At the AWG we promote and protect the interest and standing of writers who originate or adapt written material for performance. We support our members through an extensive program of industrial campaigns, legal assistance, professional development services, initiatives, events and advice. Every day we find new ways to support our members, but here’s a brief summary of our services:
The AWG assists our members in the development of their craft by providing professional development opportunities throughout the year. These include: masterclasses with some of the world’s most respected writers and developers; seminars on craft and genre; mentorship programs; and a number of professional initiatives designed to give our members opportunity and support in their craft and careers. The AWG also works closely with other industry organisations and government bodies to develop further opportunities for our members.
The AWG presents a number of initiatives and competitions throughout the year that provide members with a opportunities to develop their professional experience and foster their craft. These include internships, masterclass positions, and funding, in addition to the industry recognition that comes from winning an AWG initiative or competition.
For our more experienced members the AWG administers a number of high profile fellowships, including the FOXTEL Fellowship – recognising achievement in television writing.
Two of our most popular competitions and initiatives are the INSITE Award for Unproduced Screenplays and the AWG FremantleMedia Neighbours Initiative, providing two writers with six week internships with the Neighbours script department.
Throughout the year we hold a number of events for our members. These include: screenings of members' films followed by Q&A sessions with the writer, and often the producer and director; industry forums; writer/producer speed networking; ‘In Conversation’ presentations with some of Australia’s most respected performance writers; festival events and panels; and monthly member meetings. A major annual event is the FOXTEL Screenwriter's Address, presented by the Australian Writers’ Foundation.
These events provide fantastic opportunities to network within the writing community and the industry, to share ideas and form professional relationships, and to gain from the experience of other writers.
For information on current events, please select your state from tthe Events menu.
The AWGIE Awards are the Australian Writers' Guild’s annual awards for excellence in screen, stage, radio and new media writing. The ‘AWGIES’ are the only peer-assessed awards for performance writers with judging based on the written script – the writer's intention – rather than the finished production.
With the generous assistance of our supporters, over $100,000 in special prizes and fellowships are presented at the awards, including the $25,000 FOXTEL Fellowship for television writers and the $15,000 John Hinde Award for Science Fiction. The recipient of the Major AWGIE, for Outstanding Australian Script of the Year, receives the $10,000 Copyright Agency Limited Peer Recognition Prize.
For more information on the AWGIE Awards click here.
The National Screenwriters' Conference is a biennial conference presented by the Australian Writers’ Guild and is a must for every writer working in film, television and interactive media. The National Screenwriters’ Conference aims to:
The conference features: sessions dealing with craft; local and global production environments; case studies of Australian and overseas work across film, television and interactive media; and masterclasses with the world’s leading screenwriters. Beyond the sessions there are: networking opportunities and social events; micro-mentorships; and opportunities to find out what producers and networks really want.
After extensive research and consultation with the best development professionals in Australia and internationally across film, television and theatre, we have created a best practice script assessment service designed to give writers constructive and balanced evaluation of their draft scripts.
Our not-for-profit service provides you with choices to suit your experience level and the stage of your script’s development. This includes two tiers of assessment and a range of reporting and consultation options.
Our assessment team has been selected to include over 40 high quality assessors, ensuring an excellent standard of assessment and fast turnaround.
For more information on Script Assessment click here.
With over 10,000 scripts given additional protection, it's no surprise that script registration is one of the most popular services we offer to writers at all career stages. Each script is assigned a unique number in our electronic registration tracking system, then archived in a document storage vault for ten years.
For more information on Script Registration click here.
The AWG works for Australian writers no matter where their work is shown. In 1996 we established the Australian Writers' Guild Authorship Collecting Society (AWGACS), to collect international royalties for its Australian and New Zealand members.
These royalties arise from:
In 2007 AWGACS collected a million dollars in overseas royalties for the first time. The royalties from overseas can only increase year by year with the addition of 11 more overseas partners. AWGACS now has contracts with 15 overseas collecting societies: Argentina, Chile, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Mauritius, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.
You are eligible to join AWGACS if you are an Australian or New Zealand film or television writer. Membership is free.
For more information on AWGACS click here.