WGAW February 2020 Calendar

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

February 2020

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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Tuesday
04
Genre Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Room 1A.
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.

Thursday
06
Fellowship Prep: How to Land a Spot in a Writing Program
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
SOLD OUT. Info/Tickets: wgfoundation.org. This panel with TV writing program alumni Aadip Desai, Claudia Forestieri, Jorge Rivera, Pamela Garcia Rooney, Jeff Sayers, and Christina Walker explores strategies on how to approach the application process, how to prepare yourself for the interview, and how to craft a successful personal pitch. General admission, $40.

Sunday
09
Networking Event
12-2:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Activities
RSVP: Activities. Meet fellow members at our third networking event. This is a structured, 90-minute interactive networking meeting with a half-hour mixer and post-meeting wrap up. Attendance is limited to the first 50 members that RSVP. Priority given to those who have not attended either of the first two events. This event is very popular and will fill up quickly. Hosted by Joel Eisenberg. Sponsored by the Activities Committee.

Monday
10
Committee of Women Writers Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. Doors open at 7 p.m. for snacks and networking. 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. Guest Speakers: Kara Welker (president, Imagine Artist Management) and Christina Campagnola (manager, Imagine Artist Management).

Tuesday
11
NAACP Image Awards: 5th Annual Panel and Reception
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: NAACPImage. NAACP Image Award winners and nominees discuss writing in a new era of film and television. Learn from award winners and nominees about their lauded projects and the changing face of diversity in our industry. Panelists: Lena Waithe (Queen & Slim), Nichelle Tramble Spellman (Truth Be Told), Peter Saji (Mixed-ish), Cord Jefferson (The Good Place), and others TBD. Moderator: Hilliard Guess (Deadly Class). Soul food reception to follow. Sponsored by the Committee of Black Writers. WGAW members only with one guest.

Tuesday
11
Staffing Season is Always Now
7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Member Organizing
Info/RSVP: (323) 782-4567 or Staffing Season. Staffing is year-round these days, but network staffing is starting now. The WGA hosts an informative, motivational panel featuring Showrunners, executive producers, studio and network execs (TBD) in drama and comedy who will discuss what they’re looking for in a writing sample and in a writer—from script tone, to tone of your voice in meetings. Gain insight on how to brush up your material, yourselves and inspire you to create a new spec that gets noticed, and more importantly, gets you hired. WGA Members Only.

Wednesday
12
Committee of Black Writers Meeting
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Room 1A.
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.

Thursday
13
Navigating the Cannes Film Festival – Information Session
7 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: DivCannes. Got questions about the Cannes Film Festival? Attend this information session led by Yolonda Brinkley, creator of Diversity in Cannes, the independent globally filmmaker movement promoting inclusion at the Festival. Yolonda will share all the information you need to know to successfully navigate the Cannes Film Festival including travel tips (airfare, accommodations, airport ground transportation), festival accreditation, submission deadlines/guidelines, red carpet premieres and parties as well Diversity Day 2020 details! WGAW members only with 2 guests.

Thursday
13
Writers Education Committee Meeting
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Room 1A.
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.

Sunday
16
Activities Committee Meeting
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Location TBA
Category: Activities
RSVP: Activities. WGAW’s Activities Committee brings members together in social settings for networking, educational, and fun events. New members welcome. Past events include Santa Anita “Day at the Races,” WGA Member Meet-Up, Port of L.A. Tour, Storytelling Night, outdoor hikes, plus the biennial Craft Conference & Writers Retreat. Eligible WGAW members, no guests.

Sunday
16
Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn: Guild Screenings Q&A with Christina Hodson
After 5 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Guild Screenings
Q&A with Birds of Prey writer Christina Hodson begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 109 minutes). WGAW members only with two guests. Guild membership card required for entry.

Thursday
20
Asian American Writers Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Room 1A.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. Doors open at 7 p.m. for snacks and networking. 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. Guest speakers: Jiwon Park (Studio Dragon) and Philip Chung (YOMYOMF).

Tuesday
25
Showrunner Sessions with Sam Esmail
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: wgfoundation.org. The creator and showrunner of USA series Mr. Robot shares his process for running his writers rooms, how he envisioned the fourth and final season of the series, and how he approaches developing his upcoming projects. $35. WGA members/students/military, $30.

Friday
28
Waiting to Exhale: Guild Screenings Q&A and Reception with Terry McMillan. Hosted by CBW for Black History Month
After 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Guild Screenings
Q&A with Waiting to Exhale co-writer Terry McMillan begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 124 minutes). WGAW members only with two guests. Guild membership card required for entry.