The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks.
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB was created in accordance with the 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. It is widely understood that non-Native Americans primarily learn about our community from what they see on television.
We work to increase the number of Native Americans employed in all facets of the media industry and with the idea that if there are more diverse writers present at the writer’s table, more diversity will be reflected on TV.
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is designed to familiarize participants with the format, characters and storyline structure of television. A total of 7 writers are accepted nationwide from an established network of non-profit agencies, schools, universities, guilds and media organizations. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry.
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.
In addition, each writer will work with a mentor to discuss re-writes, confer about the day’s events, and be afforded time to work on their respective scripts. The goal of each component is to get their scripts in the best shape possible.
The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is for seasoned Native American writers who have written feature, short or television scripts. Each selected participant is expected to complete a draft of a script by the end of the five-week session.
The scripts will then be read and critiqued by network executives. Those writers whose scripts show promise will be interviewed and mentored by the network executives with the objective of placing them on a network show.
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