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Write On: WGAeast Mentors Andrew Bergman and Caroline Kaplan and NY Screenwriting Fellowship Mentee Irina Rodriguez

“Just write a story you want to tell and don't try to write something which you think you can sell to somebody because that way is madness. You have to write what you want to write whether it works or not for other people. But if it's not authentic t...

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Circle of Confusion launches its first writers fellowship

Earlier this year talent management and production company Circle of Confusion (known for The Walking Dead, Mr. Right, and American Ultra) selected their Writers Discovery Fellows for its inaugural program, an initiative to mentor aspiring TV and fil...

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Carole Kirschner on Making An Impact During Your Fellowship Interviews

Carole Kirschner conducts a mock fellowship interview for our audience, answers their questions, and more!

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 7: The YES

We’ve covered how to mine your life for personal stories, clarifying your creative voice, prepping for a killer interview, and actions you can take to overcome any painful rejections in the fellowship season process. Now we wait, and out of the handf...

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 6: Next Things Next!

“First thing’s first” is great for beginnings, but a writer’s life is a continuous string of starts, stops and especially, “what’s next?”. So, what do we do when it’s time for another “next”?

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 5: The Interview, Continued

With fellowship applications submitted but fellowship interviews still on the horizon, we are currently digging into exercises and other ways to prep for an in-person or Zoom interview. And while only a fraction of applicants will make it to the inte...

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 4: The Interview

Applications have been turned in, but it’s too soon to take a victory lap/victory nap just yet. One of the reasons applying to fellowships is such a great process for all writers to partake in is because it parallels the absolute marathon-like gambit...

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Big Break Welcomes Newest Judge: Development Exec, Neil Thomas

Neil Thomas, TV executive for MRC Studios, wants a more diverse Hollywood. The TV development manager, who is of South Asian descent, uses his platform to uplift, embolden and champion diverse voices and writers in the industry. It's why he was the p...

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 3: Clarifying Voice... Continued

On our path to prepping for fellowship applications, we’ve covered exercises that mine your memories for stories as well as dipped our toe into exercises that can help you identify Your Voice. Here are a few more exercises to help you further underst...

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