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. Non-members must pay R50.
Come and learn first hand from a professional showrunner what it is like to work in South Africa's industry and get some tips and even ask some questions.
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.
Click on RSVP to join the session. The link will also be shared on the WGSA Telegram group, and if you have any difficulties connecting, you can post it on the group too.
SHOW RUNNER IN SA
Phathu Makwarela is an award-winning South African producer, and content creator, a.k.a. a showrunner. Originally his parents wished for him to pursue a career as an engineer and he completed a motor mechanics course and passed.
But fortunately for us, "he begged his uncle to assist him in persuading his parents to let him pursue a career in television.“
He now co-owns Tshedza Pictures, with Gwydion Beynon. The company’s best work includes the creation of 1Magic’s telenovela, THE RIVER, the brainchild of the young creative writer, which won 11 Golden Horns at the 14th SAFTAs and received an International Emmy Award nomination. Other Phathu Makwarela shows under Tshedza Pictures are: LEGACY, a new M-Net telenovela that premiered in September 2020, THE REPUBLIC on Mzansi Magic, IGAZI GIYANI: LAND OF BLOOD, a Xitsonga series on SABC2, THE QUEEN on Mzansi Magic, GOMORA on Mzansi Magic.
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.
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