The Writers Guild of America West has tapped 20 writers for its two-year-old Writer Access Project, designed to increase access to TV jobs for groups that have been historically underemployed.

The guild program identifies diverse writers with television staffing experience and makes samples of their work available to be read by entertainment industry decision makers.

Program outreach includes mailing of DVDs of the selectees’ written work – an original pilot and spec episode writing sample from each scribe – along with bios and other information to TV showrunners, industry executives, agents, and managers. The information is also posted on the WGA West website at: http://www.wga.org/wap

“I’ve had the opportunity to be a Writer Access Project judge the past two years, while at the same time staffing our show. In terms of material that I responded to, the WAP’s batting average was higher than many of the agencies,” said TV writer and project judge Mike Royce (“Men of a Certain Age”).

The comedy honorees are Tony Carter, Kathy Fischer, Torian Hughes, Jerry Mahoney, writing partners Jacqueline McKinley & Antonia March, and Doug Molitor.

The drama honorees are Michael Barlow, Melody Fox, Jason Gavin, Miranda Kwok, Heather Mitchell, Doug Molitor, Jennifer Quintenz, Nicole Ranadive, Carla Robinson, Anthony Sparks, Nelson Soler, Donna Thorland, and writing partners Courtney Turk & Kelley Turk.

The WGA noted that a trio of participants in the program’s inaugural year had snagged staff jobs — Peter Saji was hired on ABC’s “Cougar Town” and writing partners Shelley Meals and Darren Goldberg were hired on TNT’s “HawthoRNe.”