Thursday, April 9, 2009

CBS Writing Mentoring Program

Terry writes: Do you know if the CBS Writing Mentoring Program is open to everyone?

From their website:

The primary focus of The CBS Diversity Institute’s Writers Mentoring Program is to provide access and opportunities for talented and motivated diverse writers with a focus on writers of color. Aspiring diverse writers with a strong desire to write for CBS television series are encouraged to apply. You must be 21 or older to be eligible. If you don't live or work in the US, you may apply - but they will not pay for you to come to Los Angeles to participate in the program.

To apply, you have to submit both a spec episode of a show AND a screenplay, play or fictional short story. So if you only have TV scripts, you're out of luck.

Deadline is May 1st. Good luck! I have it on good authority that this is a great program.

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daytimedrama said...

Hmm I wonder just how diverse one needs to be.

cind said...

Hmm. I checked out their website, and it's a bit confusing. The language of "with a focus on writers of color" makes it seem like you don't HAVE to be of color to qualify as diverse (ie, gender, religion, sexual orientation etc may all count toward diversity). However, in the application instructions, they ask you to "Include a few lines about the value of your diverse voice as a writer of color, and its impact on television writing" -- which makes it seem like you MUST be of color.

Does anyone know someone who has been in the program or is connected to it in any way who might know how rigid their definition of diversity is? I have work I'd like to submit, but I'm not sure if I qualify.