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Courtesy of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment

Calling Diverse Writers: Applications are Open for the CAPE New Writers Fellowship

Are you an aspiring writer? Are you passionate about diversity in storytelling? Well if so, then you’re in luck.

The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) offers an annual fellowship for new, emerging writers, and submissions are open for their 2021 class. The fellowship was founded and co-chaired by Emmy-award winning creator and showrunner Leo Chu, and veteran TV executive Steve Tao, and is designed to help individuals navigate a career as a professional writer in the entertainment industry. The program has hosted some serious mentors and speakers, including the likes of Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians), James Wong (X-Files), and Walter Hamada (DC Films).

Over several weeks, CAPE brings in top television and film writers, producers, agents, managers, and executives for a series of intimate panels, workshops, and discussions. The Fellowship also features a Writing Lab where each Fellow is matched with a high-level industry mentor to help them revise their original script into professional level writing samples to get them noticed and land that all-important first staff job.

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Alumni of the program have gone on to work as writers, producers, and showrunners for programming across all the major networks and streaming platforms: Disney, NBC, CBS, HBO, Amazon, Apple, Netflix – you name it. To qualify, applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have the legal right to accept paid work in the United States, and “be consistent with CAPE’s mission to champion diversity by educating, empowering, and connecting Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment.”

If you’ve been thinking about how to get serious about your writing, I would definitely recommend checking this out. Applications are due on October 30, 2020 at 11:59pm PT.

For more information, you can visit the CAPE website here, or apply directly to the fellowship here.

Time to get cranking.

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