About

NHMC's Series Scriptwriters Program

For nearly twenty years, the NHMC Series Scriptwriters Program has helped launch the careers of more than 200 Latinx writers. 

10 diverse Latinx writers nationwide are selected for a 7-week intense writers lab. At the end of the program, these writers will have either a half-hour or hourlong original series pilot, which they will pitch to Industry leaders, beginning with our partners at ABC & NBC. Over the 7-week duration writers work with a professional writing mentor, meet and speak with professional industry writers, and build a community of Latinx writers. The program is officially conducted virtually. 

Our writers have worked on shows that can be viewed on Netflix, CW, NBCUniversal, HBOMax, Hulu, ViacomCBS, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and more.

No Longer Accepting Applications for 2022.

 

Please check back in 2023.

Eligibility

  • You must 18 years or older.
  • You must live in the United States.
  • You must have access to reliable internet connection to participate in daily video conferencing.

Submission Rules

The deadline to submit the application is 11:59 p.m. (PST) on FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2022.

Program Dates: 5/31/22 – 7/15/22

This program is virtual, to run Monday-Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings over the course of the 7 weeks. Participation in all meetings is mandatory.

Aspiring Latinx writers with a strong desire to write for streaming & television are encouraged to apply!

For any questions, please contact specialevents@nhmc.org

Required Application Criteria


Resume (max 1 page)

Please submit a current professional resume. Make sure to include any relevant writing experience. However, this is not exclusively a writing resume, do include any experience that you feel enhances what you bring to the table as a writer even if it’s not directly writing-related.

Bio (up to 250 words)

Think of your Bio and Statement of Purpose as non-fiction writing samples. These are equally as important as your script in giving us a sense of your unique voice. Please tell us a story about who you are, beyond what you have included on your resume.

Statement of Purpose (up to 500 words)

Use this section to answer the following questions: Why do you write? What motivates you to tell those stories? What is your personal connection to your material? Why is writing for the small screen your passion?

Writing Sample

Please submit a properly formatted script. We will accept the following:

  • 1-hour (max 59 pages)
  • Half-hour (max 35 pages)
  • Feature (max 110 pages)

Your sample can be any genre including, but not limited to:

  • Drama
  • Dramedy
  • Comedy
  • Animation

Writing Samples NOT Accepted:

  • Short script
  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Poems
  • Any other alternative samples

Logline (1-2 sentences)

This is a brief summary of your script that establishes the main character, what obstacles they have to overcome, and gives us a sense of the hook of your story.

Required waivers to sign:

Your Questions Answered

Do I have to be Latino to apply?

No, the program is open to people of all races and ethnicities.

Is the NHMC Television Writers program open to all ages?

No, you must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the program.

Do you have to be a U.S. Citizen to apply to the program?

No.

What kind of writing sample should be submitted? Is there a length restriction? Can I submit more than one?

Please submit a properly formatted script. We will accept the following:

  • 1-hour (max 59 pages)
  • Half-hour (max 35 pages)
  • Feature (max 110 pages)

Only ONE writing sample can be submitted.

Will the judges provide feedback on the work that I submit for my application?

Due to the amount of applications received, judges are unable to provide feedback on submitted work.

Will you return my application materials that were submitted if I am not accepted?

No, any materials submitted will not be returned to the owner.

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