The Writers Assistant Network is once again teaming up with Roadmap Writers for our fourth annual WAN Writers’ Workshop. It’s a FANTASTIC opportunity for ten amazing up-and-coming writers to workshop their material with top showrunners and other well-established creatives, then get read and likely REPPED by agents and managers at dozens of major companies.
The ten winners will meet for 12 weeks to workshop each other’s scripts. Each writer will be matched with a showrunner and/or other well-established creative who will come in as a guest to give detailed notes. Previous years’ guests included showrunners, show creators, and other writers from “Jessica Jones”, “Unreal”, “Lizzie Borden Chronicles”, “Twisted”, “Alphas”, “Elementary”, “24: Legacy”, “This is Us”, “Chance”, “Hand of God”, “Good Behavior”, and many more.
Once the scripts have all been workshopped and are in tip-top shape, they will be sent out to dozens of agencies, management companies, and production companies. More than half of all winners from previous years and two thirds from 2018 ended up finding representation either directly through the program or with its help, with winners landing at at companies including Abrams Artists Agency, Affirmative Entertainment, APA, Bellevue, Chemical Imbalance, Fictional Entity, Grade A, Grandview, Good Fear, Gotham, Kaplan Stahler, and many more. Additionally, unlike other programs that send the winners out and never talk to them again, WAN and Roadmap will keep pushing winners to reps and other execs for months or even years after the program is over because we CARE about our winners and are invested in their success.
As when putting together a modern TV writers’ room, writing teams will be treated as a single applicant. Diversity of backgrounds among the participants will be a priority.
Eight of the ten spots are assigned to writers currently working as writers’ assistants or other support staff on TV shows. Two spots are open to the general public — INCLUDING PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE LA AREA. Each year we have had someone Skype in from afar, including from Mexico, North Carolina, and New Zealand.
THE WRITER’S ASSISTANT NETWORK is a professional networking organization for writers currently working as TV assistants — script coordinators, writers’ assistants, showrunners’ assistants, writers’ PAs, and so on. Twice a year, WAN throws massive mixers where hundreds of assistants come together to network and get to know one another. In 2015, WAN launched its first Writers Workshop to find the strongest voices currently working in assistant positions — as well as a couple of writers not working in those positions — to help give them the resources they need to reach the next level.
ROADMAP WRITERS aims to bridge the gap between fresh, talented voices and the industry execs who can make things happen. Roadmap is a hub for writers who have the talent, put in the work, and take advantage of every opportunity to build relationships with executives from all corners of the industry. Roadmap’s motto is “Get Real. Get Ready. Get Traction.” In the past 2 years Roadmap has helped 56 writers get signed to places like Circle of Confusion, Gotham Group, Gersh and The Shuman Company. Roadmap is also working with the WGA and the PGA on Gender Diversity Initiatives
CHECK OUT TESTIMONIALS FROM A FEW 2017 WINNERS AT THE LINKS BELOW: