Creating pathways to careers in television for under- represented writers
Participants learn about the television business from internal executives, attend master classes on storytelling and collaborative creative writing with showrunners, as well as other established special guests.
Formerly the HBO Access Writing Fellowship, the WarnerMedia Access Writers Program is a multi-month pipeline program for entry-level narrative TV writers. The objective of the program is to provide marginalized voices a pathway for entry into the television industry through instruction, mentorship and exposure.
The 2021-22 cohort was announced in July 2021 with 21 selected participants whose scripts who went through a rigorous interviewing and screening process for the seven-month long program. An advisory council was established, comprised of accomplished producers Sara Hess, Nkechi Okoro Carroll, Sarah Schechter, Bird Runningwater, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sonya Winton-Odamtten, Jonathan Kidd, Bill Lawrence, Mindy Kaling and Ben Stephenson, along with executives Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer, HBO and HBO Max and Channing Dungey, Chairman Warner Bros. Television Group. They reviewed the curriculum and provided guidance as needed.
2021 APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED | 2022 APPLICATIONS PROGRAM OPEN IN MARCH