Membership

Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA)
Membership Benefits

Professional Development

  • Monthly training sessions in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban. In 2016 we took our workshops to Soweto.
    • These are either knowledge share sessions (3 to 4 hours) or a full day workshop with a professional performance writer.
    • The sessions also offer a great platform for interaction with one’s peers.
  • Annual master class with a professional performance writer / teacher from abroad. In May 2016, the WGSA hosted the Peter Russell workshop.
  • The WGSA Annual Muse Awards:
    • Honouring the South African performance writers – an award for writers by writers. This is also a huge opportunity to get your work read by industry professionals, local and international.
    • In 2019, this will form part of the screenwriters’ conference the Guild will be hosting.
    • Our Great Idea Competition will run simultaneously in 2019.

Communication

  • Networking and marketing of your work: In 2015 the WGSA started to make use of the Department of Trade and Industry’s SSAS scheme, through which the WGSA can take 20 writers to 4 different international markets per year.
  • Local networking and pitching sessions with local producers.
  • The WGSA is a member of SASFED (South African Screen Federation) and therefore has access to Government and is able to discuss issues around performance writers with these governing bodies.
  • As a member of the International Association of Writers Guilds, the WGSA has access to knowledge and shared experiences from guilds that are far more advanced than our own.
  • The WGSA has membership to the Blacklist, where WGSA members can upload their work free of charge.
  • Regular job alerts and calls for scripts and competitions.
  • Access to discounted prices on Final Draft

Legal Services

  • Behind the scenes, the WGSA council and its executive officer are lobbying for the rights of performance writers:
    • The copyright bill has now been revised and we are awaiting finalisation.
    • Standard rates – beneficial to performance writers.
    • Standard contracts – beneficial to performance writers. We are in negotiations with IPO.
  • The WGSA offers an inexpensive script registry to protect your work and proof ownership. [See Script Registry]
  • Advice on contractual and industry related issues. However, since the WGSA does not have lawyers, we do not provide legal advice or legal representation.

Membership Application Process

  • Complete and submit the online application form below
  • Attach all the relevant requested information
  • Members who are renewing their membership need to update their contact details by email to admin@writersguildsa.org.
  • You will receive an invoice for your membership fees, make payment and send proof of payment to accounts@writersguildsa.org
  • Your membership will be confirmed with a receipt.

Membership Fees
2018 / 2019

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • Should your status change during the year, you need to apply for upgrading
  • WGSA Membership is valid for 1 year
  • Please ensure that you submit an application form to admin@writersguildsa.org

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

WGSA BANKING DETAILS:
WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Northcliff
Branch No: 006305
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type: Current

PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND SURNAME AS REFERENCE FOR THE PROOF OF PAYMENT