Applications have opened for the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop for 2017-2018. The ten writers selected for the program will participate in a three-part training program, all aimed at preparing them for a successful career in television writing.
Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop describes itself as the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and further their career in the world of television. Graduates of the program include Terrance Winter (Boardwalk Empire), Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives), Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Felicia Henderson (Soul Food).
The program has three components:
- Lectures: Weekly lectures featuring guest speakers currently working in television and include a mix of showrunners, directors, actors and agents. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in a writers’ room as a staff writer and beyond.
- Simulated Writers’ Room: In the winter, the Workshop participants are divided into smaller groups for an intensive writing experience. Each participant will be required to complete a new spec script under the same deadlines found on a show currently in production. How participants perform during this exercise will determine whether they will be chosen for a possible staffing position on a Warner Bros. show.
- Staffing: Upon completion of the program studio executives will help participants who pass the Writers’ Room, obtain a staff position on a Warner Bros. television show currently in production.
To apply writers must supply a current resume, a short composition about their interest in television writing, up to two spec scripts (for approved Warner Bros. shows) and a signed submission agreement.
The program is open to writers from around the world but if you are from outside the United States and are accepted into the program you must either have a green card or have a visa that allows you to work in the US.
The 2017-2018 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop will run from October 2017 to April 2018, with meetings on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California, every Tuesday evening from 7 pm to 10 pm. Full participation is mandatory.
Applications for the 2017-2018 Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop opened on Monday 1 May and will close at midnight on Wednesday 31 May. For further details and to apply visit the Warner Bros. website.