NZWG membership is your entry to the New Zealand industry. We can provide the information, support and advice you need to further your career. We have the knowledge that comes from over thirty years of working for writers in the New Zealand industry.
We are also a part of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds (IAWG), meaning we are always up to date with international trends and developments.
We exist to support writers. By joining us you increase the bargaining power and standing of all script writers and, therefore, your own power.
The NZWG boasts over 600 members, including almost all the professional script writers working in New Zealand. If you are serious about script writing you need to become a member.
See the list of NZWG Services for some of the benefits of belonging.
Members receive free legal advice on contracts within the screen industry, advice on recommended rates of pay for scriptwriters, the weekly e-bulletin via email, access to the NZWG library and reduced rates on registration and Final Draft. Membership also gains you member rates to workshops and discounts to other industry events. Your membership card will also entitle you to a variety of discounts with bookstores, theatres, film festivals and lots more.
Full members are also eligible to advertise in our Find a Writer section.
Full – a writer with at least 50 minutes of produced script writing credits.
Associate – a writer who has yet to have their script writing produced.
Associate Unwaged – a writer who has yet to have their script writing produced and who is currently unwaged or a student (copy of a current Community Services card or Student ID required).
Not sure about which membership type you are? Check here for a fuller explanation!
Joining Fee $60
The joining fee is an administration fee and is paid only once (in addition to the annual sub) provided continuous membership is then maintained.
Associate Unwaged $99
Full Membership C (Income from screenwriting in previous year under $10,000) $180
Full Membership B (Income from screenwriting in previous year $10,001 – $30,000) $230
Full Membership A (Income from screenwriting in previous year $30,001+) $280
Full Membership A+ (Income from screenwriting in previous year $50,001+) $400
Joining in March-May or September-November? For pro-rata payment options go to the Membership Form at the top of this page. There is a pro-rata chart at the foot of the form.