Features Program

Launched in 2005, the Harvardwood Features Program currently offers writing groups in Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston. HWP groups meet regularly to discuss and critique members' original material. In LA, speaker events are occasionally organized and open only to participating writers. View a partial list of previous HWP speakers.20150125_160639.jpg

LOS ANGELES | 2019-2020

The application period for the HWP-Features program in Los Angeles opens March 25, 2019. The group will meet one to two times a month beginning in April, with the goal of getting your project to the next level, whether that's creating an outline, revising scenes, or finishing a full screenplay. Only Harvardwood Full Members are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply was April 30, 2019.


Please join us at an informational meeting with co-leaders Heather Faris and Sarah Zeiser on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 7pm EST on Zoom. RSVP for the Zoom link to [email protected].

The workshop begins on Tuesday, October 13 and will meet via Zoom twice per month for the academic year. Applications will be accepted until Monday, September 28. To apply, send a brief bio, a short writing sample (max 15 pages), and your autumn writing goals to [email protected]. You must be a Harvardwood member or Friend of Harvardwood to apply.

NEW YORK | On Hiatus

Apply by September 10 (must be a Harvardwood member or Friend of Harvardwood to apply and participate). The group will meet 10 times, starting September 14th and ending February 1, 2018. All applicants will be asked to submit a short writing sample, a bio or resume, and a paragraph stating what you'd like to work on with the group this fall / winter.


As with all Harvardwood writing groups, there is a high expectation of preparation and writing done outside of the meetings (approx. 15-20 hours per week) as well as a strict attendance policy, so please make sure that you can commit fully before applying.  Keep in mind that dual commitments to other writing programs (like the Harvardwood TV Modules) can become very hard to maintain.  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 each meeting.  


Prerequisites: Full member of Harvardwood*
Program fee: $100 ($120 for NYC participants)

Each writer should expect to: pitch his or her story to the group; finalize a thorough outline from beginning to end; and turn in pages in predetermined blocks (by act, sequence, or scene, etc). Like previous years, the group will strive for a "writers room" format, and will aim to give focused attention to the projects of 2-3 members every week, thereby staggering group submissions and allowing for better productivity and pacing.

*Friends of Harvardwood are eligible to participate in NYC and Boston.


  • All participants must be Harvardwood Full Members (Friends of Harvardwood eligible for Boston & NY groups only).
  • All participants must meet the application requirements outlined below.
  • All participants must submit the program fee before the first meeting.


Click the links above to access the applications for New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles.


Previous iterations of the HWP-Features group have attracted widespread interest, especially in Los Angeles. Ideally, the HWP-Features program would like to accommodate an additional group, focused more on initial development and starting the writing process. If such a group might feel more appropriate to your needs and availability, or if you would be willing to lead and/or host such a group, please be sure to voice this interest to Harvardwood by emailing HWP-Features.

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