They are looking for diverse writers who are emerging or mid-career who are from the western half of Canada. Up to eight people will be selected for the training program which involves a week-long intensive session followed by a 10-12 week mentorship with a story editor. One writer will be selected at the end of the program to receive a paid internship on a Bell Media TV series.
You must apply with an original series idea, and an original writing sample for a feature film or television. Samples for existing series are not eligible. There is no cost or fee to participate in the program. Those selected from outside Vancouver will receive a bursary to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.
The deadline to apply is September 14, 2012. The Eastern Canada call for submissions will come later in the fall in October.
Call for Applications - 2012 Western Canada Session.
The Western Canada session of the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program is now open for applications. The deadline to submit all materials is September 14, 2012. The one-week intensive workshop will be held in Vancouver in December 2012 (please remember, travel support will be provided where necessary for successful applicants).
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The Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and Bell Media present this program to bring more diverse writers into the talent pool of Canadian screenwriting. The Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program reaches out to offer emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds the chance to hone the skills they need to become successful professional screenwriters. And each year, two writers will come out of the program with a paid internship in a writing room of a Bell Media TV series.
The program is divided into two sessions - one for applicants in Western Canada (West of Ontario), the other for those in Eastern Canada (East of Manitoba). Each session offers up to eight writers a one-week intensive workshop featuring some of Canada's top showrunners, screenwriters, literary agents and broadcast executives. Following the workshop, each writer partners with an experienced screenwriter mentor for three months to hone their script and pitch material. In the end, all complete the program with a polished calling card to the industry as well as an enhanced professional network.
The program is offered free-of-charge to participants. The Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program presented by the WGC is made possible through the CTV-CHUM tangible benefits.
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