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May 15 @ 8:00 am - June 18 @ 5:00 pm


The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks. The lab is designed to address the lack of Native American writers in primetime network TV.


The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB was created in accordance with the LA Skins Fest’s mission to improve media portrayals of Native Americans and to increase the number of Native Americans employed in all facets of the media industry.

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of television. The five week, total immersion workshop will be mentored and guided by Geoff Harris, the current instructor of the National Hispanic Media Coalition Writers Program and former head of Story Development at NBCUniversal. The lab will be conducted in Los Angeles, CA with a maximum of 7 writers accepted.

The five-week lab will consist of panel discussions, one on one meetings and group workshops. One of the main components to be introduced is the writers room. This is an opportunity to have each participant’s script offered up in a professional capacity as a new television script. All of the writers will participate in offering ideas, suggestions, and thoughts on making it a strong piece. At the end of the program, each participant will have completed an original television script and will take creative meetings with various executives. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry.

Additionally, participants will be invited to participate in the follow up meetings with network and studio executives including the NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS PITCH WORKSHOP in November. The pitch workshop is designed to give writers information that will grow their careers, access to literary development, and the capacity to pitch to creative executives. These events takes place in Los Angeles.


The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB was established in 2016 as part of our writers development program. The five week lab resulted in eight new original pilots from Native American writers. Following the five week lab, the participant writers met with several creative executives to continue their opportunities in the industry. Participants met with executives from CBS Entertainment Diversity, NBC Diversity and Lionsgate Entertainment’s original programming executives.

The entire 2016 writers program concluded with a writers pitch workshop at FullScreen Studios. The pitch portion had the writer participants pitch projects, scripts and themselves to a dozen studios, networks and literary representation.

Several of the writer participants were able to have follow up meetings, create paths to possible staffing jobs and discovered new opportunities that would not have been available without the NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS LAB. Our greatest success is Carlee Malemute from the Athabaskan tribe in Alaska. Carlee recently sold a movie of the week to Lifetime and is currently developing additional projects for the network.


How it Works:
The program will take place from mid-May to late-June 2017.

If accepted into the program you must be willing to make a commitment to meeting evenings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and in the day on Saturdays and Sundays. For those outside of the Los Angeles area; travel, housing, and meals are not provided.

Who Should Apply:
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is for seasoned writers who are capable of writing at least a one half-hour comedy or a one-hour dramatic television script in English within a five-week period of time. Each selected participant is expected to complete at least one script by the end of the five-week session which will then be read by network executives and followed up with creative feedback.

When to Apply:
The submission period for the 2017 NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is open now. Deadline to submit for the lab is Wednesday March 15th, 2017 11:59pm. Late Deadline April 1st.

How to Apply:

Email a completed application, a completed release form, submit one writing sample of any type to include features, plays, television pilots, and television specs in PDF format. Television scripts are preferred.  Please note that writing teams are ineligible. You must be 18 or over to apply.

You must have the following documents prepared to upload:

        1. Fill out and submit application. Download 2017 NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB APPLICATION
        2. Writing sample in .pdf format (only one can be uploaded)
        3. Resume or Bio in .pdf or .doc format
        4. Statement of interest: Why do you want to write for television? in .pdf or .doc format
        5. Signed release forms in .pdf or .doc format (be sure to download the forms from this page, complete, sign, scan and upload to your application). Release Form.
        6. Submit Application Fee. (Late application fee is $30.00)



May 15 @ 8:00 am
June 18 @ 5:00 pm