HWP — TV Modules

The Harvardwood Writers Program — TV Modules use peer review, guest speakers and workshops to foster a motivating and supportive environment for each participant’s writing. HWP-TV is currently available in Los Angeles only.

Participants of the HWP — TV Modules may be considered for the annual Harvardwood Most Staffable TV Writers List (see below).

In recent years, participants in the Harvardwood Writers Program and Competition have seen unprecedented success with pilot sales to ABC, the CW, Showtime, Sony, Spike, Syfy, and TV Land, in addition to blind script deals at ABC Studios and Warner Bros. Harvardwood writers have been staffed on Agent Carter (ABC), American Dad (Fox), Billions (Showtime), Community (NBC), Covert Affairs (USA), Family Guy (FOX), The Flash (CW), Girlfriends’ Guide (Bravo), Goliath (Amazon), The Good Wife (CBS), Gotham (Fox), Great News (NBC), Grey's Anatomy (ABC), How To Get Away With Murder (ABC), Jane the Virgin (CW), Justified (FX), The Newsroom (HBO), Perception (TNT), Power (Starz), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), State of Affairs (NBC), and The Tomorrow People (CW). Among our feature film writers, successes include the theatrical releases of Jamesy Boy and Unfriended, as well as OddLot Entertainment’s optioning of Septillion to One; previous HWC feature category winner Capture is in post production with Circle of Confusion producing. Participants have also secured representation at Apostle, Benderspink, Brant Rose Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, CAA, Circle of Confusion, Echo Lake, Gersh, ICM, Madhouse Entertainment, Management 360, Original Artists, UTA, WME, and others.

Most Staffable TV Writers List

Within the Harvardwood Writers Competition, the top scripts from the HWP — TV Modules program may be selected for the annual Harvardwood's Most Staffable TV Writers list (2016 Deadline article) and sent to managers, agents, networks, studios and production companies. Each of the selected writers may also be paired with an Industry mentor. The Most Staffable List is part of the annual Harvardwood Writers Competition, but only writers of original pilots from the immediately preceding fall and spring HWP — TV Modules will be eligible to be considered. However, spec scripts will not be eligible for submission, and writers who complete only a spec script during the Program will not be eligible for the Most Staffable List. If you would like more information about the Most Staffable List, please review the rules.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Director. IMPORTANT NOTE: Only Full Members are eligible for the Most Staffable List, the Harvardwood Writers Competition, and any Harvardwood-organized showcase.


FALL 2017 RULES & REQUIREMENTS | LOS ANGELES

Accepting applications now through September 4, 2017

COMMITMENT

There is a high expectation of preparation and writing done outside of the meetings (approx. 15-20 hours per week). Each module will have approximately eight participants, and will meet for approximately eleven sessions over a fourteen-week period beginning in October 2017. The program has a strict attendance policy, so please make sure that you can fully commit before applying. Participants are required to give constructive feedback to fellow writers in each session, so there is an expectation that you will have read applicable work prior to the meeting. The modules are successful because of this peer review, and you should expect a "writers room" format for your group.

MODULE DESCRIPTIONS

1. DRAMA MODULES – ORIGINAL PILOTS

Requirement: Full member of Harvardwood, have written a spec TV episode or TV pilot.

Program fee: $100

Workshop your idea and receive peer review each step of the way: pitch, synopsis, outline, and first draft. This module is structured to help you get feedback when you need it, and produce work that has been vetted and strengthened by your peers. This module may include workshops with professional actors reading your material.

Exact Dates: Meetings will take place nearly every week from October 2017 through January 2018.

Module Leader: TBD

2. COMEDY MODULES – ORIGINAL PILOTS

Requirement: Full member of Harvardwood, have written a spec TV episode or TV pilot.

Program fee: $100

Workshop your idea and receive peer review each step of the way: pitch, synopsis, outline, and first draft. This module is specifically structured for writers of comedy pilots or comedy spec scripts, and will be run like an actual comedy show writers’ room. This module may include workshops with professional actors reading your material.

Exact Dates: Meetings will take place nearly every week from October 2017 through January 2018.

Module Leader: TBD

3. TV PILOT REWRITE MODULE

Requirement: Full member of Harvardwood, have a complete TV pilot to rewrite.

Program fee: $100

This module is structured in three steps: 1) an in-depth peer-review of your script, with special emphasis on the premise and the first act; 2) a live reading of your first act with professional actors followed by a discussion with two professional writers / executives; 3) a second full review of your script, with a focus on the page-by-page execution. This module is for those who are looking for a detailed analysis and polish.

Exact Dates: Meetings will take place nearly every week from October 2017 through January 2018.

Module Leader: TBD

4. SPEC TV EPISODE (Drama & Comedy) - FELLOWSHIP PREP COURSE [SPRING SEMESTER ONLY]

Requirement: Full member of Harvardwood, have written an original TV pilot.

Program fee: $100

This module is will be highly structured and designed to prepare participants for the competitive studio writers' fellowships in the late spring (ABC Disney, Warner Bros., etc.). ABC and WB have submission deadlines of June 1, so participants will work toward that deadline. There is little margin for falling behind, so each participant is expected to commit to their work and attend the module sessions to give feedback on the work of their cohorts. Attendance is mandatory, and only two absences will be allowed. This module will feature guest speakers from the fellowships, and will have a structured syllabus including lectures and collaboration. The goal of this module is to have every writer submit a high-quality spec script to the fellowships. As with the fellowships themselves, this is not for brand new writers, but for writers looking to take themselves to the next level. Because at least one of the fellowships requires original material as part of the application process, only writers with a completed original pilot will be considered.

Exact Dates: TBD - Meetings will take place nearly every week from mid-February through early June 2017.

Module Leaders: TBD

PANEL DISCUSSIONS & WORKSHOPS

All module participants will be invited to attend panel discussions and stand-alone workshops during the program. The topics and speakers for the Fall 2017 panel discussions and workshops will be announced shortly. Past Program discussions and workshops have included:

Pitching Round Robin - A Workshop with Industry Professionals

All module participants pitch their TV series or spec ideas to guest panelists for expert feedback early in the Program. This workshop is intended to give the writers a clear understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their pilot or spec episode ideas.

Agents and Managers Panel

Moderated discussion with top literary agents and managers. In the past, agencies and management companies including UTA, WME, Paradigm, Benderspink, Echo Lake, and more have been represented.

Staff Writers Panel

Moderated discussion with those new to the trenches of television writers rooms. In the past, we have welcomed writers from Community, The FlashJane the VirginParks & Rec, Silicon Valley, and more.

View a partial list of HWP guest speakers.

APPLICATION

Before filling out the application, all applicants should be prepared to answer brief questions about the pilot they intend to work on, including logline, main character, world, etc. New applicants must also submit a writing sample; past TV Module participants do not need to submit a writing sample.

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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Interested participants must commit to the HWP Attendance Policies set forth below, pay a $100 program fee upfront ($120 for New York modules), and be current Full Members of Harvardwood (Friends of Harvardwood allowed in New York only). As a Full Member, you'll be able to receive the weekly and monthly newsletters, make unlimited postings on the website, view postings in your area(s) of interest, access all other areas of the Harvardwood website, and receive preferred access and free or discounted admission to programs and events. JOIN HERE.

We reserve the right to accept individuals into, or remove individuals from, the program at any time on a case-by-case basis, based on our goal of creating the best workshop environment for the majority of the participants. ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE EXPECTED TO ABIDE BY THE HARVARDWOOD CODE OF CONDUCT, WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE.

WRITING PARTNERS

In Los Angeles, where demand dictates we can only accept Full Members, non-Harvard writing partners of Harvardwood members may be considered for the program, provided that they register as Friends of Harvardwood, and the Program Director and applicable module leader are notified of the partnership. All non-Harvard writing partners of Harvardwood members must attend the workshop sessions in accordance with the attendance policy below, and pay a full program fee (i.e., each writing partner must pay the full $100 program fee).

In New York, we are currently allowing Friends of Harvardwood to join the modules. However, should conditions dictate we restrict the modules to Full Members in the future, the above will apply. Writing partners, whether Full Members or Friends of Harvardwood, may join New York modules without approval, but only Full Members will be eligible for the Harvardwood Writers Competition, the Most Staffable List, and any Harvardwood-organized showcases.

PARTICIPANT SELECTION

This program has a limited capacity. Eligible participants will be selected based on availability, the quality of the submitted writing sample, a phone or in-person interview (if scheduled), and past participation in former HWP modules (if applicable). The roster of participants will become official only after all program fees have been collected and participants have been approved by the Program Director and module leaders.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Participants must commit to not missing more than two module meetings during the program, and agree to notify their module leader prior to any such missed module meetings. Telecommuting is not allowed. This is a strict policy, so please make sure that you can fully commit to it before applying to the program.

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