CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2017 Fellowship to theOffice

Looking for a writer’s sanctuary? A place where you can leave the distractions of life behind and sit down in peace to put words on the page? That’s what we offer here at theOffice – a quiet, communal workspace on the westside of Los Angeles. We have a roster of A-list screenwriters, novelists and more, but sometimes the cost of membership can be too much for up-and-coming writers. That’s why we started our free fellowship over 7 years ago and we’re thrilled once again to offer it to you.


It works like this:

You send us a sample of your best piece of writing along with a short email explaining why this fellowship is right for you. Our judges select one winner who will receive 6 months of free 24/7* access to the space. This is equivalent to a Premium Membership, the highest level of membership we offer, worth upwards of $2700. The winner gets a private door code to access the space even when staff isn’t here. You wanna write at 2AM on a Wednesday night? The space is all yours. You also get all the other perks of membership including free coffee/tea, Wifi, Aeron workstations and all the peace and quiet you need to get the job done.

theOfficeThis year’s fellowship starts September 1st and goes through February 28th, 2018. It is completely free to enter. The winner will be announced the last week of August. Open to all new/aspiring/up-and-coming writers who are looking to kick their productivity into overdrive. Think of this as your own writer’s retreat right here in the city.

This year’s fellowship will be judged by 3 current members of theOffice:

Mark Cullen
A Hollywood vet and longtime member here at theOffice, Mark is the creator of numerous TV shows including Mr. Robinson (with Craig Robinson), Back in the Game (James Caan), Heist, Gary the Rat (Kelsey Grammer) and Lucky (John Corbett). He also co-wrote the feature Cop Out (with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan).

Nicole LaPorte
Nicole is a contributing writer for Fast Company magazine, where she writes about entertainment business and technology. She was formerly a Senior West Coast reporter for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and a monthly columnist for the New York Times Sunday Business section. She’s also the author of The Men Who Would Be King: Moguls, Movies and a Company called DreamWorks.

David Scarpa
David’s screenplay All the Money in the World made the 2015 Blacklist and is currently filming with Ridley Scott at the helm, starring Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey and Michelle Williams. Other screenwriting credits include The Day the Earth Stood Still (Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates) and The Last Castle (Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo).

Pretty cool, right? Okay, so here’s what we need from you…

  1. An email with your contact information: Full name, phone, and email address. We will contact the winner via email.
  2. In the body of the email, please briefly explain why you want this fellowship and what you hope to gain from it.
  3. A 10 page pdf writing sample of your work. Attach this to the email. Your best 10 pages. Do not submit pages that need to be set up or explained. Send 10 pages that stand alone. Only pdf submissions please. All other attachments will be deleted.

Email to: by August 8th, 2017. That’s it. You’re done!

theOffice3Some important points to remember:

  • Do your research on theOffice. Don’t submit if you’re not local, if you’re not sure you’ll be available, if you don’t like writing in a room with others. If you live across town and hate the commute, this isn’t right for you. If you don’t flourish in a quiet space, skip it. We want this to be of major value to the winner. Serious submissions only, please.
  • If you’ve never been to theOffice and would like to try things out before submitting, please do! We offer a FREE WEEK to all newcomers. Just be sure to call or email us first, on the day, for availability. Contact info here. More photos of the space here.
  • The fellowship is open to ALL up-and-coming writers. Submit 10 pages of your screenplay, play, short story, novel, memoir, poem, article, etc. We’ll read it all.
  • By “up-and-coming” we mean you can have no feature film credits as a writer on IMDb (short films are okay) and no more than 1 hour of television credit as a writer on IMDb. For authors, we just want to make sure you’re not someone with a three book deal and money to spare. This is for new/aspiring/struggling writers only.
  • DEADLINE TO ENTER IS AUGUST 8th, 2017. No submissions accepted past midnight PST.
  • You must have sole writing credit for the sample pages you submit. This fellowship is for one (1) free premium membership and is non-transferable.
  • If you have any questions, please either comment here, email or ask us on Twitter: @theOffice_LA. theOffice staff will NOT be able to assist you with the fellowship, so please DO NOT call, email, or drop by theOffice with fellowship questions.
  • Current members of theOffice are not eligible.
  • Winner will be notified and announced by August 31st.

This is an opportunity to take your craft and career to the next level. If you are looking for a place to be inspired, a place to write with the big guns, a place to get it done, submit now. We look forward to reading your work!theOffice Exterior

*theOffice is closed to ALL members on Mondays 6PM-11PM and Saturdays 8AM-10AM due to outside rentals. Otherwise, the space is yours.


In-Depth Look – Ridley Scott


Summer starts in the beginning of May now, at least according to the film industry. If you’re looking forward to some good summer blockbusters, it’s definitely that time of the year. Things are starting to ramp up with the release of “Alien: Covenant.” It’s Ridley Scott’s first return to the series since the original “Alien” movie, and it seems he has 4 more planned (including one more prequel). It’s been nearly 30 years since the first film made the world scream. With this movie, I hear he wants to bring things back to the roots. I found it very interesting that he didn’t get his true start in film until he turned 40, and worked in advertising up until that point. It’s never too late to get started, keep that in mind. If you’re truly inspired and passionate, that’s all you need.

Ridley also brought other critical hits like, “Blade Runner,” “Gladiator,” and “The Martian.”

The full article: The Guardian – Ridley Scott: ‘I wanted to scare the shit out of people. That’s the job’

Friday Fun – Character’s With Depth

Real people have layers to them, and so do well written characters. These are fun examples, but they’re also really interesting. They definitely give the improv actors on the show some very interesting things to do and say! If you’re having trouble with writing characters you may want to look at people in your life, or character’s like the one you’re trying to write. Look at the little details. Sure, they’re a nerd, but maybe they were in a fraternity for a few years of their life or maybe they have really cool tattoos and like to surf over the summers. Oh wait, that’s me. The surface only tells so much, it may help to dig deeper.

Quote of the Day – Asha Dornfest

This quote spoke to me today. There are many stories to be told. Let’s say you’ve been working on a story. You’re really getting into it, and it’s starting to feel like it’s becoming something. You tell one of your friends what the story is about and then you hear this, “that sounds just like this other movie I’ve seen. Haven’t you seen it?”

Those words can destroy a story if you aren’t confident in your abilities as a writer. This is where many have dropped what they’re writing and never pick back up. Maybe you’re story would be better or different if you gave it the chance to see it through. You never know. Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you say it that truly matters.

Quote of the Day – Robert McKee

Research is very important in writing. Right now we live in a world where many people aren’t checking their facts before speaking or writing. Fake news has become a major problem because of this, and makes it easier than ever to mistake fact for fiction. It’s important to check facts, and make sure you’re not a part of the issue. If you want to write a good story, it’s a good idea to take the time to do the proper research. Research can also be a great way to lead to inspiration. I read science and technology articles daily, and many of my ideas as a science fiction writer are spurred from reading these alone. It’s also a great way to deal with writer’s block. Maybe you just need to take the pen off the page and do a little research to get yourself out of that rut.

In-Depth Interview – James Gunn

Guardians of the Galaxy 2” comes out this weekend, and I’m very excited for it. Adaptations are really tough, especially writing one with so many talented people attached. When there are only 2 hours to cram action, drama, laughs, and more action into a film… it’s needless to say it’s very difficult to juggle all these things in a script properly. James Gunn created an adaptation for Marvel at the height of it’s success, and at that time everyone had their sights set on this movie. Nobody knew what would happen after “The Avengers,” and this was the catalyst for phase 2 of Marvel’s films.  It would have been very easy to fail at this point, because there is so much that can go wrong with a big film, but he pushed Marvel into their new territory with a BANG.

James Gunn is a bit graphic in the beginning of this interview, but he gives great advice for new writers or people trying to get established in the film industry. He tells the story about how he started and got all the way to making one of the biggest movie theater hits, “Guardians of the Galaxy.” He’s known for having written big adaptations like “Scooby Doo,” “Dawn of the Dead,” and most recently “The Belko Experiment” (written over 10 years ago).

Who should you have read a screenplay you’ve written? What’s the proper format for a screenplay? How much money can you make as a screenwriter? These questions and much more are answered in the interview.