The nineteenth session of the Guild’s highly acclaimed WGA Showrunner Training Program (WGA SRTP) begins March 2024. Conducted in partnership with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, this important industry training program is designed to help senior-level writer-producers and recent creators hone the skills necessary to become successful showrunners in today’s television landscape.
Providing invaluable instruction from current showrunners and other industry professionals, the program has helped produce many successful results. WGA SRTP graduates have gone on to create, co-create or showrun over 170 series.
The 2024 Program will be presented in person. Class starts on March 23 2024 and runs six Saturdays, with 3/30 off for Easter Weekend, and ending on May 4, 2024
Who is Eligible to Apply?
Current-active WGAW or WGAE members in good standing with "Supervising Producer" level credit or above on a current, dramatic (comedy or drama) television series and/or a pilot script, pilot or series currently set up at a network, cable channel or streaming service. Writing teams are considered a single entity and are welcome to apply.
We’re aware that some applicants who were eligible for the program prior to the strikes have had their projects cancelled, technically making them ineligible. Because of the extraordinary circumstances involved, any candidate in this situation will still be allowed to apply.
The Application Process
To apply for the SRTP, a recommendation form must first be submitted on the writer’s behalf by a current or recent (2020-2023) showrunner, or executive producer, or a network or studio executive (from the development or current departments).
Recommendation forms will be emailed to showrunners, executives, and TV series writers on November 14, 2023. It will also be available on the WGAW website. The deadline for recommendations to be received is Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
Please only have one recommendation form submitted on your behalf.
If a writer applied last year there’s no need to have a new recommendation submitted on their behalf; they can use the recommender from the previous year. If a candidate chooses to do this, they should contact Program Director Carole Kirschner before the recommendation deadline (December 12, 2023). This process is only applicable to 2023 applicants. The program will then contact the recommender for any potential updates.
If an applicant has applied before, there’s no need to provide new references, though the applicant is welcome to do so. They can simply list the references from the previous year's application.
The above procedures have been implemented to streamline the re-application process and put a minimum of stress on both the candidate and their references and recommenders.
Once the recommendation form has been received, (please just one rec form per applicant) or in the case of a re-submission, the recommender has signed off for the current year, the candidate will be sent the URL for the online application.
The application deadline is Tuesday, January 9, 2024 . Once applications are reviewed, select candidates are invited for personal interviews. Approximately 30 writers/writing teams will be invited to join the Program.
Candidates will be evaluated principally on leadership, experience, project development (where relevant) with a strong consideration given to immediate need. The spectrum of applicants ranges from current showrunners to novice television writers with active development at a network, cable channel or streaming service. In making final selections, consideration is given to inclusion in terms of genres, personal backgrounds and industry platforms.
- Online Recommendation Form: Tuesday, December 12, 2023
- Online Application: Tuesday, January 9, 2024
If you have any questions concerning the submission process or the Program, please email Program Director Carole Kirschner at the WGA Showrunner Training Program.
Am I eligible to apply to the WGA SRTP?
Current-active WGAW or WGAE members in good standing with supervising producer credit or above on a current, dramatic (comedy or drama) television series and/or are a creator with pilot script, pilot or series currently set up at a network, cable channel or streaming service are eligible to apply. Writing teams are considered a single entity and are welcome to apply.
A recommendation form must first be submitted on the writer’s behalf by a current or recent (2020-2023) showrunner, or executive producer, or a network or studio executive (from the development or current departments).
Who should submit a recommendation form on my behalf?
A current or recent (2020-2023) showrunner, or executive producer, or a network or studio executive (from the development or current departments). Please only have one recommendation form submitted on your behalf.
Where is the recommendation form and when is it due?
Here’s a link to the recommendation form. December 12, 2023 is the due date.
What is the next step after the recommendation form is submitted?
Recommended applicants will receive a link to the online application form. Those applications are due Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
What is the next step after the application form is submitted?
All submission materials will be reviewed by the SRTP admissions committee and all applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have been selected for interviews during the week of March 11- 15, 2024.
When does the program begin and how long does it run?
The 2024 WGA Showrunner Training Program begins on Saturday, March 23, 2024. Classes start at 9 a.m. and go through until approximately 4 p.m.
Where does the program take place and how long are the days?
The 2024 WGA Showrunner Training Program takes place in Los Angeles and begins with a pre-program brunch on Sunday, March 17th, so participants have a chance to meet one another before actual classes begin. The main program begins on Saturday, March 23, 2024 and runs six Saturdays, ending Saturday May 4, 2024 (no class March 30 for Easter weekend).