WGAW October 2019 Calendar

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

September 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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Tuesday
01
WGF: Location as Character: The Craft of Writing Place
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Info/Tickets: WGFoundation. The WGF teams up with Columbia College Chicago for a discussion about how writing location—both real and fictional—sets the scene and can shape character motivations. Panelists include Ayanna Floyd (The Chi), Connor Kilpatrick (Young Sheldon), Matt Lutsky (On Becoming a God in Central Florida), and Anthony Sparks (Queen Sugar). Moderated by Dr. Rosanne Welch.

Tuesday
01
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.

Thursday
03
Putting Your Best Pitch Forward: Pitching for Film
7:30 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Member Organizing

RSVP: Member Organizing. A discussion of how to effectively pitch a feature film in today’s market. The panel will feature both writers and executives for thoughts from both sides of the table. Q&A to follow. Moderated by Scott Frazier (XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, Collide) with Daniel Kunka (12 Rounds), writing team Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis (Five Feet Apart, The Curse of La Llorona), writer-producer Terrie Samundra, and Brian Williams (Vice President, Dylan Clark Productions). WGA Members (CR, PC, AS, and AC) in Active status only.

Sunday
06
Dolemite Is My Name: Guild Screenings Q&A with Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski
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 Dolemite Is My Name writers Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 118 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday
07
Committee of Women Writers Meeting
7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
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.

Tuesday
08
WGF: Showrunner Sessions with Rob McElhenney
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Writers Guild Foundation

SOLD OUT. Info: WGFoundation. Creator, showrunner, and star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Rob McElhenney sits down to share his secrets to sustaining the show’s hilarious stories, how he runs his room, and his creative process for developing his shows. Moderated by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl, Identity Thief).

Friday
11
JoJo Rabbit: Guild Screenings Q&A and Reception with Taika Waititi
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 JoJo Rabbit writer-director Taika Waititi begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 108 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry. Co-sponsored by the Native American and Indigenous Writers Committee.

Sunday
13
Joker: Guild Screenings Q&A with Todd Phillips
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 Joker co-writer-director Todd Phillips begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 122 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Tuesday
15
Committee of Black Writers Meeting
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
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
17
Asian American Writers Committee Meeting
7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor, Boardroom.
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. 7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour” (networking, snacks, and 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. All members welcome.

Saturday
19
Honey Boy: Guild Screenings Q&A and Reception with Shia LaBeouf
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 Honey Boy writer Shia LaBeouf begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 93 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Tuesday
22
Rebranding: Writers Who Switched Genres and Lived to Tell About It
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity

RSVP. WGA Members +1. 7 p.m. reception; 7:30 p.m. panel. The Asian American Writers Committee, Latino Writers Committee, and Writers Education Committee invite you to a discussion about rebranding and what strategies a writer can use to successfully transition their career from one genre to another. Whether you find yourself stuck writing in a genre/format you never intended or just looking for a change, our panelists will discuss how they got execs and showrunners to see them in a new light, how to use your old credits to your advantage, what role their reps played in the transition, etc. Panelists include Ingrid Escajeda (Empire), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory), Scott M. Gimple (The Walking Dead), Spiro Skentzos (Arrow), and others. Moderated by Aaron Ho (Fresh Off The Boat).

Thursday
24
Taking Stories From Marginalized Communities Into the Writers’ Room
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-purpose Room.
Category: Inclusion and Equity

Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP. WGAW Members +1. 7 p.m. doors open, snacks; 7:30 p.m. panel. The Committee of Black Writers and the Native American and Indigenous Writers Committee invite you to a panel focused on telling accurate and diversified stories on issues affecting POC. Panelists Jason Gavin (Chambers), Aaron Rahsaan Thomas (S.W.A.T.), Zahir McGhee (For The People), stand-up comic Taquita Love, and others will discuss how to empower writers to pitch these stories, pitch diversity-specific topics within a non-diverse room, and protect the diversity’s integrity. In addition, the panel of experts will provide insight on broaching pushback within a room, crafting authentic diversity-themed stories that move beyond pandering, and much more. Moderated by Niceole Levy (Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger).

Thursday
24
Austin Film Festival & Conference – WGAW Late Night Welcome Party
10/24-10/26 Conference (Festival runs thru 10/31) – Austin, TX.
Category: Member Organizing

Info/Registration: Austin Film Festival & Conference. Attendees with an AFF Conference, Producers or Press badge are invited to Thursday’s (10/24) WGAW Late Night Welcome Party with WGA member early admittance at 10:30 p.m.; please bring membership card. If you are a member without one of the listed badges, respond by Monday, 10/14: Member Organizing to be included on our WGAW list and receive location info. WGAW questions: (323) 782-4511. Party hosts include Gary Whitta, Erika Green Swafford, Stephany Folsom, Alec Berg, and April Shih.

Friday
25
Austin Film Festival & Conference – WGAW Creative Career Panel
10/24-10/26 Conference (Festival runs thru 10/31) – Austin, TX.
Category: Member Organizing

Info/Registration: Austin Film Festival & Conference. Attendees with an AFF Conference, Producers or Press badge are invited to Friday’s (10/25) WGAW Creative Career Panel: Practical Tips for Starting Out. A panel of successful WGAW writers will discuss what you need to know in your career, how to avoid common pitfalls, and what the Writers Guild can do for you. You must have a conference badge to attend. Moderator: Gary Whitta with panelists Nicole Perlman, Erica Shelton Kodish, Stephany Folsom, and Alec Berg.

Friday
25
The Lighthouse: Guild Screenings Q&A with Robert Eggers
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 Lighthouse co-writer-director Robert Eggers begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 110 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Saturday
26
Motherless Brooklyn: Guild Screenings Q&A with Edward Norton
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 Motherless Brooklyn writer-director Edward Norton begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 144 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.
Sunday

27
Knives Out: Guild Screenings Q&A with Rian Johnson
After 2 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with two guests. Q&A with Knives Out writer/director Rian Johnson begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 130 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

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