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How To Support Writers During the WGA Strike

WGA Writers Strike
Screenwriters are striking in Los Angeles and fighting for a living wage. We need to support them and remember that writers are workers too!The Writers Guild of America (WGA) posted this message about the strike: "Writers are facing the most comprehensive assault on compensation and working conditions that they have seen in a generation ... Stand with the 11,500 WGA members who write and produce the TV and films that entertain the world!" I've collected some books and resources to learn more about this crucial fight.

Lessons of the Great Depression

When I wrote my book about writers during the 1930s, I realized that we’ve been fed a very old myth that authors are meant to suffer. At the height of the Great Depression, syndicated newspaper columnist Elise Robinson wrote:“No writer is worth shucks until he can take and has taken punishment ... He’s supposed to go hungry and ragged and cold, to drudge at chores he loathes, to suffer endless humiliation and rejection doing the thing he loves … It MAKES a writer, and weeds out the POSEURS.”That’s a dangerous lie. Authors, screenwriters, and journalists deserve a paycheck to support themselves and their families, and the WGA strike is fighting to keep writing a viable profession. Authors are workers too. We readers need to stand beside them at this historic moment.

Supporting the striking workers

If you want to give your support to these writers, there are many ways to help!

Read more books about writers fighting back!

New York Panorama by Federal Writers Project digital book - Fable

New York Panorama

By Federal Writers Project

Published in the waning years of the Great Depression, this anthology promises "a comprehensive view of the metropolis, presented in a series of articles prepared by the Federal Writers' Project."

Soul of the People by David A. Taylor digital book - Fable

Soul of the People

By David A. Taylor

The story of writers rescued from joblessness by the Federal Writers' Project — turned loose on the landscape with a government mandate to "hold up a mirror to America."

The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today by Jason Boog digital book - Fable

The Deep End: The Literary Scene in the Great Depression and Today

By Jason Boog

By revisiting stories of the Great Depression, this book points the way to how writers today can stand with other progressive forces fighting for economic justice and, in doing so, help save a vital cultural profession under existential threat.

Monster: Living Off the Big Screen by John Gregory Dunne digital book - Fable

Monster: Living Off the Big Screen

By John Gregory Dunne

"I have walked picket lines in three of the four labor stoppages since 1969, when I became a member of the Writers Guild of America," writes Dunne in this mordant account of the eight years it took to get a film made.

Republic of Detours by Scott Borchert digital book - Fable

Republic of Detours

By Scott Borchert

An immersive account of the New Deal project that created state-by-state guidebooks to America, in the midst of the Great Depression—and employed some of the biggest names in American letters.

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