Courtesy of the Writers Guild Foundation
Courtesy of the Writers Guild Foundation

by Kelly Jo Brick

The Writers Guild Foundation brought together participants from several prestigious writing programs including the Nicholl Fellowship, NBC’s Writers on the Verge, the Disney/ABC Writing Program, Humanitas New Voices and the CBS Writers Mentoring Program. Panelists including Brandon Easton (Disney/ABC Writing Program), Brian Anthony (Writers on the Verge), Greta Heinemann (CBS Writers Mentoring Program & Humanitas New Voices), Andrew Lanham (Nicholl Fellowship) and Michael Werwie (Nicholl Fellowship) shared highlights and tips from their experiences both applying to and participating in these fellowships.

1 – Fellowships are just the start.

It’s important to remember that if you place in one of the fellowships, it’s just the beginning of a really long road, not the end. It feels momentous when it happens because you’ve been working so hard for a number of years, but it’s just a step. Use it as that, because it’s really hard to find those when you’re trying to break in. It’s the beginning of a much longer road and the harder road in certain ways as far as this happened, but it’s really not a big thing in the context of the industry at large. People are patting you on the back and they’re giving you all these compliments, although really it doesn’t translate directly into a career. Even if you get a job or two out of it, that is not a career. It’s not time to take your foot off the gas, it’s time to step down on it. read article

The Humanitas Award Peeps Want to Give $$ to Newbies

Yeppers, this is a genuine graphic image…a logo yet.

The only catch is that the newbs have to be connected…and connected pretty damn well.

This just in via LB’s email box and the Writers Guild of America West website:

$25,000 grants for new/emerging TV writers – HUMANITAS New Voices Program

The HUMANITAS New Voices Program awards four new or emerging writers each $25,000 and pairs each with a respected series showrunner to serve as a mentor as they write an original pilot script.

The mission of the New Voices Program is to discover and help launch the careers of talented emerging writers (represented or unrepresented). (Click here for more information)

If you know a new writer who possesses a fresh voice and a unique worldview and whose work reflects the mission of the HUMANITAS organization, please consider recommending him/her.

Applying to the New Voices Program is a two-step process. Candidates must first be recommended by a network or studio executive, a showrunner, a HUMANITAS Trustee or Board of Directors member, agent or manager. (Click here for a recommendation form.)

Ideally recommendation forms should be received the week of April 22nd.  (Application deadline is May 1st.)

We appreciate you taking the time to recommend a new writer for this career-launching opportunity.


Cathleen Young and Carole Kirschner
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