CBS Diversity Institute
Writers Mentoring Program
7800 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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As part of its ongoing commitment to create additional access for writers of diverse backgrounds, CBS' Diversity Institute has launched a different kind of Writers program, which highlights one of those paths.
The focus of this five month program is on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed.
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Each submission must be complete in order to be considered. A completed application packet includes: 1) Application, 2) Letter of Interest, 3) Work Resume or Bio, 4) Two Writing Samples: one original piece of work which can be a screenplay, a stage play or a short fiction story (no original television pilots will be accepted) and one (1) half hour or hour episode based on a current television series that aired new episodes on any network or cable channel during the 2005/06 season, 5) Two Signed Submission Release forms, one for each writing sample.
See website for additional guidelines.
The Writers Mentoring Program is not employment and there is no monetary compensation. It is, instead, a structured program of career development, support, and personal access to executives and decision-making processes, with the goal of preparing aspiring writers for later employment opportunities in television.
Each participant will be teamed with two different mentors. One mentor is a show runner on a current CBS drama or comedy series. This relationship builds over the course of the program and is focused on helping the participant with creative feedback on their writing as well as help and advice on career goals.
The other mentor is a network executive with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career.
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