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 seminar 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 2018, this will form part of the screenwriters’ conference the Guild will be hosting. Submissions for the Muse Awards will commence from October to end December, with the award ceremony in March 2018.
    • Our Great Idea Competition will run simultaneously in 2018.


  • 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. This year, this has been reduced to one market per year. WGSA sent 15 writers to London in September 2017.
  • Local networking and pitching sessions with local producers.
  • The WGSA is a member of SASFED (the South Africa 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. We are in the process of collating rates from each broadcaster and we will post these on our website.
    • Standard contracts – beneficial to performance writers. We are in negotiations with IPO.
    • In 2018 the WGSA will register a collecting society in collaboration with SASFED, that will collect residuals and royalties on behalf of the film industry
  • The WGSA offers an inexpensive script registry to protect your work and proof ownership. [See below]
  • 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 and Script Registration Process

Member Registration Process

  • Request an application form from
  • Members who are renewing their membership need to update their contact details.
  • Submit completed application form, copy of ID and proof of payment.
  • Your registration number will be emailed to you.

Script Registry Process

  • All people [members and non-members] who want to register a script must provide an affidavit that is not older than three months stating their ownership of the script.
  • All scripts must be submitted in pdf format.
  • Writers can submit up to three drafts of a particular script at no additional cost. From the 4th draft additional charges will be incurred @R100 per revision.
  • Writers will be charged separately for the different products.
  • For a script to be registered each writer must submit the script in pdf, a copy of ID and an affidavit that is not older than three months.

Membership Fees
2017 / 2018

Script Registry Fees

Note: Renewal refers to existing members and registration refers to new members


  • 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

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