Gay scribes compare notes

'Face/Off' writer Werb has mini-epiphany at event

HOLLYWOOD — One less lawyer, one more screenwriter.

That was one panelist’s take on homosexuality’s impact on career choices during “Gay Writers in a Straight World: The Emotional Journey,” held Oct. 21 at the Writers Guild of America West. “Face/Off” scribe Mike Werb said he came to this realization when co-panelist John August (“Big Fish”) claimed gay children develop a sense of observation that serves them well as writers.

“I just had a mini-epiphany,” Werb said, adding he would have become an attorney had he not been gay.

Confab, moderated by author-psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo and sponsored by the WGA’s Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee, drew about 100 scribes. Other panelists included writer-producers Michael Besman, Richard Kramer and Lee Rose and State Sen. Sheila Kuehl, who portrayed Zelda Gilroy on “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.”

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