The following is provided for informational purposes only. A program's inclusion on this list does not, in and of itself, indicate endorsement by the Guild. The Guild counsels its members to analyze carefully the details of each program and not to participate in programs that require payment. Queries about individual programs can be addressed to Inclusion and Equity.


CAPE New Writers Fellowship: The CAPE New Writers Fellowship discovers and nurtures emerging writers launching their careers in television and film. This unique 6-week, 12-session Fellowship arms each participant with the practical and business knowledge they need to succeed as a professional writer in the entertainment industry. Each session is taught by top television and film writers, producers, agents, managers, and executives through a series of intimate panels and discussions. The Fellowship also offers a Writing Lab, which matches each Fellow with a high-level industry mentor to help them revise their scripts into professional-level writing samples to get them noticed and land that all-important first job.

The CBS Writers Mentoring Program: The Writers Mentoring Program is a structured program of career development, support and personal access to executives and the decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for employment opportunities in television. Each participant is teamed and mentored by a CBS network or studio executive with whom they meet with on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career. The eight month program also includes small workshop-style meetings with various CBS showrunners, agents, managers, executives and other industry professionals and the opportunity for each participant to spend time observing in a writing room and in the CBS current and development departments.

Disney│ABC Writing Program: For over 25 years, the Disney | ABC Writing Program has been lauded as one of the most successful writer programs in the entertainment industry. The one-year program is the only program of its kind designed under terms approved by the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW). The program has launched the careers of many writers, including: Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men); Jane Espenson (Once Upon A Time); Saladin K. Patterson (Psych); Bryan Oh (Chicago Fire); George Mastras (Breaking Bad); and Veena Sud (The Killing). The primary goal for Program Writers is to staff on a Disney ABC Television Group (DATG) series as a staff writer during the one-year program; however, staffing is not guaranteed. The program also provides access to executives, producers and literary representatives through various meetings and events designed to facilitate relationships that can prove invaluable in developing a television writing career. Program Writers participate in a curriculum designed to better prepare them for staffing consideration. Past activities have included workshops led by veteran television writers, producers and Disney │ABC Writing Program alumni; improvisational workshops; and networking mixers with DATG current programming and development executives. From self-branding to creating new writing samples, the goal is to present DATG executives and producers with viable writing candidates who will make invaluable contributions in a writers’ room. Writers become employees of Disney│ABC Television and will be paid a weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000 annualized) plus any applicable benefits for which they are eligible in accordance with the then-current Company benefits.

Disney Launchpad: With a focus on building a more inclusive entertainment industry, Disney is looking for experienced writers and directors from underrepresented backgrounds with diverse and varied perspectives, including but certainly not limited to women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, various religious groups, military veterans, people with disabilities and others, to produce a short in the Disney Launchpad: Shorts Incubator program. In the Launchpad, writers and directors will be paired with Disney creative executives who will serve as mentors. Additionally, with the full support of the studio behind them, they will learn how to creatively collaborate and work effectively with their studio partners.

Film Independent Project Involve: Project Involve is a free, intensive, nine-month annual mentorship program that selects thirty filmmakers from under-represented communities and gives them an opportunity to refine their storytelling abilities, form creative partnerships, and build industry connections necessary to succeed as working artists.

Film Independent Screenwriting Lab: The Screenwriting Lab helps to further the careers of its Fellows by introducing them to film industry veterans who can offer guidance on both the craft and business of screenwriting. Each Screenwriting Fellow will be paired with a Creative Advisor, with whom they’ll work one-on-one and in Lab sessions to further develop their project over the course of the program. A variety of guest speakers may screen and discuss their own films, or offer insights into their career trajectories, and a final retreat offers further opportunity for individualized feedback and discussion with additional established filmmakers and producers.

The Hatchery Fellowship: The Hatchery Fellowship is committed to fostering and amplifying the voices of historically and systemically marginalized communities by providing: a safe, dedicated, no-cost workspace for six months, access to a community of aspiring and established writers, access to all resources, groups, and events being held at The Hatchery, and personalized mentorship opportunities with working writers. The fellowship is open to emerging LA-based BIPOC writers of any genre or mode, prioritizing those with works in progress.

Imagine Impact: Impact is a new and dynamic creative program whose mission is to cultivate and empower creative storytellers from around the world by taking an innovative and collaborative approach to content creation.

LA Skins Fest Native American TV Writers Lab: The Native American TV Writers Lab is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks.

LA Skins Fest Native American TV Writers Lab: The Native American TV Writers Lab is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks.

LA Skins Fest Native American Feature Writers Lab: The Native American Feature Writers Lab is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of narrative feature film.

NBC Writers on the Verge: Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing television writers and readying them for a staff writer position on episodic television shows. We are looking for writers with a robust portfolio of work, who are “almost there,” and just need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. The program meets twice a week, from about 7-10pm at the lot in Universal City. The program begins in October and ends in January.

NHMC Writers Program: The National Hispanic Media Coalitions Writers Program is not for beginners. It is for those writers who can write at least one half-hour comedy or one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. During the program each participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session, which will then be read by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the idea of placing them on a show.

Sundance Episodic Story Lab: The Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab offers 10 writers an opportunity to develop long-form episodic content in a setting where they can hone their writing skills and learn how to navigate the changing industry. Working with showrunners as well as non-writing creative producers and studio/network executives, the Fellows participate in one-on-one creative story meetings, pitching sessions, writers’ rooms, and group conversations focusing on the key creative and tactical elements that are central to their success in episodic storytelling.

Sundance Feature Film Program: The Sundance Institute Feature Film Program (FFP) is dedicated to developing and nurturing the next generation of leading edge narrative feature filmmakers through its unique system of creative residencies, resources, and advisory support. For the past 30 years, the Program has championed many of the world’s groundbreaking independent filmmakers by encouraging a rigorous creative process with a focus on original and deeply personal storytelling. By providing tailored year-round support to pioneering filmmakers, the FFP has become a model for supporting artists around the world.

Sundance Indigenous Program: Sundance Institute’s commitment to support Indigenous artists is woven throughout our history. Indigenous filmmakers have long been involved in the Institute, going back to Larry Littlebird (Laguna/Santo Domingo Pueblo) and Chris Spotted Eagle (Houmas Nation), who participated in the first meetings founding Sundance Institute.

Tribeca All Access: Tribeca All Access®, TFI’s flagship program for fiction and documentary storytellers, specialized in providing a full range of services for storytellers who are best described by one word: fearless.

Launched in 2004, the fund provided year-round support to passionate and motivated directors, writers, and producers who come from communities underserved in the U.S. film industry.

Universal Writers Program: The Universal Writers Program identifies experienced and up-and-coming screenwriters with unique points of view that build upon the Studio’s commitment to telling stories and creating films that reflect the vast diversity of our audiences. The Program inclusively develops storytellers with the intent to incorporate multicultural and global perspectives in screenwriting. The only feature film program sanctioned by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW), the Program seeks writers who tonally match the Universal Pictures and Focus Features slates. The primary goal for the one-year paid program is for writers to create material for development consideration; however, concept development is not guaranteed. From pitch to final draft, writers will be afforded creative guidance from executives, producers and designated creative consultants.

Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop: For over 30 years, the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop has been the premier writing program for new writers looking to start and/or further their career in the world of television. Each class will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in a writers room as a staff writer and beyond. The Workshop consists of weekly lectures featuring a mix of showrunners, executives and agents, as well as a Simulated Writers Room, where each participant will be required to complete a new spec script under the same deadlines expected of a show in production.

Women In Film/Black List Writers Labs: The Episodic Lab selects six to eight female writers and runs for four weeks, emphasizing both craft and professional development in order to equip participants with the knowledge on how to build and sustain their careers, through programs on script development, pitching, a mock writer’s room and round tables with established writers and industry executives.

The Black List and WIF selects six to eight female writers to participate in the Feature Lab, a weeklong residential program, consisting of one-on-one mentoring with established screenwriters and peer workshopping sessions. Additionally, participants will attend a series of events and screenings that will further expose them to the realities of a life as a professional screenwriter.

All Lab participants will be hosted by the Black List website for free following the Labs and have their final scripts read by a variety of agencies, studios and networks, to be announced at a later date.

Writegirl: WriteGirl is a Los Angeles-­based creative writing and mentoring organization that pairs underserved teen girls with professional women writers for one-on-one mentoring, monthly writing workshops, public readings, publications, and college application assistance. Since 2001, WriteGirl has maintained a 100% success rate in helping its seniors not only graduate from high school, but also enroll in college. Volunteer trainings are held in the fall and winter.


ABFF (American Black Film Festival): The American Black Film Festival is the premier international marketplace for films that showcase the best new work by and about people of African descent. Established in 1997, the core mission of the ABFF is to promote cultural diversity within the motion picture industry by strengthening the Black filmmaking community through resource sharing, education, artistic collaboration and career development. Through its film showcases and special contests, it annually introduces the top echelon of emerging artists to the film and television industry.

Asian American International Film Festival: Asian CineVision is a nonprofit media arts organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Asian and Asian American media expressions by helping to develop and support both emerging and experienced Asian American film and video makers and other media artists working in a range of genres and styles; and helping to ensure that the full spectrum of Asian and Asian American media works reach diverse audiences in Asian American communities and beyond.

Boston Underground Film Festival: The Boston Underground Film Festival is an annual festival committed to the celebration of alternative vision and cultivation of independent, provocative, and experimental filmmaking. By featuring work that pushes the envelope in form, style, and content, B.U.F.F seeks to be a platform for the screening of new work and a forum for the exchange of ideas amongst filmmakers, curators and audiences.

LA Skins Fest: LA Skins Fest is a Native American Arts organization that offers year-round programming in film, television, and music.

NewFest: As New York City's premier LGBT film organization, NewFest empowers, educates, entertains, and provokes the culturally rich and diverse communities of the greater metropolitan region. Through our annual film festival and year-round programming, NewFest showcases international, US, and local film, video, and other media, fostering a greater sense of awareness and community among LGBT and LGBT-friendly audiences.