Your Story Begins Here
The HBOAccess® Writing Fellowship provides mentorship for up to 8 diverse, emerging storytellers. Following a one-week intensive of master classes, participants are immersed in 8 months of mentoring by HBO creative executives, as each participant develops a script suitable for HBO® or Cinemax®.
Wesley was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He is a graduate of Omaha Benson High School and attained a BA in Psychology from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. He is the middle of three brothers in age, height and likelihood of surviving an apocalyptic situation.
Sarah is a writer and improv actor living in Los Angeles. She is an alumni of The Groundlings and The Upright Citizens Brigade, and is a puppeteer/improvisor with The Jim Henson Company's "Puppet Up!" Sarah credits her dual UK/US upbringing for her unique point of view and absurd sense of humor.
Anslem is an actor, writer, artist and filmmaker. In 2014, he made The Tracking Board's The Young & Hungry List—The Top 100 Writers On The Verge! He is a Screenwriting Fellow at Film Independent with his screenplay Bardos, which earned him the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award in Screenwriting. He is currently a staff writer on the new TNT Network series Agent X.
Jude is a writer/producer/format designer specializing in social experiments such as Emmy® Award winners Survivor (CBS) and Black. White. (FX). She is a freelance creative-development executive for high-level talent and a recent Fellow of the ABC-DISNEYIDGA Directing Program. An unorthodox childhood taught her to be a passionate listener and storyteller, and she gravitates towards fascinating characters—gritty, determined and resourceful, and sparkling with individuality.
Dedi worked in publishing as an executive editor at Oxford University Press and a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, where she developed award-winning and bestselling book projects across a range of genres. Finally deciding to live her dream of writing for the screen, Dedi packed up her life, switched coasts and attended the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting. Now in Los Angeles, she has taught TV writing for Script Anatomy and volunteers for the Young Storytellers Foundation.
Yolanda is a Chicago-based writer and comedian. Her play, Thinking Sacks of Meat, was the winner of the First Laugh Festival (Piccolo Theater, 2015). Her previous plays include Eggplants and This Play Will Self Destruct, which were produced through DIY-theater collectives in Chicago. Yolanda is also an active performer in the Chicago improv community and has trained at Improv Olympic and The Second City. She completed a BA in Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania.
Iturri came to writing after a career in psychological research and anthropological fieldwork, graduating with a degree in Cultural Psychology from The University of Chicago. While in graduate school, she trained at Cook County/Stroger Hospital. After graduation, she conducted research in southern Mexico, focusing on improving access to mental health care for rural Yucatec Maya speakers.
Joshua Levy & Prathi Srinivasan (Writing Partners)
Joshua is a 20-something who writes about his unique family, friends and experiences. He credits his Chinese grandmother, a survivor of WWII, and his father, a street-kid from the projects in Brooklyn, for giving him his obsession with storytelling. Josh attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for Film and TV Production, worked abroad in London at the BBC and then followed his dreams to sunny Los Angeles, where he currently resides.
Prathi is an immigrant who grew up in the bustling city of Chennai, India. Her love of writing stems from the Hindu myths her grandmother told her throughout her childhood. Moving to America was a culture shock that resulted in her passion for characters who are stuck between where they come from and where they are going. Prathi has a BA in Literature from the University of Texas at Dallas, spent a semester in Rome, backpacked across Europe and is now onto her biggest adventure yet: Los Angeles.