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CRISTINE (M.C.) BEATO’s comedy pilot Now We Cook! was among the elite Finalists chosen from a field of 400+ submissions in the Pilot Category of the 2018 Scriptapalooza TV Competition.
Escape!, a short screenplay by ALPHA BLAIR, was an Official Selection of the 14th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival that took place in August at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. An action piece with a serious heart, Escape! previously won Best Alternative/Social Short Screenplay at the 2017 Action On Film Festival. Two of Blair’s feature screenplays, The Seduction of Auntie Rose and The Good Samaritan, were Official Selections of the 2018 Sacramento International Film Festival. Blair is featured in the Apple iBook The Top 100 Indie Writers In The World, Part 1 by Del Weston and Theresa Coscarelli.
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.
DOUGLAS EBOCH and co-author Ken Aguado will be signing their book The Hollywood Pitching Bible at Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., on September 26, at 7 p.m. The book covers pitching techniques for film and television for writers, directors, and producers.
DAVID MISCH (Mork & Mindy, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Saturday Night Live) presents a multimedia lecture, "The Psychology of Ha!" with copious clips ranging from Buster Keaton to Amy Schumer, which show how principles of comedy translate into actual laughter. Note: This seminar has no direct instruction but is a critical and serious (though funny) close-up of comedy’s innards. Topics include the relationship between Comedy and Logic (spoiler: they’re bitter enemies); the calculations involved in timing; comedy cues, and why withholding them is sometimes the best way to get a laugh; why your body is hilarious; the evil of punchlines; comedy “placebos”; and how the mechanics of jokes – tension and resolution, pattern recognition, misdirection and surprise – provide a template for all humor. Sept. 11, 2-5 p.m.; $35; Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. Tickets: online or call: (323) 934-4747.
WGAW members living or visiting Ensenada, Baja California, who are interested in socializing and building community with other arts/industry-minded individuals, are welcome to contact CAROL ROPER.
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.
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.