7th Annual Virtual Native American TV Writers Lab – Call for Applications

7th Annual Virtual Native American TV Writers Lab – Call for Applications

The 7th Annual NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB call for applications is now open. The lab is sponsored by Amazon Studios and Kung Fu Monkey Productions.

The NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB is an online five-week intensive scriptwriters program that prepares Native Americans for writing careers at major television networks. The lab takes place mid – April through late May of 2022 and offers 7 Native American writers an opportunity to participate. Each participant will complete an original pilot during the five-week program and receive feedback from peers and an experienced writing instructor.

Past lab fellows include numerous staffed writers highlighted by Shelley Dennis (Choctaw) who is currently staffed on ABC’s The Conners, John Timothy (Muskogee Creek) who is a staff writer on CBS’s Ghosts and Siena East (Choctaw) who is staffed on HBOMax’s Clone High.

During the virtual lab, fellows meet with executives and literary representation from several of our industry partners. Scripts from the lab are read by several of our network and studio partners as well as being included in the Native Writes database.

The Native American TV Writers lab will culminate in a pitch workshop during the 16th Annual LA SKINS FEST in November, 2022.  Each Native writer will pitch their scripts to creatives executives from numerous production entities. Past executives have come from Bad Robot, Netflix, Amazon, Warner Bros. and United Talent Agency.


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 five-week, total immersion workshop will be mentored and guided by an experienced writer with industry credits. The lab will be conducted virtually with a maximum of 7 writers accepted.

The five-week lab will consist of group discussions, one on one meetings and 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 each script a strong piece. The goal is that the writers garner the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry.


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 five-week session.

When to Apply:

The submission period for the 7th 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 can be found below. Release form can be found here.

Application Deadline: 

Early Deadline is January 31st, 2022 11:59pm PST  $50

Regular Deadline is February 15th, 2022 11:59pm PST  $60

Final Deadline March 1st, 2022 11:59pm PST  $70



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