WAN Writers Workshop Group
Application and Selection:
10 winners were selected from a pool of nearly 600 applicants .
8 slots were reserved for people working as assistants in writers rooms – writers assistants, script coordinators, EP assistants (including assistants to writers/producers with active development deals), and writers room PAs.
2 slots were reserved for peo ple who do not fit the above description.
WAN partnered with Le’Ander Nicholson (until recently at KaplanStahler) on putting together an outstanding group of reps to read the winners at the end of the program.
WAN also partnered with Joey Tuccio (Roadmap Writers) and his network of readers to handle the massive intake of applicants, narrow down finalists, and help send the winners out to reps and execs at the end of the program.
Workshop participants (ten winners plus the organizers, Joel Silberman and Brandon Tanori) met once a week for twelve weeks, four hours at a time, in a classroom on the Loyola Marymount University campus.
For the first six weeks, they workshopped each other’s material only with the other group members.
For the final six weeks, a series of showrunners, upper level writers, and other guests came in to workshop the scripts with the group.
Every group member was matched with a guest (or guests) whose material and experience matched the script being workshopped.
WAN Workshop Guests included:
- Adam Milch (Creator/EP, “Twisted”)
- Andrew Gettens (Producer, “American Gothic”)
- Greg Small (Creator/CoEP “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”)
- Jack Kenny (EP, “Warehouse 13”)
- Jordan Rosenberg (CoEP, “Elementary”)
- Kate VanDevender (CoCreator/ EP, “Part Timers”)
- Lauren MacKenzie (Producer, “American Gothic”)
- Michael Karnow (Creator/CoEP, “Alphas”)
- Michael Weithorn (Creator/EP, “The King of Queens”)
- Nikki Toscano (EP, “24: Legacy”)
- Tyler Gillette (Director/Producer, “V/H/S”)
These guests were profoundly impressed by the talent in the room. As one of them put it: “This is one of the only groups of up and coming writers that I’ve ever seen where I feel like every single one of them is going to succeed.”
He’s not wrong.