What does it take for black writers to get a break in TV?

That was the topic of conversation in the latest of our free online series of events for writers, which took place on Wednesday 7 October 2020 to mark Black History Month. Speakers Nadine-Marsh Edwards, Anna Ssemuyaba, Avril E. Russell and Carol Russell spoke candidly about their own experiences, and shared insights on overcoming barriers and making it as a screenwriter. … Continued

Olwen Wymark Awards 2020

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain presented its annual awards for the encouragement of new writing at the Almeida Theatre, London, on Friday 14 February 2020.    The Olwen Wymark Awards, the brainchild of playwrights Mark Ravenhill and David James (former Chair of the WGGB Theatre Committee), were set up to give WGGB members the opportunity to publicly thank those who had given them a positive experience in new writing over … Continued

Join us at Edinburgh Festival Fringe Fair

If you are attending the Edinburgh Fringe this year, come along to the Fringe Fair on Monday 19 August 2019 to find out more about the work of WGGB and join up if you are not already a member. WGGB is sharing a stand with the Dramatists Guild at the event, which runs from 1-6pm … Continued

Become part of our story

On 13 May 1959, a group of writers gathered in a basement in London’s Harley Street to form the Television and Screenwriters’ Guild – later to be renamed the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. Their aim was simple – to stand up for the rights of writers, and 60 years on WGGB now counts amongst … Continued

Our wins for writers

WGGB has been winning for writers for 60 years, across all the craft areas we represent. Take a look at some of our most recent successes below, and if you would like to become a member, you can join online here. Animation We have produced Guidelines for Animation Writers. We have produced a best-practice guide for industry professionals … Continued

London Writers’ Week 2018

Equality and diversity will take centre stage at London Writers’ Week this year (18-21 July 2018), with all profits going to organisations promoting diversity in the arts. And WGGB Film Co-Chair and BAFTA-nominated writer Andrea Gibb (Swallows & Amazons, AfterLife, Dear Frankie) will appear at an ‘In conversation’ event, 3-4pm on Friday 20 July, talking … Continued

Olwen Wymark Awards winners

The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain presented its annual awards for the encouragement of new writing at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on Friday 2 February 2018. The Olwen Wymark Theatre Encouragement Awards, the brainchild of playwright Mark Ravenhill, were set up to give WGGB members the opportunity to publicly thank those who had given … Continued

History of the Writers’ Guild Awards

Pictured above: Salman Rushdie (left) receives his Writers’ Guild Award from former WGGB Chair Allan Scott at the 1991 ceremony at the Dorchester. It was a rare appearance of the author at the height of the fatwa against him   The following is an edited extract from The Write Stuff: A History of the Writers’ Guild … Continued