One of These Writing for Television Programs Could Be Your “Big Break”
Do you love to write and dream about working on a television show? If so, a writing program can be a good way to break into the TV industry.
Competition is competitive, and some programs don’t offer a staff position after the program is finished, but participation can help you get your foot in the door and connect with television professionals. While you can apply as an individual writer, there are programs that are open to teams (usually made up of 2 members). Application deadlines depend on the program you’re applying to, as do minimum age requirements.
Check out writing programs at major media companies, like CBS, NBC Universal, and Nickelodeon:
Program: Writers on the Verge
Company: NBC Universal
This program lasts 12 weeks, and is meant to help prepare writers that almost ready, to work as a staff writer on a TV show. As part of the program night classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at Universal City in California. To apply for the program you need to submit a release form, a television spec screenplay, and a resume/CV, in addition to answering two questions. According to the webpage, “writers from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.”
For more information, go to http://www.nbcunicareers.com/writers-verge
Program: Disney ABC Writing Program
Company: Disney ABC
The prestigious, year-long program which is approved by the Writers Guild of America, is based in Los Angeles, California. In order to apply, writers must fill out an application, submit an original pilot script, a spec script, release forms for each script, a resume and an essay; letters of recommendation are optional. Salary for the program is approximately $50,000.
Details can be found at http://www.abctalentdevelopment.com/writing_program.html
Program: Nickelodeon Writing Program
The Nickelodeon Writing Program is open to both U.S writers and those abroad. Applications materials vary depending on the writer’s location. Submission materials for U.S. writers include: two copies of a spec script, a one-page resume, half-page biography, application form and signed release forms. This is a paid opportunity.
Read more information at http://nickanimationstudio.com/writing-program
Program: WB Writers’ Workshop
In order to apply for the workshop, writers must submit a resume, spec script, a submission agreement, and a short composition explaining “why you want to be a television writer and how your background will add a unique perspective to television.”
Go to http://writersworkshop.warnerbros.com/ for more information.
Program: Writers Mentoring Program
Company: CBS Corporation, Diversity Institute
This program is meant to help diverse writers by opening doors into the television industry, through support, career development, and assigning a mentor to each participant. The opportunity lasts six months, and is not paid because it doesn’t offer employment. Participants attend a weekly workshop and have the opportunity to observe different CBS departments. In addition to an application, interested writers must send a letter of interest, a resume or bio, a submission release for the writing submitted, and a spec-script and original work of writing.
Follow the link to see the official program webpage https://www.cbscorporation.com/diversity/diversity-institute/writers-mentoring-program/
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MARIELA S.M.
In 2015, I graduated from Boston University with an M.A. in International Relations and International Communications, after completing a B.A. in Humanities from the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. Writing is a passion of mine and in addition to having work featured at Women’s iLab, you can find some of my writing at HuffPost Women, and the Ms. Magazine Blog. I also tweet at @WMNSPORTSWORLD about women in sport. A big fan of reading, writing, learning and listening to music.
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