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Nickelodeon Writing Program
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Active Since 2000
Apply for the chance to hone your skills, build a professional network, and get your foot in the door of Nickelodeon's writers' rooms.
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The Nick Writing Program is one of the best in the biz. While in the Program, writers get paid full-time while they polish their comedy chops, network with our series creators and studio executives, work in writers’ rooms, and receive hands-on experience writing scripts and pitching ideas for both live-action and animated television. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dedicate yourself to the craft of writing and build your career from the ground up.


Consider the facts: Dozens of our alumni have gone on to amazing careers as television Staff Writers, Executive Producers, and show Creators at Nickelodeon and beyond, and you could too!


The Nick Writing Program is not a writing contest – It’s a launching pad for diverse and emerging creatives. Come spend up to a year with us at the studio in Burbank, CA.  If you bring the drive, the unique voice, and the engaging ideas for Kids and Family content, we’ll give you the tools you need to succeed in the industry for years to come.


  • Be a full-time, paid, yearlong Writer in Residence at the Nickelodeon studio in Burbank.
  • Access to a full slate of classes and workshops to hone your writing skills.
  • Work one-on-one with an Executive Mentor at Nick.
  • Work in the writers' rooms for Nick's iconic live-action and animated shows.

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You must be 18 years or older, and eligible to work in the United States to participate.

If you have previously applied to the Program and were not selected, you are welcome and encouraged to apply again with a new spec script for each submission period.

All applicants must submit a spec script written based on a show on our Accepted Shows List, and a half-hour original comedy pilot that adheres to the following guidelines:


·      Spec must be based on a show on the current year’s Accepted Shows List (watch our social media channels for announcements), and pilot must be based on your own original idea.

·      Typed in industry standard (Final Draft or equivalent) script format.

·      In 12pt black courier style font.

·      .pdf file format.

·      Do not include personal information that can be used to identify the writer (no name, no contact info), and leave off the cover page.

·      The following information should be included in the header/footer of your scripts:

  o   Centered Header: Name of the show

  o   Centered Footer: Name of the episode

·      The file name should be formatted as follows: “Name of Show – Name of Episode.pdf” Do not include you own name in the file name, or the submission will not be accepted.


Please note: Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be considered for placement in the Program.



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