The meetings grew from an effort by guild writers to get in touch with what Tom Fontana, president of the foundation, likes to call “America’s stories.” The plan is to train those who wish to write — with no vetting for talent or professional ambition — in settings far from the entertainment corridors of New York and Los Angeles.
Speaking briefly before the latest workshop began on Friday, Mr. [playwright, Michael] Fontana, a writer-producer on “The Philanthropist,” “Oz” and other series, said that Mr. Weller had urged the foundation to begin with military veterans. The next step might be to counsel auto workers in Detroit.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
In The New York Times, Michael Cieply reports on a seminar for war veterans run by the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation.