Meet The Agents

on Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:34. Posted in Events

Do you want to know what an agent can do for your writing?

The Writers' Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is hosting an event in London on 14 April from 7pm where you can find out about the role of agents in a writer's career.

A panel of agents from different agencies will speak about

  • The role of an agent
  • Whether an agent is essential for your career as a writer
  • When you should start looking for an agent
  • The best way to approach an agent when you're ready

The panel discussion will close with an audience Q&A.

The following agents will be attending:

  • Jean Kitson - Kitson Management
  • Meg Davis - Ki Agency
  • Matthew Bates - Sayle Screen

Tickets are free to members of the WGGB, and for non-members will cost £10 (£5 concessions).  Entry to the event includes a free drink afterwards.

Full details and booking:

Creating Without Conflict

on Friday, 18 October 2013 14:24. Posted in Events

Conference: 19 November, RADA Studios, London

The Guild would like to thank everyone who completed the online survey on bullying as part of the Creating Without Conflict Campaign. We have had a great response across the entertainment industry.

The campaign seeks to challenge bullying and harassment in the entertainment industries. The aim is to raise awareness, to work with employers to create effective policies and procedures that will protect staff and freelance workers from bullying and harassment and empower members to challenge and report incidents without fear of reprisals.

Our recent survey asked members about their experience of bullying and harassment in their industry. The aim was to see how widespread the problem is throughout the entertainment industry.

We will be launching the full findings on 19 November at the Creating without Conflict Conference which will take place at the RADA Studios in Central London from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The morning will explore the survey results and the afternoon will consist of discussion groups, giving members the opportunity to discuss in more detail the issues that have risen from the survey and look at ways of moving forward.

The conference is for members of Writers Guild of Great Britain, BECTU, Equity, Musicians’ Union and NUJ. It is free to attend and a sandwich lunch will be provided, but numbers are strictly limited.


Enquiries: assistant general secretary Ellie Peers: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grassroots Writing

on Friday, 11 October 2013 14:19. Posted in Events

7-9pm, Derby Theatre Studio, Saturday 23 Nov 2013


An evening of insight & discussion, for anyone interested in new writing or pursuing a career as a writer, with wine and refreshments.

Meet our three distinguished Midlands guests who have all, in their way, been strongly influenced by their background and formative experience.

Amanda Whittington - highly successful local playwright, describes how she has to empathise with her characters, however notorious or extraordinary they may be. Her play about Judy Garland opens at Nottingham Playhouse in the New Year.

David Belbin - novelist and creative writing lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, tells how he keeps in continual contact with his community, especially the youth culture he works closely with, for his highly acclaimed young adult fiction.

Naylah Ahmed - award winning playwright, TV dramatist, BBC Radio producer, poet & short story writer, will talk about how her particular cultural background and Birmingham roots have inspired her work.

This event is a joint promotion of The Writers’ Guild with Derby Theatre Arts. Tickets £9. Concessions £6. Box Office 01332 593939 or

FREE to Writers' Guild Members. Ring box office on 01332 593939 to book and bring membership card to collect your ticket.

Adapting for the stage

on Friday, 20 September 2013 18:09. Posted in Events

A Writers' Guild event at Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham as part of the Birmingham Literature Festival

8 October 2013, 4.30pm, £8/£6


To celebrate the opening of the Library of Birmingham and the theatre it shares with the Birmingham REP, a panel of distinguished playwrights discuss their experience of bringing books to the stage. How did they overcome the inherent difficulties? What liberties did they allow themselves to take? And why did they believe the book needed to be adapted in the first place?

Birmingham-based playwright, David Edgar won an Olivier Award for his RSC adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby. Having transferred to New York it went on to win a Tony Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.

Theresa Heskins is the Artistic Director of North Staffordshire’s New Vic Theatre. The novels she’s dramatised include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Bleak House. She has also adapted works for BBC Radio 4.

Michael Fry is the Deputy Director of the East 15 Acting School. His adaptations include Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Emma and The Great Gatsby. His book on adaptation, Playing the Novel, is due to be published next year.

The panel will be chaired by author Helen Cross, whose first novel My Summer of Love was made into a BAFTA award winning film.

Booking details:

Join the Lost Arts human chain for arts & culture

on Monday, 02 September 2013 18:48. Posted in Events

The Writers’ Guild and members of seven other unions will be forming a human chain in front of London’s National Gallery on 18 September to call on government to protect arts and culture funding. The event is being organised by Lost Arts, an affiliation of eight unions whose members have all been affected by cuts to the arts.

Since 2010, the overall budget of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been cut by a third. This has meant a drastic reduction in subsidies and grants to museums, theatres, libraries and other cultural bodies, and led to closures, staffing cuts and reduced access for the public. Local arts and culture is also suffering because of £124 million arts cuts in the department's 2013-14 budgeted expenditure for local government.

The government continues to make cuts to arts and culture and ignore its true value. For every £1 invested in arts and culture, up to £6 is generated for the local economy. Arts and culture costs just 14p per person per week. It is directly responsible for at least £865m of spending by tourists every year. Creative industries employ 2.5 million people and 78% of adults attended or participated in the arts in the last year.

Show your support:

Join the human chain in front of the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London at 6pm on Wednesday 18 September.

Tweet your support for arts funding using #LinkUpForArt

Say you’re going on the Facebook event page and spread the word.