HBO is known for bringing viewers captivating stories in innovative ways. Now, with its HBOAccess Writing Fellowship, the network invests in future storytellers by giving eight emerging, diverse writers an opportunity to learn from the experts.

The program begins with a week of master classes hosted by HBO, focusing on character and story development, pitching ideas and projects, securing an agent and networking. Participants then begin an eight-month writing phase in which they're partnered with an HBO development executive, who mentors them in the script development process. At the program's conclusion, HBO will host a reception and reading of the writers’ work for industry professionals.

"We are looking for emerging writers with a deep passion for storytelling and a unique voice who will want to bring that talent to HBO and Cinemax," said Vice President of HBO Talent Development Kelly Edwards in the announcement. "In turn, they will be nurtured by some of the best creative executives and showrunners in the business.  HBO has a long legacy of supporting writers and we are excited we can begin those relationships at this early stage."

HBO accepts applications beginning March 4 and will notify the final eight—after the initial interview process—on July 1. The program officially commences August 17, but you can learn more about HBOAccess now.