WGFestival 2018

WGFestival 2018

About This Event

The Writers Guild Foundation, in partnership with the Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowships Programs, presents the writing conference you won't want to miss!

WGFestival 2018 is a weekend of keynote panels, interactive workshops, and special events focused uniquely on the craft and business of writing for film and TV.  Featuring the industry's best and brightest writers, producers, and executives, our goal is to provide an educational, insightful, and inspiring experience for writers at all levels. 

This year, we've expanded the workshops and added an additional special event on Friday evening for pass holders.  

Scroll down for lineup and schedule announcements! 

For questions about parking, food, and what to bring, read our FAQs.

Check out photos from WGFestival 2017 here and here

WGFestival 2018 is a public event open to anyone who is interested in writing for the screen. All proceeds benefit the Writers Guild Foundation's Library, Archives, and community outreach programs such as the Veterans Writing Project, Visiting Writers Program, and Volunteer & Mentorship Program

Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study
  • 1313 Vine St.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Mar 23, 2018 07:00 pm to
  • Mar 25, 2018 05:00 pm

Impact Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Technology Sponsors

Our Partners

Trades Media Partner

The Writers Guild Foundation

Event to Support The Writers Guild Foundation

Founded in 1966, the Writers Guild Foundation is the premier resource for emerging writers and movie and TV lovers in Hollywood. Boasting a busy calendar of high-value events and a vast, seemingly bottomless toolbox for writers, the Foundation is unmatched in its mission to promote and preserve the craft, history, and voices of screen storytelling.  A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, 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.



In Conversation with...

Screening of the first episode of ABC's Roseanne revival 
followed by Q&A with writers and producers

Variety presents 
A Room with a Point of View: 
A Conversation with Showrunners
Hosted by EYE Speak

Writers, producers, and executives participating in workshops include...  
Demi Adejuyigbe (The Good Place) 
Laurence Andries (Superstition, Six Feet Under)
Chris Bender (Partner, Good Fear Film + Management)
Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club, The 33)
Janicza Bravo (Lemon, Man Rots from the Head)
Niki Caro (Whale Rider, Anne with an E)
Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen, Post Grad)
Brian Duffield  (The Babysitter, Insurgent)
Matt Dy (Director of Script Competitions, Austin Film Festival)
Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven graphic novel)
Sarah Gubbins (I Love Dick)
Liz Hannah (The Post)
Christina Hodson (Shut In, Unforgettable)
Marlana Hope (Grey's Anatomy, The Kicks, Army Wives)
Laeta Kalogridis (Altered Carbon, Shutter Island)
Karen Kirkland (VP, Talent Development and Outreach, Nickelodeon)
Jay Kogen (School of Rock, Wendell and Vinnie)
Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur)
Lana Link (VP, Talent Development, Moving Picture Institute)
Christopher Lockhart (Story Editor, WME)
Kate Purdy (BoJack Horseman, Cougar Town)
Edward Ricourt (Now You See Me, Marvel's Jessica Jones)
Ben Ripley (Flatliners, Source Code)
Tanya Saracho (Vida, How to Get Away with Murder)
Jason Shapiro (Los Feliz Daycare)
Jessica Sharzer (Star, American Horror Story) 
Gordon Smith (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad)
Kira Snyder (The Handmaid's Tale, Pacific Rim Uprising, The 100
Robin Swicord (The Promise, Wakefield, Memoirs of a Geisha)
Daniel Vang (Manager, Good Fear Film + Management)
Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club, Invisible)
Jake Weiner (Partner, Good Fear Film + Management)
Tyger Williams (The Perfect Guy, Menace II Society)


Friday, March 23 
6:30pm - Early Registration 
7:30pm - Special Screening of Netflix Original Film Roxanne, Roxanne

Saturday, March 24
9:00am - Registration and Check-In 
10:00am-11:30am - Keynote: In Conversation with Edgar Wright and Larry Karaszewski 
Noon-2:00pm - Workshops
2:00pm-3:00pm - Lunch
3:00pm-5:00pm - Workshops
5:00pm-6:00pm - Networking Reception hosted by Academy Education and Nicholl Fellowships Programs
6:30pm-8:00pm - Screening of first episode of Roseanne reboot followed by Q&A with Dave Caplan, Whitney Cummings, Sara Gilbert, and Bruce Helford.  Moderated by Ali Leroi. 

Sunday, March 25
10:00am-11:30am - Variety Presents A Room with a Point of View: A Conversation with Showrunners, featuring Lauren Gussis, Barbara Hall, Jennie Snyder Urman, hosted by EYE Speak. Moderated by Variety's Debra Birnbaum. 
Noon - 2:00pm - Workshops
2:00pm-3:00pm - Lunch
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Workshops