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2020 NBC Universal Writers on the Verge Program

What a shift! Starting now, the NBC Universal Writers on the Verge Program will no longer accept spec scripts a part of the application process. That’s right! Going forward the application requirements are two original pilots.

Writers on the Verge is part of a suite of NBC Universal Talent Infusion Programs.  WOTV is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. Graduates of this program have written for and are still part of the writing teams for some of your favorite TV shows: Parenthood, Chicago Fire, Brooklyn Nine Nine and more!

From their facebook page:

We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.

The program will consist of two night classes, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-10pm), weekly at NBC in Universal City, CA. Once accepted, students must attend all classes and turn in all written assignments.

Classes concentrate on creating an exceptional spec & pilot script and understanding the dynamics of pitching oneself in the television industry. Writers are given the chance to interact with industry players ranging from network executives to showrunners to agents and receive valuable feedback on their work and pitch style. Writing assignments on a NBC television show may be available after successful completion of the program but are not a guarantee. Past participants have gone on to series including Grimm, Community, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, State of Affairs, Royal Pains, Arrested Development, White Collar, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Friday Night Lights.

If you’re ready to jump into the competitive arena of fellowships, programs and contests for more info about the ins and outs of Writers on the Verge visit



Denise Joy LOVEs all things drama TV. I'm a binge-watching-deconstructing-story-maven. I've been a college professor and professional writer for 20 years, but I grew up in “O” town. No. Not Oakland, Omaha. Growing up in middle America was an idyllic experience. I grew up on the taste of welfare...powdered milk and government cheese. Along with my siblings I lived in 13 different homes from the time I was born until I was 17. The first being a low income projects nicknamed “Little Vietnam”, so don’t come for me! Learning how to outrun the eviction notice cultivated my love of storytelling from a young age. At 9 I published my fist poem and at 13 I wrote and shot my first movie, “The Chase” with my neighborhood crew at Tommy Rose Gardens Projects. People say I'm a master at reinvention. Just another byproduct of lessons learned from my vagabond/gypsy like upbringing. And for those of you that wonder if I’m spiritual, ratchet, bougie, professional or ghetto…please note, I’m mixed.