WGAW October 2017 Calendar

Ah, the writing life. Party, party, party!

Yes, it’s true. Most if not all of these events are for Writers Guild of America West members only. We just want you to see what you’re missing to see what’s waiting for you when your career brings you into the fold:

October

Monday
02

Meeting: Committee of Women Writers

7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour”; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Meeting – WGAW 1st Floor, Foundation Library.

Category: Diversity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee works to enhance opportunities, advance careers, and highlight accomplishments of women in the Guild, to end discrimination against women writers in the industry and to improve the image of women in film, television, and radio. Events designed to increase knowledge of craft and marketplace. First half-hour for networking with snacks and beverages. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Tuesday
03

2017 IDA Documentary Screening Series

through Nov 2017

Category: Other agencies

The International Documentary Association‘s (IDA) continues its free annual Documentary Screening Series on Tuesday, October 3 with Cries from Syria. Running through mid-November, the series presents some of the year’s best documentary films to guild members, IDA members, and the general public. A Q&A with filmmakers follows each screening. Priority seating given to guild members. To register for direct invitations, WGA members simply click here and go to gold “Sign Up Now!” box under “Join our Email List” in right column.

Tuesday
03

TV Writing Programs: Everything You Want To Know From Executives Who Run Them!

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Diversity

Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW members in active status only, no guests, RSVP: Execs. TV writing programs offer an amazing opportunity for mentorship, networking, and career launch. WGAW’s Asian American, Black, Latino, and Women Writers committees invite you to learn how best to prepare for application process, what to expect, and specific goals/outcomes of each.  Panelists: DMA and Victor Bui (Disney/ABC), Jennifer Goyne Blake (Sundance Episodic Story Lab), Jeanne Mau (CBS), Michelle Sugihara (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment [CAPE]), Rebecca Windsor (Warner Bros. TV), Angela C. Lee (Film Independent [FIND]).  Moderator: WGAW member Tash Gray. Q&A and reception follows.

Wednesday
04

Meeting: Writers with Disabilities Committee

7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 4A.

Category: Diversity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee is looking for ways to aid writers with disabilities in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of persons with disabilities in film and television. Please come, shake hands and talk about expanding opportunities for all of us. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Friday
06

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Marshall with Michael Koskoff & Jacob Koskoff

after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with Marshall writers Michael Koskoff & Jacob Koskoff begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 118 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Sunday
08

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Blade Runner 2049 with Hampton Fancher and Michael Green

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with Blade Runner 2049 writers Hampton Fancher and Michael Green begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 163 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Wednesday
11

Meeting: Committee of Black Writers

7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.

Category: Diversity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. The Committee of Black Writers is dedicated to empowering and increasing industry visibility of African-American writers and generating more career and networking opportunities. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Thursday
12

Meeting: Genre Committee

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom.

Category: Diversity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. The Genre Committee was formed with sole purpose of attracting writers interested in a certain genre to meet, discuss and exchange information in a peer-to-peer setting. Our mission is to push education, diversity and camaraderie among all writers no matter their background. The Committee welcomes all writers because writers work in all genres. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Friday
13

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – American Made with Gary Spinelli

after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with American Made writer Gary Spinelli begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 115 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Saturday
14

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)with Noah Baumbach

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with The Meyerowitz Story (New and Selected) writer/director Noah Baumbach begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 110 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Sunday
15

Submission Deadline – Switzerland 6-Week Screenwriting Residency

Deadline: 10/15.

Category: Foreign Employment

Current, Post-Current or Independent Writers Caucus members in active status only. Write your next script in a Swiss chalet! WGAW’s Foreign Employment Task Force (FETF) and DreamAgo partner again to present a 6-week residency (4/2/18-5/10/18) in Sierre, Switzerland to write your next feature. If you have a compelling, character-driven project, submit a 10-line pitch and 5-line bio by email to Nena with “WGAW/Swiss” as subject by 10/15/17. If selected for next round, pitch same idea on Thurs., 11/2 (time/place TBD). Winner announced Sat., 11/4. Free round-trip airfare to Switzerland and allowance included.

Sunday
15

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Wonderstruck with Brian Selznick

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with Wonderstruck writer Brian Selznick begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 117 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday
16

TV Writing Programs: Everything You Want To Know from Writers who’ve Participated in Them!

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Diversity

Info: (323) 782-4589. Active status WGAW members only, no guests, RSVP: Writers. As enhancement to 10/3 event with writing program executives, hear directly from guild writers who’ve completed the programs. A candid discussion regarding mentorship, training, and effects on their careers, featuring Mike Flynn (Greenleaf, Sundance Episodic), Marcos Luevanos (Life in Pieces, CBS and NHMC writing programs; Writers on the Verge), Keely MacDonald (FOX Writers Lab), Davita Scarlett (Queen Sugar, Writers on the Verge), Christina M. Walker (Salvation, Disney/ABC). Moderators: members Natalija Vekic and Janis Robertson. Q&A and reception follows. Hosts: WGAW’s Asian American, American Indian, Black, Latino, and Women Writers committees.

Tuesday
17

Meeting: Writers Education Committee

7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom

Category: Writers Ed

Eligible members* only, RSVP: WritersEd. This committee brainstorms and develops events and programs which provide WGA members with practical, inside knowledge about how the industry works and how it is changing, emphasizing tips and tools to help writers succeed. We strive to provide “working knowledge for writers” and invite you to contribute your ideas. *Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Wednesday
18

WGF: Wit and Grit: Writing Female Comedic Leads

7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. This panel of writers take a look at crafting female lead characters for TV comedies and sitcoms; how they develop her distinct point of view; and how they keep stories fresh and surprising through seasons. Panelists include Gemma Baker (Mom), Kay Cannon (GirlBoss), Aisha Muharrar (Parks and Recreation), Andrea Savage (I’m Sorry), and Jen Statsky (The Good Place).

Thursday
19

“Living in Middle” series with Jose and Javi: Pitching in the Middle

7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: TV/Digital Media

7 p.m. light reception; 7:30 p.m. program start. Current Active status members only, no guests, RSVP with “LITM” as subject: TV/Digital. It’s quite possible that TV writers spend more time pitching — in writers’ room or to potential buyers — than actually sitting at the keyboard writing. Yet pitching is the least taught and least discussed part of being a professional writer. Jose (Molina) and Javi (Javier Grillo-Marxuach) will not only discuss strategies for successfully pitching in the writers’ room, but also sample pitch one of their pilots as they would to an audience of executives.

Thursday
19

Meeting: Asian American Writers Committee

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.

Category: Diversity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. The Asian-American Writers Committee represents the professional and creative interests of Asian-American Guild members. Its mandate is to be dedicated to the encouragement, empowerment and employment of writers of Asian heritage. Join us for an informative and fun evening in a relaxed environment. Snacks will be provided. Open to WGAW Associate, Current, Post Current, Emeritus, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Friday
20

WGF: 2nd Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament

6-10 p.m. – WGF Library.

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Our Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament is back for another night of cards and cocktails with your favorite writers. A $250 buy-in includes poker chips, food and drinks. There will be prizes for the top winners. Don’t play poker? Come early and learn! All proceeds benefit the Foundation Library and Programs.

Saturday
21

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Professor Marston and the Wonder Womenwith Angela Robinson

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with Professor Marston and the Wonder Women writer/director Angela Robinson begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 108 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Sunday
22

Women Taking Control of their Careers as Hyphenates

12-2 p.m. – Regal Cinemas LA Live 14, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90015.

Category: Diversity

Info: (323) 782-4589. *Free to active status WGA members, no guests, RSVP: HyphenatesBring guild card. WGAW Committee of Women Writers presents this special panel at LA Femme Film Festival. With continuing innovative work being done in television, we bring together again TV and feature creatives, with an emphasis on writers who expand creative control as hyphenates, i.e. directors, producers, or actors; beyond duties as writer. Panelists include Lisa Edelstein (Girlfriends Guild to Divorce, House), Vera Herbert (This Is Us), Aimee Lagos (No Good Deed, 96 Minutes), and others. Moderator: Cynthia Riddle (LA Femme Board; WGAW/CWW member). Q&A follows.

Sunday
22

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – The Florida Project with Sean Baker

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with The Florida Project co-writer/director Sean Baker begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 115 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday
23

WGF: Freaks, Geeks, and Queen Bees: Crafting the Teenage Voice for TV

7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Panel discussion on the craft behind writing with the teenage voice in mind: how to develop characters and refresh tried-and-true plots, and how writers are reinventing and reimagining the genre. Panelists include Robia Rashid (Atypical), Charles Rosin (Dawson’s Creek), and Brian Yorkey (13 Reasons Why). Moderator: Dr. Rosanne Welch (Beverly Hills, 90210).

Monday
23

How to Manage Your Reps

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Foundation Library.

Category: Diversity

Info: (323) 782-4589. Active status WGAW members only, no guests, RSVP: Reps. So you have an agent or manager – now what? Pinpointing personal elements and situations that could potentially make or break these often-ambiguous partnerships is crucial. WGAW’s Asian American Writers Committee encourages discussion with a panel of agents and managers who will share tips on how writers can better work and communicate with their representatives for common goal of advancing their careers. Featuring managers Ava Jamshidi (Industry Entertainment), Daniel Vang (Good Fear Film + Management), and more TBA. Moderator: member Keshni Kashyap. Q&A and reception follows.

Tuesday
24

Digital Dilemma: Working Conditions In New Media

7:30-9:30p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Ed

Guild and Caucus members in active status only, no guests. RSVP to WritersEd with “Digital” as subject: DigitalD. A “Town Hall” style meeting for members to share experiences working for streaming services and internet studios, giving individuals an opportunity to voice their experiences in a private setting. While attention has focused on projects with television-scale budgets, many writers find themselves working on “low-budget SVOD” projects which feature their own unique set of challenges. This event will allow members to compare notes related to this rapidly changing market.

Wednesday
25

The Gay Scene: Lucky Edition 13!

7:30-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Diversity

WGAW members in active status +1, RSVP: GayScene13. It’s back! WGAW’s LGBT Writers Committee presents, for the 13th year in a row, an evening of staged readings of LGBT-themed scenes from WGA member-submitted unproduced screenplays, short film scripts, teleplays and webisodes, and produced/unproduced stage plays. Selected scenes and cast TBA. Dessert reception follows.

Thursday
26

Austin Film Festival (AFF) & Conference

10/26-10/29 Conference (Festival runs thru 11/2) – Austin, TX

Category: Indie Film

Info/Registration: Austin Film Festival & Conference. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established filmmakers, with a refreshing emphasis on the Writer. Attendees with an AFF Conference, Producers or Press badge are invited to Thursday’s (10/26) WGAW Late Night Welcome Party. If you are a member without one of the listed badges, respond by Monday, 10/16Independent Film to be included on our WGAW list. WGAW questions: (323) 782-4511.

Saturday
28

The World is Wide: Writing for a Growing Global Market

10 a.m.-5p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Ed

Reprising last year’s “International TV Series Market: The Box is Bigger,” this one-day, two-part event starts with morning panel of streamers and cable broadcasters active in the global market. Afternoon session features breakout groups where WGA writers meet producers and companies active in international arena. Featuring: Stefano Agosto (AMC Originals), Michael Besman (Caryn Mandabach Prods.), Matt Bankston (Europa Corp TV), Lajoie Girges (NBCU International) and more. Keep an eye on your Inbox for full event/RSVP details in near future. Hosted by Writers Education Committee, Latino Writers Committee, Foreign Employers Task Force.

Saturday
28

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Last Flag Flying with Darryl Ponicsan

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with Last Flag Flying co-writer Darryl Ponicsan begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 124 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Sunday
29

Griffith Park Sunset Hike

4 p.m. – Trails Café, 2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles 90068

Category: Activities

Members in active status + guests, required RSVP: Activities. Griffith Park hike from Trails Café to Mt. Hollywood. 5.5 miles round trip, 1005′ elevation gain. Hike follows a wide dirt road up to Griffith Observatory, then up to Mt. Hollywood with nearly 360° view of Los Angeles and the Valley. Great views of Hollywood sign. Bring flashlight in case it gets dark. Directions: From Los Feliz Blvd. (one block east of where Western Avenue terminates into Los Feliz), turn north onto Fern Dell Drive. Meet across from Trails Café (2333 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles 90068).