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3rd Annual Native American Writers Seminar – Call For Applications

March 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Native American Media Alliance is accepting applications for the 3rd Annual Native American Writers Seminar taking place this summer. The seminar initiative is presented by the Cherokee Nation Film Office.

The Native American Writers Seminar develops emerging Native Americans writers for TV and film. The seminar also provides introductions to diversity development programs and uplifts indigenous storytellers in need of professional and creative mentorship. This initiative offers new access for Native Americans writers seeking to breaking into film and television.

Chosen participants for the seminar workshop an existing script through one-on-one mentoring, group sessions and industry meetings. The program provides intensive feedback and is accompanied by rigorous writing sessions. In addition, the seminar provides representatives from prestigious fellowships and successful participants of past NAMA writing programs. These speakers share insight into career development and professional growth.

The purpose of the seminar is to provide an in-depth workshop for Native Americans with an existing script they can develop into a polished sample.



About the Program

The curriculum entails creative discussions with veteran writers, experienced instructors and representatives of prestigious writing programs. These discussions provide additional insight into artistic development, applying for fellowships and exploring professional opportunities.

The seminar provides one on one meetings with a creative executive, agent, manager or showrunner. These conversations will share additional guidance on career path, creative level, and next steps. Each seminar participant will have the opportunity to discuss creative development, enhance their respective materials and improve their writing sample. The goal of each component is to get their script at the most polished level possible for submission to fellowships, creative executives and literary representation.

Check out our first two cohorts:

Inaugural Native American Writer Seminar Fellows

2nd Annual Native American Writer Seminar Fellows


Application Process

How it Works:

If accepted into the seminar you must be willing to make a commitment to a multi-day program that will entail day and evening meetings.

Who Should Apply:

The Native American Writers Seminar is for beginning writers who have a half-hour comedy television script, a one-hour dramatic television script or feature film script. Submissions do not have to be completed drafts. Each selected participant is expected to develop an improved draft of their submission script.

When to Apply:

The submission period for the 3rd Annual Native American Writers Seminar is now open.

How to Apply:

The online application form is below. Please include a completed application form, a completed release form, biography, resume, statement of interest and one writing sample of the following: Television pilot script or television spec script, feature film script in PDF format. Please note that writing teams are ineligible. You must be 18 or over to apply. All submitted materials must be original and all rights must be wholly owned by the writer.

Application Deadline: 

Early Deadline is March 27th, 2023 11:59pm PST  $50

Regular Deadline is April 10th, 2023 11:59pm PST  $60

Final Deadline April 24th, 2023 11:59pm PST  $70

Application available here.





March 13
8:00 am - 5:00 pm