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Writers Guild Initiative The Writers Guild Initiative was created to perpetuate the art and craft of storytelling, either by professionals or amateurs, through education and practical experience, on local, national and global levels.

The performances from this year's Gala are on www.writersguildinitiative.org.Featuring work from Carolyn Meyer, Captain ...
04/11/2019
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The performances from this year's Gala are on www.writersguildinitiative.org.

Featuring work from Carolyn Meyer, Captain Brian M. Bergson, Iman Ahmed, Cheryl Naill, Mary Brandt Kerr, and Sharon Sharon Tope-Grassi.

Performed by Brooke Adams, Dominique Fishback, James McDaniel, Ezra Miller, Gayle Rankin, and Tony Shalhoub.

https://vimeo.com/329705343 Our 2019 Gala, themed "You Need to Hear This," featured writing from our WGI Workshops, including work from Carolyn Meyer, Captain Brian M. Bergson, Iman Ahmed, Cheryl Naill, Mary Kerr, and Sharon Grassi. Performed by Brooke Adams, Dominique Fishback, James ...

Our Annual Benefit Gala was a huge success. Guests heard moving pieces that were developed in our writing workshops from...
03/14/2019

Our Annual Benefit Gala was a huge success. Guests heard moving pieces that were developed in our writing workshops from our talented cast. Our workshops are done in partnerships with various organizations including United We Dream, Wounded Warrior Project, Witness to Innocence, and Muslim Writers Collective. It was a fabulous night!

#WritersGuildInitiative #2019BenefitGala #YouNeedtoHearThis #WGI #Gala

Photographs by Kathryn Suellentrop

We are excited to share some photos from the WGAE Awards, where we presented Ariella Carmell as the newest Collyer Fello...
02/22/2019

We are excited to share some photos from the WGAE Awards, where we presented Ariella Carmell as the newest Collyer Fellow. Richard Dresser, President of WGI and Susanna Styron, a WGI board member, presented the award.

The Writers' Guild Initiative proudly announces its 2019 Gala, “You Need To Hear This,” on March 11. Amazing performance...
02/18/2019

The Writers' Guild Initiative proudly announces its 2019 Gala, “You Need To Hear This,” on March 11. Amazing performances from an all-star cast, including Dominique Fishback (“You Need to Hear This”) and Tony Shalhoub (“Mrs. Maisel” and “The Band’s Visit”) with Brooke Adams and James McDaniel. Tickets include dinner, drinks, and an amazing performance of outstanding work from our workshop writers. https://www.writersguildinitiative.org/this-is-the-ticket-donor-form/

Brooke Adams (“All Downhill from Here” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”) is joining Tony Shalhoub, Dominique Fishbac...
02/13/2019

Brooke Adams (“All Downhill from Here” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”) is joining Tony Shalhoub, Dominique Fishback and James McDaniel at the Writers’ Guild Initiative Gala on March 11. The theme is “You Need to Hear This” and you need to be there! Tickets include dinner, drinks, and an amazing performance of outstanding work from our workshop writers.
https://www.writersguildinitiative.org/this-is-the-ticket-donor-form/

We’re thrilled to announce that our all-star cast has added James McDaniel (“The Deuce,” “NYPD Blue”), performing work f...
02/10/2019

We’re thrilled to announce that our all-star cast has added James McDaniel (“The Deuce,” “NYPD Blue”), performing work from our WGI workshops at our March 11 Gala, themed “You Need To Hear This.” More cast to come! Tickets include dinner, drinks and an amazing performance. See you on March 11.

The Writers' Guild Initiative is hosting an all-star cast for its 2019 Gala, this March 11. Performing outstanding work ...
02/08/2019

The Writers' Guild Initiative is hosting an all-star cast for its 2019 Gala, this March 11. Performing outstanding work from our workshop writers on the theme “You Need to Hear This” will be Dominque Fishback (“The Hate U Give”) and Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Band’s Visit”). More cast to come! Tickets include dinner, drinks and an amazing performance. See you on March 11.

https://www.writersguildinitiative.org/this-is-the-ticket-donor-form/

11/12/2018

To all who have served and the ones that we have had the privilege of serving through our workshops, we honor you today and count it as an honor that you've shared your heart, soul, stories with us... and that you've given so much to keep us safe. Thank you to all of our veterans! #VeteransDay #HDWW #WritingWorkshops

You can read more about Sharon Robino-West here: http://tedxomaha.com/sharon-robino-west/.  She's a featured speaker at ...
10/18/2017
Sharon Robino-West

You can read more about Sharon Robino-West here: http://tedxomaha.com/sharon-robino-west/. She's a featured speaker at TEDxOmaha on October 21st! #TEDxOmaha2017 #EverythingChanges #WGI #veteranwriter #writingworkshop

Sharon Robino-West is a Marine Corps veteran and a writer. She is also a survivor of military sexual trauma and domestic violence. She believes it important to share her experiences, and explain how writing has helped her and other veterans heal. Robino-West has worked as a peer support specialist f...

Our very own Sharon Robino-West will be a TEDxOmaha speaker on Oct 21st!  You can watch the live feed of it here: http:/...
10/18/2017
Coming Soon

Our very own Sharon Robino-West will be a TEDxOmaha speaker on Oct 21st! You can watch the live feed of it here: http://tedxomaha.com/watch-the-tedxomaha-livestream/ We're so excited for you and congrats!! #veteranwriter #WGI #EverythingChanges #TEDxOmaha2017 #writingworkshops

Part of the TEDx experience is sharing Ideas Worth Spreading. With 14 speakers and performers, our recent TEDxOmaha event generated a lot of excitement. Naturally, you want to share.

"In all the ways that we express ourselves nonverbally, none is quite as personal as our handwriting." - Betty EdwardsA ...
06/05/2017

"In all the ways that we express ourselves nonverbally, none is quite as personal as our handwriting." - Betty Edwards

A big thank you to teacher Janine Esposito and P.S. 16 in Corona Queens for partnering in our PenFriends program! Writer-Friends were paired with 4th and 5th graders in an letter-writing exchange program for the semester, writing and sharing stories each month, and students got to meet their "PenFriend" at our meet and greet last week! Big thank you to Michael Weller, Susanna Styron and all of our mentor PenFriends!!

#PenFriends #letterwriting #sharingstories #handwriting

WGI-Black List MCMF in Screenwriting
05/24/2017
WGI-Black List MCMF in Screenwriting

WGI-Black List MCMF in Screenwriting

For the second year, WGI partners with the Black List to identify short list for the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting.

05/23/2017
Submissions OPEN for 2018 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship!

You can now apply to the #MichaelCollyerMemorialFellowship where undergraduate students can take the next opportunity to advance their screenwriting career! Read more here: http://www.writersguildinitiative.org/submissions-open-for-2018-michael-collyer-memorial-fellowship/

For the Second Year, WGI Partners with the Black List To Identify Short List for The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting Note that this fellowship is for current unde…

05/23/2017
Registration | The Black List

The #WritersGuildInitiative’s #MichaelCollyerMemorialFellowship is OPEN on blcklst.com! This is an amazing opportunity to advance your work after graduation -- the #MCMF isn’t just for film school students, any member of the class of 2018 with an interest in screenwriting can opt in! The FIRST 30 students to opt in to this opportunity will receive one month of hosting and two evaluations on blcklst.com for FREE! More details are available here: https://blcklst.com/help/category/38
#WGI #theblcklst #MCMF #filmwriting #stories

Register for the Black List.

2017 WGI Gala
03/20/2017

2017 WGI Gala

Excited for this partnership with @Profile Theatre and Josh Hecht doing writing workshops for veterans!
02/14/2017
What We’re Fighting For

Excited for this partnership with @Profile Theatre and Josh Hecht doing writing workshops for veterans!

Our acts of moral courage defend America as surely as any act of violence.

11/17/2016
SAVE THE DATE: OUR 2017 GALA ON MARCH 13 – Writers Guild Initiative

SAVE THE DATE! March 17, 2017 is our Annual Spring Gala.
http://www.writersguildinitiative.org/save-the-date-our-2017-gala-on-march-13/

Our Spring Gala will be held next year on March 17, at Tribeca Three Sixty. The theme will be “When Everything Changed,” and will feature work from our workshops, read by a cast of wonderful actors. (The video of last year’s readings is below.) We’re looking forward to having Mandy Patinkin and Chri...

To all of the amazing men and women that we have had the privilege to get to know, to hear your stories, to laugh, cry, ...
11/11/2016

To all of the amazing men and women that we have had the privilege to get to know, to hear your stories, to laugh, cry, share hugs, smiles, and conversation with you - from not only your military service, but also your profound lives... it's an honor and we thank you - Happy Veterans Day!

Writers Guild of America, East
10/11/2016
Writers Guild of America, East

Writers Guild of America, East

RSVP now for a panel with David Simon (THE WIRE, SHOW ME A HERO), Jo Miller (FULL FRONTAL WITH SAMANTHA BEE), Robin Thede (THE NIGHTLY SHOW), Jane Tillman Irving (WCBS-AM NewsRadio 880) and Jelani Cobb (FRONTLINE'S POLICING THE POLICE) on writing about a racially charged America at time when the public is demanding that officials address longstanding problems with our criminal justice system, police violence, drug laws and poverty, among other issues.

Great partnership with The Black List on the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship! AND...hosting and evaluation costs wil...
10/05/2016

Great partnership with The Black List on the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship! AND...hosting and evaluation costs will be covered for the first 30 eligible students that opt into the #CollyerFellowship!

The #CollyerFellowship provides an undergraduate senior student with the opportunity to develop an original script under the guidance of a prominent screenwriter for one-year and a $10,000 stipend.

For more info on this amazing opportunity, check out our FAQ! You can opt in until November 28. For more info on this amazing opportunity, check out our FAQ! You can opt in until November 28. https://t.co/gzFeMNZQ6p

#WritersGuildInitiative #WritersGuild #fellowships #screenwritingstudents #filmschool #opportunities #screenwriting #screenwriters

Graduating film school seniors, we've got a great opportunity for you! We've partnered with the Writers Guild Initiative on the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship! AND...hosting and evaluation costs will be covered for the first 30 eligible students that opt into the #CollyerFellowship!

The #CollyerFellowship provides an undergraduate senior student with the opportunity to develop an original script under the guidance of a prominent screenwriter for one-year and a $10,000 stipend.

You can still opt in after those first 30 spots have been filled, but your hosting and evaluation costs will not be covered.

For more info on this amazing opportunity, check out our FAQ! You can opt in until November 28. For more info on this amazing opportunity, check out our FAQ! You can opt in until November 28. https://t.co/gzFeMNZQ6p

#WritersGuildInitiative #WritersGuild #fellowships #screenwritingstudents #filmschool #opportunities #screenwriting #screenwriters

Our Collyer Fellowship expands its reach by partnering with the Black List! Awesome, innovative idea. If you're a studen...
10/05/2016
Writers Guild Initiative Partners with The Black List to Award $10,000 to Student Screenwriter – Writers Guild Initiative

Our Collyer Fellowship expands its reach by partnering with the Black List! Awesome, innovative idea. If you're a student screenwriter, check this out!
http://www.writersguildinitiative.org/writers-guild-initiative-partners-with-the-black-list-to-award-10000-to-student-screenwriter/

For the past eight years, the Writers Guild Initiative’s (WGI) Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting has worked with a select group of film schools and universities to give students across the country the opportunity to develop a feature length script with a prominent screenwriter and...

Come though tonight to hear more about interactive storytelling around a powerful cause!
09/19/2016
Writers Guild of America, East

Come though tonight to hear more about interactive storytelling around a powerful cause!

Upcoming event. RSVP now!

Writers Guild of America, East
09/08/2016
Writers Guild of America, East

Writers Guild of America, East

Today we're announcing the MADE IN NY WRITERS ROOM, a new program from the Guild, Made in NY and NYC Department of Small Business Services to promote diversity in television.

Big congrats to one of our mentors and NEW Artistic Director for Profile Theatre... Josh Hecht!!
08/22/2016
Profile Theatre

Big congrats to one of our mentors and NEW Artistic Director for Profile Theatre... Josh Hecht!!

Meet Profile Theatre's New Artistic Director, Josh Hecht! http://wp.me/p2PfjW-1Br

One of our mentors, the talented Laura Somers has a new film in the works!  Check out her campaign & spread the word! ww...
08/05/2016
Rich Kids

One of our mentors, the talented Laura Somers has a new film in the works! Check out her campaign & spread the word! www.seedandspark.com/studio/rich-kids

Rich Kids is a drama about a group of troubled teens in a low-income community who resolve to break into “Los Ricos”, the local mansion with a border fence, in order to forget their difficult lives and experience a different one.

06/04/2016
Some Great Memorial Day Writing – Writers Guild Initiative

We published a rundown of great Memorial Day writing, as well as a link to a terrific piece: "It's Never the 'Right Time' to Tell Your Personal War Story." Check it out here.
http://www.writersguildinitiative.org/some-great-memorial-day-writing/

Memorial Day 2016 brought, as it does every year, a lot of terrific writing about our Military. I was particularly moved by a Wall Street Journal piece by Jack Estes, the author of the 1987 Vietnam Memoir “A Field of Innocence.” In “Gurney. Tiny. Pig Pen. I Remember Them All,” he created the lives h...

If you've been to a workshop and are interested in continuing to do some writing, read the work of others, and just keep...
04/21/2016
__HOME PAGE - Writers Guild Initiative

If you've been to a workshop and are interested in continuing to do some writing, read the work of others, and just keep the work going, head over to www.writersguildinitiative.org and click on "The Writer's Room." We'd love to have you!

Our mission: To perpetuate the Art and Craft of Storytelling… Welcome to the website of the Writer’s Guild Initiative. We are professional writers, working with groups of people who seek to tell their stories. We encourage the sharing of experiences, the discovery of unique voices and the creation o…

Congratulations to one of our workshop participants and one of the speakers at our Gala, Trista Matascastillo on becomin...
03/22/2016

Congratulations to one of our workshop participants and one of the speakers at our Gala, Trista Matascastillo on becoming a Bush Fellow! Many congrats to you!

We can't wait any longer! Congratulations to the 24 outstanding individuals selected as 2016 #BushFellows! Learn where they're from and why they're so amazing: http://bfdn.org/Fellows2016

The Writer's Guild Initiative workshops have helped many groups, including these victims of Hurricane Sandy. Learn more ...
03/10/2016
Hurricane Sandy Workshops - Writers Guild Initiative

The Writer's Guild Initiative workshops have helped many groups, including these victims of Hurricane Sandy. Learn more and support us. http://ow.ly/Zi9hR

Reported by The Ocean StarSeptember 27, 2013By Kimberly Mollo POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NJ – While it is true the Jersey Shore was, by and large, open...

03/09/2016

It’s #TravelTuesday. Here’s how one of our Vets “accidentally” traveled to the @WhiteHouse. Read about it and support our work and our gala here. http://ow.ly/YPLP1

We’re selling out fast, but you can still get tickets for the WGI Gala on 3/14/16 here.@AlfreWoodard @LauraRCantrell & B...
03/06/2016
Check out this link

We’re selling out fast, but you can still get tickets for the WGI Gala on 3/14/16 here.
@AlfreWoodard @LauraRCantrell & Brian Dennehy perform. http://ow.ly/Z857F

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