What is it?
The Writers Assistant Network is teaming up with Roadmap Writers for the second 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 very possibly REPPED by of 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. Last year’s guests included showrunners, show creators, and other EP-level writers from “Jessica Jones”, “Lizzie Borden Chronicles”, “Twisted”, “Alphas”, “Elementary”, “24: Legacy”, 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. Half of the 2016 winners were repped by the end of the program — at companies including Abrams, Bellevue, Chemical Imbalance (Matt Bass), and Gotham Group, among others — and unlike other programs that send the winners out and never talk to them again, WAN and Roadmap keep pushing winners to reps and other execs well after the program is over because we CARE about our winners.
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.
Who is eligible?
Seven of the ten spots are assigned to writers currently working as writers’ assistants or other support staff on TV shows. One spot is reserved for a writer in Roadmap Writers top tier program. Two seats are open to anyone — INCLUDING PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE LA AREA. One of our favorite winners from the 2016 workshop (okay, they’re all our favorites, but still) called in on Skype for most of the sessions from Mexico!
In deference to our agency and management partners, who are looking for the most talented unrepresented writers currently working in the TV assistant ranks, applicants must not have an agent or manager at the time of their application.
By the end of the program, you will have a script that’s been whipped into top shape by your peers and veteran industry professionals.
The final drafts of your script will be sent out to dozens of agency and management companies that are eagerly looking for new talent, as well as a variety of production companies looking for new material.
Half of the winners from the 2016 workshop were signed by the end of it, with more to come because WAN and Roadmap continue to have the winners’ backs well after the program ends.
WAN Writers Workshop proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.