A Fellowship Program for Diverse Talent in Children's Media
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Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Sesame Street Writers’ Room is a brand new fellowship opportunity from the creators of Sesame Street. And we are looking for YOU! Fresh new writing talent from underrepresented racial backgrounds. As a company that advocates diversity, we recognize the importance of representation both on and off-screen, so that children of all backgrounds can see themselves in the content they consume. Emerging storytellers who are selected to join the Writers’ Room fellowship will receive hands-on writing experience guided by Sesame Street veterans and other media industry leaders.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 fellowship, but leave us your email address if you’d like to hear about next year’s program.

Seven to ten writers from underrepresented racial groups will be selected

Weekly sessions will take place at the Sesame Street NYC offices from June-July 2017

Includes six, three-hour sessions on creating children’s educational media content


Learn from industry writers, producers, agents and executives

Complete at least one script during the program

Two writers may have the opportunity for creative development deals and further mentorship

All participants must adhere to the following guidelines listed below in order to qualify for the program. For additional questions about any of the requirements, please feel free to contact us atwritersroom@sesame.org

• Participant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

• Participant must be 21+ years old

• Must come from an underrepresented racial group (see FAQ)

• No extensive media writing experience, such as having written more than 6 episodes for a network or cable series

• Participants must be able to get to NYC for the 6 weekly sessions, which will be held on a weeknight evening. Travel and lodging expenses are the participant’s sole responsibility.



All participants will be asked to submit the following items with their application. For additional questions about any of the requirements, please feel free to contact us atwritersroom@sesame.org

• Application form

• Resume: this can feature your overall work experience, NOT only writing experience

• Personal Statement: tell us about yourself, for example, why you want to write for children’s educational media, how your experiences influence the stories you tell, why you value diversity/representation in children’s media, etc. (up to 500 words)

• Original script sample: 11-page maximum, it can be an excerpt from a larger piece, must be content written for children

• More info about your script: what’s the bigger picture/idea of your script sample? (up to 500 words)

• Application must be submitted by March 31st, 2017 11:59PM EST



Below are a few common questions about the fellowship program. For additional questions about any of the requirements, please feel free to contact us atwritersroom@sesame.org


When is the application due?

Applications will be accepted until March 31, 2017 11:59PM.


What are the script sample requirements?

Your script sample should be no more than 11-pages (12-point Times New Roman or Courier font) and it must feature original content for children (under age 16). "Original" means that the stories and characters should be your own.


Can I submit a short story or manuscript?

No, for this fellowship we can only accept writing that is in a script format. That said, it can be a script for a play, television, film, etc.


What are the script sample requirements?

Your script sample should be no more than 11-pages and it must feature original content for children (under age 16). "Original" means that the stories and characters should be your own.


Can I submit a short story or manuscript?

No, for this fellowship we can only accept writing that is in a script format. That said, it can be a script for a play, television, film, etc.


Can I submit multiple applications, featuring different scripts?

No—only one application will be accepted per person.


Will I have to work on the script from my application during the fellowship?

No, you are free to continue working on your application’s script during the fellowship, or you can work on another idea you have.


What are underrepresented racial groups?

The Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship is an effort to identify and increase the presence of underrepresented voices in children’s media writing. For this specific purpose, underrepresented groups are those who identify as any of the following: Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Middle Eastern, or multiracial (two or more races, which may include white).


Should applicants have writing experience?

No, writing experience is not necessary to apply—what is most important is that applicants show a passion for writing. Our goal is to identify and nurture new writers from underrepresented racial groups for children’s educational media. Therefore applicants cannot have extensive media writing experience, such as having written more than 6 episodes for a network or cable series.


I am not 21 now, but what if I turn 21 by the time the fellowship begins?

Feel free to apply if you are over 21 by the time the program starts in June 2017.


Do participants have to pay for the fellowship?

No, the fellowship is free of charge to apply and to participate. However, participants must be able to get to NYC for the 6 weekly sessions, which will be held on a weeknight evening. Any travel and lodging expenses are the participant’s sole responsibility.


Will there be interviews? If so, when will the interviews be held?

Yes, select applicants will be invited to take part in an interview with the selection committee in late April/early May 2017.


What days/times will the sessions take place?

The exact details have not been confirmed, but the sessions will likely take place over six weekly, 3-hour, weeknight evenings from early June until early July, at the Sesame Street offices in NYC.


What are the Terms and Conditions?

Click here to read full Terms and Conditions.


What if I have additional questions?

Contact us atwritersroom@sesame.org