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Writers On The Verge

Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are "almost there" but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Here’s Your Big Break

This annual program is 12 weeks long, and consists of two night classes to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating an exceptional spec & pilot script and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to show runners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBCUniversal television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including "Community", "Burn Notice", "White Collar", "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia", and "Chicago Fire."

Application Requirements


In order to apply, you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. One properly formatted television spec screenplay based on any scripted show of standard length (half hour or one hour) that aired new episodes during the 2014-2015 season.  This script must be submitted as a PDF file.
  2. A release form for your submitted script.
  3. Answers to two short essay questions (which will be provided when the application goes live).
  4. Your current resume/CV.

You must then complete the WOTV online application during the submission window: May 1 through May 31, 2015 at 11:59PM (PST).

Please note:

  1. We do not accept email or mail submissions.  You must complete the online application before the deadline.
  2. We will accept submissions from individual writers and from writing teams of two.  We will not accept writing teams of more than two.
  3. Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and transportation in the Los Angeles area for the duration of the program.

For FAQ, click here.


May 1 - May 31, 2015 (11:59pm PST deadline) - Submission Period

Early September 2015 - Finalists interviews

Late September 2015 - Program begins

Mid-January 2016 - Program ends


Program includes breaks for Thanksgiving & December Holidays.

All dates other than the submission period are subject to change.


For regular updates, follow Writers on the Verge on Facebook.

Questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to with Writers on the Verge in the subject line.  (Please make sure your question is not already answered in the FAQ.)