Los Angeles Events Calendar – July 2024

Event Details

Wednesday July 31, 2024

The Writers Guild of America East invites members to attend events happening in Los Angeles and online this month.

The calendar below includes information on screenings, panels and committee meetings taking place in July.

RSVPs are not required for screenings at the Writers Guild Theater. You only need your Guild membership card to attend all screenings. All screenings take place at the Writers Guild Theater (135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills) and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise specified, you can bring up to TWO guests to screenings. You can find the latest list of upcoming Los Angeles screenings via the WGAW website. (external – opens in a new window)

RSVPs are required for all other, non-screening events.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at events@wgaeast.org. 

Los Angeles & Virtual Events, July 2024

Monday, July 01, 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT
Fundamentals of Screenwriting: Write Your Pilot!
via Zoom
Few script formats are as difficult to pull off as writing an outstanding pilot. You must introduce a cast of fresh characters, a series-worthy mission, a consistent format for each episode, and an exciting mystery — all within less than half the page count of a feature. We’ll break down the process into bite-size, feasible mini-projects — giving you all the tools you need to build a show everyone will want to buy and binge!

Monday, July 08, 7–9 p.m.
Disabled Writers Committee Meeting
via Zoom
The Disabled Writers Committee advances the visibility and employment of disabled writers while encouraging, celebrating, and endorsing accurate and diverse portrayals of disabled people in all areas of media. We also serve as an expert resource for various issues impacting and related to the disabled community. Established in 1982.

Tuesday, July 09, 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT
Reacquisition of Theatrical Features and Pilot Scripts
via Zoom
The MBA includes a reacquisition process for writers of unproduced, original Film / Television / Streaming scripts. As the creators of valuable intellectual property, screenwriters and television / streaming writers can often find a new buyer for a script that the original studio has failed to produce. Please join WGAE General Counsel Ann Burdick for a virtual webinar on understanding your contractual rights to a reacquisition process.

Tuesday, July 09, 7–9 p.m.
Native American & Indigenous Writers Committee Meeting
via Zoom
The NAIWC represents the professional and creative interests of Native American & Indigenous writers. It works to mentor, encourage, empower and increase the visibility of employment of writers of Native American & Indigenous heritage, and serves as a cultural and educational resource for all Guild member-writers seeking to portray Native American & Indigenous Peoples in their work. Established in 2007.

Wednesday, July 10, 7–9 p.m.
Career Longevity Committee Meeting
via Zoom
The mission of the Career Longevity Committee is to advocate for writers over 40 to obtain equal access to the job market with equal opportunity for sustained professional growth. Established in 1980.

Thursday, July 11, 6:30–8 p.m.
Writers Education Committee Meeting
via Zoom
Special guest Annie Herndon, Director of Development at STX Entertainment, will speak at 6:30 p.m. meeting start. WGAW’s Writers Education Committee has a broad mandate to develop programs that provide Guild members with practical, inside knowledge about how the industry works and how it is changing, emphasizing tips and tools to help writers succeed. The goal is to provide working knowledge for writers.

Monday, July 15, 7–9 p.m.
Latinx Writers Committee Meeting
via Zoom
This committee actively represents the professional, creative, social and economic interests of Latinx Guild members. Its mandate is to encourage Latinx writers to become more active within the Guild; and to raise the profile and perception of Latinx writers in the industry at large by creating forums that foster networking, collaboration, education, information exchange, employment opportunities and creative expression. Established in 1977.

Tuesday, July 16, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
LGBTQ+ Writers Committee Meeting
WGAW 2nd Floor, Multi-Purpose Room + Zoom (Hybrid)
RSVP – In-Person
The Writers Guild of America West’s LGBTQ+ Writers Committee seeks to utilize its constituency as a resource to all writers who include LGBTQ+ characters in their work. Its members also wish to provide cultural and educational opportunities for WGAW members to nurture an understanding of how sexual orientation and gender identity affect the lives of writers; endeavor to provide networking and social activities enabling the WGAW membership to better know one another and create a greater demand for the writing services of LGBTQ+ WGAW members; and strive to generate a greater awareness within the Guild of sexual orientation (and gender identity) as a minority and, where appropriate, to identify and advocate against instances of homophobia, transphobia and/or discrimination within our industry. Established in 2002.

Tuesday, July 23, 4–5:30 p.m.
Nailing the General Meeting: Being Your Authentic Self
via Zoom
Join Entertainment Career Coach/Talent Agent Consultant/WGF Workshop Facilitator Jim Arnoff in an immersive, interactive workshop that will give you the skills on how to be truly yourself, fully present and communicate with words that make a lasting impression. Hear the coaching tools to lose those mental blocks, decrease your nervousness, engage powerfully, and interact dynamically to create a lasting connection. RSVP for free or with a suggested donation. All donations go towards producing future panels and events. After signing up, you’ll receive information on how to access the Zoom panel.

Tuesday, July 23, 7–8:30 p.m.
Production 101: Writers Working on Set – Television
via Zoom
These days, it’s becoming increasingly rare for lower-level writers to be sent to set to cover their episodes. As a result, many up-and-coming writers reach producer rank or higher with little-to-no set experience, leaving them underprepared when the responsibility of overseeing production finally arrives. This informative panel aims to cover the basics of working on set as a producing writer and engage in a wide-ranging discussion covering practical advice and potential pitfalls for covering set. Topics will include set decorum and best-standards behavior, giving notes to actors and directors, interacting with UPMs and ADs and working with department heads. We’ll talk about everything from travel to what to wear to doing on-set rewrites to managing personalities, and more, giving writers a basic understanding of set work, so that when it’s their turn to cover an episode, they’ll feel ready and able to step up to the task. Panelists include writers Nora & Lilla Zuckerman (Poker Face, Prodigal Son), director-producer Jesse Warn (The Irrational, Supergirl), script supervisor Taliesin Sanford (The Irrational, Nancy Drew), and more TBA, moderated by Robert Hewitt Wolfe (EP, The Irrational, Elementary); presented by WGAW’s Writers Education Committee.


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