Screen-writers Will Mentor Military Veterans

The Los Angeles-based Writers Guild Foundation has announced applications are open for its 2019-2020 Veterans Writing Project, a year-long mentorship program that provides U.S. military veterans with screen-writing tools and insights.

The year-long program begins with a weekend retreat in the spring, and continues with monthly follow-up workshops and networking events. Participants are paired with Writers Guild of America mentors. Deadline for application is Feb. 25, 2019. This is the ninth year for the program.

Monthly events take place at the foundation's Shavelson-Webb Library, and are scheduled on weeknights. The library is located at: 7000 W. Third St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90048

Approximately 50 U.S. veterans are accepted into the program each year. Participants must be age 21 or older, and citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Previous writing experience or education is not required, but applicants must "show a passion for the craft and business of writing, and a commitment to completing 1 screenplay or TV pilot during the program."

Veteran status is determined by submitting a copy of an individual's Form DD-214, with Social Security Number redacted.

For more information and a link to an application form, click here.

The Writers Guild Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, working with but independent of the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW). Its mission is "to preserve and promote the history and craft of writing for the screen."

The organization's veteran-focused efforts are supported by the California Arts Council and software provider Final Draft.

The foundation's veterans program is not affiliated with the Washington, D.C.-based Veterans Writing Project.

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