Humanitas New Voices FellowshipSubscribe
The New Voices Fellowship is a four-month mentorship program for emerging television and screenwriters. The program is committed to identifying and empowering five writers each year who are currently working on a 30- or 60-minute pilot or feature film screenplay that upholds the mission of Humanitas.
Through mentorship, workshops, conversations on professional development, and networking opportunities, New Voices equips writers with the tools needed to advance their careers. Since 2010, 50 fellows have completed the New Voices program and advanced to become showrunners, producers, directors, and staff writers.
Former New Voices fellows include Will Pascoe (Absentia), J. Holtham (Supergirl, Jessica Jones), Jeanine Daniels (Snowfall), Rashaad Ernesto Greene (The Chi, Searching for Alaska), Carlito Rodriguez (Empire), Emily Silver (Finding Carter), Martin Zimmerman (Ozark), and more.
Mentorship: Fellows are paired with award-winning showrunners for one-on-one mentorship focused on their project. Written notes are provided over a series of meetings. Former mentors include: Alan Ball, Jenny Bicks, Janine Sherman Barrois, Matt Carlson, Carter Covington, Liz Craft, Sarah Fain, Tom Fontana, Gary Glasberg, Gary David Goldberg, Marc Guggenheim, Hart Hanson, Chris Harris, Felicia Henderson, Winnie Holzman, David Hudgins, Jason Katims, Jay Kogen, Bill Lawrence, Ali LeRoi, Melanie Marnich, Nancy Pimental, Rashad Raisani, Robin Schiff, David Shore, Patrick Sean Smith, Robin Swicord, Pam Veasey, Ben Watkins, and David Zuckerman.
Workshops Series: The Humanitas staff and the New Voices Advisor invite fellows to join a series of conversations and workshops focused on the most pressing issues facing emerging television and screenwriters. Topics have included The Art of the Pitch, Navigating Notes, Understanding the Executive Perspective, Working through Writer’s Block, Early Career Do’s and Don’ts, Staffing Meeting Tips, and more.
Professional Development & Networking: In addition to the community cultivated through the New Voices Conversation and Workshops Series, New Voices aims to present fellows with at least one meaningful networking opportunity per year. Once the New Voices Fellowship has concluded, the fellows’ creative materials and contact information are distributed to the Humanitas agents and managers network.
UCLA Extension Writers’ Program: UCLA Extension Writers’ Program will offer each fellow one UCLA Extension Writers’ Program course. UCLA Extension Writers’ Program staff will work with fellows to identify courses that best suit the needs of the fellows. The UCLA Extension Writers’ is one of the most prestigious creative writing and screenwriting continuing education programs in the nation. Their open admissions policy and supportive community ensures that all students are inspired and guided to do their best work. Their curriculum includes 400 annual writing courses, offered both onsite and online, taught by a diverse corps of 200 published and produced professionals.
Roadmap Writers: Fellows will receive a multi-week online program from Roadmap Writers that provides writers with educational tools, collaboration opportunities, and pitching strategies to help writers take their craft to the next level. BONUS: Fellows will receive an exclusive roundtable so Roadmap Writers can learn more about each writer to see how they can personally market those writers to execs they work with. Roadmap Writers has helped over 300 writers get signed, staffed, optioned, and produced.
MasterClass: Fellows will be gifted a 3-month membership to MasterClass, giving them access to instructors and classes across a wide range of subjects. MasterClass is here to get you inspired, learn a new skill, and reach any goal and is available to stream on mobile, desktop, and TV. MasterClass makes it possible to learn from 100+ of the world’s greatest minds anytime, anywhere, at your own pace. Classes cover a wide range of writing subjects with instructors including Shonda Rhimes, Aaron Sorkin, Roxane Gay, Walter Mosley, and Margaret Atwood.
Final Draft: Fellows will be provided with free copies of Final Draft 12. Final Draft, a Cast & Crew Company, publishes Final Draft® software – the number-one selling screenwriting application in the world. Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards. Used by such industry giants as J.J. Abrams, Bong Joon Ho, Sofia Coppola, Guillermo Del Toro, Issa Rae and Aaron Sorkin, Final Draft software is the professional’s choice and the entertainment industry standard. Final Draft 12 gives you powerful outlining, story structure, collaboration, and editing tools in a user-friendly interface that makes writing your screenplay effortless. Final Draft also offers Final Draft Mobile for iPhone and iPad, making creativity truly portable.
WritersRoom Pro: Showrunner Industries Inc, the creators of WritersRoom Pro®, is a proud sponsor of the Humanitas 2022 New Voices Fellowship and will be providing every participant in the fellowship a full, studio edition of WritersRoom Pro for their personal use. WritersRoom Pro® is the only program designed specifically to replace for the cork boards and index cards professional writers have been using in writers’ rooms since the invention of writers’ rooms. Developed by an award-winning showrunner, WritersRoom Pro® is currently in use on over 375 shows at every studio, network, and broadcaster in Hollywood.
WriterDuet: Fellows will receive a free 1-year WriterDuet Pro license, giving them full access to unlimited real-time collaboration, professional screenwriting tools, and a dedicated desktop app.
Fade In: Fellows will be provided with a free license for Fade In, advanced software used by professionals writing for motion pictures, television, video games, the stage, and radio. It features support for multiple languages, tools for outlining, organizing, and navigating, plus extensive screenplay formatting and robust functionality for managing rewrites and revisions for users on Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone/iPad, and Android.
Coverfly Pitchweek: Fellows automatically qualify as finalists for the biannual Coverfly Pitch Week and are included on a curated list sent to the over 70 participating industry members and companies, including Warner Bros, Sony, Paramount, Bad Robot, CBS, MGM, Disney, and other major studios and networks, who select writers for a week of meetings, pitches, and generals.
Humanitas Prizes 2022 Event: Fellows will be invited to attend the 2022 Humanitas Prizes Luncheon, which is currently planned as in-person event in Beverly Hills, California on September 9th, 2022. Humanitas continues to monitor the ongoing public health situation and will adjust plans accordingly.
Stipend: Each fellow receives a $7,500 stipend.
Humanitas is grateful to the companies and organizations who have agreed to partner with us to support emerging writers! This list is not final. Check back for updates as we add partners throughout the year. Though it's rare, components and benefits are subject to change.
2022 Finalists on Coverfly
- Original 30- or 60-minute pilot, or feeature film screenplay.
- Brief synopsis (1 paragraph).
- Bio, résumé, and short artist statement that speaks to professional aspirations.
- Completed release form.
- Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at time of application.
- Applicants do not need to be U.S. permanent residents and/or citizens but must be residing in the U.S. during the fellowship.
- Applicants must be available to participate actively in all dimensions of fellowship programming, including mandatory workshops, virtual gatherings, and virtual public programs.
- Applicants may submit one application and script per year.
- Former New Voices Fellows are not eligible to reapply.
- The New Voices Fellowship is for emerging television and screenwriters who:
- 1) are unrepresented (no current manager, agent, attorney acting in this capacity)
- 2) have not been staffed as a writer, and
- 3) have not received payment for screen or television writing services prior to the submission period.