FYI: The Cosby Program Seeks Aspiring Screen Writers

FYI: The Cosby Program Seeks Aspiring Screen Writers

Applications are now being accepted for the program credited with introducing more successful Black writers to the entertainment industry than any other program of its type.

Published July 25, 2011

For years, minority organizations have complained about the lack of Black screenwriters.


But now, if you’re an African-American writer hoping to break into the entertainment industry, a screenwriting program held at the University of Southern California could be your opportunity.


For the 18th consecutive year, the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program will be taking place at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. The program, also known as The Cosby Program, was established by Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby with the intent to develop the pool of qualified African-American writers in the entertainment industry. It has introduced more successful African-American writers into the entertainment industry than any other program of its type, according to the program’s website.


The 15-week, tuition-free program starts in February 2012. Writers will complete a television or feature script while examining African-American iconography, history and culture. 


The program was designed for those who have studied television or writing through workshops and classes, and are on “the brink of great success.” A degree in cinematic writing or filmmaking is not required, but beginning-level writers are not desired.


An application includes a statement expressing interest in the program; a completed script for a feature film, sitcom or one hour drama; a treatment or outline for a new unscripted feature or television script for a show that is currently on air, a resume and a description of coursework taken in studying writing.


Applications must be postmarked by September 15, 2011.


Alums of the program have gone on to participate in the Fox Diversity Program, the CBS Television Program, the Nickelodeon Writers' Program and the Warner Brothers Comedy and Drama Writing Program.

Eligible participants are encouraged to apply or re-apply now. For more information or to obtain an application visit here.



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