“I joined the Writers’ Guild as soon as I moved to London. Coming from another country originally I’d been very aware of and used to the Danish Writer’s Guild and I wanted to join the WGGB too. Initially I signed up more as a formality, I think. It wasn’t until I went to one of the many events arranged by the WGGB that I realised what the Guild really was: a gathering of brilliant, inspiring writers, many of whom were campaigning tirelessly to ensure better working conditions for people like me. Attending these events provided me with a real chance to talk to writers who were more experienced than I was back then – and who, crucially at the time, were also more familiar with the English writers’ landscape than I was.
“A few years later I was persuaded to join the Film Committee where I began to understand not only how hard-working many of the voluntary committee members were but also learned of the important issues they tackled. Since then we have produced best practice guidelines for film writers, worked to raise awareness of writers’ presence at film festivals and so on, and there’s more work to do… Just as the UK has long since become home, so has the Guild – writing can be a lonely profession, despite today’s social media networks, and standing together with other writers feels like a no-brainer now. And everything else aside, the Guild also offers a great network and a chance to meet and talk to inspiring colleagues working across many different platforms.”