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Application

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How do I submit my application?

Upload the requested writing samples and documents, and complete the $25 application. Please ensure you read and accept our terms and conditions and privacy policy. Please note the submission window for the 2020 Lab has now closed.  

What happens after I submit my application?

A selection committee, composed of industry professionals, will review applications and shortlist candidates. If you are shortlisted, you will be contacted for an interview (in person or via Skype/video call). Final selections will be determined after these interviews.

What are you looking for in an application?

Well written samples demonstrating strong voice, fresh ideas, an understanding of structure, and a talent for dialogue. We are also looking for evidence of your commitment to a writing career.

How should I format my script?

Scripts should be submitted as .pdf documents. Format the script as closely to the industry standard as possible, demonstrating a professional approach and an understanding of the TV medium. Our jurors will not read handwritten scripts.

How much experience do I need to be accepted?

This program is for writers who are serious about a career in writing for television. You will need to have some writing experience, either through post-secondary training, or work experience, to be considered for the program.

I have written for theatre/film/magazines/novels/etc., but not for TV. Can I still apply?

Absolutely! If you have previous creative writing experience and are seriously interested in pursuing a screenwriting career in television, we welcome your application.

I’m currently developing a show with a co-writer. Can we apply as a team?

We are not accepting writer teams into the program. Please submit a script that you have developed on your own.

Does my pitch script have to be set in BC or Canada?

No, it does not.

I have a show in development with a producer. Can I work on that during the program?

Yes. During the Business of Writing portion of the program, you will have the opportunity to work with a mentor on further developing your script.

I know/have worked with the showrunner for this year’s program. Am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, you are still eligible to apply.

How many hours a week is the course?

The program runs full-time (approximately 10:00 am–4:30 pm) from Monday to Friday for the first ten weeks of the program, (the showrunner-led portion). The following weeks, (the mentorship portion) are self-regulated. Participants should expect to reside in Vancouver for the program’s duration.

Do I need to stay in Vancouver even for the mentorship portion of the program?

Yes. Even though the program’s hours become more flexible for the final four weeks, participants will be expected to attend guest lectures and seminars from industry experts during this time.

Are travel and accommodation stipends available for those living outside Vancouver? Is the program eligible for Canada student loans or other funding?

Yes, there are some travel stipends available. Please indicate your request on the application form. This program is not eligible for Canada student loans. We may have some bursary funding available for participants who can demonstrate need. 

Can I have a job while enrolled in the program?

Due to the intensive, full-time nature of the program, this program is not compatible with working full time, but prospective applicants can contact the office to discuss individual situations.

If I have prior commitments, can I start the program a week or so late or leave early?

No, for your benefit and the benefit of your fellow participants, you must be physically present for the entire duration of the course.

If I don’t get accepted into the program, is my application fee refundable?

No, the $25 application fee is non-refundable. However, if you are accepted into the program, your application fee goes toward your tuition.

Who should I get to write my reference letter? What should it say?

We recommend you ask someone in the writing and/or film industry who you have worked with or studied under.  The reference need not be long or complicated. It’s just to affirm that you have some experience writing either as a student or professionally.  Remember, by far the biggest weight will be placed on your script rather than supporting documents. Letters can be addressed “To Whom It May Concern,” or to the “Selection Committee.” (We’re not picky.) 

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