A Letter From The New Chair of WGI

30th September 2020 by admin

Dear members

It is my honour to introduce myself formally to you all as the new Chair of the Writers’ Guild of Ireland. I feel very grateful to be taking over as Chair of the Guild from my colleague Thomas McLaughlin who has led the Guild so well for the past number of years. A huge thank you to Thomas for steering the Guild through good times and bad, with his own unique sense of style and leadership.

For those of you who don’t already know me, I look forward to getting to know you all in the coming while. I have served as a board member since 2015, and more recently have been the Guild’s Deputy Chair. Outside of my work with the Guild, I am a screenwriter, working most regularly on RTE’s Fair City for the past 8 years.

I first joined the Guild back in 2008, when I got my first TV drama commission as a writer on TG4’s Seomra a Se. It was when I became a regular writer on Fair City in 2012, that I realised how important the Guild is to its’ membership. As soap writers, we are (relatively speaking) better protected from the fickleness of the industry, but even still, it became quickly apparent how important it is for all of us as writers to stand together.

It’s a strange time to be taking over in the middle of this COVID pandemic. In some ways it feels like as a writing community we are more isolated than we have been before. But I also believe that more than ever, the Guild is important as a voice for writers. As Chair I will lead the board of the Guild, but ultimately, my role (and that of the Guild) is to serve the membership. I want WGI to be a Guild that is member focused, that has a proactive voice in the industry, and above all, that provides a sense of community and collaboration for all writers, across Film, Television, Theatre and Radio, and centres writers as the key creative voice at the heart of every production.

I look forward to working closely with you all,

Jennifer

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