WGAW March 2020 Calendar

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


March 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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Monday
02
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.

Thursday
05
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.

Thursday
05
Writers on Genre: Horror
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info/Tickets: wgfoundation.org. Writing in the horror genre does not have to be terrifying. On this special evening, two masters of the genre—Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) and Leigh Whannell (The Invisible Man)—share how they approach crafting their screenplays, from how they build suspense to how they translate their stories to the screen as writers-directors. $20. WGA members, $15.

Tuesday
10
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. Special Guest: Kira Innes (VP, Television, Bad Robot).

Wednesday
11
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.

Monday
16
Seasoned Readings: The Cleaning Crew by Nancy Beverly
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: Cleaning. The Cleaning Crew is about a small hazmat clean-up team operating in L.A. headed up by former investigative reporter Bo Anne Wexler who has found a new way to channel her (sometimes over-reaching) fix-it mindset—and who will ultimately try and fix big messes her family members have caused. 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.

Tuesday
17
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. Special Guest: WGAW member Arika Lisanne Mittman.

Thursday
19
Wonder Women: Superhero Creators of the Silver Screen
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category:
RSVP: Wonder. 7 p.m. doors open for pre-reception; 7:30 p.m. panel. The WGAW Committee of Women Writers and Genre Committee invite you to celebrate Women’s History Month with an in-depth discussion about the rise in female superheroes in blockbuster feature films. Join us for an in-depth discussion with the writers and producers responsible for writing and developing the latest female-driven superhero stories, including Captain Marvel comic book writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey), Nicole Perlman (Captain Marvel), The Old Guard director Gina Prince-Bythewood, Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel), and others TBA. WGAW members only with one guest.

Monday
23
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.

Monday
23
Seasoned Readings: Teammates by Walter Dalton
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: Teammates. The Career Longevity Committee invites you to a reading of the feature Teammates by Walter Dalton. Logline: “Star” High-School Football Player goes to College but is still haunted by his dominating father’s presence who signs up to finish his college education at the same school and even lands a position on the team with his son. 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.

Thursday
26
The Disability Scene – Year Five
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: DisScene5. The Writers with Disabilities Committee presents its fifth annual Disability Scene event, an evening of disability-themed scenes written for the event or pulled from screenplays, teleplays, webisodes and stage plays submitted by guild members, both disabled and non-disabled. The specially selected scenes are as follows: He Won’t Rise Again by Greg Roque, Be My Eyes by Carly Woodworth, 1-900-INSPIRED by David Radcliff, Reverse Psychology by Gary Goldstein, Fulton Family Funerals by Andra Whipple, The Company by Kalen Feeney, The Marvelous Crisis of Living by Erik Linthorst, Memories by Alison Zeidman, Barret, the Professional by EJ Tanner & Tyler Hoog, Trigger Warnings by Scott Tobis and Cursed by Karol Ruth Silverstein. This year’s scenes will be directed by Jenni Gold and Gary Goldstein and cast by David Zimmerman. A light food reception will follow the event. WGAW members only with 2 guests.

Monday
30
Screenwriters Publish
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW, 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: Publish. More and more screenwriters are writing novels, often based on their own scripts—whether because they recognize that it’s important to have sellable IP that they can in turn get hired to adapt, or because writing a novel just makes sense in their current circumstances. Our panelists have written for the screen, the stage and the page, and have experience in both independent and top-tier publishing. They’ll share their insights about the form, the process and the marketplace. Panel: Howard Michael Gould (screenwriter-author-playwright); Peter Gethers (screenwriter-author-producer and editor-at-large at Alfred A. Knopf); Mark Kruger (screenwriter-author); Ellen Byron (screenwriter-author); and Joel Eisenberg (screenwriter-author); Moderator: Lee Goldberg (screenwriter-author-consultant).

Tuesday
31
CAP Committees Mixer & Open House
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity
RSVP: CAPMixer. Are you interested in getting involved with the events, activities and inclusive work of the WGAW? Please join the WGAW’s nine Inclusion and Equity Committees, Writers Education Committee and Activities Committee for their first annual open house and mixer. Hear from committee leadership and members about their missions and work. If you’re already a committee member, join us to build community and allyship among current, new and prospective members.