WGAW September 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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Thursday
05
WGF: Black Muslim Narratives in Entertainment
7:30-9 p.m. – MPR, 2nd Floor
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. The WGF partners with Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) and MuslimARC for a discussion that challenges damaging tropes seen on screen by highlighting more authentic depictions of Black Muslim identities created by talented Black Muslim writers and actors. Panelists include Aminah Bakeer Abdul-Jabaar (Muslimah’s Guide to Marriage), Qasim Basir (Mooz-lum), Nijla Mu’min (Jinn), Travina Springer (The Mule) and moderator Margari Hill, co-founder of MuslimARC.

Monday
09
Meeting: Writers with Disabilities
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, 1A
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. Eligible members only. 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
10
Meeting: Latino Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
Info: (323) 782-4589. Eligible members only. 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
10
Sell Yourself: A Guide for TV Writers
7:30p.m.-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Writers Ed
RSVP: SELL. WGA members only. Doors open for check-in at 7 p.m. Given the new tools available through the Staffing and Development Platform, many writers have questions about how to best use them. Come to a panel featuring writers, executives and managers (TBD) discussing tips and techniques to introduce yourself, pursue possible opportunities and advocate for yourself as a writer. Whether it’s composing a cover letter or reconnecting with an old contact, this panel will have advice for you!

Wednesday
11
Meeting: Career Longevity Committee
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 1st Floor, 1A
Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings
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
13
WGF: 4th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament
6-11 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Info: (323) 782-4589. Tickets: WGFoundation. Prove you know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em at WGF’s annual fundraiser. A $275 buy-in includes poker chips, dinner, an open bar, and the chance to beat your fellow writers for fun prizes. Purchase an individual ticket or go all in and get a table for your writers’ room or poker buddies. All proceeds benefit WGF’s Library and community outreach programs, such as the Veterans Writing Project.

Saturday
14
WGF: Dead Pilots Society
2-4 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
SOLD OUT. Info: WGFoundation. WGF teams up with Dead Pilots Society, a live reading where pilots passed on by networks get their due. Pilots written by Dan Sterling (The Office), Jennifer Crittenden & Gabrielle Allen (Veep), and Jeff Greenstein (Friends) are read by actors Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight), Tim Simons (Veep), Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains), Hannah Simone (New Girl), Kimiko Glenn (Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse), Felicia Day (The Magicians) and more.

Sunday
15
Hustlers: Guild Screenings Q&A with Lorene Scafaria
After 5 p.m. Screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Guild Screenings
WGAW members only with two guests. Hustlers Q&A with writer Lorene Scafaria begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 107 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday
16
Black-Run Production Companies
7:30 p.m.– WGAW, 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP. Open to WGAW Members +1. 7 p.m. doors open for reception; 7:30 p.m. panel begins. Join us for a discussion with Sharla Sumpter Bridgett (The Story Company), Cela Hutton (ARRAY), James Lopez (Will Packer Productions), Rishi Rajani (Hillman Grad) and others TBA. These producers and executives will share what they look for when spearheading culturally specific projects that are marketable and how they retain authenticity of voice. Presented by WGAW Committee of Black Writers. Moderator TBA.

Tuesday
17
Meeting: LGBTQ+ Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor, Boardroom.
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.

Saturday
21
The King: Guild Screenings Q&A with David Michôd
After 5 p.m. Screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Guild Screenings
WGAW members only with two guests. The King Q&A with co-writer/director David Michôd begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 133 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Sunday
22
The Laundromat: Guild Screenings Q&A with Scott Z. Burns
After 5 p.m. Screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Guild Screenings
WGAW members only with two guests. The Laundromat Q&A with writer Scott Z. Burns begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 96 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday
23
2019 COLCOA French Film Festival
Mon, 9/23- Sat, 9/28 – Directors Guild of America theaters, 7920 Sunset Blvd., L.A.
Category: Other agencies
See RSVP instructions here (login required). Free to WGA members in good standing and a guest. The WGAW, in partnership with the DGA, MPAA and SACEM, proudly presents the 23rd annual COLCOA French Film Festival, A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood. COLCOA showcases the latest in French film production, including several U.S., international, and world premieres. Opening Monday night, 9/23 is by invitation only; no walk-ins.

Monday
23
Meeting: Native American & Indigenous Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, 2A.
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
24
WGF: Pilot Writing Intensive
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Writers Guild Foundation
Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Trying to tackle that TV pilot script? This interactive workshop led by TV writer/producer Larry Andries (How to Get Away With Murder, Godfather of Harlem) will cover the nuts and bolts of writing your pilot script, from outlining, structure and establishing characters to mapping story arcs through the first season and beyond. Be prepared to write during the workshop and interact in small groups.

Wednesday
25
Meeting: Writers Education Committee
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.

Saturday
28
Ad Astra: Guild Screenings Q&A with James Gray & Ethan Gross
After 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.
Category: Guild Screenings
WGAW members only with two guests. Ad Astra Q&A with co-writer/director James Gray & co-writer Ethan Gross begins immediately after the screening(TRT: 124 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday
30
Producing Asian American Themed Movies
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor, MPR
Category: Inclusion and Equity
Info: (323) 782-4589. RSVP. Open to WGAW Members +1. 7:30 p.m. panel; 9 p.m. dessert reception. Join us for a discussion with Addison Mehr (Hyde Park Entertainment), Dani Melia (Big Beach LLC), Andrew Miano (producer, The Farewell) and others TBA. These producers and executives will share what they look for when spearheading culturally specific projects that are marketable and how they retain authenticity of voice. Presented by the WGAW’s Asian American Writers Committee and moderated by WGA member Ringo Le.

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