2016 TV Writing Fellowships and Workshops

EDIT: Check out my *UPDATED* 2017 TV Writing Fellowships and Workshop post.

It’s only a couple months til the submission periods open for all the major TV writing fellowships, so it’s time to get hardcore working on those spec scripts! Mine is slowly, but I think surely, coming along. Fingers crossed.

These fellowships/workshops are all designed for preparing an emerging writer to be staffed on a series. They all differ but generally include a combination of lectures from industry speakers, some form of a simulated writers room, and lots of networking opportunities. So if you’re interested in writing for television (like I am), this is definitely one of the best ways to break in.

Each program has different rules and requirements for submission, and since it’s such a hassle trying to bounce around from each program’s website, I decided to compile all the important information from four of the major workshops right here for easy viewing! This includes the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Disney/ABC Writing Program, NBCUniversal Writers on the Verge, and WB Writers’ Workshop. Yes, there are others, but these are most likely the ones I’ll be applying to.

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Drew Goddard Has My Dream Résumé

I recently attended the Beyond Words 2016 WGA Screen Nominee Panel a couple weeks ago. It’s a panel held at the Writers Guild Theater celebrating the current WGA- and Oscar-nominated screenwriters in the Original and Adapted Screenplay categories. This year’s panel was hosted by John August (Big Fish) and included the following panelists: Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), Drew Goddard (The Martian), Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton), John McNamara (Trumbo), Phyllis Nagy (Carol), Charles Randolph and Adam McKay (The Big Short), Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), and Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs).


The panel was great. It was excellently moderated and very informative, but we’re not here to talk about that right now. I want to talk about writer/director/producer Drew Goddard, who wrote the adapted screenplay The Martian starring Matt Damon.

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My Top 25 Favorite TV Couples (Part 2)

And the countdown continues! Make sure to check out Part 1 first.

I actually really enjoyed reminiscing over all of these epic romances as I wrote this list. I try to be cool and cynical sometimes, but I’m just such a sucker for a good love story. Now here’s who made it to my top 10 favorite TV couples:

10. The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler (Doctor Who)


My favorite Doctor-companion duo! The Doctor always felt like a “Spock” character to me, in that I don’t think he can or should ever really be in a relationship with someone. Like, it may be okay to tease at one, but anything more is just off-limits in my book. Still, I absolutely loved David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler. Remember when there just conveniently happened to be a Tenth Doctor clone who was part-human with only one heart, who could grow old with Rose? YES, loopholes! Now they can be together!

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My Top 25 Favorite TV Couples (Part 1)

Happy Valentine’s Day of 2016! Since today is a day to celebrate love, I thought I’d share my top 25 favorite TV couples. This is only Part 1, make sure to also read Part 2 featuring my Top 10. Sorry if your faves didn’t make the list – I may just not have seen the show yet! Also, sometimes I have weird taste, deal with it.

25. Phil Dunphy and Claire Dunphy (Modern Family)


I’m just as much of a spazzy, OCD, perfectionist as Claire and can’t wait to find my goofy, fun Phil to balance me out. And as much as I’d love to be the cool mom, I secretly know I’ll end up having to be the responsible parent like Claire. But it works so well for them, doesn’t it? They’re a great parenting duo, and amidst the madness of raising three kids, still find time for each other.

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TV Review: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend


Creators: Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna
Starring: Rachel Bloom, Vincent Rodriguez III, Santino Fontana, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Network: The CW
Airs: Mondays at 8pm/7c


Rebecca Bunch (Bloom) is a smart, successful, driven woman working at a prestigious law firm in New York. And while being overly devoted to work and miserable might mean success, it doesn’t equal happiness. When Rebecca just happens to run into Josh (Rodriguez), her “ex” from summer camp a decade ago, she realizes that she just wants to be happy. So she impulsively decides to pick up and move to Josh’s hometown, West Covina, CA, to search for love, adventure, and true happiness.

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A Trip to the Writers Guild Library


I’ve only been to the Writers Guild Library a handful of times so far — mostly because it’s a bit of a drive from where I live (LA traffic, ugh) — but it’s always a very beneficial and productive trip. I recently realized that some of my filmie/writer friends have never been there or even knew it existed. GASP. So here’s some quick info and tips for anyone interested in going!

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Thanks for reading!

XOXO, Gossip Girl. I mean, Melissa.