Membership Criteria / The Writers’ Charter / Screenwriting & TV Credits Agreement

Membership Criteria

Membership in the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds is not open to individual screenwriters. Writers are represented at the affiliation by their home guilds, links to which are attached to the individual logos within this site. The IAWG facilitates membership in multiple guilds and initiation fees are waived when a member of one affiliated guild joins another affiliated guild.

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The Writers’ Charter

The Writers’ Charter was adopted on June 4th, 1986 at the Annual Conference of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds held in Toronto, Canada. On June 3rd, 1987 at the Annual Conference held in Los Angeles, USA, the Charter was adopted as the Preamble to the Affiliation Agreement. The writer is a primary creator of works of imagination, entertainment and enlightenment.

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Credits Agreement

When two or more writers contribute to a screenplay, the determination of credit is not always straightforward. IAWG members have developed thorough procedures to arbitrate disputes over the awarding of credits and the Affiliation has adopted the following agreement for resolving differences when two guilds have members writing on the same theatrical motion picture or television drama.

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