Writers Mentoring Program
How it Works
- One is a CBS network or studio executive with whom they will meet on a regular basis, to discuss their work, get creative feedback on their material and get advice and support in furthering their career.
- The other is a show mentor who is a senior-level writer on a current CBS drama or comedy series. This relationship builds over the course of the Program and is focused on helping the participant with creative feedback on their writing as well as help and advice on career goals.
It's been found that in order to derive the greatest benefit from the Program, participants should be available to 1) attend a once a week (evening) workshop and 2) attend meetings or observe in various situations for a minimum of five full days (not necessarily in sequence) over the course of the six-month Program.
- Letter of Interest
- Work Resume or Bio
- Two (2) Writing Samples: one (1) half-hour or one-hour episodic spec script based on a current prime time television series which aired new episodes during the 2013/2014 season on any network or cable channel and (1) original work of writing - Pilot scripts are now accepted - (original pilot, screenplay, stage play or short fiction story). Original material should match in tone the spec script.
- A signed and notarized Submission Release form for the writing samples.
Applications cannot be processed until they are complete.
Writing samples will not be returned.
Writers Mentoring Program 4024 Radford Avenue
Broadcast Center, 3rd Floor Studio City, CA 91604
Please download the Application Form on this page and print or type your information. Be sure to include e-mail contact information, as this is necessary for any further communication from CBS. Inquiries should be made via email, rather than telephone.
2) Resumé or Bio
Please include an up-to-date work resume or bio.
3) Letter of Interest
Your letter should be addressed to the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and will be used to evaluate your personal qualifications for participation in the Program. Please tell us why you should be selected as a part of the Program and what talents and personal qualities you have to offer as part of a future writing staff on a television show. Include a few lines about the value of your diverse voice as a writer, and its impact on television writing. PLEASE keep your letter to one typewritten, double-spaced page.
4) Writing Samples
The CBS Writers Mentoring Program is seeking creative, talented and highly motivated individuals to participate. In order to evaluate a writer's originality, one (1) original writing sample is required. PILOT SCRIPTS ARE NOW ACCEPTED. This can be an original pilot, screenplay, a stage play or a short fiction story. We request that your original sample be similar in tone to your spec sample. In order to evaluate a writer's ability to capture the tone and structure of an existing television show, one (1) episodic writing sample is required. The writing sample can be either a half hour or an hour episode, based on a primetime drama or comedy series which aired new episodes, on any network or cable channel, during the 2013-2014 television season.
It is strongly recommended that all writing samples be registered with the Writers Guild of America, west, Inc. or the Library of Congress. For information on registration of material at the Writers Guild of America go to www.wga.org or contact the Intellectual Property Registry department at (323)782-4500. To contact the United States Library of Congress, go to www.copyright.gov or call (202)707-5959.
5) Submission Release Forms
A completed, signed and notarized release form MUST be included, otherwise your submission will not be processed. Please download the Submission Release Form here. The form must be signed and notarized.
Applications cannot be returned.
Writers Mentoring Program
4024 Radford Avenue
Broadcast Center, 3rd floor
Studio City, CA 91604
Participation in the CBS Writers Mentoring Program in no way guarantees future employment.