The New York Screenwriters Workshop: Application Requirements

The application process for the New York Screenwriters Workshop will proceed in three rounds.

All applicants will be required to submit:

  1. a maximum 400-word artistic statement on the focus of the writers work, career highlights and the significance of this program at this career stage;
  2. a maximum 400-word essay on a film or television project that played a formative role in shaping the writer’s work and commitment to industry inclusion;
  3. a resume;
  4. a completed WGA-registered feature screenplay and summary; and
  5. a WGA-registered treatment for the project that writer would like to work on during the fellowship.

Applications that do not follow stated eligibility requirements, directions, and standards for feature screenplay formatting and length will not be considered.

During the Round 1 blind review period, 100 screenplays will each be scored by two WGA credited screenwriters. The top 40 applications will be reviewed by program staff to determine the 20 screenplays that will progress for Round 2. 

Round 2 will consist of a blind review by screenwriters of the sample script and summary, as well as the treatment for the Workshop project.

Up to 12 applicants will be named finalists and invited to interview in March 2020 with Workshop staff for up to eight fellowship seats.

Application status notifications will be provided when the participating Workshop writers are determined in March 2020.

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