In any union struggle, success depends on solidarity. By standing together and supporting one another, members can make it through this challenging moment and create a better future for all writers. During a time when many members are not represented by agents, we encourage you to offer help when you can provide it and to ask for help when you need it.
HOW TO HELP
- Volunteer to share what you know with others. If you would like to participate on a panel or teach a workshop, please contact Member Organizing.
On The Job
- Spread the word about the new online tools found on the WGA Platform that were created to aid members in gaining employment.
- We encourage all showrunners with staffing needs to use the WGA Staffing Submission System which lets writers submit directly to your show—no agents required. All writers should login and set up their profiles, including their My Availability and My Experience information.
- Established screenwriters can help their fellow writers by spreading the word among feature execs and producers about the Guild’s Find a Writer directory, the weekly TV Memo and Feature Memo, as well as the ability for producers to post Open Writing Assignments and set up General Meetings, all of which are available to Executive account holders.
- Twitter and Facebook users can support the #WGASolidarityChallenge by offering to read scripts from less connected writers and by posting public recommendations for writers whose work you endorse.*
HOW TO GET SUPPORT
WGA Agency Department
- Reach out to the Agency Department with any questions you have about renewing a contract, new employment, negotiating an overall deal, what is and isn’t subject to commission, contact information for producers or studio execs, etc.
- Get your pitches and scripts in front of execs and producers with the WGA Feature & Spec Memo.
- Request a General Meeting or Submit for Open Writing Assignments on the WGA Staffing and Development Platform.
- The Screenwriter Resource List can be used by WGA members who have feature film projects and are seeking the services of companies that produce, finance and sell independent films.
- Get your series pitches and spec pilots in front of development execs and producers with the TV Development Memo.
- Use the WGA Staffing and Development Platform to send your samples, credits/bio, and a cover letter directly to showrunners who are looking for writers.
- Update your information in the Guild’s Find a Writer database.
- Make sure your information on Find a Writer is accurate. If you click “edit” on your profile page (you must be logged in first), you can update your attributes, contact info, and a variety of privacy settings. You must opt in if you want to enable employers to email you. For questions contact Online Services.
- Search for a company or executive you want to meet and request a general meeting through the general meeting request tool. You can make up to ten requests each month.
- Find agencies that are Franchised and can represent WGA members on the Signatory Agencies List.
- Ask fellow writers for manager and/or attorney referrals or contact Agency.
- To help writers contact producers and executives, the Guild has arranged a discount on IMDbPro. To redeem the 30% discount off the $20/month retail price, go to www.imdbpro.com/redeem and enter the promo code 2020AFFWGAW. This benefit can be applied to annual and monthly subscriptions. The discount will be applied during your next billing cycle. If you are currently receiving this discount in 2019, you will need to redeem the above promo code to continue this benefit through 2020.
- If you need contact information for a specific company or executive you can also contact Agency.
Find a Manager
- There are two ways for Guild members to connect with a franchised agent or manager:
Keep Track of Your Drafts
- For screenwriters working on assignment—and TV writers working on pilots—the Start Button is a simple way to record when you begin working on a draft and when you hand it in. It helps the Guild protect writers from abusive requests for unpaid rewrites and delayed checks.
- If you are faced with financial hardship or need guidance on financial planning, the Guild and its partners are here to help. Visit our Financial Assistance Resources page to learn more.
- Attend a Guild panel or workshop.
- Join a member team with a captain. Your captain can help address your questions and concerns and let you know about opportunities to engage with fellow Guild members. You can join a team here. Respond with YES in the subject line and let us know if you primarily work in television or screen so we can place you with a captain who is right for you.
- Plan a meet up with other writers.
- TV writers: Participate in the #WGASolidarityChallenge and #WGAStaffingBoost to help raise your profile on social media.*
- Screenwriters: Promote your work by using the hashtags #WGAWeeklyMemo and #WGAFeatureBoost.*
- If you would like to add a resource or event to this page please contact Communications.
- If you have require additional information or assistance please contact Agency Agreement.
*Member initiatives not officially sponsored by the Guild.