USVAA Veterans Writing Workshop
“USVAA has been instrumental in my transition from being an Air Force Officer to becoming a working television writer. The mentors have provided nothing short of phenomenal guidance and honest feedback when it came to making my writing shine. I owe my confidence in my own writing abilities to USVAA.”
Jalysa Conway, veteran, USAF, Staff Writer/Story Editor, Grey’s Anatomy
“Through the mentorship of the USVAA professional volunteers, I have been able to develop my craft as a writer in an environment that is both artistically safe and professionally exacting. As an emerging writer, access to such an environment cannot be underestimated or over appreciated.”
Kadyn Michaels, Finalist, 2018 Francis Ford Coppola Screenwriting Competition
USVAA has worked with the Writers Guild Foundation since the first year of their Veterans Writing Program in 2010. We are proud to collaborate on their annual Veterans Writing Weekend Retreat as part of our overall mission to assist veterans through professional development in the arts, humanities and the entertainment industry.
The WGF program is a phenomenal success and has provided USVAA with a structured and unique opportunity to conduct a series of ongoing monthly writing workshops at our theater in Culver City to further develop the writing talent of the veterans with whom we work.
The workshops, facilitated by Writers Guild members who donate their time and resources to develop novels, screenplays and television scripts written by veterans are free of charge and open to all veterans.
We greatly appreciate the continued support for this program provided by SONY and Final Draft, which offers discounted prices to veterans.
For more information, please contact Tim Wurtz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Timothy is a writer-producer, a partner in November Media, LLC, an independent production and publishing company and a former reporter. He earned a BA from the University of Denver then served in the U.S. Army.
He has written and produced numerous motion picture and TV projects. Tim’s movies have been official film festival selections 34 times. Awards include four for Best Picture and a Gold Special Jury Prize at the Houston World Fest.
Additionally, Tim has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension, the American Film Institute’s Public Service Program and currently at the Writers Guild Foundation’s Military Veterans Writers Workshop.
Sam is the co-author of JEWTOPIA, the longest running comedy in Off-Broadway theatrical history, and Los Angeles theatrical history. There have been hundreds of other JEWTOPIA productions in cities throughout the US and Canada.
In 2012, JEWTOPIA: THE MOVIE went into production starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jon Lovitz, Tom Arnold, Rita Wilson, Jamie Lynn Siegler and Wendie Malick. On the TV side, Sam has sold multiple pilots to various network and cable channels including CBS, FOX, TBS, and the Disney Channel. He’s currently a writer/producer on Disney Channel’s number one live action show, ANDI MACK.
Jalysa Conway hails from the mean streets of Washington DC. The daughter of a Police Sergeant and an Army Specialist, she went on to graduate from the University of Virginia, and commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. Uncle Sam taught her how to hack, and then let her roam the globe. She spent five years on active duty as a Cyber Operations Officer, in places like Mississippi, Latvia, Italy, and good ole Alabama. In that time, she lead over 150 Cyber troops as Flight Commander and even taught for a stint at Officer Training School. She’s been read into things that’d make you want to shit your pants. After receiving her MFA in Creative Writing, she traded in her M-9 for a pen, left the military, and secured a job in ShondaLand as Shonda Rhimes’s second assistant. Since then, she’s gone on to become a writer on staff at GREY’S ANATOMY. Jalysa hopes to regale the television world with the stories she has heard, seen, and experienced. And she still holds a Top Secret clearance, so she’ll try not to get anyone blacklisted while she does.
Christina Hoag is the author of two novels Girl on the Brink (Fire & Ice YA, 2016) and Skin of Tattoos (Martin Brown, 2016) and co-authored the nonfiction book Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence (Turner, 2014). She has also had short stories, essays and poetry published. A former journalist for the Miami Herald and Associated Press, she reported from Latin America for Time, Business Week, Financial Times and the New York Times, among other media.
Alyssa is a get-stuff-done type person with a fun loving, goofy side. She strongly believes in working hard and playing hard – often at the same time. After graduating from studies in Theater and Business, she’s developed her skills as not only a writer and actor, but as a smart and fearless Producer. She has Produced feature films like Seaside (starring Tony Nominated Ariana DeBose), documentary work for Cartoon Network, Misfits (starring Paige McKenzie) for Disney’s Free Period, and many commercials, industrial videos and viral content.