WGAW August 2019 Calendar

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

August 2019

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

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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Thursday

01
Seasoned Readings: City of Spies by Michael Lanahan
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP. Join us for a reading of the screenplay City of Spies by Michael Lanahan, an untold story about a WWII spy thriller inspired by the true story of how the Haganah smuggled Jews out of Europe, via Istanbul (the “City of Spies”) to British Palestine against resistance from Germany, England, Russia, and Turkey. Haganah saved an estimated 55,000 Jews during the war, most directly through Istanbul. Cast members TBA. Directed by Michael Schroeder (Man In The Chair). A light reception will follow. The WGAW Career Longevity Committee’s Seasoned Readings series promotes and celebrates the work of writers age 50 and over.

Friday

02
The Kitchen: Guild Screenings Q&A with Andrea Berloff
After 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Category: Guild Screenings
WGAW members only with two guests. Q&A with The Kitchen writer-director Andrea Berloff begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 102 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday

05
Game Night: The WGA’s LGBTQ+ Writers Committee & The Activities Committee Invite You To Play “You Don’t Know My Life!”
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP. WGA members +1. Seating is limited. First come, first served. Join the LGBTQ+ Writers Committee and the Activities Committee to play the fun, funny, and revealing new cards-Q&A-game “You Don’t Know My Life!” A question is posed to the table. Players write down short answers. The answers are mixed up and presented to the players who then take turns guessing who answered what. How well do you know your fellow WGA members? How well do you remember your most unusual encounters, hopes, fears, triumphs, and flops? Can you put your word skills to most vivid—and prize-winning—use? Game creators Dennis Hensley and Jeb Havens will facilitate a rollicking night of bonding and brainstorming. Drinks and snacks will be served.

Tuesday

06
WGF: War of the Words! A Trivia Night Battle
7-9 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: WGFoundation. War of the Words is our audiovisual film and television Trivia Night that features eight rounds of challenging trivia and prizes for our top teams. We’ll provide the drinks, you bring your A-game. Register as a team of six or come and make new friends. With an individual ticket, we will randomly assign you to a team. Proceeds benefit the WGF.

Tuesday

06
Genre Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor, Boardroom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. The Genre Committee was formed with the 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 amongst all writers no matter their background. The Committee welcomes all writers because writers work in all genres.

Tuesday

06
In Her Words: Spotlight on Women Writers – The Kitchen feat. Andrea Berloff
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Arclight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset. Blvd., Hollywood
Category: Communications
Info/Tickets: In Her Words. (*WGA member discount) Our screening series continues to honor the accomplishments and impact of women film and TV writers with a special advance screening of crime drama The Kitchen (starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss), followed by a Q&A conversation with the film’s Academy and Writers Guild Award-nominated screenwriter-director and WGAW Board of Directors member Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton). Co-presented by Women in Entertainment + Writers Guild of America West in conjunction with WGAW’s Publicity & Marketing Committee + Committee of Women Writers.

Friday

09
WGF: Write Like a Mother: A Conversation on TV Writing and Motherhood
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: WGFoundation. WGF partners with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting for a discussion with writers and producers Julia Brownell (This Is Us), Jamie Denbo (American Princess), Valentina Garza (Jane the Virgin), and moderator Dr. Rosanne Welch about their experiences writing and developing nuanced portrayals of motherhood while also balancing duties as working moms themselves.

Friday

09
Luce: Guild Screenings Q&A with JC Lee & Julius Onah
After 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Category: Guild Screenings
WGAW members only with two guests. Q&A with Luce co-writers JC Lee & Julius Onah begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 109 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Sunday

11
Brittany Runs A Marathon: Guild Screenings Q&A with Paul Downs Colaizzo
After 5 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Category: Guild Screenings
WGAW members only with two guests. Q&A with Brittany Runs a Marathon writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 103 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday

12
Committee of Women Writers Meeting
7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
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 interests of female WGAW writers who are seeking WGA-covered work. We sponsor events designed to increase our knowledge of the craft and the marketplace, discuss the role of women as storytellers and foster networking and collaboration between women in all Guilds, as well as increase opportunities for education, employment opportunities and creative expression. Our goal is to empower all writers and improve the profile and perception of Women writers in the industry.

Thursday

15
Asian American Writers Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m.–WGAW 4th Floor, Boardroom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. 7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour” (networking, snacks, beverages); 7:30 p.m. meeting. 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. All members welcome.

Saturday

17
How to Write for Late Night and Variety Shows
10-12:00 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP. WGAW Members +1. 10 a.m. doors open for coffee and brunch; 10:30 a.m. panel. The Genre Committee, Committee of Women Writers, and Committee of Black Writers invite you to a Saturday morning panel featuring today’s top late night and television comedy writers including Shantira Jackson (Busy Tonight), Ashley Nicole Black (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee), Jose Arroyo (Conan), Chelsea Davison (Lights Out with David Spade) and Marina Cockenberg (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon). The panel will share advice for new and aspiring late night/variety writers and discuss the most challenging and rewarding aspects of the work, including unique challenges that women and people of color face in the late night/variety space, and more. A brief audience Q&A. Moderated by Travon Free (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) follows.

Monday

19
Writers Education Committee Meeting
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW, 4th Floor, Boardroom
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

20
Committee of Black Writers Meeting
7-9 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Inclusion and Equity 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.

Tuesday

20
In Her Words: Spotlight on Women Writers – It’s Complicated 10th Anniversary Screening feat. Nancy Meyers
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset. Blvd., Hollywood
Category: Communications
Info/Tickets: In Her Words. (*WGA member discount) We wrap up our screening series, honoring the accomplishments and impact of women film and TV writers, with a special 10th Anniversary screening of 2009 romantic comedy It’s Complicated, followed by a Q&A conversation with Writers Guild Award-winning screenwriter-director Nancy Meyers, who will discuss her decades-long career as a successful female filmmaker, from Private Benjamin and Baby Boom to Something’s Gotta Give and The Holiday. Co-presented by Women in Entertainment + Writers Guild of America West in conjunction with WGAW’s Publicity & Marketing Committee + Committee of Women Writers.

Wednesday

21
WGAW/WGF: Sublime Primetime 2019
7:30-9:00 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: WGFoundation. Emmy season is here! Join the WGAW and WGF, in partnership with Variety and Final Draft, for our annual panel discussion featuring this year’s Emmy-nominated writers. Panelists include Ava DuVernay and Micheal Starrbury (When They See Us), Maya Erskineand Anna Konkle (PEN15), Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin (Escape at Dannemora),David Mandel (Veep), Craig Mazin (Chernobyl), Bruce Miller and Kira Snyder (The Handmaid’s Tale), Thomas Schnauz (Better Call Saul), Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan (The Good Place), and Allison Silverman (Russian Doll). All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s Library and community outreach programs.

Sunday

25
Official Secrets: Guild Screenings Q&A with Sara Bernstein & Gregory Bernstein and Gavin Hood
After 5 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Category: Guild Screenings
WGAW members only with two guests. Q&A with Official Secrets co-writers Sara Bernstein & Gregory Bernstein and Gavin Hood begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 112 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday

26
Parenthood and the Writers’ Room – Navigating Parental Leave and Balancing Work and Family
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP. WGAW members only. 7 p.m. doors open for snacks; 7:30 p.m. panel. The Committee of Women Writers invite you to a panel event discussing pregnancy, family leave and balancing parenthood and the writers’ room. Panelists (TBA) will answer members’ questions about parental leave: what your legal benefits are and how to maximize them; how to ask for time off and how to use it effectively; how to stay in the loop with your show while you’re out; how to keep your career going with young kids. We’ll discuss best practices for creating a family friendly room and how ALL writers can support new parents. Dads and men welcome and encouraged to attend! Moderated by Audrey Wauchope.

Tuesday

27
Notes in the Machine: How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping the Creative Process—and How Screenwriters Can Use AI to Their Advantage
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Writers Ed
RSVP-AI. WGAW members +1 guest. Studios, producers, and executives are using artificial intelligence to cover scripts and develop material. What would happen if writers could use those same tools to create stories that are more resonant? AI won’t replace creatives… but it will transform the way entertainment media is made and distributed. Join the WEC & AI expert Yves Bergquist, Director of the AI and Neuroscience in Media Project at USC’s Entertainment Technology Center, where they are applying AI and machine learning to understanding the cognitive relationships between stories and minds. How does a machine analyze the emotions we write? How do studios employ AI technology today? What is the future of AI in storytelling? How can AI help promote diversity? AI is a tool, and as such can be used positively or negatively, which is why every one of us should weigh in on this topic.

Wednesday

28
Candidates Night 2019
5:30 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills
Category: Communications
CN2019. Current members in good standing; no guests. 5:30 p.m., food & drinks; 7 p.m. program: Officers & BOD candidates statements + Q&A. Meet the 2019 WGAW Officers and Board of Directors candidates to get answers to your questions before casting your vote.

Thursday

29
People Are Dying to Come Into My Office: Reading a Dead Body—Inside the Work and Lives of Forensic Pathologists and Medical Examiners
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Writers Ed
RSVP: MEDEX. WGA members only. The WEC invites you to join us on a journey into death! Delve into the cases M.E.s solve, the puzzles that keep them up at night, the gallows humor that gets them though the day, their experiences with law enforcement, testimony, and technology. Their never-ending fascination with the mysteries of a dead body will inform your storytelling and help you to get it right, and direct you to resources and experts. Panelists: Lisa Sheinin (former Deputy Medical Examiner, Los Angeles County Coroner’s office), Vidal Herrera (Founder 1-800-Autopsy), Corinne Marrinan (SEAL Team, CSI, Murder in the First) more TBA. Co-sponsored by the Genre Committee.