BLACK & INDIGENOUS DRAMA WRITERS INTENSIVE

With a focus on primetime drama, the BIPOC TV & Film Black & Indigenous Drama Writers Intensive Program builds on the skills of emerging writers by partnering them with an established senior level showrunner or writer. Each participating writer workshopped an existing first draft of their script in a simulated writers’ room under the guidance of their mentor.

 

We were fortunate to have as mentors Natalia Guled (Orphan Black), Shannon Masters (Coroner, Burden of Truth), Aaron Bala (Saving Hope, Private Eyes), Adam Barken (Flashpoint, Rookie Blue), Adam Pettle (Nurses, Burden of Truth), Priscilla White (The Porter, Diggstown), Jeremy Boxen (Killjoys, Orphan Black), and Bruce Smith (19-2, Durham County).

 

This program is specifically designed for emerging writers who are ready to be staffed in a writers’ room and are seeking mentorship and skills development to accelerate their career. The 12-week program included 8 writers—five Black and three Indigenous—from B.C. Ontario, and Manitoba.

  • Lindsay Addawoo

  • Filsan Ali

  • Zaki Farow

  • Anika Jarrett

  • William Kone

  • T’áncháy Redvers

  • Kelly Roulette

  • Jeremy Torrie

 

Each writer completed the program with a polished draft of their script. Two writers, T’áncháy Redvers and William Kone were selected for a 4-week paid placement (Summer 2021) in the Coroner (CBC/CW) writing room as Story Editor Trainees. T’áncháy received mentorship from Shannon Masters, and William from Bruce Smith during the program.

Our gratitude to our program coordinators, Shonna Foster and Anthony Tran, and our funding partners the Canada Media Fund, Ontario Creates and the City of Toronto. Funding to cover the fees for the Story Editor Trainee placements was made possible by our wonderful community of donors.

Call for applications for the second round of this program will open Fall 2021. Please contact programs@bipoctvandfilm.com with any inquiries.