WGA East, FilmNation Brings Back Screenwriting Grant From New York

The WGA East and FilmNation Entertainment announced that applications are now open for the second New York Screenwriting Fellowship, designed to support underrepresented screenwriters beginning their careers in New York City.

The NY Screenwriting Fellowship is a weekly intensive program running from early April through August 2023. Eight or more writers receive both a screenplay mentor and an executive mentor, as well as seminars, receptions and other induction as they develop a new feature-length screenplay throughout the duration of the fellowship. At the end, the fellowship will culminate with table readings of the participants’ works along with a dinner with New York film industry executives. One of the main priorities of the fellowship is to diversify the pool of writers who can have regular access to meetings and projects that offer them long-term professional sustainability.

“The New York Screenwriting Fellowship and our partnership with FilmNation Entertainment demonstrate our long-standing commitment to fostering an inclusive industry and nurturing writer communities here in New York,” said Lowell Peterson, executive director of WGA East.

Confirmed mentors for the fellowship are Alexander Dinelaris (“Birdman”), James V. Hart (“Contact”, “Hook”) and Peter Hedges (“Pieces of April” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”).

“We look forward to another exciting year working with the next generation of screenwriters alongside our friends at WGAE,” said Liz Siegal, Director of Physical Production at FilmNation. “Experiencing the talent and dedication of the authors in our workshop was a true inspiration and we can’t wait to begin this session.”

Applicants must be referred to the program by organizations such as Almanack Screenwriters, Austin Film Festival, The Black List, The Dramatists Guild, Ghetto Film School, Reel Works, Urbanworld Film Festival, WGAE Indie Caucus, and The Writers Lab. The program is accepting up to 100 applications on a first-come, first-served basis through November 30. Applicants who have no relationship with any of the referring organizations may apply to the program via the lottery application – a limited number of entries will be randomly selected to ensure accessibility for all.

Final Draft is acting as a sponsor for the 2023 Fellowship and is providing software and other promotional materials to Fellowship participants. Applications can be submitted via the Fellowship website.


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