How To Support Writers During the WGA Strike
Lessons of the Great DepressionWhen 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 workersIf you want to give your support to these writers, there are many ways to help!
- Add your voice on social media! The WGA offers these suggestions:
- "Support us on social media using this social media toolkit and by following our official accounts: WGAW Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Threads (@writersguildwest) | WGAE Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, Threads (@wgaeast)."
- Buy a union-made, official WGA-branded shirt or hat to support the WGA.
- If you live in the area, you can actually join writers on a picket line.
- You can donate to the Entertainment Community Fund, helping all the workers standing in solidarity with the writers in Hollywood.
Read more books about writers fighting back!
New York PanoramaBy 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 PeopleBy 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 TodayBy 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 ScreenBy 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 DetoursBy 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.