WGAW January 2020 Calendar

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

January 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
07

Informational Session on MRC & Rideback TV Incubator (RTI)
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: RTI. Join Rideback TV Incubator (RTI) Executive Director Elsie Choi; MRC VP of Development, Jed Valdecantos; and 2019 RTI Producer/Mentor Amy Berg for an overview and Q&A about the Rideback TV Incubator, now launching its 2020 session. The MRC x Rideback TV Incubator offers a paid, six-month residency program to a curated group of five television writers who want to create their own premium cable/streaming drama series. Each Creator will receive a $200K fee, which will be paid weekly over the course of the program. With a focus on inclusion, the program aims to develop the next generation of television creators from underrepresented groups including but not limited to women, people of color, LGBTQ, socioeconomic background, disability and age. WGAW members only.

Wednesday
08

Career Longevity Committee Meeting
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Room 1A.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. Formerly the Age Awareness Committee, the mission of the Career Longevity Committee is to assist writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the marketplace. WGAW members of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Friday
10

Between the Sheets: Writing About Sex on TV
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: WGFoundation.org. Co-hosted by Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting, this panel of TV writers and producers share how they approach writing about sex, from intimate scenes to revealing dialogue, and the nuances they consider when crafting stories about sex and sexuality. Speakers: Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex), Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City), Sahar Jahani (Ramy), Dayna Lynne North (Insecure), Gladys Rodriguez (Vida). Moderator: Dr. Rosanne Welch (Beverly Hills, 90210). $25. WGA members/students/veterans, $20.

Monday
13

Writers with Disabilities Committee Meeting
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Room 1A.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. This Committee seeks to enhance the visibility and employment of writers with all types of disabilities, and encourage, celebrate, and endorse accurate portrayals of the disabled in all areas of the media. We also serve as an expert resource for all issues related to the disabled community.

Tuesday
14

Native American & Indigenous Writers Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Room 1A.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. 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.

Tuesday
14

Writers on Writing with BoJack Horseman
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd floor, Multi-purpose Room
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: WGFoundation.org. Creator/showrunner Raphael Bob-Waksberg and the writers room of the Netflix Original animated series discuss crafting the show’s six seasons and how they approached writing the final episodes. Moderator: Adam Conover (Adam Ruins Everything). $35. WGA members/students/military, $30.

Tuesday
21

LGBTQ+ Writers Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. 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.

Thursday
23

Beyond Words 2020
6:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: WGFoundation.org. The WGF and the WGAW present our annual celebration and panel with Writers Guild Award nominees for screenwriting. VIP tickets include admission to the VIP pre-reception and a reserved seat. Check wgfoundation.org for panelist announcements. VIP, $150. General Admission, $35. WGA members/students/military, $30.

Saturday
25

New Year/New Tomorrows – Incorporating Futurism into Your Writing
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: Futurism. Similar to 2018’s successful Genre panel, “Everything Is on Fire and Life Sucks – Dystopian Films and TV Shows”, this will discuss using future science in your script, only with a more positive perspective – Genetic manipulation, self-driving cars, the internet of everything and more. Come hear our panel of futurists, scientists and writers working with such ideas and get inspired how to use these ideas in your next script. Panelists: Georgia Lee (The Expanse), Randii Wessen (Lead Study Architect, JPL Innovation Foundry) and others TBD. Moderator: Genre Committee Co-Chair Spiro Skentzos. WGAW members plus one guest.

Monday
27

Latino Writers Committee Meeting
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, Room 1A.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. 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.

Tuesday
28

The Big Picture: Why Writers Should Insist on More Body Diversity on Screen
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: Big Picture. 7 p.m. doors open for snacks; 7:30 p.m. panel. What’s the right way to write fat characters? How do you get producers to actually choose a size diverse cast? And why should you even care? The Committee of Women Writers, Committee of Black Writers, Latino Writers Committee and Writers Education Committee invite you to explore why size is a social justice issue, how to retire tired negative stereotypes and how representation of bigger people on screen can actually make the world a healthier, better place. Panelists: Kristin Hahn (Dumplin’), Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves), Jose Molina (The Tick) and others TBA. WGAW members plus one guest.

Thursday
30

Seasoned Readings: Love and Money by Mark Donnelly
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: LoveMoney. The Career Longevity Committee invites you to a reading of the feature Love and Money by Mark Donnelly. Logline: Twenty-somethings struggle to navigate the sun-baked hills of Hollywood in search of love, meaning and enough money to pay the rent. Not easy in a city like LA, but hey, the weather is great! The WGAW Career Longevity Committee’s Seasoned Readings series promotes and celebrates the work of writers age 50 and over. A light reception will follow the reading. WGAW members plus one guest.