Writing Programs

ABC Discovers Talent Showcase-Original Scenes

Submission Deadline: MAY 18, 2018

Submission Materials: Original two-character scene (maximum six pages); Résumé; Application; Release Form.

About the Program (from their site)
One Night Event Produced by ABC Talent and Casting Department Showcases New Talent to Invited Audience of Casting Directors, Talent Agents, Managers and other Industry Professionals.

Showcase Actors are Awarded:

  • One year mentorship with executives from the ABC Casting Department
  • On-camera workshops
  • Access to various ABC and ABC Studios executives

Past participants have successfully navigated the entertainment industry to become some of the most notable stars of this generation, including Academy-Award® winning actress Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave,” Gina Rodriguez, 2015 Golden Globe Winner for Best Actress in a Comedy, “Jane The Virgin,” Chadwick Boseman of “Black Panther” and Randall Park of “Fresh Off The Boat,” among many others.


Disney | ABC Writing Program

Submission Deadline: JUNE 1, 2018

Submission Materials: Original Pilot Script; Another Original Script or a Spec Script; Summary Forms; Résumé; Essay; Letters of Recommendation (optional).

About the Writing Program (from their site)
During the Program, the primary goal is to staff Program Writers on Disney │ ABC Television Group (DATG) series as staff writers. Staffing is not guaranteed. The Program also provides engagement with executives, producers and literary representatives, designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a television writing career. The twelve-month Program begins in February and ends in January of the following year. Please note that time frames are subject to change. For at least the first month of the Program, writers participate in a curriculum designed to better prepare for staffing consideration. Past activities have included: workshops led by veteran television writers, producers and Program alumni; improvisational workshops; and networking mixers with executives.


CBS Writers Mentoring Program

Submission Period: MARCH 1 – MAY 1, 2018

Submission Materials: Original Pilot, Stage Play or Short Fiction Story; Spec Script; Application; Letter of Interest; Work Résumé or Bio; Release form

About the Writing Program (from their site)
There are many different paths writers can follow to get their first foothold in being hired in television. As part of its ongoing commitment to create additional access for writers of diverse backgrounds CBS’ Diversity Institute has launched a different kind of writers program which highlights one of those paths. The focus of this six month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed.

The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and the decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television. Each participant will be teamed with an executive mentor.


HBO Access Writing Fellowship

Submission Period: TBD (last was MARCH 2017)

Submission Materials: FilmFreeway Application, Résumé or Bio, Original Scripted Narrative Material, Answer to short essay questions, Agree to terms and conditions

About the Writing Program (from their site)

The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship is designed to give emerging, diverse writers the opportunity to develop a half-hour or hour script suitable for HBO or Cinemax.

The program will select up to 8 diverse writers to take part in a series of master classes held over one week in July at the HBO campus in Santa Monica. Classes will consist of discussions with HBO executives and showrunners and will focus on the craft of writing, including structure, story and character, as well as the business aspects of securing an agent and effective networking.

Each participant will then be paired with an HBO or Cinemax development executive, who will serve as his/her mentor over the course of 8 months. Mentoring can be done remotely or in person pending whichever is logistically feasible. In addition, we will hold monthly group meetings during which projects will continue to be work-shopped.


NBC Late Night Writers Workshop

Submission Period: Two Weeks-Late Dec 2018/Early Jan 2019

Submission Materials: Autobiography, Monologue Jokes, Desk Bits, Sketches, Résumé, Release Form

About the Workshop (from their site)
The NBCUniversal Late Night Writers Workshop is a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position. We are looking for writers who are “almost there,” but need that final bit of preparation and exposure to key industry players. We particularly encourage female writers and those of diverse backgrounds to apply. The selected writers will create new sketch material and gain insight into the dynamics of a late night writers’ room. Participants are given the chance to interact with key writers and producers from across NBCUniversal’s late night and alternative shows, as well as receive feedback on their material.


NBC Writers on the Verge

Submission Period: MAY 1 – 31, 2018

Submission Materials: Application; Spec script

About the Writing Program (from their site)
Writers on the Verge is a program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

The program will consist of weekly evening classes at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating exceptional material to enhance their portfolio, and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to show runners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBCUniversal television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including “The Blacklist,” “Marlon,” “Community”, “Burn Notice”, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, “White Collar”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Chicago Fire” and “Parenthood.”


Nickelodeon Writing Program

Submission Period: JAN 2 – 31, 2018

Submission Materials: Application, Spec Script, Résumé, Short Bio, Release Form

About the Writing Program (from their site)
Our global Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films. While in the Program, writers meet our series creators, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. Basically, they write a lot and do cool things, all while being provided a salary!


Universal Writers Program

Submission Period: SEPTEMBER 11 – NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Submission Materials: Application, Original Screenplay, Original Treatment, Release Forms, Résumé, Personal Essay, Letters of Recommendation (optional)

About the Program (from their site)
The submission period for the 2019 Universal Writers Program opens Summer 2018.

The Universal Writers Program identifies experienced and up-and-coming screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The Program inclusively develops storytellers with the intent to incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program seeks writers who tonally match the Universal Pictures and Focus Features slates.

The primary goal for the one-year paid program is for writers to create material for development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed. From pitch to final draft, writers will be afforded creative guidance from executives, producers and designated creative consultants. In addition to penning two (2) feature-length scripts, writers will participate in a curriculum designed to strengthen their creative approach, personal presentation skills and overall knowledge of the Studio production process from pitch to premiere. The Program also provides access to agents, managers and various industry professionals through meetings and/or events designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a screenwriting career.

Writers selected to participate in the Program are hired under a writing service agreement requiring a full-time commitment of a minimum of 40 hours per week. Additionally, should a writer’s material be identified as potential development content, UFEG has the option to extend the writer’s contract for a term of up to one additional year.


WB Writers’ Workshop

Submission Period: MAY 1 – 31, 2018

Submission Materials: Résumé, Personal Statement, Spec Script, Submission Agreement

About the Workshop (from their site)
For over 40 years, the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop has been the premiere writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. Every year, the Workshop selects up to eight participants out of more than 2,500 submissions and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television’s top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros.-produced television show.

The Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop consists of three components, all geared towards preparing the writer for a successful career in television writing.

The 2018-2019 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop will run October 2018 – April 2019, with meetings on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, one evening a week from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Full participation is mandatory.