EXCLUSIVE: The Foundation of the Writers Guild has set the application window for the next cycle of its Writer Access Support Staff Training Program. Submissions for the fall 2022 semester will be accepted between May 5 and June 6, 2022.
A total of 16 candidates will be selected for the next cycle, which begins in mid-August. Those accepted will participate in an updated 12-week session taught by instructors Debbie Ezer (the good doctor) and Clay Lapari (Community), who have extensive experience as script assistants and script coordinators for television. The program will continue to be hosted virtually and will feature a variety of showrunner speakers to discuss what they are looking for in support staff.
Last year, Tanya Saracho (Vida), Mike Royce (One day at a time), and Liz Hsiao Lan Alper (The day of the Dead), along with the Writers Guild Foundation, have partnered to launch this first-of-its-kind initiative to support the full inclusion and employment of underrepresented groups in the television industry.
The mission of the program is to provide BIPOC, LGBTQ+ writers, writers with disabilities, and writers over 50 with the tools and training to become an assistant writer and script coordinator, which will result in meaningful employment opportunities. .
Since attending the inaugural class, the alumni have appeared on shows such as A dark lady sketch show, Manifest, Agatha: House Harkness, External banksthe highest grounds Waffles + Mochiand city on fire. Others have accepted positions on The sex life of college girls and Diary of a Future President.