Hey Folks - emails come across my desk fairly regularly, and 95% of the time, it's nothing that I can share with anyone outside the business. So when I get something I can share, I'm pretty effing happy about it!

This is incredibly short notice, but every year, the broadcast networks and a few major studios open their doors and invite writers to apply to their mentorship programs. It wasn't until I was explaining what a "diversity staff writer hire" was to someone outside entertainment that I even realized, "Oh duh, people might not know this exists."

FIRST: MAJOR DISCLAIMERS:

1. I do not endorse one program over another; they are all equally valuable.

2. I do not work for any of these companies, and no, I cannot help you get in to these programs.

3. This is a Vegas odds kind of competition. Most people who get in have already been writer's assistants, worked in the business, been at agencies, etc. HOWEVER - if the sample is strong enough, a writer can come from anywhere.

4. I cannot submit for you and my name/company cannot be used in connection with your submission.

Okay, sorry, just need to get the legalese out up front. Here are the programs, with links, so that you can get more information:

Disney/ABC: http://abctalentdevelopment.com/index.html*

CBS Diversity Initiative: http://diversity.cbscorporation.com/page.php?id=23…

NBC - Writers On The Verge: http://www.nbcunicareers.com/writers-verge - submissions due 5/31

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WB Workshop for Writers & Directors: http://televisionworkshop.warnerbros.com/ - submissions due 5/31

Feel free to ask me any questions about any of these programs; I know writers who have been through all of them.

* Submission deadline has passed and will reopen Feb/March 2015

** Submissions close TODAY