WGAW Connect

Connect updates WGAW members on important Guild matters and resources to help them navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Welcome to Connect.

Here you’ll find a variety of brief articles that will help inform you on how writers are coping personally and professionally with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll also get updates on important Guild matters and resources that can help you navigate through these times.

We’d like to hear from you about what kind of stories you’d like to see in Connect. Please send an email to Connect with your suggestions or comments.

Much like many of you, Guild staff is working remotely and will continue to provide offsite support to writers until we get official clearance to reopen WGAW headquarters.

We will come through this together.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2021

The WGA, As Seen on TV And in Film
In onscreen depictions of the Guild, members show its powerful role.

The Labor Beat
Four current labor fights every Guild member should know about.

Good Cop, Bad Cop: Rewriting Standard Operating Procedurals
Writers of crime dramas address race inequality in the criminal justice system—and on the screen—at recent panel.

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AUGUST 13, 2021

Media Consolidation Hurts Writers — It's Time for That to Change

Young and Hungry: YA & Genre
Writers explore how YA shows use genre to tell their stories.

Signatory Alert
Do not work for these bad actors on the Strike/Unfair List.

Westerns as a Genre of the 21st Century
Writers discuss how they’re updating the genre and doing right by historically misrepresented characters.

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JULY 16, 2021

Ask a Mentor: Asking for Direction
Nicole Riegel shares her thoughts on finding the right director for a greenlit project, looking at both sides of the relationship.

Update from The PAC: Virtual Meetup with Senator Patty Murray
The WGAW PAC welcomes the labor rights champion from Washington state.

Craft Corner: Emmy-Nominated Writers
Connect rounds up past Craft stories and 3rd & Fairfax podcast episodes featuring some of this year’s Emmy-nominated members.

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JULY 6, 2021

Ask a Mentor: How to Prep for an OWA
Tripper Clancy shares the crucial steps you should take before pitching for an OWA.

Pitch It or Ditch It?
Screenwriter captains identify warning signs that an OWA may be a dead end.

OWAs: How to Pitch Open Writing Assignments to Get Hired
Writers and development execs share tips on pitching for OWAs at virtual panel.

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JUNE 18, 2021

Writing Samples: Feature, Pilot, Spec?
Anne Kenney speaks to the importance of using original works as writing samples, no matter the type.

DIY: Creating Your Personal Archive
Writers Guild Foundation Archivist Hilary Swett shows you how to take inventory of, organize, and preserve your written work.

Free COBRA Coverage Under American Rescue Plan
Didn’t meet your earnings requirement for health coverage? See if you are eligible for this limited benefit.

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JUNE 4, 2021

Take Pride
In honor of Pride Month, out writers share their thoughts on the state of the industry, the importance of allies, and why the concept of “Pride” is still relevant in 2021.

Today in Guild History: NLRB Okays Screenwriters to Unionize
Decided on June 4, 1938, the case established the right of screenwriters to unionize and created the framework for collective bargaining that exists today.

Ask a Mentor: Cultivating Opportunity
Wendy Calhoun describes how to nurture and grow your network so it continues to bear fruit.

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MAY 21, 2021

Call of Duty
WGAW members mentor military vets as part of WGF’s Veterans Writing Project.

Ask a Mentor: Getting What You Want
The Goldbergs’ Peter Dirksen outlines what writers can do to create a strong working relationship with their agent.

WGA Coverage for Animation Deals
Negotiate for the protections and benefits that come with a WGA contract.

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MAY 7, 2021

The Number Two in the Room
Upper-level writers discuss tips for thriving as a showrunner’s second-in-command.

Fighting Back
Christina M. Kim and Robert Berens take on issues of inclusion, representation, and racism in the reboot of Kung Fu.

New MBA Improvements In Effect
May 2, 2021 marked the beginning of the second year of the MBA, and with that comes some key rate increases and improvements writers should be aware of.

‘Unseen Latinas’ Sets Sights on Hollywood
Showrunner Tanya Saracho and writer Judalina Neira present powerful testimony to the California State Legislature as they examine systemic barriers Latinas face in Hollywood.

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APRIL 9, 2021

ICYMI: TV Weekly Pay Calculator
TV writer-producers, use this tool to negotiate better deal terms.

Based on a True Story
In a discussion of non-fiction adaptations, screenwriters weigh fidelity to the facts against creative license.

Ask a Mentor: Transitioning From TV to Feature Writing
Oscar nominee and former TV staffer Virgil Williams has advice for TV writers who want to cross over.

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MARCH 26, 2021

Searching for Power in Numbers
In honor of Women’s History Month, a look at the early days of the WGAW Women’s Committee.

Ask a Mentor: Your Second Act
Showrunner Oliver Goldstick encourages TV writers to focus on three things when looking for work after their first staffing job.

2021 Writers Guild Awards Puts the Union in Unity
The 73rd annual awards ceremony was the first ever of its kind.

Eight Screenwriters Tell Us Which Movies Inspired Them to Write Their Own
Publicity & Marketing Committee teams up with Los Angeles Magazine to tell their stories.

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MARCH 12, 2021

Series Writers, Beware of These Company Practices
The Guild is ready to assist you.

2021 Writers Guild Awards
Tune in to the first-ever streamed show.

Ask a Mentor: The Youth Movement
Linda Mathious answers a member’s question about writing in a different genre.

WATCH: PR 101 Virtual Panel
Build your brand with advice from social media-savvy writers and publicity experts.

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FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Black Writers Who Inspire Us
Members of the CBW honor fellow Black writers who made an impact.

Black History Month: Remembering Daryl G. Nickens
Nickens left an indelible mark on his fellow writers through a prolific body of work and a lifetime of community service.

Writing Teams: This Rule Could Impact Your Health Coverage
Learn about the Health Fund’s Excess Earnings Extension for teams.

Ask a Mentor: Navigating the Sea Change
Feature writer Cory Goodman answers a question about working during the pandemic and shares words of wisdom about keeping focused when the world intrudes.

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FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Today in Guild History: The End of the 07-08 Strike
Writers gained coverage of “new media” and a foothold in today’s massive streaming market.

The Gay World of Feature Writing
Screenwriters John August, Alan Ball, Clea DuVall, and Alice Wu talk career, the challenges of getting LGBTQ+ films made, and more.

#WriteInclusion Panel Series Addresses Accurate Representation and Authentic Storytelling
In commemoration of Black History month, the Feb. 17 kickoff event spotlights Black writers.

Powerful New Tool For Screenwriters
WGA Platform Launches Feature Development Tracker

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JANUARY 29, 2021

The Essentials
The writers of NBC’s Superstore proved uniquely equipped to take on the stark realities of being a retail worker during COVID-19, while still managing to find some much-needed laughs.

Signatory Alert
Do not work for these bad actors on the Strike/Unfair list.

COVID Concerns?
Get answers and assistance from the Guild on workplace safety and your contractual and employment rights.

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JANUARY 15, 2021

Spotlight On: Find A Writer
Are you sure your representation information is up to date?

High-Budget SVOD Residuals: How Do They Work?
Domestic subscriber tiers, program length, and exhibition year determine amounts.

Where Are We Now?
Psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo gives an update on how writers are adapting after 10 months of staying safer-at-home.

Written By Web Extra: Her Dark Materials
With her feature premiere Promising Young Woman, Emerald Fennell creates a funny, horrifying world unto itself. Only in the latest Written By Web Extra.

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DECEMBER 18, 2020

Ask A Mentor: Cracking the Code
Aaron Rahsaan Thomas gives advice to a fellow Black writer on code switching.

Looking Ahead to the Biden-Harris Administration
The opportunities and challenges to come.

Get Started with the Start Button
Help the Guild help you get paid on time with this simple and effective online tool.

WGAW Genre Committee Hosts Creators Damon Lindelof and Ronald D. Moore
The Dec. 8 event was the first in the series “Conversations in Genre.”

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