Web Account FAQ

I don’t have a login. How do I create one?

Only Current, Post-Current, and Emeritus WGAE members are eligible for this service. Writers Guild of America West members cannot currently access the system.

A list of requirements to join the Guild is available here. For further information, read What Is the Guild? or contact the Membership Department.

If you are eligible to create a login, you may do so at the Account Setup page.

“Your Login Has Expired” message after initial login

If cookies are not enabled, you may receive the following error message upon initial logon:

“Your login has expired.”

Cookies are “(a) collection of information, usually including a username and the current date and time, stored on the local computer of a person using the World Wide Web, used chiefly by websites to identify users who have previously registered or visited the site.” (dictionary.com) Only the website that created the cookie can access it. Cookies allow the wgaeast.org website to confirm we are passing your Residuals and other information to your computer throughout your online session.


To access your web account, your browser must accept cookies.

If AOL, you have 2 options — you can enable the AOL browser to accept cookies or you can log into AOL, then access the account via Internet Explorer.

Read these instructions for how to enable cookies for various browsers. If instructions for your browser are not listed, try clicking on “Help” in your browser, and doing a search for “Cookies.”

What is the best practice to choose a strong password?

  • Your password must be between 6 and 20 characters or numbers long.
  • Your password is not case-sensitive.
  • Choose a strong password — not one that could easily be guessed.
  • Be creative.

Do NOT use:

  • Any login ID or password already in use: birthdays, names, information about your computer, phone numbers, Social Security numbers, Driver’s license or license plate numbers.
  • Words that could easily be identified with the user.
  • Any word in an English or foreign dictionary.
  • Proper nouns. Place names.
  • Any of the above spelled backwards.
  • Any of the above prepended or followed by a single digit.

Do use:

  • Numerals and special characters such as * & ^ +.
  • Upper and lower case letters.
  • Symbols which look like or sound like letters or words, e.g., instead of ‘timetogo’ use ‘Tyme2GO’.
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