I’ve blogged before about why I think you should join the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.
But I think it’s worth going through it one more time.
- They have a very good pension scheme
- They will have their lawyers look through your contracts in order to prevent you from being fucked
- There is a welfare fund to assist you should you fall on hard times.
- They negotiate minimum rates for theatre, television, film, and radio
- They will give you advice and help on all aspects of writing
You could say: Well, I’m doing all right on my own, why do I need them?
Because your position becomes more powerful, not less, when you are part of a group. Because – and I hate to have to be the one to break it to you – producers and directors do not have your best interests at heart. They have their own. And that’s as it should be.
Anyway, this Wednesday, 13th May 2009, the Guild is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. So there’s going to be a special offer.
To become a member you need to call the Guild’s Membership Team on 01952 214 063 between 9.30am and 5.30pm on 13th May 2009 and quote the WGGB Anniversary Offer. The offer’s strictly limited to 50 people, though. You know. Being a 50th anniversary deal and all.
It’s a good deal.