Anyone over the age of 18 who can legally work in the United States and has not previously been staffed on a show is eligible to apply.
Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot give individual feedback on any script.
All applicants will be notified by late September/early October about the status of their application and whether or not they have advanced to the interview stage.
No. The endgame for the Workshop is to get you staffed on one of our shows.
No, you will need to make your own arrangements.
Your spec choice will indicate to us how you would like to be considered. We have a certain number of slots in the program for each, and we consider Comedy applicants and Drama applicants separately. You are welcome to submit both if you would like to be considered for both.
Yes, as long as you have not been a Staff Writer on a primetime, scripted cable, network or streaming series.
Yes, but to be accepted into the program you must either have a green card or have a visa that allows you to work in the US. We do not sponsor work visas.
Yes, everyone is welcome to apply.
No. To be fair towards everyone who submits, extensions will not be granted.
All scripts must be submitted through the website. Scripts that are mailed in or dropped off will not be accepted.
No, we want to see your development as a writer. Please submit new material.
Up to two. You must complete your first submission and click Submit before beginning the second submission. You should then navigate to your profile to start your second application.
No, but the show must be listed in our dropdown menu/on the Accepted Shows page to qualify.
Only shows listed on our dropdown menu can be submitted. We know that every show on the air is not listed, but we believe the list is comprehensive enough for every writer to find one that matches their voice. First year shows are not on the list. Please visit the Accepted Shows Page for the full list of eligible options.
No, teams should submit ONE personal statement expressing their views.
Please fill out the form on our Contact Us page. Please also note that if you wait until the final 12-24 hours of the application period to apply, we cannot guarantee technical assistance with your submission. We strongly encourage everyone to aim to apply before the final 24 hours. We are unable to grant extensions.
If you registered in 2018, you do not need to re-register. However, if you created an account in 2017 or before, you will need to (we re-designed our site after the 2017 workshops).
The “Previously On” should place your spec very clearly within the timeline of the show. We need both a synopsis of the events leading up to your spec, as well as an episode number so we know exactly where it will fall. For example: If the show has three seasons already, and you are writing an imagined premiere for season four, please call it “401.” If it’s a prequel to the series, you may simply call it “Prequel.” If it takes place sometime in the middle of an existing season, please tell us exactly where by calling it “203.5” or “between episodes 205 and 206.”
No. Whether you want to include your contact information or not on the title page is up to you.
Generally, the Writers’ Workshop application period is open during the month of May each year. Please check the website regularly for any updates or changes.
The Accepted Shows List is updated annually during the first week of January for that season’s application period.
No. Spinoffs, by definition, act as the pilot episode for a new series, even if they feature some of the same characters or elements. Doing this defeats the exercise of writing a spec and will disqualify you from consideration.