Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Notice of the 2019 WGSA Annual General Meeting

Notice of the
2019 WGSA Annual General Meeting

In line with the 2014 WGSA Constitution you are hereby notified that the 2019 WGSA Annual General Meeting will take place on:
 13 July 2019 at 10h00.
To date only 12 members responded to our previous call, which does not constitute a quorum.  We urge ALL MEMBERS to please make an effort to attend or at last indicate their willingness to participate via zoom.

Venues for Johannesburg and Cape Town will be announced in due course.  Members outside of these two centers will be able to participate in the AGM via ZOOM
1.  Opening and Welcome
Chairperson - Harriet Meier 
2.  Attendance
2.1  Proxies and Apologies
2.2  Establish Quorum
Public Officer:  Thea Aboud
3.  Acceptance of Agenda
Chairperson:  Harriet Meier
4.  Acceptance of Minutes of the Previous AGM on 30 April 2019 
Chairperson:  Harriet Meier
6.  Constitutional Changes
6.1  Voting
Public Officer:  Thea Aboud
7.  Chairperson's Report
7.1  Acceptance
Chairperson:  Harriet Meier
8.  Portfolio reports
8.1  Professional Development and Membership
8.2  Communications, Relations and Marketing
8.3  Legal Services
9.  Treasurer's Report
Treasurer:  Lukhanyo Sikwebu
10. New Business
Chairperson:  Harriet Meier
11. Election of council and election results
Public Officer:  Thea Aboud
12. Closing
Chairperson:  Harriet Meier

The current WGSA council would like to table changes to the Constitution.  Please see attached all relevant information.  Kindly study these changes before the meeting and direct all enquiries to

PLEASE NOTE that we require a two thirds majority vote to pass the changes to the constitution, and urge all members to please vote.

Documentation attached:
1)  The minutes of the previous AGM of 30 April 2018.
2)  The approved 2014 WGSA Constitution
3)  The proposed 2019 WGSA Constitution
4)  A summary of all proposed changes for easy reference
5)  The 2018/2019 Auditor Report and Financial Statement


Nominations for council members has also been extended and will now close on 5 July 2019 at 12h00. Voting for Election of the 2019/2020 WGSA Council will open at 12h00 on 8 July 2019 and will remain open until 10h00 on 13 July 2019.

1) Existing council members need no nomination, but need to confirm that they are members in good standing (fully paid up), and that they are prepared to stand for another cycle. Their standing has to be seconded.
2) Full and Candidate Members may nominate themselves or may be nominated by another Full or Candidate member. If they are nominated by another member, the nominee needs to confirm via email that they accept the nomination.  Nominees must be members in good standing (paid up members).
) Voting members may ask direct questions of any of the nominees via, and nominees are expected to respond to the best of their ability.
) Electronic voting will take place via SURVS. Every voting member will get the link and the system will only allow one person to vote per link to ensure that every member only votes once. If two members reside at the same premises and make use of the same computer, the second person will need to contact

Only Full and Candidate Members in good standing (members who have valid membership on 8 July 2019 will receive access to the electronic voting process.

Please click below to indicate attendance or if you will participate via zoom, to nominate yours3lf and others for council or to appoint a proxy

2019 WGSA AGM:  Attendance, Proxy Appointments & Council Nominations


WGSA presents:

DATE:     JOHANNESBURG:  20 July 2019
TIME:      9h00 to 16h30

In this workshop, Dylan will cover how to create a series bible which include Logline, Series Overview, Characters, Pilot Synopsis, Episode Outlines, Future Season Outlines, Locations, Themes, Styles, Tones and anything else deemed necessary to make your pitch deck stand out. 

What is a Series Bible?
Do you prepare a word document bible or a flashy image presentation bible?
What is in it and do you need a pilot script as well to pitch?
Logline: Who is the main character or main characters. What is their conflict and what will keep the story moving forward over 4 or 5 seasons.
Pitch: An overview of your series in 1 or 2 paragraphs.
Characters: Get to know your main and supporting characters.
Pilot Episode Synopsis: Setup your characters and story for episodes and seasons to come.
Episodes Outline: Strong episode concepts of your first season.
Future Season Outlines: 4 to 5 season concepts. This is critical in pitching a show. Longevity it crucial in any show that will be picked up by a network.
Locations, Themes, General Notes, Styles, Tones can all be added in.

Dylan Ben-Israel was born and raised in Johannesburg and has spent his career writing and producing between South Africa and the United States. He has written locally for the likes of Franz Cronje, Ronnie Apteker, Lance Samuels, Mbongeni Ngema and others. 

He has just finished writing The Dead Sea, a horror/thriller for producer Sam Feuer (First Grader, The Translator) of Big Boy Films. Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black, Man on Fire, The Shack) is attached to star and produce. 

HIs script I’ll Get You was recently sold and is scheduled to begin production towards the end of 2019 as well as Forged, his action series which has a potential US pilot planned for production in 2020.

His script The Donor, a female driven story about a psychologist who is kidnapped to have her organs harvested, recently made the semi-finals in Screencraft’s action/thriller genre contest, is financed and is currently out to talent and directors.   

He is currently writing the Shyamalan-esque original drama script Splitting Daisies
Bookings essential:  Bookings close on 17 July at 12h00

WGSA Student members - R50
Members / Students with valid student card / Affiliated organisation:  R200
Non-Members:  R300

To secure your booking:  Please pay the required cover charge to our bank account:

WGSA Current Account
Standard Bank, Melville
Branch No: 006105
Acc No: 300082444
Acc type:  Current
Please use your name and surname as reference

After payment, BOOK HERE
Not a WGSA Member?



The WGSA in association with the Scribe Writers Room is again holding a series of “Basic Screenwriting” classes from 6 July 2019 to 31 August 2019.

This course has in the past been well attended so to ensure that you don’t miss out, book your spot now by filling out the application at the bottom of this page

Comments from previous students include:

"Extremely insightful and well-structured programme."
"Definitely would recommend these classes to aspiring screen writers."
"The lessons run at quite a pace, so there's little chance of distraction."
"Classes were extremely educational and they were building blocks to the process of writing our films"

WGSA Members - R150.00 cash per Saturday
Non-Members - R200.00 cash per Saturday
There is an up-front payment discount available... payments must show in the WGSA account before 05 July 2019. Details will be sent to you once you register by filling out the application below
WGSA Members - R1 000.00
Non-Members - R1 300.00

Urban Brew Studios, Brightwater Commons, Republic Road, Randburg, 2194, Johannesburg.
Learners attending all 8 classes will receive a certificate

06 July - Screenplay Formatting
13 July - Genres, Loglines & the Premise
20 July - NO CLASS (DIFF in Durban)
27 July - The Story World & the Writers Voice
03 August - Writing Characters
10 August - Story Structure
17 August - Setting the Scene / Introducing a Character
24 August - Writing Action
31 August - Writing Dialogue

For more information about class content and Scribe Writers Room visit
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