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.


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.

Quote of the Day – Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver has a great point here. You might think if you have a good thought, that you’ll hold onto it. Whether it’s in the middle of the night, or the middle of the day it’s probably a good idea to write that thought down. It may slip your mind, and could be a thought that really develops over time, you never know.

Friday Fun – Perfection or You Don’t Get a Word Out of Me


Some days just don’t go as you planned. Everything becomes an excuse. That’s okay. The best writers would be lying if they said that everything went smoothly for them every day. In fact, most of their best writing days might start like this. The point is to get the pen to the paper. Once you get that far the hardest part is over. Once you do that, let the pen do it’s magic, and do what you set out to. You’ll probably feel pretty good after.

Quote of the Day – Walt Whitman


This is when the truth comes out. It may not be pretty or perfect, but it always feels right. You can schedule to write from 9 – 5, Monday through Friday. You can create the most perfect outline, and fill it in piece by piece. These things work, but when true inspiration takes over, and you’re swept away, that’s when the special things come out. I heard J.K. Rowling conceived most of Harry Potter in a single night. Listen to your gut and put your fingers on that keyboard. There’s no time like right now.

In-Depth Interview – James Mangold


Most movies that release are PG-13 or under. It makes sense, after all the movie business is a BUSINESS, and the wider the reach of the audience the more money they make. That being said, I think there’s a thirst for something raw and real, something that doesn’t hold back, and that’s where recent releases of “Deadpool” and “Logan” come in. These movies hit the world in an unexpected way, and people have been responding with overwhelming satisfaction. It seems it’s not the rating that people care about, but the story. These stories just feel right, and when creators are given a chance to do what they want, the best comes out of them. “Logan,” was written (story) and directed by James Mangold. He’s also known for writing “Walk the Line,” and “Girl, Interrupted.”


I’d love to see more movies taking chances like this. It would certainly bring me out to the theaters more often. Hopefully the success of the film will allow the risk takers to come out.


A few questions from the interview:

And what’s interesting about that is that X-Men stories often only deal with bigotry through the metaphor of mutants, who are usually straight, white men. But here, the co-star is a mutant who’s a Latina girl. Why was it important for her to be Mexican? Did you think about it politically, or just as a cool thing to do?”

He dies in front of her and says two brilliantly on-brand final sentences before dying. How does one go about writing the last words of Wolverine?”

Listening to all this, it’s pretty apparent that Fox isn’t running its superhero properties the way Disney or Warner Bros. do with theirs. You weren’t being told to keep things close to a franchise-wide tone or a shared continuity. What do you think about the state of the modern superhero film?”

Here’s a link to the full interview:

Vulture: Logan Director James Mangold on Trump’s Influence, the Film’s Last Line, and the Biggest Problem With Superhero Movies