Nickelodeon has announced five finalists for its annual Writing Program, and a preschool writer is in the mix for the first time. This year’s batch of talented young scribes include Halima Lucas, Sarah Allan and Crescent Novell, as well as international participant K-Ci Williams (New Zealand) and preschool sepcialist Michael Olmo.
Run out of Burbank, the program offers a diverse group of aspiring television writers the opportunity to write for live-action and animated shows over the course of a year, and a modified six-month path for preschool writers. Participants meet with executives and show creators, gaining hands-on experience through pitching story ideas, writing spec scripts and taking part in workshops, seminars, classes and writers’ rooms. Nickelodeon’s Writing Program was established in 2000 and is open to applicants from around the world.
The program’s alumni include Jonathan Butler and Gabriel Garza (creators of Bella and the Bulldogs), Karla Sakas (story editor for The Loud House, pictured) and Josh Brown (freelance writer for Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).