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The Sloan TV Writing Workshop
 
The SLOAN TV Writing Workshop Fact and Fiction: Writing One-hour
Dramatic Television
The Sloan TV Writing Workshop is an intensive, hands-on workshop
designed to promote accurate portrayals of science and technology on
television. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the American Film
Institute have joined forces to create this unique workshop,which
serves to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the
world of narrative story-telling in order to create compeling,
informative, and entertainning one-hour dramatic television.
During the Workshop, participants will work directly with top
Hollywood writers and producers to develop scripts for current
one-hour dramatic television series, engage in staged readings of
their work, make site visits to area laboratories and facilities, and
meet with leading scientific minds.
 
ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION
The Sloan TV Writing Workshop is designed for writers seriously
pursuing narrative television wrting. Participants enter the program
with a single speculative screenplay for an existing one-hour
dramatic television series, which will be developed throughout the
course of the Workshop. Also to be developed, is a treatment for an
original television program featuring science and technology in
a prominent and unique way.
Up to twelve writers will be selected to attend the Sloan TV Writing
Workshop by a Selection Committee composed of Workshop faculty, AFI
staff, and leaders in the film and television community. The
principal criteria for evaluation will be originality, freshness of
approach, strength of story structure, and dramatic writing talent.
 
Funding and Support
AFI is grateful to the Foundation for its support in the following
areas:
  * Scholarship funding and grants for graduate production and
     screenwriting projects at AFI's Center for Advanced Film and
     Television Studies.
  * The AFI/SLOAN Foundation Seminar on science and technology for
     AFI Fellows.
  * The Sloan TV Writing Workshop
 
TIMELINE
May   5, 1997            applications must be postmarked
May 23, 1997            participants notified
June13-July2, 1997   workshop dates
 
Application Guidelines
Please attach the following to your signed application(or photocopy
of a application)
All supporting material must be typewritten and submitted on 8 1/2 x
11"paper.
  *one spec script in proper format for one-hour dramatic television
  * an original concept in treatment form for a pilot of a one-hour
     dramatic television series that features science and technology.
Treatment must be no longer than three pages.
  * a completed and signed application form.
 * full resume or background and work experience.
 * $35.00 application fee, payable to American Film Institute.
There is no tuition charges to attend the Sloan TV Writing
Workshop. However, AFI does not provide housing, meals other than those
specified above, office supplies or transportation. Sloan TV Writing
Workshop participants MUST be able to afford full-time attendance in
the Workshop.
 
For Further Information:
American Film Institute
The Sloan TV Writing Workshop
Education and Training Programs
2021 N.Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
 
www.afionline.org
 
Call - (213) 856-7628
 
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