What has our Writers Guild done for us lately?
Glad you asked because the Guild has a wonderful answer in Writers Connect, a short newsletter members get every week. (See? Another good reason to bust your butt to qualify and join.)
WGAW Members Work to #RaiseThePercentage
How Black Lives Matter sparked a week of virtual coffees between staffed writers and the underrepresented.
In early June, Ashley Soto Paniagua (Vida) started texting writers she knew, asking if they wanted to participate in a campaign called #RaiseThePercentage. The hashtag was the brainchild of Soto Paniagua’s co-organizer, actor and producer Jessie B. Evans (who founded Hollywood Here, which seeks to make the larger creative community more inclusive). At the time, Black Lives Matter protests had exploded nationwide after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, and social media was a hotbed of rage and sorrow. Read more >>
Ask a Mentor: One Step Forward…
Jeff Stockwell explains what’s wrong with one-step deals and suggests what writers can do about them.
For a number of reasons, screenwriters consider one-step deals to be problematic. But what should you do if you’re offered one? Jeff Stockwell (A Wrinkle in Time, Bridge to Terabithia) breaks down why one-steps aren’t good for writers or executives and offers some advice on how to deal with them.
Send your questions about the craft, job hunting, your career, or Guild service to Connect (under 100 words, please) with the subject “Mentor,” and we’ll send them to an established screen or TV writer to answer. Questions might be edited for space or clarity and will be published Aanonymously. Read more >>
Interest in New Committee of Middle Eastern Writers Emerges
Inclusion and Equity Department hosts upcoming meeting to gauge member interest.
The WGAW’s Inclusion and Equity Department has been approached by self-identifying Middle Eastern members regarding the formation of a Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Writers Committee. With more and more self-identified Middle Eastern writers joining the union, it is time to explore forming a committee dedicated to the careers and creative interests of this community. Read more >>
WGAW CAP Committees
The WGAW’s wide range of CAP (Committee Advisory Panel) committees offers members unique “hands-on” opportunities to get involved with the Guild, build relationships within a community of writers, and benefit from informative programs and networking opportunities. Read more >>