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.
Film Independent Episodic Lab: Through personalized feedback from experienced showrunners and executives, Film Independent Episodic Lab Fellows will gain the tools needed to revise and refine their pilots and navigate a changing industry landscape. Over the course of four weeks, each Fellow will be paired with a creative advisor with whom they’ll work with one-on-one and in group sessions to further develop their pilots. Additionally, guest speakers discuss their own work to offer insights into the creative process and industry best practices. A final networking and pitch event will offer fellows the opportunity to introduce themselves and their work to studio and network executives.
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 Screen Writers 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.
FOX Writers Lab: The FOX Writers Lab ("FWL") is a highly selective writer's initiative, held at the FOX Studios in Los Angeles, CA, January through May. The Lab is designed to introduce experienced writers with unique voices, backgrounds, life and professional experiences that reflect the diverse perspectives of the audiences FOX creates for a wide range of FOX showrunners, writers, directors, screenwriters and creative executives. These collective individuals will work with the selected writers in a series of master classes to build on both their general craft and further their skillsets in the business of writing for television, feature films and digital content. Please note that while employment cannot be guaranteed, every aspect of the initiative is designed with a goal—to provide the accepted finalists with intensive creative and professional development, exposure and opportunity that would best equip him or her to succeed at FOX.
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 Native Film Program: The Native Program has built and sustained an Indigenous film circle. The cycle of our work begins by scouting for and identifying Native American and Indigenous artists, bringing them through the mechanisms of support at Sundance Institute to get their work made and shown, then bringing the filmmakers and their work back to native lands. The Native Lab Fellowship has been a vital part of supporting Native filmmakers full-circle since 2004. Four projects were selected annually for the Fellowship from a national competition and supported in two phases over the course of a year. In 2015, the Fellowship was restructured to pilot a Shorts Production Fellowship for emerging Native American filmmakers.
Sundance YouTube New Voices Lab: The Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab is designed to support a group of 10 creators, developing scripted short-form episodic content for digital platforms (up to 25 minutes in length per episode). Fellows work with creators, showrunners and episodic producers to develop their stories in an environment that encourages risk-taking and innovation. At the Lab, Fellows will participate in an intensive writing workshop, one-on-one creative story meetings, writers' rooms, and group conversations about production, post-production, and marketing in the evolving digital landscape.
Tribeca All Access: Tribeca All Access® is TFI’s flagship program for fiction and documentary storytellers. TAA specializes in providing a full range of services for storytellers who are best described by one word: fearless.
Launched in 2004, the fund provides year-round support to passionate and motivated directors, writers, and producers who are based in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and come from communities underserved - in the film industry.
TAA supports scripted and documentary storytellers who marry a unique vision and perspective with dynamic and groundbreaking films that challenge the status quo. TAA is a champion of the inclusion of authentic new voices whose work moves the conversation forward while speaking powerfully to both mainstream and underserved audiences, and the larger global film landscape. Through grants, individually customized year-round mentorship, business seminars, innovative training workshops, industry connections, and market meetings during the Tribeca Film Festival, TAA has created a close-knit community where participants learn from - and grow with - each other, while creating productive and long-term working relationships within the industry.
Additionally, TAA uniquely offers alums of the program access to a discretionary fund, which further allows TFI to provide continued support to current and future projects.
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.
Women In Film Mentoring: The mission of the Women In Film Mentoring Program is to nurture emerging talent in the entertainment industry by connecting WIF members with established professionals who can offer advice and guidance. Mentees get the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the entertainment industry’s business practices and culture, focus their efforts, and hone skills. We feel strongly that mentoring is a crucial part of our mission, and that it is incumbent upon us to ensure that new generations of women in the film, television, and new media business are able to take advantage of the experiences of those who have gone before them.
The goal of the WIF Mentoring Circles is to establish a safe and open environment to discuss issues relating to career objectives. Mentors and Mentees are expected to maintain mutual respect, honesty, and confidentiality at all times.
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.
RESOURCES — Please note that the following is provided for informational purposes only. A listing does not imply endorsement.
AAJA (Asian American Journalists Association): Mission is to encourage Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to enter the ranks of journalism, to work for fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to increase the number of Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and news managers in the industry.
African American Women in Cinema: African American Women in Cinema is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support minority women filmmakers by providing resources in the film industry.
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.
American Indian Film Institute: The American Indian Film Institute (AIFI) is a non-profit media arts center founded in 1979 to foster understanding of the culture, traditions and issues of contemporary Native Americans. Today, AIFI is the major Native American media and cultural arts presenter in California and its festival is the world's oldest and most recognized international film exposition dedicated to Native American cinematic accomplishment.
Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts: is a national not-for-profit advocacy organization based in New York City, established in 1986 to address and seek solutions to the problems of racism and exclusion in theatre, film, and television. Today, its mission is to serve as an expert advocate and educational resource for full inclusion in theatre, film, television and related media focusing on issues of race, culture, ethnicity and disability.
Alliance for Women in Media: American Women in Radio and Television is a national, non-profit organization that extends membership to qualified professionals in the electronic media and allied fields. AWRT's mission is to advance the impact of women in the electronic media and allied fields by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry.
ALMA: Founded in 1989, is a union for writers in Spain whose mission is to educate Spanish TV and Film writers on the importance their writing has within the audio visual world.
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.
BlackFilm.com: BlackFilm.com is an online resource which links the Black film community while cultivating national and international audiences interested in their work. The site provides a forum for filmmakers, scholars and organizations to present information and promote artistic expression.
Black Hollywood Education Resources Center: The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, a nonprofit, public benefit organization, is designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history, and the future, of blacks in the film and television industries.
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.
Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment: CAPE is dedicated to advancing diversity and creating social change by actively developing, promoting and positioning Asian Pacific Americans for key artistic and leadership roles in the entertainment industry and media arts.
Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media: The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. The Foundation's program is unlike traditional intern programs in that students work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their junior year in high school until they graduate from college. During the five-year program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of fulltime employment upon completion of their college degrees.
GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) - Media training services: GLAAD's media training curricula cover a broad range of media skills, from the basics of strategizing your own media plan, to improving your media skills, to monitoring your local media.
International Women's Writing Guild: The IWWG, founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing and open to all regardless of portfolio.
ITVS: The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings to local, national and international audiences high-quality, content-rich programs created by a diverse body of independent producers. ITVS programs take creative risks, explore complex issues, and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television. ITVS programming reflects voices and visions of underrepresented communities and addresses the needs of underserved audiences, particularly minorities and children.
Latino Public Broadcasting: Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans
MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans): is part of the Multi-Ethnic Media Coalition and Asian Pacific American Media Coalition which regularly meets with the top four television networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox) to encourage diversity in their programming. The organization also serves to support, encourage, and promote, Asian Pacific American talent in both the media and the arts, and advocate their increased employment in these fields.
Media Access Awards: The Media Access Office was established in 1980 by the California Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, and entertainment and media industry professionals. They recognized the need to provide a liaison between performers with disabilities and the media and entertainment industry.
MOST: (Muslims On Screen and Television): A resource center that provides research, data and expert consultations, free of charge, for Television, Film and New Media Writers and Producers on any character or storyline pertaining to Muslims and Islam.
NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists): NABJ, the nation's largest organization of journalists of color, was founded by 44 men and women on Dec. 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C.
NAHJ (National Association of Hispanic Journalists): The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) is dedicated to the recognition and professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. Established in April 1984, NAHJ created a national voice and unified vision for all Hispanic journalists.
NAJA (Native American Journalists Association): The oldest and largest international organization for indigenous journalists.
NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers): (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino/Latina independent producers. NALIP is the first such effort aimed at Latino production in thirty years, and it is the first to last more than one year and to provide ongoing support for the Latino independent film and video makers.
NLGJA (The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association): Founded in 1990, NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students that works within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.
NBPC (National Black Programming Consortium): NBPC funds, commissions, acquires and awards grants to producers and directors of quality films and video projects that reflect African Americans and the African Diaspora.
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.
New York Women in Film & Television: New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) is a nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television and new media. A champion of women's rights, achievements and points of view in the film and television industry, NYWIFT is an educational forum for media professionals, and a network for the exchange of information and resources.
Organization of Black Screenwriters: The Organization of Black Screenwriters, Inc. (OBS) began in 1986 to address the lack of black writers represented within the entertainment industry. Our primary function is to assist screenwriters in the creation of works for film and television and to help them present their work to the industry.
Pacific Islanders in Communications: The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges.
Pride @ Work: National Pride at Work is affiliated as the newest constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations). The purpose of Pride at Work is to mobilize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community around organizing for social and economic justice.
Visual Communications: The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans. Visual Communications was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between generations, challenge perspectives, and create an environment for critical thinking, necessary to build a more just and humane society.
Women in Film: is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media. Given that women comprise 50 percent of the population, WIF's ultimate goal is to see the same gender parity reflected on and off screen. Founded in 1973, WIF focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.
Women Make Movies: Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program.
Writers Guild Foundation & Shavelson-Webb Library: The WGF is a 501 (c) 3 charitable and educational organization, closely associated with the Writers Guild of America West, whose mission is to preserve and promote excellence in writing and to advance the recognition of the writer's unique contribution to the art of film and television. In addition to the Library, the WGF has educational outreach programs and screenwriting events including Writers on Writing, an ongoing interview series with writers; two major award nominee panels, Sublime Primetime (Emmys) and Beyond Words (Writers Guild and Academy Awards); craft days with workshops, screenings and established writers as speakers; and special events, including the Living Legends Festival, which includes screening and Q&A with screenwriters of classic films.