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scripted series lab

At the core of the Pacific Screenwriting Program is a full-time 15 – week curriculum that polishes and prepares candidates for an entry-level writer position on a series. Every term, up to six committed writers receive the necessary support to expand their portfolio and pursue opportunities in the evolving TV marketplace. Throughout the program, participants hone their craft, strengthen their collaboration and presentation skills, and obtain a deeper understanding of BC’s television industry and how to market themselves within it. Through workshops, events and mentoring, candidates will also be connected with key industry professionals, including senior screenwriters, producers, and agents.

2020 Application Deadline:

Applications Open: July 15, 2019

Applications CLOSE: Midnight, September 1, 2019

Program runs:

January 6, 2020 –   April 17, 2020

Fees:

Application Fee: $25

Program Fee: $1,500

Weeks 1–10

Story Room

For the first 10 weeks of the program, participants will work as a team to develop an original series concept brought to the team by an established showrunner. In a collaborative story-room environment led by the showrunner and following a story room’s rigorous schedule—the writing team will build out the concept, ultimately arriving at a fully developed series package that is ready to present to broadcasters.

Weeks 11–15

Original Series and Business of Writing

For the final six weeks of the program, working one on one with an experienced mentor, participants will develop their own original scripted television pilot script. During this time, through case studies, seminars, lectures, and workshops presented by industry professionals, participants will also be introduced to the business side of the  industry—everything from marketplace trends to project pitching.

Selection Process

All complete applications submitted by the September 1st, 2019 deadline will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of board members and industry experts.

Applicants who are not chosen to advance to the interview stage will be notified by email; unfortunately, we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications. 

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by phone to confirm their interview date and time. We will make every effort to conduct interviews in person; where this is not possible, interviews will take place via Skype/video call. After all interviews have been conducted, the selection committee will determine which candidates will be best suited to the program, and will notify all remaining candidates of their decision.

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Your Application

Please include the following, in PDF Format:

  1. Writing Sample: An original series pilot script (half-hour or one-hour comedy or drama), properly formatted (cannot be co-written)
  2. Paragraph synopsis of the original script you are submitting
  3. An original series synopsis for another TV idea not yet developed. You may submit more than one [up to two] synopses at a maximum length of two pages each.
  4. A letter of intent outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the program, both during the program and after
  5. A letter of reference from an industry professional
  6. Your resumé 
  7. Completed application information
  8. $25 application fee (paid in the application form below with Stripe)

Eligibility

  1. You must be 19 years or older
  2. You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  3. You must be a resident of British Columbia
  4. You must have completed some post-secondary training or have some work experience in the craft of writing. (This includes everything from a journalism degree to creative writing workshops.)

If you meet all of these requirements, you are encouraged to apply. To reflect BC’s rich diversity, we welcome applications from writers of all backgrounds.

Successful applicants who show proof of financial need may be eligible for tuition scholarships and/or travel bursaries (if you are from outside Greater Vancouver). Please indicate on your application form if you would like to be considered should you be successful.

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2020 SCRIPTED SERIES LAB

This Year’s Showrunner & Participants

Robert C. Cooper

Executive Showrunner in Residence

Robert C. Cooper most recently created, wrote, and directed some episodes, of CBC’s Unspeakable, following Canada’s tainted blood scandal. A lifelong dream project, the mini-series recently won the Leo Award for best dramatic series.

Previously, he served as showrunner of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency for BBC America, Netflix and AMC Studios, and is probably best known for having been showrunner of the record-breaking Stargate television franchise for MGM. He co-created Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe and served as executive producer, writer, and director of multiple episodes of all three series and two DTV movies.

Cooper has been nominated and won several awards for both writing and directing, including two Hugo nominations and a Canadian Writer’s Guild award for best dramatic screenplay. In 2009, he was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award for contribution to the British Columbia television industry.

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Sarah has written and produced hundreds of hours of television, both hour-long and half-hour, including: Ransom (CBS/TF-1/Corus/RTL), Motive (ABC/CTV), Arctic Air (CBC), Primeval: New World (SyFy/Space), Endgame (Showcase), The Border (CBC), Falcon Beach (ABC Family/Global), Blood Ties (Space), The Shoebox Zoo (BBC One), Beastmaster (Endemol/Tribune), Code Name Eternity (SyFy), and PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (CBS/Global).

Sarah has also worked in film. She co-wrote the award-winning short The Sparkle Lite Motel with director Cory Kinney, and participated in the NSI Features First program with her horror feature Extinction. She has story edited numerous features, including DefendorWeirdsville, and Hank & Mike.

Sarah has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Creative Writing and History in Art from UVic.

2020 participants

Jessie Anthony

IG: @onondaga.jess, @onondagaproductions

 

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Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

I am a proud Haudenosaunee woman from the Onondaga Nation Beaver Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Ontario, I have been living in Vancouver for the past seven years and in that time I have completed my Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts Degree from Capilano University, Worked as a first assistant director on various indigenous features and series and most recently completed my first feature film titles Brother, I Cry which was funded by Telefilm Canada through Telefilms Talent to watch program.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am excited to learn, meet new people and write!

Anything else you want to tell us?

Love will save the day!

Steve Neufeld

TW: steve_neufeld
FB: Stephen Neufeld

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Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

At 29, I quit my teaching job and moved to unceded Coast Salish territory (Vancouver) to take my Creative Writing MFA at UBC, where I finally watched The Wire, which convinced me that TV was the form for me. After that I wrote (and optioned) several spec scripts and created my own award-winning web series called Coded. After working in my first writers’ room last December, I spent this year writing a science fiction novel and another pilot. I am excited to spend this coming year working with my colleagues and mentors at the PSP!

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am absolutely thrilled to engage in the creative process with my team members, to glean tips, tricks and wisdom from them, to share anything I can, and to work together to craft a compelling, unbearably addictive show. I’m also super pumped to work under Rob Cooper’s leadership and learn from his wealth of experience and success.

Anything else you want to tell us?

I want to thank the PSP and its partners and supporters for making this happen. Furthermore, I’d like to single out Omnifilm Entertainment in particular for being such a supportive and encouraging part of my ongoing creative journey. I also make the best pancakes and waffles in the history of the universe. I defy anyone to prove me wrong.

Adam Hussein

TW: AdamH1102

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Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Hi! I am a Vancouver based screenwriter and graduate of Vancouver Film School’s screenwriting program. I’ve written the TV movie The Killer Downstairs and sold another TV movie that is in development. I was also selected for the 2019 Praxis/Whistler Film Festival Screenwriters Lab. Prior to film school I had a career as a lawyer that may or may not have been a direct result of watching too many episodes of The Practice when I was younger.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with this amazing group of writers. I am looking forward to learning from our incredibly talented and accomplished showrunner, as well the other writers in the group. The chance to sit with other writers and break story for ten weeks is really all I could ask for, so I can’t wait to get started. With that out of the way, I’m actually just looking forward to getting the answer to the most pressing question of our time: Is it writers room or writers’ room? Also, snacks.

Qaseem Fazal

TWQFazal
IG: qaseemf

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Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

I am a Canadian Ismaili-Muslim screenwriter. I am a graduate of the Langara Film Arts program as well as the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. I am also a classically French trained chef and  graduate of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. My comedic screenplays The Story of Harper Blair & some other people and The Family Value have placed in and won various competitions around the globe.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I’m excited to submerse myself in a writer’s room and work with a team of talented and diverse Vancouver-based writers. Also, I’m looking forward to working with a mentor who can help me develop my original pilot and take it to the next level. I think this will be tremendously impactful to my writing and growth as a screenwriter. 

Renuka Singh

TW: renegade_run

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Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:

Renuka is an emerging writer who brings with her the ability to collaborate and strategize on story development with the focus on powerful female narratives. She was a 2019 Quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft’s Horror Movie Screenplay and Horror Movie Concept competition and is particularly stoked by horror, thrillers and true crime. Her last project was Associate Producer and co-writer on the film, Past Never Dies.

What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I don’t know if ‘excites’ is the right word. I’m mostly scared! But I can’t wait to meet, work and learn from the show runner, industry professionals and the rest of the participants! 

Huelah Lander

TW: HuelahL
IG: Huelahlander

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Tell us about yourself and your writing/professional background in 5 sentences or less:
I love writing about myself and I’m never sarcastic.
Bullet point hype machine says:
  • Recipient of Harold Greenberg shorts to features grant
  • Gold Prize winner at Page and Grand Prize winner at Table read my Screenplay
  • Winner of a Diversity of Voices fellowship to Banff 
  • Recipient of a PSP sponsored trip to the Toronto Screenwriting Conference
  • Writers’ Assistant on Season 2 of The Order
I consider bullet point lists to be one run on sentence. I am a chronic sufferer of imposter syndrome.
What excites you most about starting the Scripted Series Lab?

I am so excited to work on Rob’s project in the writers’ room. I think it’s still hush hush but it is so up my alley we may need to call a tow truck. I’m also really excited to meet the other participants and create a network of Vancouver-based creatives. I’m also very excited to meet my mentor for the latter portion of the program and excited/nervous about the opportunity to pitch so many broadcasters and streamers.

Is there anything else you want to tell us?

My name is weird. I know. Say it however you want. But technically, it’s pronounced Hue (like when you are talking about colours) La (like a musical note).

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