WGAW December 2020 Calendar

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


December 2020

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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Tuesday 01
Genre Committee Meeting
6-7:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Communications
RSVP: Genre. The WGAW’s Genre Committee was formed with the 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.

Wednesday 02
Writers on Writing with Darren Star
4-5 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/RSVP: WGFoundation.org. WGF goes one-on-one with Darren Star, creator and showrunner of his latest series, Emily in Paris on Netflix. We learn Star’s process for developing his influential series, his approach for creating iconic characters, and how he’s honed his instinct for defining the zeitgeist. Moderated by Robin Schiff. Free with suggested donation of $10.

Wednesday 02
Screenwriters Publish
5:30-7:30 p.m. – BlueJeans
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info/RSVP: (323) 782-4589 or CLCPublish. Presented by the Career Longevity Committee. Many WGA members have found success in the publishing world either by adapting a script, or script idea, or creating prose work. Ultimately, publishing success can stand alone, augment a screenwriting career, and/or serve the industry’s appetite for source material — creating one’s own Intellectual Property (IP). This panel will focus on various screenwriters’ journeys into successful publishing and how each craft informed the other. Moderator: Lee Goldberg, Panelists: Malaika Adero, Steven Barnes, Ellen Byron, Joel Eisenberg, Peter Gethers, Howard Michael Gould, and Mark Kruger. WGAW members plus one guest.

Thursday 03
Middle Eastern Writers Committee Meeting (Open Meeting)
7-9 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info/RSVP: (323) 782-4589 or MEWC12-20. SPECIAL GUEST: Bryan Oh (VP at Paramount). The mission of the Middle Eastern Writers Committee is to boost visibility and employment of Middle Eastern writers within the film and television industry, while celebrating and promoting accurate portrayals of Middle Eastern characters in all areas of media. We also serve as an expert resource for productions on issues related to the vast and diverse Middle Eastern community in the United States and abroad. OPEN MEETING: Members can invite up to ONE non-WGA guest (instructions in link).

Tuesday 08
Conversations in Genre: An Evening with Damon Lindelof and Ronald D. Moore
6-7:30 p.m. – BlueJeans
Category: Communications
RSVP: Genre. Presented by the WGAW Genre Committee, this panel brings together two of television’s most popular and prolific writers — Damon Lindelof (Lost) and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica) — to share their experience as genre storytellers with a look back at what went into the making of some of their most memorable works, as well as sharing their respective writing processes. They will also offer their insights on how writers at all levels can effectively navigate the current television landscape. Moderated by Phil Pirrello. This is one event you won’t want to miss.

Wednesday 09
Committee of Black Writers Meeting (Open Meeting)
7-9 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info/RSVP: (323) 782-4589 or CBW12-20. 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 MEETING: Members can invite up to ONE non-WGA guest (instructions in link).

Monday 14
Committee of Women Writers Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info/RSVP: (323) 782-4589 or CWW12-20. 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.

Wednesday 16
RAMY – A Conversation with Ramy Youssef and Guests
5:30-7:30 p.m. – BlueJeans
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info/RSVP: (323) 782-4589 or MEWC-Ramy. Presented by the newly formed Middle Eastern Writers Committee. Join Committee Co-chairs, Cameron Fay and Paiman Kalayeh as they discuss the nature of identity and mainstream storytelling of Muslims and Middle Eastern characters in Hollywood with creator, writer, producer, and Golden-Globe winning actor, Ramy Youssef. With a mission to increase visibility about Middle Eastern characters and stories, this panel is both celebratory and informational about how a show such as RAMY can call forth more mainstream characters and storylines about the Middle Eastern experience. Panelists: Ramy Youssef and others TBD. WGAW members plus one guest.

Thursday 17
Asian American Writers Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – Zoom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info/RSVP: (323) 782-4589 or AAWC12-20. 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. All members welcome.