director, Sandy Allyn, to set up the meeting and […]


Lunch on the Universal lot with the masterminds behind Grimm

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt are the creators and executive producers of GRIMM and Lynn Kouf serves as a producer on the show.  Join them for lunch and hunt down the secrets behind creating a successful supernatural procedural. They will take you out to lunch on Universal’s back lot They will talk to you about anything […]


Lunch in Malibu with Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Eric Roth is the screenwriter responsible for such modern day classics as THE INSIDER, MUNICH and FORREST GUMP (for which he won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay). He will take you out to lunch In sunny, beautiful Malibu, no less Once you’ve purchased, click here to email our Development Director, Sandy Allyn, to set up […]


Lunch and a One on One Master Class with Robin Swicord

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Robin Swicord is the brilliant mind behind the screenplays for LITTLE WOMEN, MATILDA, and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, to name only a few. Robin Swicord will take you to lunch She will give you a private, one-on-one masterclass on laying out a story It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to sharpen your skills with the […]


House Seats to see WICKED at The Pantages

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

The Broadway phenomenon that is WICKED is back at The Pantages until March 15, 2015 – so move fast!  The musical re-imagining of L. Frank Baum’s OZ stories, told from the witches’ perspective, features a book written by friend of the Foundation Winnie Holzman. Get two house seats, the best seats in the house, to […]


Golf Game with Peter Lefcourt

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

Peter Lefcourt has been writing television, plays and movies for three decades. Peter will play 9 or 18 holes with you He’ll chat with you about the industry He’ll chat with you about your story Once you’ve purchased, click here to email our Development Director, Sandy Allyn, to set up the meeting and get contact […]


Gold Writers Guild Foundation Event Pass for 2015

| Still Left: 0Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2014

The Writers Guild Foundation hosts an amazing array of events throughout the year, and now you can come to all of them. Yes, even the super exclusive ones. No more worrying if Genre Smash! is sold out already! A Gold Pass all Foundation events in 2015 Front row seat and access to ticketed receptions with VIP guests and […]


Dec 2013

SCRIPTNOTES HOLIDAY LIVE SHOW with JOHN AUGUST and CRAIG MAZIN

   Date: Dec 19, 2013

Join SCRIPTNOTES hosts Craig Mazin and John August for a special live taping of their podcast about screenwriting and things of interest to screenwriters.

Genre Smash! with J. Michael Straczynski

   Date: Dec 17, 2013

Though he’s written drama like the Clint Eastwood-directed CHANGELING, J. Michael Straczynski is perhaps best known for his genre material. Straczynski – he goes by “Joe” – created the groundbreaking BABYLON 5 as well as the lesser-known-but-still-excellent JEREMIAH, contributed to the first THOR movie and the WORLD WAR Z script.

Writers on Writing with Nicole Holofcener

   Date: Dec 11, 2013

As a child, Nicole was an extra in Woody Allen movies like SLEEPER and TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN. Later, at Columbia University, she made a short film that went on to gain critical praise at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, she directed James Gandolfini in one of the last performances of his life. Nicole will be on hand to discuss her scripts, the boons and perils of directing your own writing, and more.

Time to cook.

INSIDE THE WRITERS ROOM with BREAKING BAD

   Date: Dec 3, 2013

The writers of BREAKING BAD are coming.

Nov 2013

Bilgesnipe?

Genre Smash! with Ash Miller and Zack Stentz

   Date: Nov 19, 2013

If you’re looking for the geekiest meet-cute you can find, you won’t do much better than Ash Miller and Zack Stentz, who met in an online chat about Star Trek and soon became writing partners. Since then, the two have worked on such geektastic properties as the X-MEN franchise, FRINGE, THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES and THOR.

Genre Smash! Super Mega Combo

   Date: Nov 19, 2013

Two GENRE SMASH! tickets for one great price: ASH MILLER & ZACK STENTZ on Nov. 19 and J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI on Dec. 17.

Sep 2013

SUBLIME PRIMETIME 2013

   Date: Sep 18, 2013

Join us for a discussion with some of this year’s award-nominated writers.

Jul 2013

COLD OPENS: Jumping Feet First Into Television Writing

   Date: Jul 13, 2013

Here at the Writers Guild Foundation, we’re all looking forward to this year’s all-day television writing Craft Symposium, where we’ll host the writers of shows like UNDER THE DOME, HOMELAND, MASTERS OF SEX, THE SIMPSONS and HANNIBAL!

Jun 2013

ULTRA COMBO Ticket: CRAFT YOUR FUTURE and COLD OPENS

   Date: Jun 29, 2013

For the first time ever, we’re offering a COMBINATION TICKET: For one ridiculously reasonable price, you can get tickets to BOTH of this year’s Craft Symposia: CRAFT YOUR FUTURE (our screenwriting event) and BROADCAST QUALITY (our television writing event).

ScriptNotes Podcast: Listen to it!

CRAFT YOUR FUTURE: Surviving and Thriving as a Screenwriter

   Date: Jun 29, 2013

This year, we’re going all out for our Saturday screenwriting craft day. We’ve got an entire day’s worth of panels full of exciting guests, including the producers of the SCRIPTNOTES podcast, the writers of huge summer hits like OBLIVION and PACIFIC RIM, and representatives of script contests like the Nicholl Fellowships and the Austin Film Festival! And the best part? We’ve got more panelists to come!

May 2013

Mindy!

Inside The Writers Room With The Mindy Project

   Date: May 29, 2013

The writers of THE MINDY PROJECT are coming!

KHAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!

I Wish I Had Written That: What Makes A Great Movie?

   Date: May 23, 2013

Ever see a movie and think to yourself: “Man, I wish I had thought of that?” It happens to even the best writers. And we’ll prove it: On May 23, the Writers Guild Foundation and Humanitas will host a selection of film and television writers who will discuss all those stories they wish they’d written.

Apr 2013

This movie has nothing to do with Douglas Adams.

Writers On Writing: Brian Helgeland

   Date: Apr 16, 2013

Join us for a discussion of the amazing career of Brian Helgeland, the screenwriter who gave us L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, A Knight’s Tale, Green Zone, and many more.

Anatomy of a Script: Graham Yost and JUSTIFIED

Format: Online Video    Date: Apr 4, 2013

Author Elmore Leonard has called JUSTIFIED one of the most accurate representations of his work he’s ever seen. The winner of a 2010 Peabody Award, the show – based on the Leonard short story FIRE IN THE HOLE – has been described as having a “rich vein of gallows humor” and “twisty hillbilly-noir narratives.”

Mar 2013

Kevin Spacey's got blood on his hands. How many times have you driven past the billboard without noticing that?

Anatomy of a Script: Beau Willimon and HOUSE OF CARDS

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Mar 21, 2013

A groundbreaking television experiment, HOUSE OF CARDS is one of the first series ever to be released in its entirety on Netflix’s stream-on-demand service.

Anatomy of a Script: Michael Bacall and 21 JUMP STREET

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Mar 14, 2013

Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers called 21 JUMP STREET a “bracing new take” on the classic 80s television series, adding that it has a “playful spark all its own.” Richard Brody of The New Yorker said “the script rings brightly with sassy and salacious lines and sharp-edged characters.”

Anatomy of a Script: Ben Lewin and THE SESSIONS

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Mar 7, 2013

A breakout hit of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, THE SESSIONS took the Audience Award and went on to become a critical favorite. Tom Charity of CNN.com called it “a very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor,” and Philip French of The Guardian calls it “honest about desire and love and the need for sex.”

Feb 2013

Anatomy of a Script: Robert and Michelle King and THE GOOD WIFE

$Free! Format: Online Video    Date: Feb 28, 2013

With a top Metacritic score of 89 out of 100 (indicating “universal acclaim”), THE GOOD WIFE has been nominated for dozens of awards, including Emmys, Golden Globes and Writers Guild Awards. It’s been called an “insightful, multilayered human drama” by Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times, and has been on numerous top ten lists since it premiered in 2009.

Anatomy of a Script: Full Series

   Date: Feb 21, 2013

ANATOMY OF A SCRIPT is the Writers Guild Foundation’s annual exploration of screenplays and television pilot scripts, from initial inception to final draft. Each evening begins with a screening, after which interviewer Robin Schiff chats with the writer about how the script came to be, the writing process, the bumps along the way.

Beyond Words 2013

   Date: Feb 7, 2013

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. ALL LAST-MINUTE TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT. WE CANNOT SELL TICKETS TO ANYONE ELSE AT THIS TIME.

Jan 2013

From Improvisor to Writer

Format: Online Video    Date: Jan 17, 2013

UPDATE. We have good news and bad news regarding this event. First, and sadly, Robert Ben Garant and Jay Kogen have had to cancel their appearances. Second, and more thrillingly, we’ve added two HAPPY ENDINGS writers to the panel: Jackie Clarke and Gil Ozeri. And another writer from THE OFFICE: Warren Lieberstein! LA is awash […]

Script Reading and Meeting with Gersh agent Frank Wuliger

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Frank Wuliger is an agent at at The Gersh Agency. Frank will meet with you He’ll read your screenplay He’ll give you notes at a meeting in his office Take this opportunity to discuss the marketability of your script with someone who knows quality writing. Once you’ve purchased, click here to email our Development Director, Sandy Allyn, to set up […]


Dec 2012

Writers on Writing: David O. Russell

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Dec 6, 2012

Join us as we spend an evening with the writer-director of such films as Three Kings, The Fighter, I Heart Huckabees, and most recently Silver Linings Playbook.

Nov 2012

Writers on Writing: Paul Thomas Anderson

$20.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Nov 8, 2012

Join us as we host the writer-director of such films as Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love and most recently The Master.

Notes on Craft 2012: Rewriting and Polishing

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Nov 1, 2012

So your script is finished. Or… is it? Join Leslie Dixon (LIMITLESS), Nick Kazan (REVERSAL OF FORTUNE) and Scott Alexander (MAN ON THE MOON) as they discuss the final stages of the screenwriting process.

Oct 2012

Notes on Craft 2012: Dialogue and Scene

$10.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Oct 25, 2012

Join our panelists Susannah Grant (ERIN BROCKOVICH), Peter Tolan (ANALYZE THIS) and other guests (to be announced) as they discuss how to create conversations that keep people reading.

Notes on Craft 2012: Characters

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Oct 18, 2012

NOTE: Susannah Grant has been moved to the DIALOGUE AND SCENE panel on Oct. 25.

Join our panelists Jim Kouf (GRIMM), Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (RUNAWAY BRIDE) and Will Reiser (50/50), as they discuss the creation of compelling, realistic characters.

Notes on Craft 2012: Adaptation

$10.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Oct 11, 2012

Join us as we spend an evening discussing exactly what it takes to turn a book, a play, a graphic novel or a series of hilarious commercials into a cohesive script. You’ll hear from Stephen Chbosky (THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER), Robin Swicord (MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) and Robert Nelson Jacobs (CHOCOLAT).

Notes on Craft 2012: Story and Structure

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Oct 4, 2012

Structure is vital to your screenplay. Think about every movie you’ve ever loved. Now remove the structure, and see what happens: Rick Deckard bumbles around for sixty pages before meeting a replicant, or you find out who Keyser Soze is during the first five minutes, or Woody and Buzz don’t even meet until the last […]

Sep 2012

Notes on Craft 2012: Premise and Concept

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Sep 27, 2012

Before you have a story, you have to know what the story is about. Who are your characters? What kinds of situations will you place them in? What kicks off the plot? What problem needs to be solved? Every story needs a reason it’s a story, and not just a bunch of characters milling around […]

Sublime Primetime

   Date: Sep 19, 2012

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Jul 2012

Writers on Genre 2012: Comedy and Romantic Comedy

$5.00    Date: Jul 26, 2012

Nothing beats a good belly laugh, unless it’s a laugh that encompasses the rest of your body as well. And when you’re watching a truly great comedy or romantic comedy, you feel the laughter echoing through every inch of your body, and remember it for years to come.

For the final panel of our WRITERS ON GENRE series, we’ve assembled a collection of comedic experts who can provide valuable intel on creating good stories full of jokes that’ll keep the house in stitches. The panel will be moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (BEVERLY HILLS COP, TURNER & HOOCH).

Writing For Television 2012

$25.00 per panel    Date: Jul 21, 2012

At WRITING FOR TELEVISION 2012, you’ll be in the room with writers, agents and executives with years of experience and expertise. They’ll discuss every aspect of the craft, from writing to pitching to breaking in and staying in.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

Writers on Genre 2012: Science Fiction and Fantasy

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Jul 19, 2012

Does the thought of a star freighter with an ion pulse drive fill you with glee? Do you get shivers when you think about quantum entanglements and closed timelike curves? Then the Science Fiction and Fantasy installment of our WRITERS ON GENRE series is for you.

The fourth evening of our series brings together a selection of celebrated writers of science fiction, fantasy and superhero stories, in a discussion about creating strange new worlds, moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (BEVERLY HILLS COP, THE BIG EASY)

Writers on Genre 2012: Drama and True Stories

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Jul 12, 2012

A good true-life story stays faithful to the facts and the characters real while keeping the story moving. And great drama keeps you riveted to your seat. Both have one thing in common: They need to be about fascinating people in relatable circumstances.

100 percent of profits from ticket sales go to human centipede research.

Writers on Genre 2012: Horror and Psychological Thriller

$FREE    Date: Jul 5, 2012

If you think hunkering down in a darkened house to watch a creepy horror movie is a scary proposition… try writing one.

But we’re here to help! We’ve gathered some of the spookiest names in horror and thriller screenwriting, all together on one night, from newcomers to long-time veterans. The panel will be moderated by Dan Petrie, Jr. (THE BIG EASY, TOY SOLDIERS)

Jun 2012

Writers on Genre 2012: Action Adventure and Thriller

$5.00 Format: Online Video    Date: Jun 28, 2012

The first installment of our WRITERS ON GENRE series brings together five celebrated action/adventure craftsmen, in a panel moderated by F.X Feeney. They’ll share valuable intel on how to put believable characters into extraordinary situations.

Writing and Selling The Killer Spec

$25.00 per panel Format: Online Video    Date: Jun 23, 2012

At our 2012 craft workshop, four expert panels will explore the current entertainment industry landscape, focusing on how to craft a spec screenplay that’ll catch the eyes of agents, producers, managers and executives. We’ll discuss how to craft a well-plotted story with a great beginning and a memorable ending; how to go about selling it; and how some writers choose to produce their work on their own.

Jan 2010

A week at the HEDGEBROOK women's writing retreat

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 2, 2010

You MUST be a female WGA member to qualify for this. We’re offering a week at HEDGEBROOK, the prestigious women’s writing retreat on Whidbey Island north of Seattle. This is a week of uninterrupted writing in an environment carefully designed to stimulate creativity. Last year over 1,500 writers applied for 40 spots at Hedgebrook. Now […]