Past Events

Nov 2015

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   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.



   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

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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.

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   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 film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with such songs as “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and “The Sound of Music.”

The performance begins at 1 p.m. Prior to the performance, we will gather as a group for a box lunch, ticket distribution, and introductions, OR you can skip lunch and just pick up your tickets.

Sep 2015

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   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!

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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.

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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 group prior to the event at the Pinot Grill in front of the Ahmanson and make some new friends!

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.

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

   Date: May 16, 2015

This event is sold out.

Apr 2015

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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!

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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


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.

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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.

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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.
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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.