Research Methods for Writers

Research Methods for Writers

About This Event

If you're writing about a person, place, time, or an event, research is necessary. Screenwriters need a blend of historical, investigative, image, and general research skills to bring their characters and worlds to life and ground them in reality. Researching as you write will inform your decisions, plus make your work stronger and more credible. But the world—and the Internet—is big, so our friendly Library staff is here to help make it smaller for you. 

Join us for a seminar and workshop where we'll introduce you to a wide range of free resources for conducting general research, provide a framework for defining research questions, give you tools to manage the research process, and some solid ideas on how to move forward with a specific research query.

Seminar and workshop conducted by WGF archivists and librarians Hilary SwettLauren O'Connor, and Javier Barrios

Doors open at 6:30pm. Workshop starts at 7:00pm. 

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Location / Venue

  • Address:
  • WGF Library
  • 7000 West 3rd Street
  • Los Angeles, CA 90048
  • USA
  • Time:
  • Dec 18, 2018 07:00 pm to
  • Dec 18, 2018 09:00 pm
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.