THE DEADLINE FOR THIS APPLICATION HAS ENDED. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR THIS FELLOWSHIP. THANK YOU!
Writers Boot Camp continues our support of fresh voices this month by providing three $2500 full scholarships to writers in the Saturday, July 8th Basic Training.
Candidates must be available to write 10 hours per week for 10 weeks during the Basic Training process that has supported more than 12,000 writers and filmmakers over the past 34 years. While we officially celebrate our anniversary each October, the first session conducted by founder Jeffrey Gordon (JG) was in his living room in March 1989 during his last semester of his MFA at USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program.
This month’s theme of “LGBTQIA+ Contributions” is our first offering in this category of creative material that supports the voices of artists, writers, and filmmakers who self-identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Writers are encouraged to share the personal and diverse stories currently desired by the industry. TV and film professionals are hungry to expand upon the successes we’ve seen in the past few years by promoting these stories to the forefront of content creation and media. So whether you’re writing a family story, a tale of leadership, an exploration of history, or a genre-bending saga never before conceived, we encourage any artist in the LGBTQIA+ community with a story to tell to apply!
Pertinent professional experience combined with cogent answers will complement the project idea to determine the three winners.
Writers Boot Camp alumni who have applied to a prior fellowship within the past six months–or who have won before–may apply for fun yet are not eligible to win.
Winners must confirm their availability to participate in Basic Training, along with 10 hours per week for creative exercises and writing for 10 weeks without risk of dropping due to outside conflict or work opportunity. We encourage all applicants to understand that Basic Training is an intensive educational experience, along with highly professional distinctions and, while very supportive, a no-nonsense approach. Writers are discouraged from applying if acceptance will not ensure full participation as that could prevent another deserving writer from participating and receiving creative support.
Only winners will be notified individually. All non-winners will be notified by email within a few days of the selection of winners. We often host Mini-Camps to discuss the importance of drilling down ideas in a single-sentence, as well as to review the pitfalls that can undermine a writer’s application success that go well beyond the problem of not following specific instructions and recommendations.
Our Remarkable Track Record and Diversity Emphasis
There are few places in society for artists to seek and receive personal support. No one does what we do and with as much depth of process. Writers Boot Camp’s tools are meant to empower your own authority. The tools and materials are more a language for collaboration and for describing your creative goals than a formula to fit your story.
Writers Boot Camp’s remarkable success of supporting diversity and a range of creative voices is unparalleled in the business. Over the nine years Fox Diversity sponsored writers through Basic Training, 50% of the writers attracted staff television jobs, including top showrunners today. The tools are agnostic in that there is an emphasis on articulation and full story development–and not an imposition of bias or point of view.
In fact, female writers represent a higher percentage of our overall alumni success stories—and through the years we’ve awarded nearly half a million dollars in fellowship awards to writers and filmmakers of diverse heritage, highlighting opportunities for women of color.
You can see countless other movie and TV credits by Writers Boot Camp alumni on our A-List Credits page.
Among our favorite alumni–a past staff member, writer-director, Sian Heder, recently won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for her movie CODA. Other alumni have been nominated for Oscars, including Josh Singer, who won for co-writing SPOTLIGHT. Alumnus Cindy Chupack has won two Emmys for her work on Sex and the City and Modern Family. Steven Sater, a New York Pro Member, won the Tony Award for Spring Awakening.
The Fellowship Application
Please complete only one application per person. Partners working together may apply via separate applications utilizing the same project. Keep every answer to only one single sentence, including your answers to the four topical questions combined into one four-sentence paragraph. Again, alumni who have applied to a fellowship in the past six months–or who have won before–are not eligible to win. Please Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute to Apply!
Fellowship Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 27th, 5pm, LA time.