College writing programs give you the craft-based skills you need to thrive creatively as a writer. But once you’re on the other side — what’s next? How do you move your career forward in the real world? That’s where The WeScreenplay College Lab comes in!
We’re looking for college students who are ready to take the next step in their screenwriting career. This is about getting out of the class room and experiencing what it’s like to be a working writer, the nuances of your relationship with representation, and the expectations of a general meeting with a development executive. You have a limited window to participate in our College Lab — don’t wait!
Grace is a Producer on HBO’s INSECURE and is developing the DARIA reboot JODIE for Viacom. Previously, she was an Executive Story Editor on Hulu’s DOLLFACE and a Story Editor on UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT as well as on LOOSELY EXACTLY NICOLE. She was also a staff writer on the Emmy-winning series INSIDE AMY SCHUMER for Comedy Central and a Writer’s Assistant on BROAD CITY. Grace completed the WGA Diversity Apprenticeship Program.
Faisal Kanaan, a graduate of Bentley University, began his career at Paradigm Talent Agency. After a quick ascension to Agent Trainee, he then pivoted to the Literary Management side of representation, and joined Grandview in 2017. His clients are known for projects such as ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, WANDAVISION and more. Faisal has an affinity for darkly comedic & genre voices who unapologetically push the envelope.
Matt Dartnell is a California-bred literary manager at Writ Large with a deep love for film, television, podcasts, and the unique voices or strange perspectives that generate these stories. His specialty is helping creatives navigate the ups and downs of Hollywood while developing great material for a variety of mediums. His clients are known for projects including ALTERED CARBON, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, SPIDER-MAN and more. When not at the office, you can find him watching genre films, eating burgers, or hanging out with his dog.
Winners and top finalists will be invited to a day of exclusive meetings with working writers, managers, and development executives. We know you have your craft down — we want you to hear directly from industry professionals about various aspects of the BUSINESS of screenwriting.
The small group setting will allow you to ask questions about the ins and outs of actually WORKING in the industry. Plus, it’s a great chance to network with your peers and gain insights into the different paths to becoming a working writer. Get the information you’ll need to make the most of your craft-based skills at our WeScreenplay Virtual College Lab!
Additionally, Arc Studio is proud to sponsor the WeScreenplay College Script Competition with a lifetime license to the software for the winning writers.
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After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, WeScreenplay set up Elise with a general at UCP. Shortly after the Diverse Voices Lab, Elise got staffed on CANDY for UCP/ Hulu, starring Elisabeth Moss.
“WeScreenplay put a lot of (very appreciated) work into creating a lab that would prepare us for the next step in our careers, while encouraging us and doing anything they could to help move us forward. Once you’re part of the WeScreenplay family, it feels like they are truly rooting for your success and do what they can to help you achieve it.”
After placing as an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Shorts Contest, WeScreenplay connected Shaun & Jay with an Oscar-nominated short filmmaker and prepped them for meetings with reps. They’ve signed with one of the top agencies in Australia, and their short is now in pre-production!
“The WeScreenplay team deserve a round of applause for everything they are doing. Our conversations with Sarah especially were always fruitful. Not only is she incredibly friendly, but she has a wealth of industry knowledge. She educated us on agencies, managers, writing query letters and generally how to get our foot in the door. She’s also responsible for setting up a meeting with Oscar nominated writer/director Vincent Lambe, who has since become a great contact for us – and led us to a meeting with Profile Creative. The rest is history, we signed with our agent, and we also have a producer for our short film.“
After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, WeScreenplay set Junot up with numerous meetings with literary reps. After fielding multiple offers, he signed with manager Cameron Cubbison at Zero Gravity and agent Halle Mariner at APA!
“WeScreenplay gave me inspiration and encouragement. It just takes one person to believe in you to help you get a running start. WeScreenplay filled those shoes, and I’m grateful. The world is hungry for fresh news in the form of story, and you as the artist are their chosen messenger. Your story and voice are worth it. WeScreenplay treated us all with care, support, and insight. My first reader’s notes were the most helpful, actionable notes I’d ever received. “
After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, Phylicia worked with the WeScreenplay team to target reps and prep for specific meetings, landing literary rep with Issa Rae’s new company ColorCreative!
“My time as a WeScreenplay Diverse Voices fellow has informed my writing and who I am as a person so much. Being a part of this community has opened my eyes to the magic that can come from collaboration and how powerful you can become when other people are supporting you.”
A FREE, 1-page mini-version of our phenomenal coverage from the entry’s first round judge, including their scores!
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A new reader and another full read for every script that makes it to this round.
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Another new reader and another full read for every script that makes it to this round … and you are welcome to submit an updated version of your script for only $5.
All scripts that make it to this round will be read internally by the WeScreenplay team as well as by our industry jury. Scores will not be provided for this round, as judging will be discussed privately.
All winners will join our College Writing Lab, focused on helping you start off with guided career strategies and immediate industry access.