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Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting

The Writers Guild of America, East Foundation’s Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon completion of his or her undergraduate course of study. The recipient, chosen by the WGAE Foundation selection committee from a select number of participating colleges and universities, receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay and is mentored during the course of the fellowship by a prominent screenwriter. The fellowship, presented each year at the Writers Guild of America, East Awards ceremony in New York, was created in 2008 with a grant from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation.

The fellowship honors Michael Collyer, a distinguished entertainment attorney in New York City for four decades, who practiced primarily at his namesake firm Kay Collyer & Boose and specialized in television financing and production. Mr. Collyer was perhaps best known as a pioneer in devising legal structures for television syndication distribution, and for international co-productions taking advantage of favorable tax credits and other incentives.


Michael Collyer Memorial Fellows

The 2013 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship recipient is Heather Dunoon of Columbia College Chicago for her screenplay Remember Me?.

Participating Schools: Binghamton University, Buffalo State College, Columbia College-Chicago, Georgia State University, New York University, and Savannah College of Art and Design.

The 2012 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship recipient is Hailey O'Brien of Wayne State University for her screenplay Losing Grace.

Participating Schools: Binghamton University (Binghamton), Boston University (Boston), Buffalo State College (Buffalo), Columbia College-Chicago (Chicago), Georgia State University (Atlanta), University of Miami (Miami), New York University (New York), and Wayne State University (Detroit).

The 2011 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship recipient is James DiLapo of New York University for his screenplay Devils at Play. Richard LaGravenese will serve as the fellowship mentor.

Participating Schools: Binghamton University (Binghamton), Boston University (Boston), Columbia College Chicago (Chicago), Drexel University (Philadelphia), Georgia State University (Atlanta), New York University (New York), Savannah College of Art & Design (Savannah), University of Miami (Miami), and Vanderbilt University (Nashville).

The 2010 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship recipient is Antal Zambo of Wayne State University in Detroit for his screenplay When the Sparrows Come Home. Marshall Brickman will again serve as the fellowship mentor.

Participating Schools: Binghamton University (Binghamton), Boston University (Boston), Buffalo State College (Buffalo), Columbia College Chicago (Chicago), Drexel University (Philadelphia), Georgia State University (Atlanta), Howard University (Washington, D.C.), New York University (New York), Reed College (Portland), Savannah College of Art & Design (Savannah), University of Miami (Miami), University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison), Vanderbilt University (Nashville), Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis), and Wayne State University (Detroit).

The 2009 recipient of the Collyer Fellowship, Sara Van Acker of New York University, has completed her fellowship with the final draft of her screenplay Bloodlust under the guidance of her mentor Marshall Brickman. Click Here to download the Bloodlust Pitch Book.

Participating Schools: Boston University (Boston), Columbia College Chicago (Chicago), Drexel University (Philadelphia), Georgia State University (Atlanta), Howard University (Washington, D.C.), New York University (New York), Savannah College of Art & Design (Savannah), Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis), and Wayne State University (Detroit).
History of Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting

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