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Tompkins Cortland to Host Nickelodeon Writers' Workshop

September 18, 2014

Tompkins Cortland Community College is hosting the Nickelodeon Writers’ Workshop on Wednesday, September 24. The workshop is designed to prepare students to apply to the Nickelodeon Writing Program. The event, which includes the two-hour workshop and a follow-up question and answer session, is open to college students from Tompkins Cortland, as well as other colleges and universities in the region. It is co-sponsored by the communications department at SUNY Broome and the creative writing program at Tompkins Cortland.

The conference will be led by Karen Kirkland, Nickelodeon vice president of talent development and outreach. "Karen's workshop is a high-energy, interactive, inspiring experience for college students interested in television writing and production,” said Professor Lisa Ford, who teaches in the creative writing and digital cinema programs and helped organize the workshop. “She gives students an in-depth, practical look at how to structure and write situation comedies and how to apply for a position in the prestigious Nickelodeon Writing Program.”

The highly-competitive Nickelodeon Writing Program provides a salaried position for up to one year and offers hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animation television. The program allows writers an opportunity to learn their craft while nurturing relationships with creators, network executives, line producers, head writers, show runners, and story editors.

Registration for the event is available by emailing RSVPs are required by Friday, September 19.