Aspiring TV Writer? This NBC Program Will Prep You for the Writers' Room
Applications for NBCUniversal's Writers on the Verge program are open now.
NBCUniversal is on a roll. As home to both This Is Us, broadcast TV’s current number one drama, and the recent Winter Olympics, the network has now taken the lead in total primetime viewers for the first time in almost 20 years. In its quest to find diverse writers to work on its increasingly popular dramas and comedies, the company is offering an incredible opportunity to aspiring TV penners: Writers on the Verge.
Writers on the Verge is a 12-week series of classes that take place at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA, and are intended to give screenwriters all the tools necessary to step into a real writers' room and get to work. Participants will leave the program with an improved portfolio and maybe even a job—past writers have gone on to work on NBC shows like Community, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Two Broke Girls and more
Who can apply?
Individuals and writing teams of two can apply, and the company encourages submissions from "writers of diverse backgrounds." Citizens of foreign countries can apply, but you must be eligible to be employed in the United States, and be able to legally reside in the United States for the duration of the program, from October 2018 to January 2019.
How do I apply?
The online application requires submission of a resume and a spec script for one of a specific list of shows. Although original scripts are not accepted at this stage, semi-finalists will be asked for an original television pilot as their second writing sample.
There is no submission fee but the deadline to submit is fast-approaching—May 31st, 2018 at 11:59pm PST—so go ahead and apply! Good luck.