Fellowship & Lab Application Prep: 2-Week Program Starts Sat 3/17 *3 Spots Left!
Saturdays, 3/17 & 3/24 @ 4:00pm - 6:00pm PT - Online via Virtual Classroom
Hosted by Erica Bardin, Writer/Producer recently selected for Black List/Women in Film Episodic Lab
There are a gazillion screenwriting programs, fellowships, labs, etc...out there to apply to. How do you decide which ones to invest your time and money in? Which ones are right for you? And then when you do decide to apply, how do you prepare and not feel like you’re just throwing your application haphazardly into the submission ether? Which script is right for which program?
Erica Bardin wants to help you find answers to these questions. While there is no magic formula to being selected or winning, she can help you make better decisions in your overall strategy for every step of the process.
In This 2-Week Clinic You Will Learn How To:
- Identify which programs you should consider applying to
- Choose the right script for the right program
- Ensure those first 10 pages are attention-getting to program readers
- Approach personal essays
- Prepare and execute the final decision-making interview
Week 1: You will submit the first 20 pages of your script (preferably one you would submit to a program) to Erica ahead of time for her to read prior to the session. Additionally, you will submit a list of any fellowships/labs/programs you have been considering applying for. She will spend all of the time on this week working with you individually on how to strategize your submissions to upcoming programs.
Week 2: Prior to this class, you will submit your personal statements, cover letters or artistic statements that you would also submit to a program for consideration. At the top of this session, Erica will share valuable insights from program coordinators, fellowship participants, and other experts into what judges are assessing and what to expect. She will then go through your individual submissions, opening up questions you have for the interviewee that would pertain to an upcoming submission.
"I enjoyed learning about Fellowships and Labs with Erica. I learned it's not just about writing but also telling your own personal story in a way that makes you memorable. It's not always about business but personal connections that will get you a job or an opportunity in the industry."
About Your Instructor:
Erica Bardin is a comedic screenwriter focused on female-driven narratives. She was a 2016-2017 fellow of The Black List/Women in Film episodic lab and a finalist in the 2017 Sundance Episodic lab for her pilot Shepherds. Her early work was rooted in digital content including the Comedy Central short 2 Girls 1 Cop, a satirical piece on women getting out of traffic tickets as well as the series Natural Hazards, which won the National Association of Television Producers and Executives (NATPE) award for best comedy. She is currently in development on several comedic projects including a feature with Panay Films (CHiPs, Wedding Crashers) and an animated with pilot with Jill Shinderman (Splash and Bubbles). Erica originally got her start in journalism, after earning her masters in journalism at the University of Southern California. While writing and producing the digital series SportsShorts that incorporated sports news and comedy, she fell in love with comedic screenwriting and never looked back. Erica is represented by David Baggelaar at Good Fear Management.