2015 HBOAccess Writing Fellowship for Emerging Writers

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Application Open: March 4th 2015

The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship, which is seeking emerging writers from diverse backgrounds. Participants will attend a week of master classes at HBO’s Santa Monica campus that will focus on character and story development, pitching ideas and projects, securing an agent, and networking.

Each participant will then go on to an eight-month writing phase where he/she will be paired with an HBO development executive and guided through the script development process. At the conclusion of the program, HBO will hold a reception and staged reading for industry professionals where the writers will be introduced to the entertainment industry.

The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship is open to writers 21 and older who must be able to work in the U.S. Prior to the application, the writer must not have been staffed on a network or cable series in excess of 13 episodes and/or had more than one feature film or more than two plays produced.

Who is eligible to apply?
Any diverse writer, 21 or over, who meets the application requirements.

Submission Process:

Candidates are required to supply the following:
• Withoutabox Application
• Resume or Bio
• Original Material – ½ hour comedy pilot or 1 hour drama pilot, play, or feature film screenplay
• Answer to the personal statement prompt
• Agree to terms and conditions

What is the definition of diversity?

  • For the purposes of the HBOACCESS program, diversity is defined as those who identify as any of the following: Asian Pacific, Sub-Continent Asian, African American, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern, and/or women.

What days/times will the Master Classes take place?

  • The classes will take place August 17-21 at the HBO offices in Santa Monica from 10am to 5pm.

Will HBO pay for travel and lodging for the one week course?

  • HBO will provide a small stipend to those selected. However, all participants in the program will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses.


Apply Now for the HBO Access Fellowship for Writers

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