Want to Score a Fellowship to TheOffice?

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Attention, TVWriter™ visitors. Here’s a peek into the kind of email we love to receive…because of the way it can benefit YOU:

Hi there,

I’m Jordan, and I help run theOFFICE, a quiet, communal workspace in Santa Monica. We’ve just launched our 2019 Fellowship where we award one up-and-coming writer a FREE 6-Month Premium Membership to our space. It’s completely free for writers to enter. I thought this could be a great opportunity for your community.

theOFFICE is one of the country’s premiere coworking spaces, serving writers for over 15 years. Current and past members include J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Clark Gregg, Matthew Carnahan, Jen Celotta, Victoria Strouse and a whole host of others. With this fellowship, we’re able to open up the space to an up-and-coming writer who might not yet be able to afford a membership. This is the 6th year we’ve offered this.

If you’re looking for a great writing space in the L.A. area, TheOffice definitely should be on your list. And right now, for the seventh straight year, you have a chance to get your space absolutely free for six months. Here’s how:

You send us a sample of your best piece of writing along with a short email explaining why this fellowship is right for you. Our judges select a winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2700. Winner gets their own door code to access the space even when staff isn’t here. You want to write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including unlimited coffee/tea, a locker for storage, Wifi, ergonomic Aeron workstations and all the peace and quiet you need to get the job done.

This year’s fellowship starts May 1st and runs through October 31st, 2019. It is completely free to enter. The winner will be announced the last week of April. Open to all up-and-coming writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Think of this as your own writer’s retreat right here in the city!

We love the sound of this situation. If you do too, the place for more info is HERE.

Why I Live in Port Townsend, WA

LB’S NOTE: People keep asking why Gwen the Beautiful and I moved all the way up to the Northwestern Tip of the United States after so many years in L.A. Mainly, it’s because both of the following articles are true:

Full of Wander: Small-town bliss in Port Townsend
by Clara Yardley

You and I both know that city life can be tiring. Whether you were raised in a big city or are a small-town transplant who came to Seattle for college, we all get annoyed with certain aspects of city life: incessant traffic, tiny but outrageously priced apartments, the lack of familiar faces in the grocery store.

For me, the light pollution in cities is another downfall. Even on the rare, clear days, you can’t really see the stars in Seattle.

One thing that I do really appreciate about Seattle, however, is how it is relatively easy to get out of the city. Sure, you have urban sprawl for about an hour toward the north, south, and east, but west of Seattle is an entirely different story. You can hop on a ferry and within two hours be in the type of small town where you can’t avoid seeing familiar faces at the grocery store.

Port Townsend is just a couple of hours northwest of Seattle, has all the charms of a small town, and is surrounded by amazing scenery and recreation.

There are a couple of ways to get to Port Townsend from Seattle. All of them require a car, so rope in a friend who can double as a chauffeur. You can take one of two routes: the Edmonds to Kingston ferry or the Seattle to Bainbridge Ferry. They have comparable amounts of car time, and are priced the same — $12.05 for a car and driver and $8.50 for each additional adult — so base your decision off northbound (Edmonds) or southbound (Seattle) traffic reports. As per any day trip, try to get an early start.

If you get into town in time for a late breakfast — or lunch or maybe even dinner, for that matter —  check out Better Living through Coffee. Yes, it’s really called that; and yes, coffee really can lead to a better life. This place is amazing. Some other great food options are Khu Larb Thai and Howell’s Sandwich Co….

Read it all at DAILYUW.COM

And here’s another perspective:

Port Townsend ‘Most Boring’ Town In Washington: Report
by Travis Loose

PORT TOWNSEND, WA – Without offering much in the way of an explanation, BestLifeOnline.com last week identified Jefferson County’s Port Townsend as the “most boring town” in Washington State.

Reportedly using data on “the highest median ages, the fewest number of things to do, and the lowest population density,” BestLifeOnline.com editors selected the most boring towns in all 50 states. However, BestLifeOnline.com — a men’s lifestyle and entertainment publication — only offered basic statistics on Port Townsend to justify its assertion.

Noting Port Townsend’s population of 9,315 residents, BestLifeOnline.com suggested the city’s meager offering of only eight “entertainment spots” and 74 hotels and restaurants are what makes it such a lackluster place in the Pacific Northwest.

Conversely, the city of Port Townsend’s tourism website, EnjoyPT.com, refers to the city as “one of the coolest small towns in America.”

“With its maritime heritage, artist spirit, and a touch of urban chic, Port Townsend is an easily accessible base camp to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond,” the website asserts. “Whether on land or sea; indoors or outdoors — Port Townsend has activities for every taste.”

Likewise, the website referenced a 2010 National Geographic blurb that called Port Townsend “one of the most sophisticated places west of Seattle,” thanks in large part to its “Victorian architecture, art galleries, and wine bars,” the author noted.

The variance in entirely subjective opinions has been nothing short of comical to Port Townsend Mayor Deborah Stinson, who on Wednesday called Patch to discuss the city’s latest claim to fame….

Read it all at PATCH.COM


WGAW March 2019 Calendar

Here’s what going on at the Writers Guild of America West this month. One of the best ways to network is to hang with the working writers there, plus there’s a ton going on that can help all of us, including non-members, in so many ways. So, for your edification:


March 2019

Saturday 02

WGF: WGFestival 2019

Sat., 3/2. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 3/3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. WGFestival is a two-day writing conference presented by the Writers Guild Foundation in partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowship Programs. Through keynote conversations, breakout sessions, and special events, our goal is to create an interactive and educational experience for emerging and working writers in film and TV. Visit wgfestival.org for schedule, ticketing, and speaker updates.

Monday 04

Meeting: Writers with Disabilities

7–9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Room 2A

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. The Writers with Disabilities Committee is looking for ways to aid disabled writers in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of the disabled in film and television. Please come, shake hands and talk about expanding opportunities for all of us.

Tuesday 05

WGF: Fay Wray & Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir Book Signing & Reception

6:30-8:30 p.m. – SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening Room

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

RSVP: WGFoundation. Join author and former WGAW President Victoria Riskin and the WGF for a special evening commemorating two Hollywood legends, actor Fay Wray and screenwriter Robert Riskin. A discussion between Riskin and screenwriter and former WGAW President Howard A. Rodman immediately follows the book signing and reception. Copies of Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir will be available for purchase at the event.

Tuesday 05

In Her Words: Spotlight on Women Writers in Film & TV – Launch Event with Barbra Streisand

7 p.m. Yentl screening; 9:15 p.m. Conversation with Barbra Streisand – ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset. Blvd., Hollywood

Category: Communications

Info/Tickets: In Her Words. Use password WGAWIE for member discount. Kicking off a special screening series honoring the accomplishments of women film and TV writers to coincide with Women’s History Month in March, the WGAW is proud to present a screening of 1983’s acclaimed Yentl, followed by a rare, in-person conversation with the film’s legendary co-screenwriter/director/producer/star Barbra Streisand. Subsequent screenings at the Arclight will salute the powerful, authentic, and unique talents of women writers who’ve created memorable works while shattering industry barriers in the process. Presented by Women in Entertainment and WGAW, in conjunction with WGAW’s Publicity & Marketing Committee and WGAW’s Committee of Women Writers.

Thursday 07

This Changes Everything Screening & Panel Discussion

7 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater

Category: Inclusion and Equity

Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP: Changes The Inclusion and Equity Group invites you to “This Changes Everything Screening & Panel Discussion.” This new feature documentary by CreativeChoas vmg and New Pilot Films uncovers what is beneath one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry—the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women behind and in front of the camera—showcases gender bias, and serves as a call to action for radical change towards an equitable industry and society. Panelists include: Geena Davis, Wendy Calhoun, Marg Helgenberger, Ligiah Villalobos, and Tom Donahue.

Tuesday 12

Meeting: Latino Writers Committee

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor Room 1A

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee actively represents the professional, creative, social and economic interests of Latino Guild members. Its mandate is to encourage Latino writers to become more active within the Guild; and to raise the profile and perception of Latino writers in the industry at large by creating forums that foster networking, collaboration, education, information exchange, employment opportunities and creative expression.

Wednesday 13

Meeting: Career Longevity Committee

7-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. Formerly the Age Awareness Committee, the mission of the Career Longevity Committee is to assist writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the marketplace. WGAW members of all ages are encouraged to attend. Special guest: Frank Crim (director, 40 and Over Film Festival).

Friday 15

Call for Entries: Maison des Scénaristes (2019 Cannes Film Festival)

Submission deadline 11:59 p.m. (French time)

Category: Other agencies

Info/Entries: WeFilmGood. The 8th Annual Maison des Scénaristes (aka International Screenwriters’ Pavilion) is offering 20-25 screenwriters a unique opportunity to pitch to French and international producers. Accommodations for the selected screenwriters will be available at a reasonable price at the “Villa des Scénaristes.”

Tuesday 19

Meeting: LGBTQ+ Writers Committee

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

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee seeks to represent the interests of its constituency as a resource, to provide cultural and educational opportunities and to nurture an understanding of how sexual orientation affects the lives of all writers seeking to portray gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people in their work, and create a greater awareness within the Guild of sexual orientation as a minority and to articulate instances of homophobia and/or discrimination within our industry. Special guests: Ashley Whitaker and Lauren Tuck (creative executives, Harpo Films).

Wednesday 20

Owning Your Power: Staying Resilient, Relevant, and Visible in Your Writing Career

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGF Library

Category: Inclusion and Equity

Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP: YourPower. WGAW Members only. Space is limited. The Career Longevity Committee presents “Owning Your Power,” an interactive workshop led by Career Coach and Television Packaging Agent Jim Arnoff. Get the insider’s take on how to remain empowered, energized, and proactive no matter where you are in your writing career. Learn coaching tools to network with results, embrace change, and take charge of your career. Hear strategies to reinvent yourself, gain access to decision makers and make your writing projects more viable. Reception follows.

Saturday 23

WGF: Volunteer Opportunity with 826LA’s Scholarship Day

9-2 p.m. – Manual Arts High School

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Info/RSVP: WGFoundation826LA‘s Scholarship Day is designed to help students make their academic dreams that much more attainable. You will work one-on-one with a student from the greater LA area and help them write polished essays for scholarship prompts. Students will each arrive with a folder of scholarships selected by their college counselors, as well as their personal statement responses to help guide the writing process. If you have not volunteered with 826LA before, you will need to obtain a Live Scan background check no later than 3/4 in order to participate. Contact Libbie Anderson for more info.

Monday 25

Meeting: Native American & Indigenous Writers Committee

7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Room 2B

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. 7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour” (networking, snacks, and beverages), 7:30 p.m. meeting. This Committee represents the professional and creative interests of Native American & Indigenous writers. It works to mentor, encourage, empower, and increase the visibility and employment of writers of Native American & Indigenous heritage, and serves as a cultural and educational resource for all Guild member-writers seeking to portray Native American & Indigenous Peoples in their work.

Wednesday 27

Meeting: Writers Education Committee

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

Category: Writers Ed

RSVP: WritersEd. Eligible members only. This WGAW 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.

Friday 29

WGF: Inside the Writers’ Room with Jane the Virgin

7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Info/Tickets: WGFoundation. Before you dive into Jane the Virgin‘s fifth and final season, join showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman and the writers for a look inside the craft behind The CW series. Moderated by show star Jaime Camil. Check the WGF events site for more panelist announcements. This is the kickoff event for WGFestival 2019.

Saturday 30

WGF: WGFestival 2019

Sat., 3/30, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 3/31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Info/Tickets: WGFestival.org. WGFestival is a two-day writing conference presented by the Writers Guild Foundation in partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowship Programs. Through keynote conversations, breakout sessions, and special events, our goal is to create an interactive and educational experience for emerging and working writers in film and TV. Visit WGFestival.org for schedule, ticketing, and speaker updates.

Events listed are current at time of publication. Dates and details are subject to change during the month. To see the live calendar, click here. (Member Login required for that, sorry.)


How many times have your fully employed friends asked you this oh-so-innocent (and yet really annoying) question: “How can you stand being home all the time? Don’t you wish you could work out of a real office?”

Okay, so the answer is, “Not so much, TVWriter™ Minion, because my friends are envious as hell about me being able to work from wherever I want…and these days most of them can work that way too.”

That’s all well and good, but have you thought about genuinely far places where you can write? Exotic foreign locales that you absolutely can afford because they’re free? And may even get paid to do it?

Check it out:

via Aerogramme Studio

Would you like a month in Berlin to expand your writing horizons? Or perhaps a working cattle ranch in rural Wyoming would provide you with the inspiration you need to start a new project? These residencies provide writers with a chance to escape daily life’s distractions and focus on their work.

Each residency has its own terms and conditions, so please read the relevant websites thoroughly before commencing any applications.

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
is open to writers worldwide. Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. Founded in 1920, the American Library is Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library. Applications close on 15 February.

Vermont Studio Center
is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. There are three fellowship application deadlines in 2019; 15 February, 15 June and 1 October.

Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Program
is dedicated to young and emerging writers from the Cities of Literature of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It offers a two-month stay at Villa Decius, a historical complex and cultural centre in Krakow. Residents receive a stipend of 2500 PLN (US$650 plus travel costs. Applications close on 25 February.

Tartu City of Literature International Residency Program
is open to writers and translators wishing to spend time in Estonia’s second largest city. Recipients will receive a two-month stay at the house of the former Karl Ristikivi Museum, a scholarship of 600 euros per month and travel costs to and from Tartu up to 350 euros. Residencies will take place in April and May. The deadline for applications is 25 February.

Historic Joy Kogawa House
is located in British Columbia, Canada. This residency is available to Canadian writers who have published two books and have previous teaching and public speaking experience. Residencies typically run for two months, at a time convenient to the writer. Writers may apply for remuneration through the Canada Council or other arts council. Applications for residencies in 2020 close on 28 February.

MacDowell Colony Fellowships
support residences of up to eight weeks for writers & other artists. The colony is located in Peterborough, New Hampshire and has 32 unique individual artists studios. Applications are considered in two rounds per year; the next deadline is 15 April….


Tolkien on Magic

Found on the interwebs, via Writers Digest.