Breaking In: Inside the Writers Room with Writing Assistants

Breaking In: Inside the Writers Room with Writing Assistants

About This Event

Are you looking for advice for breaking into a writers' room and making a good impression? Our panel featuring current writers' assistants and script coordinators may be just the place! Learn the inner workings and daily responsibilities of a writers' room staff, the skills you need to approach the job, and how people--especially those from underrepresented communities--can get staffed. 

Panelists include:

Lorraine DeGraffenreidt - Writers Assistant

Adam Key - Writers PA

Kristina Thomas - Script Coordinator 

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Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30pm.

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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.


Lorraine DeGraffenreidt (Writers Assistant): 

Lorraine DeGraffenreidt is a Vassar College alumna and an independent comedian based in Los Angeles. Lorraine writes for the Upright Citizen's Brigade Maude Sketch team "The Summer Of" and she also writes/performs with her all-lady sketch comedy group, Glamazon. Lorraine wrote for the inaugural season of the teen sitcom Five @ 305 (Primo TV) and she wrote a video sketch for YouTube star Lilly Singh earlier this year. Other professional credits of Lorraine's include BoJack Horseman (Netflix) as showrunner’s assistant, Tuca & Bertie (Netflix) as writers assistant, SuperMansion (Crackle) as writers assistant & Crazy Ex Girlfriend (CW) as a naturopathic doctor in the background during one of those magical musical numbers.

Adam George Key (Writers PA):

Adam started his career writing and directing plays in college while still living in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. After spending sometime working in the production department of the film Batman Begins he moved to Los Angeles where he continued developing his knowledge of on set production working on TV shows such as Bones, Medium, Dexter, No Ordinary Family, and NCIS: Los Angeles, where he then moved from the production side into the writer’s room and began working as an assistant to the NCIS: LA writer’s staff. Then in 2017 Adam joined forces with Red Guerilla Productions and utilized his many years of experience to help produce and co-write the feature film Canal Street, and helped run the on-set production. Later that same year he wrote and helped produce his first episode of NCIS:LA entitled The Monster, with executive producer Frank Military. Currently Adam lives in Southern California where he is an assistant for NCIS:LA, and has several independent projects in the pipeline with Red Guerilla Productions as a Writer, Director, and Producer. 

Kristina Thomas (Script Coordinator):

Kristina Thomas was born in Oakland, California and started filmmaking in college, mentored under Haile Gerima; learning the ins-and-outs of the filmmaking. It later helped her show her potential in the documentary side of filmmaking by winning awards that led her to win $50,000 to direct a pilot TV show in New Orleans, Louisiana for MTV/Endemol. She got her start working as a Script Coordinator when a mutual acquaintance got a staff gig and needed someone to replace them. Thus she got the job with no experience because she met the writer at a book fair years before and expressed her interest in writing. Since then she's worked on BET's New Edition, Being Mary Jane, Greenleaf and HBO's upcoming show Lovecraft Country. Currently she’s working to direct her first feature in which her script, "WORTH IT" has landed her as a semi-finalist for WIF/The Blacklist feature competition and now BET's Project Cre8.

Jameal "Jamie" Turner - Moderator

"Jamie" Turner was most recently Co-Producer on USA’s UNSOLVED, which chronicles the two major police investigations into the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. He’s currently Producer on the untitled SUITS SPINOFF for USA. In 2016, Jamie won an NAACP Image Award for an episode he co-wrote of BEING MARY JANE in the “Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series” category. Jamie staffed on ROSEWOOD and his previous television experience includes writing for character-driven shows such as LIE TO ME, BREAKOUT KINGS and RED WIDOW. He got his start as the script coordinator on THE SHIELD, where Shawn Ryan took him under his wing.