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Friday, November 19
 

10:00am PST

In Conversation with Aaron Sorkin
Film critic Joe Neumaier goes one-on-one with writer and director Aaron Sorkin to learn about his journey bringing Amazon Studios film Being the Ricardos to screen. Hear how Sorkin became interested in I Love Lucy and how he gained insight into the lives of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at the film's moment in time.

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Moderators
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Joe Neumaier

Film critic, WOR Radio - New York

Speakers
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Aaron Sorkin

Screenwriter/Director, "Being the Ricardos"

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Friday November 19, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am PST

11:00am PST

The Craft of Writing and Directing Your Own Projects, hosted by Final Draft
Considering writing and directing your own film projects? Final Draft's Phil Galasso talks to filmmakers who've brought their pages to life on screen by directing their projects. Learn the challenges, the opportunities, and their advice on how to navigate the process of getting a film off the ground.

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Moderators
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Phil Galasso

Senior Director, Brand & Marketing, Final Draft

Speakers
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Justin Chon

Writer/Director/Star, "Blue Bayou"
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Sian Heder

Writer/Director, "Coda"

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Friday November 19, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PST

12:00pm PST

Research Methods with Steven Knight
WGF Librarian Lauren O'Connor goes one-on-one with prolific screenwriter and showrunner Steven Knight (Spencer, See, Peaky Blinders, Eastern Promises) to learn his approach to research for his film and TV projects. Find out how he immersed himself in the life of Princess Diana for his latest film Spencer and what role research plays in his writing process.

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Moderators
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Lauren O'Connor

Librarian, Writers Guild Foundation

Speakers
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Steven Knight

Screenwriter/Showrunner, "Spencer," "See," "Peaky Blinders"


Friday November 19, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm PST

1:00pm PST

Fellowship Prep: How to Land a Spot in a Writing Program
Learn the ins and outs of applying to writing programs and fellowships from alumni of various programs. From the applications and the interviews to what you can expect when you get into a program, hear helpful tips and strategies to approaching the process.

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Speakers
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Benjamin-Shalom Rodriguez

Writer, Director, Comedian
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Melissa Marlette

Staff Writer, "Nancy Drew"
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Jen Vestuto

Staff Writer, "Nancy Drew"
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Danielle Iman

Co-Producer, "Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin"


Friday November 19, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST

2:00pm PST

First Impressions: How to Book and Nail Meetings
From general meetings to showrunner interviews, screenwriters take tons of meetings. This seminar by TV writer Christina Walker (Arrow, October Faction) will cover strategies to approach outreach in order to land meetings, how to prepare for various types of meetings, meeting etiquette, and the best ways to follow up.

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Speakers
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Christina Walker

Co-Producer, "The Flash"


Friday November 19, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST

3:00pm PST

Master Class on World Building with DUNE, hosted by AMPAS Education Initiatives
The writers of Dune discuss their process for adapting Frank Herbert's epic novel to the screen with screenwriter Vanessa Taylor. Learn what each scribe brought to the script and how the collaboration overcame narrative and cinematic challenges.

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Moderators
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Vanessa Taylor

Screenwriter, "The Shape of Water," "Game of Thrones"

Speakers
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Eric Roth

Co-Writer, "Dune"
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Jon Spaihts

Co-Writer, "Dune"
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Denis Villeneuve

Co-Writer/Director, "Dune"


Friday November 19, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST

4:00pm PST

Perfecting the Pitch
In this live Zoom webinar, acclaimed screenwriter Billy Ray (The Comey Rule, Richard Jewell, Captain Phillips) shares his techniques and tips to pitching a feature film or TV series. A select number of attendees will have the opportunity to ask Billy questions about pitching onscreen during the seminar.

If you'd like the opportunity to ask your question live, please submit your name and question before November 15 to wgfestival@wgfoundation.org. Team WGF will select the number of questions according to relevance and time constraints.

You can access the recording of the webinar by clicking the yellow Video Stream button above. 

Speakers
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Billy Ray

Screenwriter, "The Comey Rule," "Captain Phillips"
Billy is an Oscar nominated, WGA award-winning writer and producer who brought us such films as Captain Phillips, Shattered Glass, and The Hunger Games. He also wrote, directed, and executive-produced The Comey Rule on Showtime and is currently working on another miniseries about... Read More →


Friday November 19, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Zoom Webinar

5:00pm PST

In Conversation with Barry Jenkins
WGF Board Vice President and TV writer/producer Larry Andries goes one-on-one with award-winning screenwriter and director Barry Jenkins to learn how he crafted the Amazon Prime Video limited series The Underground Railroad for television. Hear how Jenkins approached adapting Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and what he's learned working in a writers room.

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Moderators
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Larry Andries

Co-Executive Producer, "Blue Bloods," "Godfather of Harlem"

Speakers
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Barry Jenkins

Showrunner/Director, "The Underground Railroad"

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Friday November 19, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
 
Saturday, November 20
 

10:00am PST

THE TENDER BAR screening, hosted by Amazon Studios
Join us for an advanced screening of Amazon Studios drama The Tender Bar, starring Ben Affleck , Tye Sheridan, and Christopher Lloyd. It was written by William Monahan (based on the novel by J.R. Moehringer) and directed by George Clooney.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, screenwriter William Monahan is unable to attend the Q&A following the screening. We apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment this may cause.

The screening will still go on as planned Saturday at 10:00am at Dynasty Typewriter. Doors open at 9:30am. The screening will not be livestreamed. 


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Saturday November 20, 2021 10:00am - 12:15pm PST
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth Theater 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

2:00pm PST

Fundamentals of The Comedy Pilot: An Interactive Hour with Brent Forrester
Brent Forrester has logged 25 seasons in top TV comedy writers rooms from The Simpsons to The Office. He shares his top insights into the fundamentals of a successful comedy pilot in a lively hour, with video clips and audience participation.

Virtual Pass Holders: This event will be livestreamed. Click the Video Stream button to access the livestream.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Forrester

Brent Forrester

Executive Producer, "Space Force," "The Office"


Saturday November 20, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth Theater 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

3:30pm PST

Showrunner Sessions: Writing Drama, presented by HBO Max
We sit down with a panel of writers and showrunners from HBO Max's slate of drama series, including In Treatment, Station Eleven, Succession. Moderated by journalist and host Stacey Wilson Hunt.

This in-person panel is open to anyone with an All Access Pass or an individual ticket.

Virtual Pass Holders: This event will be livestreamed. Click the Video Stream button to access the livestream.

Moderators
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Stacey Wilson Hunt

Journalist and Host

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Schuur

Jennifer Schuur

Writer and Executive Producer, "In Treatment"
avatar for Patrick Somerville

Patrick Somerville

Creator and Executive Producer, "Station Eleven"
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Susan Soon He Stanton

Writer and Supervising Producer, "Succession"

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Saturday November 20, 2021 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth Theater 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

5:00pm PST

Showrunner Sessions: Writing Comedy, presented by HBO Max
We sit down for a panel conversation with writers and showrunners from HBO Max's slate of comedies, including A Black Lady Sketch Show, Hacks, Insecure, The Other Two, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Moderated by TV writer, producer, and host Larry Wilmore (Wilmore)

This in-person panel is open to All Access Pass Holders and individual ticket holders.

Virtual Pass Holders: This event will be livestreamed. Click the Video Stream button to access the livestream.

Moderators
avatar for Larry Wilmore

Larry Wilmore

Host, "Wilmore," Co-Creator, "Insecure" "Grown-ish"

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Schaffer

Jeff Schaffer

Writer and Executive Producer, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
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Paul W. Downs

Co-creator and Executive Producer, "Hacks"
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Chris Kelly

Co-creator and Executive Producer, "The Other Two"
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Lauren Ashley Smith

Head Writer and Co-Executive Producer, "A Black Lady Sketch Show"
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Prentice Penny

Writer and Executive Producer, "Insecure"

Sponsors

Saturday November 20, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth Theater 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057

6:00pm PST

WGFestival Reception, hosted by HBO Max
After a day of conversations with film and TV writers, engage in your own convos with fellow writers and attendees around the corner from Dynasty Typewriter at Carondelet House.

Bites and refreshments will be served. Must be 21 and over to attend.

This event is open to All Access Pass Holders and those who purchased the reception add-on via Eventbrite. 

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Saturday November 20, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm PST
Carondelet House 627 S. Carondelet St. Los Angeles, CA 90057

8:00pm PST

Dynasty Typewriter Presents WG...A Show!
After a full day of panels and sessions, Dynasty Typewriter closes out WGFestival 2021 with a specially curated comedy and variety showcase chock full of their signature enchanterainment™. 

Speakers
CA

Cristela Alonzo

Actor and Writer, "The Upshaws," "Cristela"
LK

Langston Kerman

Actor and Writer, "The Boys," "South Side"
WM

Will Miles

Actor and Writer, "South Side," "Grown-ish"
MS

Megan Stalter

Actor and Writer, "Hacks" "The Megan Stalter Show"
MS

Moses Storm

Actor and Writer, "Everything's Trash," "Sunnyside"


Saturday November 20, 2021 8:00pm - 9:00pm PST
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth Theater 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90057
 
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