WGAE picks fellowship schools

Ten colleges and universities to participate in program

The WGA East Foundation has selected 10 colleges and universities to participate in its pilot Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting named after the late veteran New York entertainment attorney.

Nominees will be in the running for a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay under the guidance of a mentor selected by the foundation's board. The award will be presented at the WGAE ceremony on Feb. 7 in New York City.

"Apprenticeship is a time-honored -- and still the best -- approach to learning and refining one's skills," said WGAE Foundation chair Marshall Brickman. "No amount of classroom or technical study can replace a stimulating one-on-one relationship between apprentice and mentor in which basics, such as structure, symmetry, architecture, character and dialogue can be discussed; of even greater value is the opportunity to watch an experienced practitioner identify problems and design solutions in vivo."

The participating schools include Boston University, Columbia College Chicago, Drexel University, Georgia State University, Howard University, New York University, Savannah College of Art & Design, Tulane University, Washington University in St. Louis and Wayne State University.

The fellowship is made possible by a grant from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation.