Past Events

Mar 2015


First Draft to Feature 2015

   Date: Mar 28, 2015


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.

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

   Date: Mar 7, 2015

This event is sold out.

Feb 2015

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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.

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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

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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.

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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 at the LA Film School, where our pals John August and Craig Mazin will host writers Jane Espenson (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), Derek Haas (CHICAGO FIRE), Aline Brosh McKenna (WE BOUGHT A ZOO) and BJ Novak (THE OFFICE).

And we’ve added a surprise musical guest!

See you there! And happy Gurnenthar’s Ascendance to all!


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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:


He joins us at the ArcLight Hollywood to chat with People magazine’s West Coast senior writer Lynette Rice about his latest effort, THE NEWSROOM, as well as timeless classics like THE WEST WING, A FEW GOOD MEN and THE SOCIAL NETWORK.

What’s more, you’ll get to see the series finale of THE NEWSROOM on the big screen before anyone else does, right before the interview!

The screening begins at 7:30pm.
The interview begins at 8:30pm.

Proceeds benefit the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library and other Foundation programs.

Nov 2014

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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



   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.

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   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

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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.

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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

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   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.

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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

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   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.

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   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

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   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!

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   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

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   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!

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   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

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   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, 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.

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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

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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!

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   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

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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

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Beyond Words 2014

   Date: Jan 28, 2014

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