Two veteran development execs have launched the Writer’s Arc Foundation fellowship program, offering screenwriters a $10,000 grant in conjunction with 20-week sessions that offer mentoring and development support.
Writer’s Arc fellows spend a minimum of 10 hours a week developing their scripts with Arc co-founders Ami Vitori and Amy Kane. To broaden their knowledge of the entertainment business, participants also spend at least four hours a week in panels, screenings and Q&As with industryites such as UTA’s Marty Bowen and producer-scribe Paul Attanasio.
The $10,000 will be paid in installments, with the final installment coming with the completion of their original screenplay. The funds come from private investors, donors and grants.
Vitori and Kane aim to cultivate relationships between fellows and entertainment execs over the course of the sessions. If any of the participant’s scripts are picked up, the Foundation will have the option to take an executive producing credit.
The pilot program, which begins in September, will contain five fellows. Subsequent sessions will assist 10 fellows.
Vitori and Kane are overseeing a fellowship contest in which screenwriters are invited to submit the first pages of their scripts, with the call for entries ending June 15. Semifinalists submit entire screenplays for judging. Fellows are chosen by Vitori and Kane.
A nonprofit org funded by private investors and grant programs, Writer’s Arc launched in February. Together, Vittori and Kane spent 15 years developing projects, including “Blue Crush.”
Supporters of the program include Universal Pictures chairman Stacey Snider as well as org’s advisory board members producer Barry Josephson and helmer Bille Woodruff.
Said Snider, “An unbiased organization that can help aspiring screenwriters hone their skills and develop screenplays is always of benefit to the creative community.”
Said Attanasio, “I only wish I had access to something like The Writer’s Arc when I was starting out.”