WRITERS GUILD FOUNDATION

aka WGF   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.wgfoundation.org

Mission

Since 1966, the Foundation has been the premier Hollywood resource for emerging writers and entertainment lovers. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Writers Guild Foundation’s mission is to preserve and promote the history and craft of writing for the screen. We’re proud of all we do for the community, including our Veterans Writing Project, our Volunteer and Mentorship Programs, our Archive, and the Shavelson-Webb Library – the world’s only library devoted entirely to writing for the screen.

Ruling year info

1968

Executive Director

Ms. Katie Buckland

Main address

7000 W. Third St.

Los Angeles, CA 90048 USA

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EIN

23-7024900

NTEE code info

Film, Video (A31)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Writing for film and television has traditionally been a career path that hasn't been accessible to people from all walks of life. The Writers Guild Foundation aims to provide resources, community, and industry access to individuals of all ages and backgrounds who want to write. Through our library, educational events, and community outreach programs, we encourage, support, and inspire people to tell their stories for the screen.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Shavelson-Webb Library

The Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library is the only library on the planet focused entirely on writing for the screen. It is open to the public and home to over 40,000 items.

Our mission is to preserve and promote the craft, history, and voices of screen storytelling. To meet that goal, we collect scripts and related materials, and make them available to everyone who comes to visit—not just Writers Guild members. We provide wireless internet and a quiet place for writers to work.

Most of our collection consists of produced film, television, radio and video game scripts—many of which have received major writing awards (WGA, Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, etc). We also collect writers’ papers, books, periodicals, and other materials on the history, biography, art, craft and business of writing for entertainment media.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Academics

Designed to create a link between students and the Hollywood writing community, our Visiting Writers Program schedules film and television writers to appear at colleges and universities locally and around the world.

The mission of the program is to give students firsthand insights into the craft, careers, and practices of the working writer in Hollywood. Each one-hour Visiting Writers Program session takes the form of a Q&A interview, with the instructor or class asking relevant questions of the writer.

The Writers Guild Foundation can arrange for a writer to visit your school if it is in the Los Angeles area or to address your class by Skype, telephone or video conference if you are out of state.

Population(s) Served
Students
Young adults

A year-long program of assorted seminars, interviews, workshops and masterclasses focused on the art and craft of writing for the screen. The events are open to the public, as well as to students and writers.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students
Artists and performers

The mission of the Writers Guild Foundation’s Veterans Writing Project is to identify emerging writers from United States military backgrounds and provide them with the tools and insights to nurture their passion for writing and successfully navigate the entertainment industry.

We do this in two phases over a yearlong program: A weekend-long retreat, and monthly follow-up workshops and special events. Each military veteran is paired with WGA members. Our writer-mentors represent some of the most beloved movies and television series of the past and present, and are committed to guiding the voices of the future.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

The Writers’ Access Support Staff Training Program is a first-of-its-kind initiative to support the full inclusion and employment of underrepresented groups in the television industry.

The program’s mission is to provide writers who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled writers, and writers over the age of 50, with tools and education to become a writers’ assistant and script coordinator, ultimately resulting in meaningful employment opportunities. These positions have historically been an invaluable way to learn the writing process first-hand, with the ultimate goal of getting a writing job.

Graduates of the program will be included in an ongoing list of trained writers’ assistants and script coordinators (WA/SCs) primarily from underrepresented groups, which will be made available to studios, networks and showrunners, in order to increase the pool of eligible hires.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Artists and performers
Young adults
Artists and performers
Students

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 1996

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of the Writers Guild Foundation are to preserve the history of writing for the screen, to promote the craft of writing to current and future generations, and to build a community among storytellers of all ages and backgrounds.

The Writers Guild Foundation has three strategies for achieving our goals. We preserve the history of film and TV writing by providing a living and breathing resource in the form of our Library and Archive. We promote the craft by organizing educational events, workshops, and seminars that feature accomplished film and TV writers and are open to the public. We build a community among storytellers by connecting writers from all levels with communities who are underserved. Through our regular events, library, and programs, we also provide a space for writers to meet and network with fellow writers.

The Writers Guild Foundation employs a dedicated staff to run its Library, events, and programs. We also have the support of the Writers Guild of America West and its members to help us meet our goals.

The Writers Guild Foundation has successfully built a reputation as a resource and community for writers. Our library patronage grows each year and has garnered a robust collection of scripts and materials. Our Veterans Writing Project has become a renowned program for military veterans who want to write for film and television. Our events continue to showcase informative and insightful conversations with the most acclaimed writers working today. Next, we would like to expand our reach to more communities, provide more digital resources, and produce more educational content for our audience.

Financials

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WRITERS GUILD FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 05/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Daniel Petrie, Jr.

Enderby Entertainment

Term: 2017 -

Tom Schulman

Dan Petrie

Board of Trustees, American Film Institute

Robert Jacobs

Philanthropy Board, Venice Free Clinic

Nazrin Choudhury

Tyger Williams

Y. Shireen Razack

Alfredo Barrios, Jr.

Sally Willcox

Minyon Moore

Howard Leiter

Board leadership practices

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  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

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