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WGA Stories Behind the Stories

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Stuart Beattie | Australia. Photo courtesy Dexter Kim/WGAW

It is a rare treat to see masters at work in any medium, which is why you may walk the streets of New York City and encounter countless tourists taking pictures of overweight men behind counters flicking thin sheets of pizza dough. A luxurious craft, or particularly lucrative? No. But these men are good at what they do, plain and simple, and there is a sense of pride and honesty to their work. This is what brings out the cameras.

For writers, the process is no less hands on and labor-intensive, but there are shockingly few audiences standing around, jaws agape, as tireless men and women hunker over their computers and Moleskines. In fact, most often the complete OPPOSITE is true. Only when writers put down their pens and close their laptops in solidarity against the media conglomerates that pay them, do they get noticed by the masses. The WGA's Writers Strike, just one year removed from today, is the most dramatic and clear example in recent memory. Thankfully those days are behind us. Well, almost.

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Perhaps us, as the glowering and finicky masses, should truly be thankful that screenwriters across the land even decided to return to their craft. Lucky for us, many writers have either too much creativity to keep inside, or they have -quite literally- written themselves out of any other vocation. And on Monday, November 17th at the Writer's Guild of America West (WGAW), a select few attendees were invited to sit down and shake the hands of those who will be bringing many of us the silver screen joys we've come to expect over the holiday season. Called The Stories Behind The Stories, it was a truly remarkable experience that allowed writers to come together and discuss the nature of their craft, the work involved, and their latest accomplishments.