Writers Guild, East Mentors Young Women On Television Writing

The Writers Guild of America, East teamed with Abbott House, a New York human service agency providing care for abused, neglected and abandoned children and their families, in a special program introducing young women from Bellevue Girls Group Home to the world of television writing. The month-long program culminated on June 30.

As part of this collaboration, members of the WGAE Activities Committee participated in weekly sessions teaching the young women the skills necessary to pitch a television series successfully. The girls learned the ins and outs of writing for the small screen, including concept and character development and also tips for shooting a pilot for YouTube. At the end of the program, the girls presented their series pitches to an audience of their peers.

"Words are powerful, but even more powerful is the impression the Writers Guild of America, East has left with the girls in our care," said Abbott House Executive Director and CEO Claude B. Meyers. "Their time, patience and willingness to teach inspired our girls to explore long-dormant or untapped levels of creativity. The effect of their work will be felt long after its completion."

The program was a great success for both the WGAE and Abbott House. Who knows, maybe these girls will be WGAE members in the future. We wish them success.