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22 – Karen Pedersen and the WGA Screenplay Library – Tour and Interview

Come along with me on a personal tour of the Writers Guild Foundation’s Shavelson-Webb Library, the only library in the world focused entirely on screenwriting. Our guide will be Head Librarian Karen Pedersen. This library is a Los Angeles institution, stocked with printed matter that is literally “the stuff that Hollywood dreams are made of,” and it hosts many public events with screenwriters.

My sincere thanks to Karen for her generosity in letting us know all about this important library. She’s a consummate professional, and a smart, thoughtful, delightful person to know.

And speaking of smart, thoughtful, delightful people, I’m asking you smart, thoughtful and delightful people to please help me out by sharing my podcast online, and by leaving comments on iTunes and on this website. Also feel free to peruse my videos on YouTube. Thank you very, very much!

12 Comments

  1. Eric Escher on 11/19/2019 at 11:06 AM

    Wonderful!
    I am always looking for other avenues of enlightenment on the net and your podcast has not disappointed.
    Thank you for sharing your efforts with the world. We need to focus on other things than the non ending political drama.
    Hope all is well with you and Jack and family.
    Hugs.
    Eric Escher

    • Andy Moore on 01/10/2020 at 10:29 PM

      Thanks so much Eric! Hugs from the Southwest!

  2. Tanya Wing on 11/19/2019 at 9:25 PM

    Thank you, Andy! I liked it very much – informative, fun to listen.

    • Andy Moore on 01/10/2020 at 10:28 PM

      Thanks Tanya!

  3. Gary A. Mooresfriend on 11/21/2019 at 7:26 PM

    Lol at this moment
    Inscribed on one of the scripts,The writer says, “thank you Darrell Zanuck. It’s been a pleasure working here at 16th century fox.”

  4. Fenton Johnson on 12/01/2019 at 2:03 AM

    Very informative and useful. I especially like Karen’s invocation of the metaphor of architecture, which I often invoke in teaching–“the architecture of a script.” Almost worth the price of the ticket of living in L.A.! I didn’t know WGA published books (“How I Got My Start,” etc.). I’m surprised to hear that you don’t have the clout with the LAPD to keep their sirens out of the background for the duration of the podcast . . . though the siren adds an element of noir.

    • Andy Moore on 01/10/2020 at 10:22 PM

      I thought that Karen said that the “How I Got My Start” type of books were there in the library to read, not that the WGA had published them. Thanks for listening and commenting Fenton!

  5. Dan Gordon on 12/04/2019 at 4:55 PM

    Another fun and informative episode! I did not know there was a screenwriters library and now I hope to visit it someday. A wonderful homage to the oftentimes unsung hero’s of the movie industry. Thank you Andy!

    • Andy Moore on 01/10/2020 at 10:27 PM

      Thanks for listening, Dan!

  6. joanne brasil on 12/25/2019 at 11:23 PM

    Another fascinating episode! I loved this unique look into the library at the Writers’ Guild. Thanks, Andy. And as always the sound of the voices is soothing and interesting at the same time. Can’t wait for the next one!

    • Andy Moore on 01/10/2020 at 10:24 PM

      Thanks JoAnne! You are featured in several early episodes of my show and I’m forever in your debt.

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