Q/A: Joining the WGA

Q: What does the WGA do and who can join? 

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is a labor union that represents writers. The WGA has created a collective bargaining agreement that signatories adhere to when working with and contracting writers.

The WGA allows writers to register intellectual properties, enforces credits, compensation, and creative rights, hosts special events (including the annual Writers Guild Awards), offers writing programs, produces the 3rd & Fairfax podcast, and publishes the free eNewsletter Now Playingas well as Written By, a magazine on the art, craft, and business of writing in Hollywood.

The WGA also archives scripts through the Writers Guild Foundation’s Library.  

Membership is open to writers based on the amount and type of the writer's employment and/or sales. You can learn more about how to become a member on the Guild's website.

Writers living east of the Mississippi belong to the WGA East and writers residing west of the Mississippi belong to the WGA West.

The WGA allows non-members to register their work, attend certain events, peruse the Guild Signatory List, and subscribe to Written By (or view it online).


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