International Affiliation of Writers Guilds

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The International Affiliation of Writers Guilds is an international trade union federation representing guilds of professional screenwriters and playwrights. Some affiliates also belong to national trade union federations.


The IAWG strives to ensure that fair royalties and residuals are collected by enforcement of copyrights. If a member of one guild emigrates to another country or the movie or play is exported, member guilds automatically recognize their membership through reciprocal agreements.

A core function is the registering of scripts to verify original authorship. Most affiliates also have annual award ceremonies to celebrate accomplishments in the craft.


The International Writers' Guild was founded in 1966 by unions from the United Kingdom, United States, and Yugoslavia. It gradually grew, but in 1986 it was replaced by the "International Affiliation of Writers' Guilds", with its founding members all being in English-speaking countries. It has since expanded, with affiliates from several other countries. In 2007, it organised an International Day of Solidarity with the Writers Guild of America strike. Since 2009, it has worked closely with the Federation of Screenwriters in Europe.[1][2]



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  1. ^ Coldrick, Percy; Jones, Philip (1979). The International Directory of the Trade Union Movement. New York: Facts on File. p. 219. ISBN 0871963744.
  2. ^ "Who We Are". International Affiliation of Writers Guilds. Retrieved 12 November 2019.