The Writer’s Guild Initiative 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 graduating college Senior 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.

 Helen Deutsch Writing Workshops Partner Organizations

  • Wounded Warrior Project – Our programs with WWP work with Veterans and their Caregivers.
  • United We DreamWith United We Dream, we bring writers together with immigrant youth.
  • No Vet Alone – Our work with No Vet Alone brings  our micro workshop model to Veterans in combination with physical activities such as mountain biking.  
  • Profile Theater – Our work with Profile Theater brings the tools of storytelling to various populations in Portland, Oregon with their Community Profile program. 
  • Witness to Innocence – Our work with Witness to Innocence  helps  death row exonerees to tell their stories.
  • The Moth – We expanded our work with the Veteran community in partnership with storytelling organization The Moth. 
  • Pendleton Correctional Facility – We have worked with Pendleton Correctional Facility to bring the tools of writing to those currently incarcerated.
  • Muslim Writers Collective – We worked with young Muslim-American writers to amplify their voices. 
  • Manhattan Vet CenterOur work with MVC focused on the local NYC Veteran community.   
  • Hurricane Sandy – Our Hurricane Sandy project worked with those whose lives were upended by this natural disaster.

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 read and discuss books, writing and artistic careers with students.

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