William (Bill) G. Borchert is a multi-published author, national speaker and Emmy Award nominated screenwriter for the highly acclaimed Warner Brothers/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, “My Name Is Bill W.” The film, based on the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, stars James Garner, James Woods, JoBeth Williams and Gary Sinese. It won three Emmy Awards and has become the most watched television movie ever made. Bill won The Christopher Award, The Paul Newman Award, the Vince Lombardi Community Service Award and the Marty Mann Founders Award for the film.
Bill also wrote the screenplay for the Entertainment One/Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, “When Love Is Not Enough” which was based on his book about Lois Wilson, the co-founder of the worldwide fellowship of Al-Anon. The movie stars Academy Award winner Winona Ryder as Lois Wilson and Golden Globe winner Barry Pepper as Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Bill began his career as a journalist in New York City, working as a reporter and writer for one of the nation’s largest daily newspapers. He covered and wrote some of the most important stories at that time- from Martin Luther King’s struggle for racial equality to the nation’s space race to the last execution in Sing Sing Penitentiary’s electric chair.
After working as a feature writer for national magazines and creating syndicated radio shows, Bill became a partner at Artists Entertainment Complex, an independent film production company that went on to produce a number of box office hits including “Kansas City Bomber” starring Raquel Welch, “Serpico” starring Al Pacino and “Dog Day Afternoon” also starring Al Pacino.
Bill has written a number of books including “How I became My Father…A Drunk,” “The Skyline Is a Promise,” “50 Quiet Miracles That Changed Lives,” “When Love Is Not Enough,” “Sought Through Prayer and Meditation,” “When Two Loves Collide,” and “1,000 Years of Sobriety.”
Bill is a popular speaker at major business conventions, college campuses and civic and social organizations about the nation’s/community’s/family’s struggle to combat the plague of alcohol and drug addiction and its social stigma that kills thousands, young and old, every year. Bill’s powerful presentations are both informative and inspirational.
Bill and his wife, Bernadette, live in Stratford, Connecticut. They have nine children and twenty three grandchildren.
Area of Expertise:
Addiction Recovery, Relapse Prevention, Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Motivational Speaker
Emmy Award Winning Screenwriter
Articles By William G. Borchert
Posted on April 11th, 2016
Alcoholism killed almost 100,000 people in the United States last year, according to The Centers for Disease Control. At the same time, the report said more than 50,000 people were slain by drug overdoses. More than half of them were young people between twelve and twenty who took prescription drugs. The government report disclosed that […]
Posted on March 3rd, 2016
It was around the middle of March, 1961 when my drinking got so bad I was finally lured into one of those Twelve Step recovery meetings in a local church basement. I remember like it was yesterday the room being filled with the thick aroma of coffee and cigarette smoke. As I glanced around, I […]