Chelsea Hickman recently decided to attend University of California at Riverside’s MFA program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts for the fall 2015 year. She’ll be writing in all sorts of genres and disciplines, not only playwriting, but in screenwriting, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, etc. Chelsea was also awarded the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship. For her first year, she will have a full ride scholarship (worth $40,000 with a $9,000 stipend). She will have to maintain a 3.0 GPA average, take on at least 12 credits every quarter, and participate in a teaching assistantship. Every year after, her tuition will be paid for by the school and she’ll receive a $2,000 stipend every month. Congratulations, Chelsea!
Jeff Parkin and Jared Cardon submitted a television series concept to the Sundance Institute Episodic Story Lab. Last week, they were informed that they are semi-finalists. They will announce finalists in August. The Episodic Lab at Sundance describes opportunities available to writers in the following way: “Over the past five years, we have witnessed an explosion in the opportunities available for writers developing episodic content for cable and online platforms. We have seen audiences and critics embrace the bold vision and complex characters that are thriving in cable drama and comedy. The internet has become both a place to pilot stories for traditional media and to create entertainment content for the growing audience watching on mobile devices.” You can read more about it here: http://www.sundance.org/programs/episodic-storytelling.