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WALTER DAVIS invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Walter directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Wine Bistro in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Co-founders ANTON DIETHER and JON WILLIAMS of the Austin WGAW Members Group invite WGAW guild members in active status, living in or visiting the Austin, TX area, to join their mailing list for notification of regular and special local events. To join the community (aka “rally” on this site), visit WritersGuildinAustin.

The Margaret Herrick Library (Beverly Hills) now carries a printed copy of STANLEY DYRECTOR’s Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants with foreword by Ed Asner. Interviews include WGA writers Norma Barzman, Jean Rouverol Butler, Oliver Crawford, Bernard Gordon, Robert Lees, Abraham Lincoln Polonsky, Richard Powell, John Randolph, and Joan Scott; also featuring actors Jeff Corey and Marsha Hunt. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s (AMPAS) Margaret Herrick Library (Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study) is located at 333 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills 90211. (310) 247-3020.

GARY GOLDSTEIN's short play "Blind Date," written for last year's WGAW "Disability Scene" event, will be part of Whitefire Theatre’s "Company Shorts" show, a diverse anthology of 12 original short comedy plays from 12 playwrights performed by a cast of 25 actors. Directed by Bryan Rasmussen. Produced by Jake O'Flaherty. 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 990-2324. Tuesdays only, 8 p.m., running weekly through May (5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22). Tickets $15 in advance via whitefire.yapsody.com, $20 at door.

In the spirit of fostering creativity, building friendships, and maybe lowering BP by venting industry frustrations, FRED SHAFFERMAN invites all writers to join a weekly indoor full-court WGA basketball game. Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in Hollywood and Sundays 9:30 a.m. in North Hollywood. Email Fred for details.

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Diversity Attribute Directory
Did you know that you can search for a WGAW member according to self-identified diversity attributes? The information is available through our WGAW website by clicking Find a Writer. This online directory of writers of diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource by producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. WGAW Members: to be included and grant permission for publication, please sign in or create your myWGA account. Select the "Update my diversity attributes" link under “I want to…” on your myWGA homepage. Make sure to select the "Yes" button next to “OK to Publish” for each attribute, then click bottom blue “Update Attributes” to save. For technical support with your myWGA account, call (323) 782-4885, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

WGF: Share Your Expertise with the Community!
The Writers Guild Foundation offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year for all WGAW members who want to connect with the writing community, particularly with youth and military veterans who aspire to tell their stories. Opportunities range from one-time guest lectures to longer term mentorships--we work with members' levels of time commitment and availability. For more information, visit wgfoundation.org or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.