Who is eligible to apply for the Writers' Workshop?

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.

Can I get feedback on my script?

Due to the high volume of applications, we cannot give individual feedback on any script.

When will I find out if I've been accepted into the interview stage?

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.

Do I get paid to be in the Workshop?

No. The endgame for the Workshop is to get you staffed on one of our shows.

Will the workshop pay for my travel or accommodation?

No, you will need to make your own arrangements.

Can my representation submit my material for me?


What if I write both Comedy and Drama?

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.

Is it okay if I have representation?


Is it okay if I'm a member of the WGA?

Yes, as long as you have not been a Staff Writer on a primetime, scripted cable, network or streaming series.

Can international applicants apply to the Workshop?

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.

Can Warner Bros. employees AND people who don't work at WBTV apply to the Workshop?

Yes, everyone is welcome to apply.

Is there ANY circumstance that would allow me to have an extension on the submission deadline?

No. To be fair towards everyone who submits, extensions will not be granted.

If I work at Warner Bros. can I drop off my script in person?

All scripts must be submitted through the website. Scripts that are mailed in or dropped off will not be accepted.

Can I resubmit a script I submitted last year?

No, we want to see your development as a writer. Please submit new material.

Can I submit both Comedy and Drama specs?


How many scripts can I submit?

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.

Does the spec need to be a Warner Bros. show?

No, but the show must be listed in our dropdown menu/on the Accepted Shows page to qualify.

What if I wrote a show that is NOT on the dropdown menu?

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.

If I'm part of a writing team, do we each need to write a personal statement?

No, teams should submit ONE personal statement expressing their views.

If there is a problem with the website while I'm submitting, or I have another question that is not answered here, what do I do?

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 I created an account in the past, do I have to re-register?

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).

What information do you need included on the “Previously On” page?

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.”

Do you have a preference for whether or not our name is included on the script's title page?

No. Whether you want to include your contact information or not on the title page is up to you.

I missed the application period. When can I apply for next year’s Workshop?

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.

When is the Accepted Shows list updated?

The Accepted Shows List is updated annually during the first week of January for that season’s application period.

Can I spec a show by writing a spinoff episode?

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.

The application period for the Writers' Workshop closed on May 31st, 2022.