Looking to get your foot in the door in Tinseltown? You have a script that you know would be juuusssstttt perfect if only you could get it in the right hands. Well, make sure it’s in fighting shape because here are four writing fellowships and grants, that if chosen, will give you the hook up to launch your career in Hollywood.
Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant & Fellowship: Support the development of screenplays with science or technology themes, Sundance Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provide two different opportunities for screenwriters through a Commissioning Grant or a Fellowship. Both provide a cash award to support further development of a screenplay and to retain science advisors, along with overall creative and strategic feedback throughout development. Only one of each is awarded each year. The 2016 application will be available beginning June 8, 2015.
NBC, Writers on the Verge: Writers on the Verge is a 10-week program focused on polishing television writers and readying them for a staff writer position on television shows. We are looking for writers who are “almost there,” and just need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. The program consists of two, three hour, night classes weekly, held at NBC in Burbank. Deadline to submit May 31, 2015 at 11:59PM (PST).
The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment Television Group: In partnership with the Writers Guild of America, West, are currently running the 17th year of the Writing Fellowship program. This program is designed to identify and employ a diverse pool of creative writing talent. We offer Fellowships in the feature film and television areas. No previous experience is necessary; however, completed writing samples are required for admission to this program. The program is an intensive experience that involves workshops, seminars and personalized mentorship with creative executives from ABC Entertainment Television Group, ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television), Disney Channel, ABC Family and Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group. Fellows will receive a flat $50,000 annualized salary for a one-year period. Deadline to submit June 2, 2015.
Warner Brothers Television Writing Workshop: A writing program for new writers looking to start and further their writing career. The Workshop teaches every aspect of spec script writing and features exposure to Warner Bros. TV’s top television writers and executives, all with the goal of staffing graduates on a Warner Bros. TV show. Program meets for three consecutive months, one evening a week, on the Warner Bros. lot and is free to those accepted. Deadline to submit May 31, 2015.