Fox Writers Intensive Now Taking Nominations

The winner’s original script will be purchased and developed by Fox.

Writers, it’s that time again. Fox has begun accepting submissions for their third annual Fox Writers Intensive (FWI).

Established in 2011, the program is designed to nurture the careers of experienced writers with diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences. It has helped to develop writers, story editors and producers on Fox productions for the past three years.

Nominations can be submitted two ways: by one of the initiative’s partnering organization or by talent agents and management companies. Submissions are open to writers from across all entertainment media, including television, features, literature and theatre.

FWI is administered by Film Independent, a non-profit arts organization supporting artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision. The initiative offers trained writers a four-month curriculum that helps them develop original material, hone their writing skills and explore the business of media and entertainment.

Select writers will receive guidance on their scripts and have the opportunity to engage with guest speakers, including experienced writers, showrunners, executives and directors.

At the program’s end, Fox works to staff participating writers on Fox projects and offers to look at the writers’ scripts.

One writer will be named the 2014 FWI Fellow and will be rewarded a purchase and development deal on their original script, in addition to one on one creative meetings with network business heads and development executives. Fox will also award the referring charitable organization of the winning Fellow a financial grant to be earmarked for its writing program.

The most recent FWI winner, Yule Caise, was signed by APA and inked a development deal with FX Networks, in conjunction with Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Television Studios. He will pitch a new original script to FX. Six of the other 10 FWI finalists have been staffed on series for the 2013-14 season, from Fox’s Sleepy Hollow to Showtime’s House of Lies to NBC’s Crisis.

The deadline for nominations and applications for this year’s FWI is Oct. 8, 2013.

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