WGAW January 2021 Calendar

Here’s what going on, socially and professionally,  at the Writers Guild of America West this month:


January 2021

Events listed are current at time of publication. Dates and details are subject to change during the month.

Unless otherwise states within the event, committee activities and events are open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status. If you have questions about your member status, please contact the Membership Department or call (323) 782-4532

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Wednesday 06
Career Longevity Committee Meeting
7-9 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
RSVP: CLC 01-2021. The mission of the Career Longevity Committee is to advocate for writers of all ages to obtain equal access to the job market with equal opportunity for sustained professional growth.

Tuesday 12
Native American & Indigenous Writers Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
RSVP: NAIWC 01-2021. 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  13
Act Two: Transitioning to TV Writing from Other Careers
4-5:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/RSVP: WGFoundation.org. WGF teams up with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting for a virtual panel with writers Zoanne Clack (Grey’s Anatomy), Rashaan Dozier-Escalante (SEAL Team), Akilah Green (Black Monday) and Calaya Stallworth (Fear The Walking Dead) to learn how they jumped from careers in medicine, law, national security, and higher education to write for TV. Moderated by Dr. Rosanne Welch. Free with suggested donation of $10.

Wednesday 13
How TV Can Save Lives During COVID-19
4-5:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Hollywood, Health
RSVP: TVSaveLivesCovid or to HHS. Hollywood, Health & Society presents a panel on messaging guidelines for Covid-19 protective behaviors that are built on research by the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. By modeling this proven “Protector” behavior in content, marketing and social media, our focus is to reduce immediate deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 by enhancing the impact of vaccines and other CDC-driven messaging. This pandemic-protective behavior is estimated by our experts and the CDC to be necessary for the next 2-3 years until the country reaches a safe level of vaccinations. Award-winning showrunner, MD, author and public health advocate, Neal Baer, will moderate.

Thursday 14
WGF x Business of Creating: Animation for Big and Small Screens
4-5:15 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/RSVP: WGFoundation.org. Join Business of Creating for a virtual interactive panel and Q&A on the ins and outs of animation with seasoned entertainment executives Karen Malach (Producer, Hair Love), Aghi Koh (VP Development, DreamWorks TV Animation), Alison Mann (VP Creative/Strategy, Sony Pictures Animation), Tarik Heitmann (Partner/Manager, Kinetic Media), Jill Gilbert (Producer, JFG Consulting) and Michael Fisk (Owner, InterMark Strategy and Consulting). Moderated by Jennifer Mangan, writer/producer Beautiful Day Productions. Free with suggested donation of $10.

Thursday 14
Writers Education Committee Meeting
6-7:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Writers Ed
RSVP: WritersEd. 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.

Tuesday 19
LGBTQ+ Writers Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
RSVP: LGBTQ+ 01-2021. The Writers Guild of America West’s LGBTQ+ Writers Committee seeks to utilize its constituency as a resource to all writers who include LGBTQ+ characters in their work. Its members also wish to provide cultural and educational opportunities for WGAW members to nurture an understanding of how sexual orientation and gender identity affect the lives of writers; endeavor to provide networking and social activities enabling the WGAW membership to better know one another and create a greater demand for the writing services of LGBTQ+ WGAW members; and strive to generate a greater awareness within the Guild of sexual orientation (and gender identity) as a minority and, where appropriate, to identify and advocate against instances of homophobia, transphobia and/or discrimination within our industry.

Monday 25
Latino Writers Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
RSVP: LWC 01-2021. 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.

Thursday 28
Abortion on Screen: How Telemedicine & Television Can Make a Difference
4-5:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Hollywood, Health
RSVP: AbortionOnScreen or HHS. With a new Administration, the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and newly appointed conservative supreme court justices, legal abortion is the floor, not the ceiling for reproductive health. The pandemic has laid bare the flaws in the healthcare system and exposed the unnecessary and onerous requirements around abortion care, including medication abortion. A panel of advocates, medical experts and TV storytellers will discuss the latest developments around medication abortion, how telemedicine plays a role, and the few, but powerful depictions of it on recent TV.

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