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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

The Nickelodeon Writing Program Announces 2017-2018 Semi-Finalists

Nickelodeon has announced the 2017 - 2018 Nickelodeon Writing Program Semi-Finalists!

Now in its 18th year, the Nickelodeon Writing Program, which receives over 1,400 applications each year, is one of the best in the biz, and offers aspiring television writers, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, the amazing opportunity to hone their skills while writing for Nickelodeon's live action and animation shows. Consider the facts: alum have gone on to create their own Nickelodeon shows and write for all sorts of TV series and films.

The Program, established in 2000, was developed to broaden Nickelodeon's outreach efforts, provides a salaried position for up to one year based in Los Angeles, California (Domestic) and a salaried position for up to six months based the UK (International).

While in the Program, writers meet Nickelodeon's series creators, story editors and showrunners, work in writers’ rooms, attend pitches, records, show tapings and more, and receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. Basically, they write a lot and do lots of cool things, all while being provided a salary!

Each participant in the Nickelodeon Writing Program also joins an alumni group of people who have gone on to hold freelance and staff positions at various networks like Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Kids' WB!, ABC, FOX, PBS, Cartoon Network and the CW. Notable graduates include creators, co-executive producers and writers Jonathan Butler and Gabriel Garza of Nickelodeon's hit live-action comedy series Bella and the Bulldogs.

Without further ado, Nickelodeon are pleased to announce the 13 2017-2018 Nick Writing Program Semi-Finalists:


Blake Larson
Adam Cagley
Julie Saunders
William Raines
Brandon Jerger
Mike Axelrod
Joanna Alpern
Nat Baimel
Benjamin Cody
Christine Schiefer
Josh Brown


- Tom Worsley
- Claire McGowan

Congratulations to all! What's next for the lucky semi-finalists? Each NWP 17-18 semi-finalist will now go on to have a telephone interview with Karen Kirkland, the Vice President of the Nickelodeon Writing Program. Good luck everyone! :)

Full information about the Nickelodeon Writing Program can be found on, and stay up-to-date with the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship on Twitter and Facebook!

Don't forget to check out these fascinating videos featuring video interviews with participants of the 2013 - 2014 Nickelodeon Writing Program! In the videos, Nick Writing Program alumni talk about their experiences in the program, how the program has helped develop their skills, prepare and inspire them, and to establish connections within the industry!

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