Diversity starts on the page



The CAPE New Writers Fellowship (CNWF) discovers and nurtures emerging writers launching their careers in television and film. Founded and co-chaired by Emmy Award-winning Creator and Showrunner Leo Chu and veteran film and TV executive Steve Tao, CNWF is one of few programs created by a creative and an executive. This immersive Fellowship arms each writer with the practical and business knowledge they need to succeed as a professional writer in the entertainment industry.

Over several weeks, CAPE brings in top television and film writers, producers, agents, managers, and executives for a series of intimate panels, workshops, and discussions. The Fellowship also features a Writing Lab where each Fellow is matched with a high-level industry mentor to help them revise their original script into professional level writing samples to get them noticed and land that all-important first staff job.

The Fellowship typically runs each year in early spring. Each Fellowship session and Writing Lab meeting takes place on weekday evenings for approximately 3 hours in the Los Angeles, CA area. Fellows must provide their own housing and transportation throughout the duration of the Fellowship.

Being part of CAPE made the industry take me seriously as a writer.”
— Lisa Bao, 2018 Fellow & Staff Writer on The CW's NANCY DREW

Alumni of the CAPE New Writers Fellowship have been staffed on every major broadcast network and streaming platform.

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Applications for the 2020 CAPE New Writers Fellowship will open November 1, 2019 through December 2, 2019. Please check back on this page for updates.

  1. All applicants must be 18 years or older and should be consistent with CAPE’s mission to champion diversity by educating, empowering, and connecting Asian American and Pacific Islander artists and leaders in entertainment.

  2. Only original screenplays or pilot scripts by unproduced writers and/or writers who have not been previously staffed will be considered.

  3. All script submissions should be full-length screenplays or television pilots, in standard industry format, written in English, and stripped of identifying information, including on the title page, footer and header.

  4. We accept submissions from individual writers and from writing teams of two people. Writing teams should be committed to working as a team for their career beyond the submitted script.

  5. If selected, writers must attend every session in person. No exceptions.

  6. Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and transportation in the Los Angeles area for the duration of the program.

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Previous Mentors and Speakers include:

Adele Lim | Screenwriter, CRAZY RICH ASIANS
Aditya Sood | Head of Film, Lord Miller
Albert Kim | Showrunner, Sleepy Hollow
Alex Tse | Co-Creator & Showrunner, Wu-Tang: An American Saga
Bernie Su | Emmy-Award Creator & Writer, Artificial Next
Chantal Nong | Vice President of Production, DC Films
Cherry Cheva | Co-Executive Producer, The Orville
Daniel Chun | Showrunner, Grandfathered
Daniel Chong | Showrunner, We Bare Bears
Dave Kalstein | Co-Executive Producer, Quantico
Eric Kim | SVP of Current Programming, CBS Entertainment
Franklin Leonard | Founder of The Black List
Glen Mazzara | Showrunner, The Walking Dead
James Wong | Executive Producer, X-Files
Jorge Gutierrez | Director & Co-Writer, BOOK OF LIFE
Lana Cho | Co-Executive Producer, Four Weddings and a Funeral
Monica Macer | Showrunner, Queen Sugar
Reena Singh | SVP of Current Programming, Walt Disney Television
Yahlin Chang | Co-Executive Producer, Hulu’s The Hand Maid’s Tale
Walter Hamada | President, DC Films