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9th Annual Native American TV Writers Lab – Call For Applications

December 28, 2023 @ 8:00 am - March 1, 2024 @ 11:30 pm

The Native American Media Alliance presents the 9th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB call for applications. The 2024 lab is in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Golden Globe Foundation.

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is an online multi-week intensive scriptwriters program that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks. The lab takes place April through May of 2024 and offers approximately 10 Native American writers an opportunity to participate. Each selected fellow completes an original pilot during the multi-week program and receives feedback from peers and an experienced writing instructor. Application available here.

Past lab fellows include numerous staffed television writers highlighted by Shelley Dennis (Choctaw); story editor on ABC’s The Conners, John Timothy (Muskogee Creek); story editor on CBS’s Ghosts and Kris Crenwelge (Choctaw); staff writer on CBS’s True Lies. During the virtual lab, fellows meet with executives and literary representation from several of our industry partners.


About the Program

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB was created in accordance with the Barcid Foundation’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 multi-week, total immersion workshop is mentored and guided by an experienced writer with industry credits. The lab is conducted virtually with a minimum of 7 writers accepted.

The multi-week lab consists of group discussions, one on one meetings and creative development workshops. One of the main components introduced is the television 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 stronger piece. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry. Application available here.


Application Process

How it Works:

If accepted into the program you must be willing to make a commitment to meeting online evenings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and in the day on Saturdays and Sundays.

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 scheduled session.

When to Apply:

The submission period for the 9th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is open now.

How to Apply:

Fill out and submit a completed application below. This includes a completed release form, one writing sample that can include a feature film, play, television pilot or television spec 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.

Application Deadline: 

Early Deadline is January 19th, 2024 11:59pm PST  $50

Regular Deadline is February 9th, 2024 11:59pm PST  $60

Final Deadline March 1st, 2024 11:59pm PST  $70

Application available here.


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December 28, 2023 @ 8:00 am
March 1 @ 11:30 pm