Foundation hands out Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship

The Writers Guild of America East Foundation has tapped Hailey O’Brien to receive its Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship.

The $10,000 fellowship, funded by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, is awarded to a student planning to pursue a career in screenwriting. The stipend is given to write an original screenplay under the mentorship of a prominent screenwriter.

WGA East prexy Michael Winship will present O’Brien with her fellowship at the Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 19 in New York City at the B.B. King Blues Club.

O’Brien is a senior at Wayne State U in film studies and psychology. Her fellowship project, “Losing Grace,” is about one woman’s struggle and search for penance after an accidental drowning of a young neighbor while in her care.

Eight universities and colleges participated in this year’s Collyer Fellowship nominating process — Binghamton U, Boston U, Buffalo State College, Columbia College-Chicago, Georgia State U, U. of Miami, NYU, and Wayne State U.

The first Collyer Fellowship was awarded in 2009.

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