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Writers Guild Initiative The mission of the Writers Guild Initiative is to serve populations whose voices are not being heard.

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Take a look at what WGI Workshop Participant Sharon-Robino West has to say! For more interviews with WGI writers, take a...
03/25/2022

Take a look at what WGI Workshop Participant Sharon-Robino West has to say! For more interviews with WGI writers, take a look at our blog & socials! #LinkinBio #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It’s Writing Prompt 92! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
03/23/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 92! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI mentor, Winter Miller on her new book, Not a Cat! #writersofinstagram...
03/18/2022

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI mentor, Winter Miller on her new book, Not a Cat! #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity @wintygram

It’s Writing Prompt 91! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
03/16/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 91! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Workshop Participant, Rebecca LaMont! #linkinbio#writingcommunity  #w...
03/11/2022

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Workshop Participant, Rebecca LaMont! #linkinbio
#writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It’s Writing Prompt 90! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
03/09/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 90! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Mentor, Delaney Yeager! #linkinbio #writingcommunity #writersofinstag...
03/04/2022

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Mentor, Delaney Yeager! #linkinbio #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It’s Writing Prompt 89! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
03/02/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 89! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog to read interviews with Writers Guild Initiative workshop participants! #linkinbio #writingcomm...
02/25/2022

Head on over to our blog to read interviews with Writers Guild Initiative workshop participants! #linkinbio #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It’s Writing Prompt 88! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
02/23/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 88! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Workshop Participant, Owen "Big Sarge" Hartley! #linkinbio #writersof...
02/18/2022

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Workshop Participant, Owen "Big Sarge" Hartley! #linkinbio #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity Owen Hartley

It’s Writing Prompt 87! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
02/16/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 87! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Workshop Participant, Eddie Wu. #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram...
02/11/2022

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Workshop Participant, Eddie Wu. #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram #linkinbio

It’s Writing Prompt 86! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
02/09/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 86! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Congratulations to Esteban Bailey, the winner of the 2022 Collyer Fellowship in Screenwriting. Head on over to our blog ...
02/04/2022

Congratulations to Esteban Bailey, the winner of the 2022 Collyer Fellowship in Screenwriting. Head on over to our blog for an interview! #linkinbio #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It’s Writing Prompt 85! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
02/02/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 85! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Check out what Participant Patricia de Grace had to say about the impact of the WGI workshops. For more interviews with ...
01/28/2022

Check out what Participant Patricia de Grace had to say about the impact of the WGI workshops. For more interviews with WGI participants, head on over to our blog. #linkinbio #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It’s Writing Prompt 84! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
01/26/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 84! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Workshop Participant, Ronald Keine. #linkinbio #writingcommunity #wri...
01/21/2022

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Workshop Participant, Ronald Keine. #linkinbio #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It’s Writing Prompt 83! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #W...
01/19/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 83! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Mentor & Advisory Board Member Ryan Kelly, on his book," Faded Yellow...
01/14/2022

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Mentor & Advisory Board Member Ryan Kelly, on his book," Faded Yellow Ribbon" #LinkinBio #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It’s Writing Prompt 82!  We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #...
01/12/2022

It’s Writing Prompt 82! We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI workshop participant, Cheryl Naill! #linkinbio ##writingcommunity #wr...
01/07/2022

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI workshop participant, Cheryl Naill! #linkinbio ##writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It's Writing Prompt 81! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to ...
01/05/2022

It's Writing Prompt 81! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Happy New Year from all of us at the WGI!
12/30/2021

Happy New Year from all of us at the WGI!

It's Writing Prompt 80! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to ...
12/29/2021

It's Writing Prompt 80! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Writers Guild Initiative!
12/23/2021

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Writers Guild Initiative!

It's Writing Prompt 79! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to ...
12/22/2021

It's Writing Prompt 79! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Mentor Piero Iberti! #linkinbio  #writingcommunity #writersofinstagra...
12/17/2021

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Mentor Piero Iberti! #linkinbio #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It's Writing Prompt 78! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to ...
12/15/2021

It's Writing Prompt 78! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Check out what WGI Participant, Stephanie Theriault has to say about participating in a WGI Workshop! #writersofinstagra...
12/10/2021

Check out what WGI Participant, Stephanie Theriault has to say about participating in a WGI Workshop! #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity

It's Writing Prompt 77! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to ...
12/08/2021

It's Writing Prompt 77! For the next few weeks, our writing prompts will have a future theme. We offer these prompts to encourage you to spend some time writing every week. Happy Writing! #WGINYC #WritingCommunity #Writersofinstagram

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Mentor Christopher Oscar Peña! #linkinbio #Writingcommunity #writerso...
12/03/2021

Head on over to our blog for an interview with WGI Mentor Christopher Oscar Peña! #linkinbio #Writingcommunity #writersofinstagram

It’s Writing Prompt 76. We hope you use these prompts to spend a few moments writing! Remember, no need to share your wo...
12/01/2021

It’s Writing Prompt 76. We hope you use these prompts to spend a few moments writing! Remember, no need to share your work unless you want, if so, please use the hashtags #wginyc #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity and #writingprompts when you share on social media. Happy Writing!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the WGI!
11/24/2021

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the WGI!

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We offer writing workshop to various populations whose voices are not being heard. We have worked with veterans and their caregivers, death row exonerees, those currently incarcerated, the chronically ill and LGBTQIA populations all over the country.

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What's your story? Find your voice. Tell it.

The WGAE Foundation, commonly known as the Writers Guild Initiative (WGI), is an independent, non-profit organization that is associated with the Writers Guild of America, East. "What's your story? Find your voice. Tell it."

Our mission is to make the art of storytelling accessible to people of all ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds-with special attention to the underserved.

WGI was founded in 1978, and was dormant for many years. Since a new board of directors revitalized the organization in 2006, WGI has provided intensive writing programs in eleven US cities with participants from across the nation, from wounded veterans and their caregivers to "Dreamers" to underserved youth.

All activities promote writing as a singular, accessible vehicle through which people in diverse circumstances can process information about life and self by creatively channeling their experience through the written word.

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Holiday weekend reading! Get to know new HB faculty member and award-winning #playwright James Anthony Tyler in this Writers Guild Initiative interview which covers his writing process, what makes a good story, and advice for those struggling with writing.
Hello, this is my first time posting here. Is it ok to post poems or is it only allowed through specific posts geared towards poetry? Just curious. Thanks!
Welcome back to our weekly PlayFest Community Desk! This week we feature Playwright Richard Dresser, who was scheduled to bring his play, Our Shrinking, Shrinking World to our 2020 Festival. Hastings-on-Hudson, New York The best thing about my desk is the view. Every morning, around 5 AM, I start the day by looking out at the Hudson River and the first light across the river on the Palisades. Until the pandemic I was not familiar with the early morning. I’d read about it, I’d heard people talk about it and it certainly sounded intriguing, but hardly worth the effort of actually getting out of bed. Now it’s the best part of the day, at least until cocktails roll around. Looking at a body of water every day is deeply calming, almost enough to offset whatever horror awaits. But that comes later. There are no distractions at 5 AM. There’s just the work and the river. Why didn’t someone tell me sooner? What you’ll find on my desk are manila folders of various projects I’m working on right now, which include a novel, a play, and a documentary. What grabs my attention every day is the folder for the Writers Guild Initiative, an organization under the umbrella of the Writers Guild East that I started twelve years ago with four other writers. Our mission is to give a voice to populations not being heard, through writing workshops that we do all over the country. Now we’re doing them on Zoom, until the storm passes. A few years ago, I didn’t get out of the way fast enough and became President of the Initiative, so I am constantly on the search for new groups who could benefit from what we do, and grants and donations to fund our mission, and writers who might want to serve as mentors. The groups we’ve worked with so far include veterans, caregivers, wounded soldiers, exonerated death row prisoners, people living with HIV/AIDS, people living with chronic illness, prisoners at the Pendleton Prison in Indiana, victims of Hurricane Sandy, and NoVetAlone, a group dedicated to combating su***de among veterans. Our most recent workshop was with LGBT asylum seekers in Massachusetts, many from Uganda. In a few weeks we’ll be working with front line responders in New York City, starting with nurses and paramedics. I expect to be working with groups in New York over the next year, as writing has proven to be an effective way of dealing with trauma. . . Writers Guild of America, East Writers Guild Initiative Berkshire Playwrights Lab #durangoplayfest2019, #writerslife, #writinglife, #newplay, #newplaydevelopment, #americantheater, #playwright, #newyorkcity, #hastingsonhudson, #firstlight, #ourshrinkingshrinkingworld, #writersguildofnewyork . . Like, Follow, Share 💯 🎭
#CoGreene student Christie Hicks featured in star-studded NYC benefit gala! Read all about it here: Jane kaczmarek Writers Guild Initiative http://ow.ly/IMqG50z5fW6
Happy to partner with Writers Guild Initiative for this! Keep writing, and let us know if we can help. #wginyc #thischangeseverything #wginyctce #writers #writersofinstagram #writingprompts and #writingcommunity
Our Comms / LGBTQ Department members are in NYC at the Writers Guild Initiative workshop! Can't wait to see what amazing content they will bring back to the Land of Enchantment!
Some incredible participant feedback from our first Community Profile Workshop of the season! We are so happy to partner with Writers Guild Initiative! Are you LGBTQIA+ and have a story you want to tell about: Living with HIV? The struggle to live your life on your own terms? Overcoming obstacles just to stand in your power? Consider joining COMMUNITY PROFILE. There is still time! Session 2 is in January! More information at profiletheatre.org/2018-2019/community-profile/