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Second Annual Writers Guild Initiative Benefit Gala


The Writers Guild Initiative and Gala co-chairs Tony Gilroy and Richard LaGravenese invite you to our second annual Benefit Gala! For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Military Caregivers Share Their Stories from the Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops
January 2, 2013

NEW YORK CITY-- Since 2008, The Writers Guild of America, East Foundation has worked with hundreds of military veterans as part of our Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops. In 2011, the program focused its efforts on caregivers, who were equally affected by the wars but more often overlooked and very isolated. The first caregivers workshop was held in June 2011, where over two days, twenty of the country’s most celebrated novelists, playwrights, screenwriters and television writers served as mentors and gave space for exploration of storytelling in all its forms. The mentors gave guidance and support, and observed as the caregivers discussed their experiences, found their unique voice, and bonded together in mutual respect and support.

During the follow-up workshop in November 2011, the caregivers had the opportunity not only to write, to but to share their stories via conversation with documentary filmmaker and WGAE Foundation board member, Lulie Haddad. Click above to listen to their stories in their own words.

To read more about this workshop, please click here. For more information about the Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops, please click here.

Military Caregiver Wins Writing Contest

Trista, a participant in our May 2014 Caregivers Writing Workshop, won a contest from Six Words Memoir. Six Words, from SMITH Magazine, gives people the opportunity to tell the story of their life, some part of it or all of it - in exactly six words.

Trista entered the competition for the top six words for Memorial Day - and won with her piece, "All gave some. I gave me."

She developed the piece during the workshop under the mentorship of Richard Dresser and Kate Erickson. For more information about Six Words and Trista's win, please go here. Congrats Trista!

- Name Change Reflects New Vision and Mission To Develop Writers -

NEW YORK CITY - The Writers Guild of America, East Foundation has changed its name -- it is now called the Writers Guild Initiative (WGI). The name change is part of a rebranding that recognizes the organization's long time proactive and focused mission: "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 Initiative's programs are designed to reach various populations and help them to find their unique voice as writers.

“To grade schoolers, high school and college students, to the military to caregivers of the wounded, and even to medical personnel who treat them, we have volunteered our skills. We share our enthusiasm and knowledge. We encourage. We support. As our new name proudly acknowledges, we take the initiative,” explains Michael Weller, president of the Writers Guild Initiative.

In addition to its rebranding, the Writers Guild Initiative also named Jenna Jackson as Director of Operations and Communications. Jenna will co-ordinate development, marketing, and oversight of the Initiative’s programs, and manage day-to-day operations of the Initiative. To read more, please click here.

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