Have you written a novel? A television pilot? A screenplay perhaps? Then you should probably be a member of the Writers Guild of America. Having a dispute with fellow writers over credits to your magnum opus? The Guild can help. Need assistance with copyrighting your property? They do that, too.

Since its inception in 1933 the WGA has provided a wide range of resources for writers, including access to facilities, legal support and networking opportunities.

But it’s not just the traditional narrative screenwriters the WGA serves to support and protect: As proof of its dedication to the art, the WGA’s latest expansion includes new divisions to distinctly recognize writers for animated television series (with plans to embrace animated feature film writers as well), cable documentaries (including reality TV) and video games and electronic media. “As new methods of content distribution provide increased creative and economic opportunities for writers, the WGAW [will continue] to work to ensure that our guild members… are not only compensated for the reuse of their work, but receive their fair share for new content they develop, no matter the genre or media,” the Writers Guild of America, West explains in a statement to MM. As the years progress, and the term “writer” grows ever-more complicated, the WGA is sure to be right there to help the future generation of writers, in all their many incarnations.

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Sound off: The Writers Guild of America has been expanding in an attempt to grow along with the term of “writer.” What type of writer should the Guild be including next? What do you think is the next frontier for writers? Talk back in the comments section of the blog!