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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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Head over to our blog at www.writersguildinitiative.org for an awesome interview with Iman Ahmed - a WGI workshop partic...
05/08/2020

Head over to our blog at www.writersguildinitiative.org for an awesome interview with Iman Ahmed - a WGI workshop participant! Thanks, Iman! Keep writing!

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative's Writing Prompt Challenge! This is the 7th prompt! We hope you are using t...
05/06/2020

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative's Writing Prompt Challenge! This is the 7th prompt! We hope you are using these to write, even if just for a few minutes. Every Wednesday, we share a prompt on our blog and social media channels. We believe in the power of writing and want to encourage as many people as possible to participate. There is no need to share your work unless you want to. If you do want to share, please join in the conversation by using the hashtags #wginyc #thischangeseverything #wginyctce #writers #writersofinstagram #writingprompts and #writingcommunity, when you share on social media. Happy Writing! Thanks, as always to our wonderful partners at ScreenCraft!

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative's Writing Prompt Challenge!  Here is the prompt for week 6! We hope you are...
04/29/2020

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative's Writing Prompt Challenge! Here is the prompt for week 6! We hope you are enjoying these and using them to write. Every Wednesday, we share a prompt on our blog and social media channels. We believe in the power of writing and want to encourage as many people as possible to participate. There is no need to share your work unless you want to. If you do want to share, please join in the conversation by using the hashtags #wginyc #thischangeseverything #wginyctce #writers #writersofinstagram #writingprompts and #writingcommunity, when you share on social media. Happy Writing! As always thanks to our friends at ScreenCraft for sharing the joy of writing!

Really wonderful writing workshop this weekend, with the incredible Wounded Warrior Project! We’re looking forward to Pa...
04/27/2020

Really wonderful writing workshop this weekend, with the incredible Wounded Warrior Project! We’re looking forward to Part B next weekend with these extraordinary participants! Pictured here are mentors @Melisa Annis Mel Nieves Lorne Svarc, Sam Zalutsky, Ana Maria Jomolca , and Stephen Ruddy. #writers #wginyctce #wginyc #woundedwarriorproject #veterans

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative's Writing Prompt Challenge! 5 weeks in, and we hope you are continuing to w...
04/22/2020

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative's Writing Prompt Challenge! 5 weeks in, and we hope you are continuing to write during this time of quarantine! We believe in the power of writing and storytelling and are providing a writing prompt every Wednesday on our blog and on our social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. There is no need to share your work unless you want to, if you do want to share, please join in the conversation by using the hashtags #wginyc #thischangeseverything #wginyctce #writers #writersofinstagram #writingprompts and #writingcommunity, when you share on social media. Happy Writing! Thanks to our friends at ScreenCraft for sharing the joy of writing!

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative's Writing Prompt Challenge! This is our fourth prompt! It's a month since t...
04/15/2020

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative's Writing Prompt Challenge! This is our fourth prompt! It's a month since this all started! We believe wholeheartedly in the power of writing and storytelling, especially in times like these. Keep writing! Every Wednesday, we will be sharing a writing prompt here, on our website and also on our social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. No need to share your work unless you choose to, and if you do, please join in the conversation by using the hashtags #wginyc #thischangeseverything #wginyctce #writers #writersofinstagram #writingprompts and #writingcommunity, when you share on social media. Happy Writing! Thanks to our partners at ScreenCraft for sharing the joy of writing!

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative’s Writing Prompt Challenge! This is the third prompt! Keep writing, and rem...
04/08/2020

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative’s Writing Prompt Challenge! This is the third prompt! Keep writing, and remember writing is essential, especially in times like these! Keep writing and expressing yourselves! Every Wednesday, we will be sharing a writing prompt online here, on our blog, and also on our social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The intention of these prompts is simply to keep you engaged in the act of writing. There is no need to share your work unless you choose to, and if you do, please join in the conversation by using the hashtags #wginyc #thischangeseverything #wginyctce #writers #writersofinstagram #writingprompts and #writingcommunity, when you share on social media. Happy Writing! Happy to be partnered with ScreenCraft to share the joy of #writing!

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative Writing Prompt Challenge! Here is the second prompt. We are sharing these b...
04/01/2020

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative Writing Prompt Challenge! Here is the second prompt. We are sharing these because we believe in the power of writing, and that in moments like this we must continue our writing, despite what is happening around us. Every Wednesday, we will be sharing a writing prompt on our blog, and also on our social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The intention of these prompts is simply to keep you engaged in the act of writing. There is no need to share your work unless you choose to, and if you do, please join in the conversation by using the hashtags #wginyc #thischangeseverything #wginyctce #writers #writersofinstagram #writingprompts and #writingcommunity, when you share on social media. Happy to once again be partnered with ScreenCraft to share the joy of writing! Happy Writing, everyone!

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative #Writing Prompt Challenge! Here is the second prompt. We are sharing these ...
04/01/2020

Welcome back to the Writers Guild Initiative #Writing Prompt Challenge! Here is the second prompt. We are sharing these because we believe in the power of writing, and that in moments like this we must continue our writing, despite what is happening around us. Every Wednesday, we will be sharing a writing prompt on our blog, and also on our social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The intention of these prompts is simply to keep you engaged in the act of writing. There is no need to share your work unless you choose to, and if you do, please join in the conversation by using the hashtags #wginyc #thischangeseverything #wginyctce #writers #writersofinstagram #writingprompts and #writingcommunity, when you share on social media. We’re also so thrilled to be partnering up once again with @screen_craft! Happy Writing, everyone!

TOMORROW!! Hey #writers!— register now for ScreenCraft Virtual Summit— the magic happens online tomorrow, starting at 10...
03/27/2020

TOMORROW!! Hey #writers!— register now for ScreenCraft Virtual Summit— the magic happens online tomorrow, starting at 10 am PST! It’s Pay-what-you- can (suggested donation $35) Join A-List industry execs like Tony Gilroy, Alan Yang, Meg LaFauve, Wendy Calhoun, Stephany Folsom,Max Borenstein, Adam Kaulbrenner and David Rabinowitz for in-depth talk about business and craft. proceeds benefit @americanredcross @wgfoundation and us, @writersguildinitiative #writers #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writing #screenwriters

TOMORROW!! Hey #writers— register now for @screen_craft Virtual Summit— the magic happens online tomorrow, starting at 1...
03/27/2020

TOMORROW!! Hey #writers— register now for @screen_craft Virtual Summit— the magic happens online tomorrow, starting at 10 am PST! It’s Pay-what-you- can (suggested donation $35) Join A-List industry execs like Tony Gilroy, Alan Yang, Meg LaFauve, Wendy Calhoun, Stephany Folsom,Max Borenstein, Adam Kaulbrenner and David Rabinowitz for in-depth talk about business and craft. proceeds benefit @americanredcross @wgfoundation and us, @writersguildinitiative #writers #writerscommunity #writersofinstagram #writing #screenwriters #screenwritersofinstagram

We are thrilled to announce a great opportunity to be a part of   ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, this Saturday, March 28, 2...
03/26/2020

We are thrilled to announce a great opportunity to be a part of ScreenCraft Virtual Summit, this Saturday, March 28, 2020, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., PST. This extraordinary online event is pay what you can (suggested donation $35, but pay what you can based on your current circumstances) and features a full day of live-streamed video chats with A-list industry executives. Donations and proceeds from this event benefit the Writers Guild Initiative, the Writers Guild Foundation and the American Red Cross.

Spend your Saturday learning about craft and the in's and out's of the business. These panelists are among those from the postponed ScreenCraft Writers Summit. Get your questions ready because you can ask and upvote questions via live chat! Spend your Saturday with Screencraft, not only are you getting extraordinarily great content, but you are also helping out amazing organizations with your participation.
Tickets and more information here:
https://screencraft.org/virtualsummit/

Welcome to the Writers Guild Initiative Writing Prompt Challenge! It is our belief that in moments like this we as write...
03/25/2020

Welcome to the Writers Guild Initiative Writing Prompt Challenge! It is our belief that in moments like this we as writers must continue our writing. Every Wednesday, we will be sharing a writing prompt online on our blog, and also on our social media: Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The intention of these prompts is simply to keep you engaged in the act of writing. There is no need to share your work unless you choose to, and if you do, please join in the conversation by using the hashtags #wginyc #thischangeseverything #wginyctce #writers #writersofinstagram #writingprompts and #writingcommunity when you share on social media. Happy Writing!

Some highlights from our recent WGI #Gala. This year’s theme was "This Changes Everything!" Featured writers were: Iman ...
03/13/2020

Some highlights from our recent WGI #Gala. This year’s theme was "This Changes Everything!" Featured writers were: Iman Ahmed, Donna Renee Anderson, Joy Cohen, Ayling Dominguez, Mark Haviland, Christie Hicks, Vivian Knezevich, Carolyn Meyer and William Milzarski. @unitedwedream @aylingfromtheblock #wginyc #writing #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram #writingheals

Our Part B #writing workshop with @unitedwedream  was amazing! “This workshop gave me a new way to heal and deal with th...
02/26/2020

Our Part B #writing workshop with @unitedwedream was amazing! “This workshop gave me a new way to heal and deal with the difficulties of my life. It feels like a weight has been removed after #writing and #sharing.” -a workshop participant #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #immigrants #wginyc @ Writers Guild of America, East

Extremely proud of workshop participant Donna Zephrine - her article about having learning disabilities while deployed p...
01/24/2020
While I Was on Deployment, a Learning Disability Nearly Broke Me. But I Persevered.

Extremely proud of workshop participant Donna Zephrine - her article about having learning disabilities while deployed published in the NY Times. #veteran #writer #writingcommunity #wginyc #veteranswriting #writingcommunity #warstories #learningdisabilities

https://nyti.ms/2XoBDmb

Growing up around veterans inspired me to serve my country, but life on the ground in Iraq was more stigmatizing than I anticipated.

Thrilled to announce that our Spring Gala, to be held 3/9/2020 in NYC will be co-chaired by #TonyShaloub and @brookeadam...
01/14/2020

Thrilled to announce that our Spring Gala, to be held 3/9/2020 in NYC will be co-chaired by #TonyShaloub and @brookeadams_actress and will feature actors @rachelbrosnahan and @jsmithcameron performing work written in our workshops. Tickets are available via the link in our bio. #writersofinstagram #writing #writingcommunity #actor #actors #gala #veteran #veterans #immigrants #lgbtq #caregivers #artistheanswer #wginyc #nyc #galaseason @maiseltv @ New York, New York

Our warmest wishes! Keep on #writing! What’s Your Story? Find your voice. Tell it.       #seasonsgreetings #happyholiday...
12/20/2019

Our warmest wishes! Keep on #writing! What’s Your Story? Find your voice. Tell it. #seasonsgreetings #happyholidays #happynewyear from the #wginyc #writers #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity

It’s great to be partnering again with the amazing #org @unitedwedream for a #writing workshop with some amazing, brave,...
12/19/2019

It’s great to be partnering again with the amazing #org @unitedwedream for a #writing workshop with some amazing, brave, talented young #writers. “I love that this workshop gave me the opportunity to explore liberation..I found a new sense of freedom...” Workshop participant Brenda L. #writersofinstagram #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #immigrants

12/05/2019
Writers Guild Initiative: United We Dream Workshop

The mission of the Writers Guild Initiative is to give voice to populations which are not being heard. We've had writing workshops all over the country with groups including: combat veterans and wounded warriors, family and medical caregivers, death row exonerees, Muslim American writers, documented and undocumented immigrant youth, survivors of Hurricane Sandy, those incarcerated at Indiana's Pendleton prison, No Vet Alone (dedicated to suicide prevention among veterans) and two groups in Portland, Oregon, the LGBTQIA community and those affected by chronic illness.

Please watch the below video by Susanna Styron of our recent workshop with United We Dream, and please consider contributing to the WGI.

Donate here: https://www.writersguildinitiative.org/support-the-wgi/donate/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmHUXKpy2S8

The Writers Guild Initiative is an independent non-profit organization associated with the Writers Guild of America, East. Our mission is to give voice to po...

“At 79 years of age, I must say that this writers’ workshop rates in the top 10% of incredible experiences of my life! I...
11/22/2019

“At 79 years of age, I must say that this writers’ workshop rates in the top 10% of incredible experiences of my life! I learned so much about our craft. What a gift...what a gift.” - Brenda Culhane, a participant from our recent workshop in Portland, Oregon with partner org @profiletheatre #wginyc #writersofinstagram #writing #writers #writingcommunity #lgbtqia @mxreading @ Q Center

11/15/2019

Thanks for taking the time to like the page of the Writers Guild Initiative! We're happy to have you on our team as we continue the work of amplifying voices that need to be heard. Please continue to share and post. And, if you are on Instagram, please follow our brand new page WritersGuildInitiative! Happy Writing!

Some images from our recent #writing workshop with the #lgbtqia community in #Portland #oregon and our partner org @prof...
11/14/2019

Some images from our recent #writing workshop with the #lgbtqia community in #Portland #oregon and our partner org @profiletheatre #wginyc #writing #writersofinstagram #writingprompts #writers @ Q Center

On this #VeteransDay, we are honored and reminded to serve those who have served us. Please support us in continuing our...
11/11/2019

On this #VeteransDay, we are honored and reminded to serve those who have served us. Please support us in continuing our work with combat veterans, family caregivers, and other underserved populations. You can donate via our website, link in bio. Thank you and we love you @binowest! #WGINYC #veterans #veteranswritingworkshop #veteranswrite #writing #writersofinstagram #army #marines #navy #airforce #nationalguard

Hey #collegeseniors interested in a #career in #screenwriting! Apply for the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowships in #sc...
11/07/2019

Hey #collegeseniors interested in a #career in #screenwriting! Apply for the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowships in #screenwriting! The winner gets $10k and a one year #mentorship with an experienced screenwriter! Deadline to apply is November 25. Pictured here is past winner #AriellaCarmel. Apply here: https://blcklst.com/education/opportunities/75 #writers #writersofinstagram #screenwriters #screenwritingstudents #wginyc

Welcome to the #wginyc #instagram. Join us as we share our journey of working with #diverse #communities that are often ...
11/07/2019

Welcome to the #wginyc #instagram. Join us as we share our journey of working with #diverse #communities that are often overlooked in the public discourse and help them to find their voice and tell their story. For over a decade, we’ve had the honor of working with #military and #veteran communities, wounded warriors, family caregivers, #immigrantyouth, death row exonerees, those currently incarcerated, those affected by chronic illness, Muslim writers and the #lgbtqia community. Welcome to a place where the power of #writing and sharing our #stories unifies us all. @wwp @unitedwedream @witnesstoinnocence @novetalone @profiletheatre @Muslimwriterscollective #pendeltoncorrectionalfacility #caregivers #writers #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #writingcommunityofinstagram

10/07/2019
WGAE Foundation: Caregivers Workshop (Nov. 2011)

Please take a look at this video -- made a few years ago -- about the valuable work that the #WritersGuildInitiative has done with #WoundedWarriors and the caregiver community. If you are so moved, please like and share.

In November 2011, The Writers Guild of America, East Foundation (http://www.wgaefoundation.org), held a writing workshop for the caregivers of severely wound...

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10/01/2019

The World Turned Upside Down (2018 Benefit)

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ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS!  Are you interested in a career in screenwriting? Or, do you know a current college undergra...
10/01/2019
Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting | The Black List

ATTENTION COLLEGE STUDENTS! Are you interested in a career in screenwriting? Or, do you know a current college undergraduate student interested in screenwriting?

The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting (MCMF), is currently open. The fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduating senior to develop an original screenplay and transition into the professional world of screenwriting. The Writers Guild Initiative is looking for diverse and emerging voices, and for projects that are character driven and personal in nature. They are exclusively seeking feature films; no shorts or TV pilots at this time.

The fellowship is sponsored by the Writers Guild Initiative (WGI) in partnership with the King Family Foundation. And for the fourth consecutive year, WGI will source their short list of applicants via The Black List website. https://blcklst.com/education/opportunities/75

Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting information

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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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Hello! My name is Aaron Grant, and I would like to tell you about a book I’ve published. I wrote the bulk of it with the WGI when they worked with wounded warriors in San Antonio, TX. I am a Retired Staff Sergeant USMC, and the book is called “Taking Baghdad: Victory in Iraq with the US Marines.” It is a military history of the invasion of Iraq in 2003 coupled with my combat experiences in the war as a tanker. It is full of context, strategy, tactics, prayers, and even poetry. It is truly a unique work I hope will take off. The book’s FB page and website are below for your perusal. Thank you for your time and attention. HTTPS://www.facebook.com/takingbaghdad/ Www.takingbaghdad.com Taking Baghdad: Victory in Iraq with the US Marines https://www.amazon.com/dp/1633937917/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wQ5KCbJBPEZN3
Hello! My name is Aaron Grant and thanks to the late writers retreat in San Antonio with Wounded Warrior Project, I’ve published my first book called “Taking Baghdad: Victory in Iraq with the US Marines.” WE NEED the writers retreat back! Take a look below at my links to the book. Thank you WGI! HTTPS://www.facebook.com/takingbaghdad/ Www.takingbaghdad.com Taking Baghdad: Victory in Iraq with the US Marines https://www.amazon.com/dp/1633937917/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_wQ5KCbJBPEZN3