Including every winner from 2012–2016.
The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition is the most important of all screenplay contests. Founded in 1986, it is administered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and previous winners have included Allison Anders, Susannah Grant, Ehren Kruger, Michael A. Rich, and many others who have gone on to careers in the film and television business.
Since 2012, I have made it a point to seek out each year’s Nicholl winners for interviews. Why? Two reasons. First, to analyze their winning script and creative process to see what we, as writers, can learn from them. Second, to get a snapshot of writers at the front end of their professional careers. While I definitely enjoy interviewing established writers, there is something unique about catching a writer as they transition from aspiring to working writer.
Here are links to interviews I have conducted with 25 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting winners including all of them from 2012–2015:
If you are an aspiring screenwriter, there is a lot of wisdom in these interviews. Read them. Learn from them.
In the meantime…