Universal Pictures is Seeking New Writers 2017

Image: The 2016/2017 Emerging Writers Fellowship Writers (L to R) Juel Taylor, Josephine Green, Brian Buccellato, Leon Hendrix and Roseanne McAleese

Applications are now open for the Universal Writers Program, a year-long paid fellowship program for up-and-coming screenwriters. The program seeks to identify writers with unique, global perspectives and to develop storytellers with the intent to incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting.

The primary goal of the one-year program is for the selected writers to create material for development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed.  In addition to penning two 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.

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Popular news and entertainment website BuzzFeed is accepting applications for its third annual fellowship program for emerging writers.

The program aims to provide writers with the support, mentorship and experience necessary to “take a transformative step forward in their careers.” The writers selected for fellowships in 2018 will each receive a US$14,000 stipend and spend four months working with the senior editorial staff at the New York City office of BuzzFeed News.

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Start Writing Fiction is a free online course offered by The Open University. The eight-week program focuses on a skill which is central to the writing of all stories and novels – creating characters.

Participants will hear from a number of successful authors, including Michele Roberts, Alex Garland, and Louis de Bernieres, as they talk about how they started writing. The rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal will also be explored.

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Iceland Writers Retreat is offering talented writers from around the world the chance to attend its April 2018 program for free.

For this scholarship program, writers can apply for either full or partial funding. The full funding scholarship includes a round-trip airfare plus the full retreat package including accommodation, tours, most meals and all workshops for the duration of the event. Partial funding covers the participant costs only and does not include accommodation or flights.

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“Tin House is an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.” – Stephen King

The first issue of literary magazine Tin House was published in 1999. Based in Portland, Oregon, Tin House publishes fiction, essays, and poetry, and its contributors have frequently been recognised by major American literary awards and anthologies including the Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize.

Throughout September Tin House will be accepting submissions for its first two issues of 2018:

  • Spring – Theme: Candy, to be published 1 March 2018
  • Summer – Open, non-themed, to be published 1 June 2018

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