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Episodic TV Writers’ Lab

4-month program designed to mentor and train BIPOC writers seeking their first job in a comedy or drama writing room

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BIPOC TV & Film
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One-time
Online
Online & Toronto
Free

Comedy and Drama TV writers from across Canada are invited to apply!

The Episodic TV Writers’ Lab is a 4-month program designed to mentor and train BIPOC writers who are working towards getting their first job in a comedy or drama writing room.

This program is for Indigenous, Black and racialized writers who are ready to be staffed and need an extra boost to finalize their sample and accelerate their career.

This is not a how-to-write a TV script program. Writers will be workshopping a completed first draft of a half-hour comedy or one-hour drama series pilot in order to bring it to polish.

Participants get to experience a simulated writing room where they will learn the dynamics and unspoken rules of working in a writing room.

Each writer is paired 1:1 with an established writer mentor throughout the program.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Identifies as Black, Indigenous or as a Person of Colour

  • Resides in Canada

  • Has a completed first draft of an original comedy or drama series pilot script

This is a professional development training and mentorship program designed to advance racial equity and inclusion in Canadian TV. Historically Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour communities have been underrepresented, excluded and exploited in the entertainment industry—and across all industries and sectors. This program is one of our many initiatives created to redress generations of harm and oppression.

Program Highlights

  • Experience a simulated writing room environment where you will learn the dynamics and unspoken rules of working in a writing room.

  • Get paired 1:1 with an established writer/showrunner mentor throughout the program.

  • Have a full-day writers’ room experience dedicated to workshopping your script material.

  • Receive feedback for writing the 2nd draft of your script to help make it industry-ready.

  • Meet guest speakers and mentors from Canada and the US who are currently working in the industry as writers, producers and showrunners.

  • Up to 4 program participants will be selected for a paid 4-6 week Story Editor Trainee placement in the writing room of an existing series.

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