The WGSA currently has a 50% discount on all membership fees until the end of September!
Full Membership (have had scripts produced): R350 Candidate Membership (emerging / have not yet had scripts produced): R250 Student Membership (students with valid student registration): R110 Corporate Membershp: R600
To make use of this special offer, click on JOIN THE WGSA button below, scroll to the bottom of the Application Process page and follow the EFT instructions.
The Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) in collaboration with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) has developed a screenwriting programme for emerging screenwriters, which has been translated into all South African official languages.
The programme covers the following main areas:
Screenwriting is a Job
The programme is practical and the intended outcome is that each participant will complete a short film script over the two-and-a-half day programme.
Refreshments are served on all 3 days, and a light lunch on the 2 full days.
The programme is FREE to WGSA members.
To avoid dissappointment, make your booking NOW. Due to Covid regulations we can only accommodate 10 seats per group.
The WGSA Professional Development team has been pulling out all the stops to realize online sessions with industry professionals for our members and non-members. These sessions are their weight worth in gold because under normal circumstances it's not easy to make contact with these professionals.
The classes are FREE for members, and R50 for non-members.
Non-members: please make a payment to our bank account and upload the proof of payment on the RSVP form.
WGSA Banking Details FNB Business Account Branch No: 250655 / Randparkridge Account No: 62886952467 REFERENCE: Please use "PDP / your name and surname"
Below is the Spring Fever Schedule for you to pick and choose from.
RSVP at the latest noon 2 days prior to the session you want to attend and you will receive your Zoom link 24 hours before the event.
The WGSA Muse Awards celebrate and honour the creativity and craft of performance writing, such as audio-visual, stage and game narrative writing, in Africa.
Our entry portal for 2021 is OPEN!
This competition is only for members of the WGSA as part of our mission to protect, empower, and develop South African performance writers.
Launched in 2013, the awards are the brainchild of former WGSA Chairperson, Harriet Meier, “It is an award for writers by writers, which finally shines the spotlight on the often-forgotten custodians of SA arts and culture”.
Over and above the prestige of winning the award, there are also great prizes to be won!
The awards are for produced as well as un-produced scripts, in any genre.
Closing Dates For Entries:
Early Bird - 30 November 2021: R150.00
Standard Entry - 31 December 2021: R250.00
Final Entry - 31 January 2022: R400.00
All entries in indigenous languages get a 30% discount!
At the beginning of August this year, the WGSA launched their latest tool for empowering performance writers, the ULTIMATE MEMBER service.
What is an Ultimate Member? All our members are to us ultimate, so the service is for all our members whether you are just starting out as a student / aspiring screenwriter who joined as candidate, or an established, seasoned performance writer.
How does it empower performance writers? By making them visible to people looking for writers, whether it is for film, television, stage, radio or games. If you have written for performances, or want to, then this is where people can go to find you. This is your stage, your platform, your spotlight. Producers, directors, story tellers, you name it. Anyone around the world will be able to search for writers and find you on our website. It is a free service to the public, and included in our membership benefits, so it's a service at no extra costs to anyone.
Having a profile in the website of a writers guild also help because it shows that you are a member, which means you will conduct yourself professionally and at the same time you're backed by the guild if problems should arise.
After joining the WGSA, how is the profile created and updated? You are the only one who can create your profile and keep it updated. The system has been designed to be easily completed and pictures and documents, like your CV, to your profile, and at the same time you agree not to publish any false or inaccurate information. You also choose which information you want to have publisized, for instance, most people don't want to put in their physical addresses when they work from home, so you don't fill that in (we do recommend, though, that you say in which province you are based).
Tip: before completing your profile, have some pictures ready to choose from, and update your CV, and scanned copies of all the other documents required. That way, filling in the sections will be quick and easy.
HOW TO EDIT YOUR PROFILE
1. When you join the WGSA, you receive an email welcoming you, as well as the following email:
The WGSA recognizes the dire impact of Covid-19 on our film, television and theatre industry and values all frontline health workers as well as those in our industry that continue to go to work to bring us news and entertainment. For your COVID-19 Vaccine Registration go to: health.gov.za