Television Scriptwriters Program
Apply before July 20, 2020
The NHMC Television Scriptwriter’s Program is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of specific shows that are currently on the air. The five-week, *total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by former NBC V.P of Script Development, Geoff Harris and is conducted in Sherman Oaks, CA. A total of 10 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry.
The program will be held September 28 – October 30th.
*If accepted into the program you must be willing to take a leave of absence from work or school as the program is a full time commitment Monday-Friday.
How to Apply
Applications are open: April 20 – July 20, 2020 (11:59PM)
Complete an online application, submit one writing sample of any type to include, plays, pilots, specs and books in PDF format. Television scripts are preferred. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. You must be able to show proof of U.S. employment eligibility at the time the program begins. You must be 18 or over to apply.
Fill out the online application, but before you do that you must have the following documents prepared to upload:
- Writing sample in .pdf format (only one can be uploaded
- Resume or Bio in .pdf or .doc format
- Statement of interest: Why do you want to write for television? in .pdf or .doc format
CLASS OF 2018
" The NHMC TV Writers Program was my first real taste of what a writers room looked like. The simulated room structure, collective brainstorming and notes sessions were so much like the real thing that when I entered a room for the first time, I thought to myself, “Oh! I’ve been here before. "
- Judalina Neira
" I cannot be more grateful for the NHMC's wonderful Latino Writers Program. I have learned so much about TV writing and how the industry works, found a community of immensely talented Latino writers with which to work with, and gained an incredible mentor in Geoff Harris. "
- Chris Garcia
" With NHMC’s guidance, [NHMC TV Writers Program mentor] Geoff Harris’ amazing know-how and the talented folks around the table, I discovered the confidence to focus my energy on writing from my heart and tapping into what would eventually become my voice. "
- Michael Perri
" When I’m in the writers’ room, I often reflect back on my own path and how I got here. I think about how many Latino writers could be sharing their own voices if they had the benefit of the mentorship and collaboration that I had. The NHMC’s TV Writers Program was instrumental in my journey. "
- Silvia Olivas
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.
Can citizens of other countries apply to our program?
Yes, but if you are accepted into the program you must be residing in the U.S. and have valid U.S. employment eligibility to participate. NHMC does not sponsor visas.
What kind of writing sample should be submitted? Is there a length restriction? Can I submit more than one?
We accept ANY original writing sample, but television scripts are preferred. This includes plays, pilot scripts, spec scripts, books, etc. There is no length restriction and only ONE writing sample can be submitted.
Will the judges provide feedback on the work that I submit for my application?
No, the judges will not provide feedback to individuals that are not accepted into the writers program.
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.
An NHMC commissioned poll national poll showed that non-Latinos primarily learn about our community from what they see on television. Currently, Latinos make up only 2.8 percent of writers staffed on TV shows. We need more Latinos behind the camera to achieve balanced and accurate portrayals of diversity in the U.S.
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