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3rd Annual Native American TV Writers Lab

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March 9 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 pm

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The 3rd Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB call for submissions is now open. The lab is sponsored by NBCUniversal, Netflix, CBS Entertainment Diversity, and HBO.

“Between the table reads, the writers labs, and the pitch workshops, the LA SKINS FEST has helped me grow and learn substantially, not just as a Native and a creative, but  as a woman in the industry.” 

Kelly Lynne De’Angelo (Tuscarora); Freelance Writer on Netflix Series and Native American TV Writers Lab Fellow

The TV Writers lab takes place mid-May through late – June of 2018 and offers 7 Native American writers an opportunity to participate. Each participant will complete an original pilot during the 5 week program and receive feedback from peers and an experienced writing instructor. Past participants include William Gerroutte (Cherokee) who was recently inducted into the NBC’s Writers On The Verge program and signed with Kaplan Stahler Agency, Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (Tuscarora) is currently a freelance writer on an original Netflix series, Tom Hanada (Cherokee) is adapting a Stephen King novel and Carlee Malemute (Athabaskan) sold two projects to Lifetime.

Participants also meet with our industry sponsors and partners. Past fellows met with executives from NBC, CBS, FOX and Lionsgate. Scripts from the lab were also read by Amazon Studios, Echolake Entertainment and several of our industry supporters.

The Native American TV lab culminates in a pitch workshop during the 12th Annual LA SKINS FEST that will have each Native writer pitch their scripts to creatives executives from Bad Robot, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Lionsgate and several other creative executives and literary managers.

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

Application Deadline: Regular Deadline is March 2nd, 2018.  Late Deadline is March 9th, 2018. 

Program Dates: Mid-May through Late-June, 2018


About the Program

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 an experienced writer with industry credits. The lab will be conducted in Los Angeles, CA with a maximum of 7 writers accepted.

The five-week lab will consist of group discussions, one on one meetings and 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 each script a strong piece. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry.


Application Process

How it Works:

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. This program does not provide travel or housing.

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.

When to Apply:

The submission period for the 2018 NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB opens January 1st, 2018.

How to Apply:

Email a completed application, a completed release form, submit one writing sample of any type to include feature film, play, pilots and specs in PDF format. Television scripts are preferred. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. You must be 18 or over to apply. All submitted material must be original, and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer.


Submission Checklist

      1. 2018 Completed Application Form
        (download 2018 NA WRITERS LAB APPLICATION here )
      2. One Writing sample in .pdf format (Only one will be accepted)
      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.
        (Download Release Form pdf or Release Form doc.)
      6. 2 Professional references with contact information
      7. Submission Fee $25 March 2nd, 2018 (Late Deadline $30 March 9th, 2018).
        Submission fee can be paid through PayPal

    3rd Annual Native American TV Writers Lab

    Or make your check, money order or cashier’s check payable to Barcid Foundation. Mail your submission fee to the following address:

    Barcid Foundation
    Attn:  3rd Annual Native American TV Writers Lab Program
    1801 N. Kingsley Dr #102 / Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Email all documents to contact@laskinsfest.com

    Application Deadline: Regular Deadline is March 2nd, 2018.  Late Deadline is March 9th, 2018.


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March 9
8:00 am - 11:30 pm