The Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award presented by the Toronto Screenwriting Conference is a mentorship and bursary program designed for emerging diverse screenwriters. This opportunity will give bursary recipients the opportunity to complete a piece of writing, expand their network, sharpen their professional skills, work with established screenwriting professionals and producers, polish their pitching skills – all with an aim at bringing new perspectives to Canada’s creative industries.
In 2018, Rebecca had the privilege to work with Duana Taha. Duana is a Canadian television writer whose credits include hit programs DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION, LOST GIRL, and LOST & FOUND STUDIOS. She is the creator and executive producer of the popular new YouTube series UPSTAIRS AMY, and the tween digital series EMERALD CODE.
Together they finessed Rebecca’s hour-long drama-crime-procedural, The System, which culminated in a pitch to Canadian Broadcasters and Distribution executives from CBC and eOne. The mentorship also included attendance to the Toronto Screenwriting Conference where Rebecca attended presentations from Corey Mandell, Ben Watkins, David Shore, Stacey Rukeyser, and Allana Harkin.