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THE COSBY PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ASPIRING WRITERS

THE COSBY PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ASPIRING WRITERS

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For the 18th consecutive year, the Guy Hanks and Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program will be taking place at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. The program, also known as The Cosby Program, was established by Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby with the intent to develop the pool of qualified African-American writers in the entertainment industry. It has introduced more successful African-American writers into the entertainment industry than any other program of its type,according to the program’s website.

The 15-week, tuition-free program starts in February 2012. Writers will complete a television or feature script while examining African-American iconography, history and culture. 

The program was designed for those who have studied television or writing through workshops and classes, and are on “the brink of great success.” A degree in cinematic writing or filmmaking is not required, but beginning-level writers are not desired.

An application includes a statement expressing interest in the program; a completed script for a feature film, sitcom or one hour drama; a treatment or outline for a new unscripted feature or television script for a show that is currently on air, a resume and a description of coursework taken in studying writing. (more)

Applications must be postmarked by September 15, 2011. For an application visit here.

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Article by DANIELLE WRIGHT, Bet News | Read full article here

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