Sesame opens submissions for fellowship program

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room Fellowship is designed to develop new screenwriting talent and foster diversity in children’s media.
January 9, 2018

Sesame Workshop is now accepting applications for its second-annual Sesame Street Writers’ Room Fellowship. The fellowship is designed to develop new screenwriting talent, amplify underrepresented voices and foster diversity in children’s media.

The 2018 Fellowship will take place at Sesame Workshop’s offices this summer. Original scripts can be submitted for consideration until February 4, and the scripts will be evaluated by a panel of Sesame staff and industry professionals in a series of blind readings and face-to-face interviews.

Applicants must be 21 years or older with no extensive media writing experience. Detailed submission information for the fellowship is available online.

Seven to 10 fellows will be chosen, and that group will gather weekly for three-hour sessions consisting of hands-on workshopping and conversations with writer, producers, agents and executives. After eight sessions, each fellow will have completed at least one script, and one or two fellows will be chosen to receive development deals from Sesame Workshop. Additionally, the winning scripts will be performed in a staged reading at an industry networking event.

The winners of the inaugural Sesame Street Writer’s Room fellowship program–Monique Hall and Keion Jackson–are currently working on scripts for a variety of Sesame Workshop projects spanning Sesame Street segments, partner content, original scripts and episodes of the upcoming series Esme and Roy

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