Event Policies

General Guidelines

Invitations to Writers Guild of America, East events and screenings are nontransferable.

Seating at screenings and most events is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. As such, screenings are overbooked to compensate for no-shows. To ensure your seat, we recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes early.

Please note that RSVPs do not guarantee seating at screenings, and no one will be admitted once a film has started.

To ensure the safety and security of all attendees, we ask that members present their Writers Guild membership ID card upon check-in at all screenings. If you have lost your ID card, please email the Membership Department.

Screenings with Q&As

Many Writers Guild screenings include a post-screening Q&A with the film’s writer and, occasionally, other talent. Post-screening Q&As are typically 30 minutes long. As a courtesy to the Q&A participants, members who attend a screening are expected to stay for the full duration of its Q&A.


Invitations to WGA East events typically allow members to RSVP with one (1) guest. However, there are some events for which we are able to accommodate more than one guest, and some for which cannot accommodate guests at all.

When you receive an invitation, the first two lines of the email will explicitly state how many seats you may reserve, e.g.:

  • “The Writers Guild of America, East invites you to attend…” = no guests;
  • “The Writers Guild of America, East invites you and one (1) guest to attend…” = one (1) guest;
  • and so on.

Event Cancellations

We understand that unplanned issues can come up and you may need to cancel your attendance at an event. If that happens, you must provide adequate notice of your cancellation or else you will incur a late-cancellation penalty.

For all events, unless otherwise specified, you must cancel at least 24 hours prior to the beginning of the event to avoid a penalty.

Cancellations must be made by email to events@wgaeast.org; phone cancellations will not be accepted.

Three-Strike Rule

After missing three screenings/events without sending a cancellation notice to events@wgaeast.org within the window defined above, you will be notified that you have been placed on a three-month hiatus from attending WGAE screenings.

Please note that it is your responsibility to track your reservations and strikes. You will only be notified when, upon receiving your third and final strike, you have been placed on hiatus.

Our priority is ensuring that our programming is robustly attended and accessible to all members, and we hope these event policies and guidelines will enable us to better serve the needs of all members.

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