Judging from my last couple of posts, good things, or at least interesting things, come in twos. CBS Diveristy Institute is offering two programs for writers:
Writers Mentoring Program
This six-month program is focused on opening doors: providing opportunities to build relationships with network executives and show runners; to support new and emerging writers in their efforts to improve their craft; and to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to break in and succeed.
Each participant will be teamed with two different mentors.
Daytime Writers Initiative
The Daytime Writers Initiative will provide qualified diverse writers with mentorship, career development and access to daytime decision makers including network, studio and production company executives as well as the executive producers, head writers and writing staffs of CBS’ Daytime dramas, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and/or THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. The goal is to provide an immersive, educational experience of the writing process of daytime dramas and to foster relationships within the CBS daytime family.
The 12-week Program is divided into two six-week phases: The first six weeks include a characters/story lines immersion process and weekly workshops and the second six weeks is mentor-supervised practice script writing. Read more here.
If you're serious about the craft of writing and want to up your game, you have to check out these two conferences coming up. There is an application process, so be ready to submit your best work.
Running June 10 - 19, this 10 day conference at Yale consists of workshops, master classes, individual conferences and readings. They also have a second session for three days devoted to specific genres, June 21 -23. Throughout the program there will be discussions with agents, journal and independent press publishers, and editors from major imprints. Not to be overly fawning, but the faculty is amazing and includes, ZZ Packer, Susan Orlean, Trey Ellis, Tom Perotta and more. Go here to apply and for more info.
This conference runs June 23- 29 and is a lot like the Yale conference except that it is specifically for writers' of color. Held on UC Berkely's campus, they also have an impresssive roster of faculty including Junot Diaz, Ruth Forman, Mat Johnson and more. Go here to apply.