The Writers Guild Initiative’s Programs are dedicated to bringing professional film and television writers together with vulnerable communities who would benefit from self-expression through writing. 

Currently, our two active programs are The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting and The Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops. 

The Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship – The Collyer Fellowship awards a yearly scholarship to a young person between 18-25 interested in pursuing a screenwriting career. The winner receives a stipend and a year’s mentorship with a professional writer. 

The Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops – are the signature program of the Writers Guild Initiative. These workshops share the tools of storytelling with a range of invisible communities and groups that are not often heard in the public discourse. Since the current COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve worked to create models of our workshops that are fully online. You can view a list of our partner organizations here.

Past WGI programs:

  • Pencil Pals – With the SAG foundation, WGI connected writers and performers with young students, initiating a “pen pal” relationship to encourage creativity. 
  • The Nora Ephron Book Club –  Brought writers and performers to schools to present programs that promoted reading and writing among vulnerable and under served populations.  Books, writing and artistic careers with students were discussed with students by well-known actors and writers. 

We are the independent 501 c(3) non-profit organization affiliated with the WGAE. Our funding comes from grants, residuals and generous individual and corporate donors.

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