Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA)
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.