Inaugural Native American Writers Seminar – Fellows Selected

Inaugural Native American Writers Seminar – Fellows Selected

The Native American Media Alliance announced its selections for the inaugural Native American Writers Seminar, presented by the Cherokee Nation Film Office.

     “We are excited to welcome the first cohort of the Native American Writers Seminar,” said Jennifer Loren, director of Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content. “Each of the selected fellows can serve an integral role in creating and developing indispensable Native American content within television and film. It is an honor for our film office to partner with the Native American Media Alliance to provide necessary resources, mentoring and much more to support our shared endeavor to bring authentic Native representation throughout these industries.”

     The Native American Writers Seminar is a multi-day workshop that will focus on the development of an existing script and provide preparation for submission to writing fellowships. The workshop will offer new tools for Native American writers to better compete as a creative and prepare them for professional opportunities. Instructors, speakers, and mentors in the workshop will offer insight into creative development, personal branding and discuss the writing landscape from their experienced perspective.

    The purpose of the seminar is to further empower Native Americans to develop their writing craft and provide insight into the film and television industry. This seminar will also help participants prepare a developed writing sample that can bolster their fellowship opportunities.

The 2021 Native American Writer Seminar fellows:

Sienna Camille (Navajo)

Camaray Davalos (Payómkawichum/Xicana)

Neyom Friday (Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma)

Julia Morgan Leatham (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

Lewayne “Buddy” McQueen (Ely Shosone Tribe)

Kat Smith (Eagle Clan of the Tsimshian Tribe)

Meilani Wenska (Hawaiian)

Christopher York (Choctaw/Chickasaw)

     The Native American Writers Seminar was created to develop emerging writers and expand the number of Native Americans writing for film and television. Native Americans continue to maintain the lowest representation of writers on current television series.