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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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Fellowship Season Prep Part 2: Clarifying Voice

With some fellowships already accepting applications and others about to, we’re doing a mini crash course in exercises that can help prepare you for putting your best foot—or rather pen—forward.

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Fellowship Season Prep Part 1: Mining Memories

Every spring, aspiring TV writers zhuzh up their spec scripts, polish their pilots and brace themselves for fellowship season.

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Women Screenwriters Over 40 Find Their Champion In Meryl Streep and The Writers Lab

Are you a 40+ female with a script you’re dying to develop? Then The Writers Lab is for you. Presented by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, along with founder Kyle Stokes, The Lab evolved from a discussion about what’s it’s like to be a w...

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