AWG announces First Break NSW Participants

4 May, 2022

Successful applicants have been announced in the AWG’s First Break NSW program. From over 225 entries, the panel has selected the following 12 writers who will participate in the program, starting in June 2022.

  • Abhishek Gurjar
  • Adam Daniel
  • Erik Magnusson
  • Grace Chapple
  • Jennifer van Gessel
  • Katie Pollock
  • Melody Chen
  • Olivia Costa
  • Patrick Taylor
  • Simone La Martina
  • Tsu Shan Chambers
  • Zaity Salman

AWG Professional Development Manager Susie Hamilton said: 'We were overwhelmed by the calibre of entries for this inaugural First Break program. From our extensive conversations with the industry, we knew that there was a need for this type of training. The response to First Break has left us with no doubt that emerging writers recognise the enormous value of the initiative. We look forward to rolling out similar opportunities in other states over the next 12 months.' 

First Break is a series of three day-long online workshops run by highly experienced, working writers. Covering note-taking, script coordinating, and the basics of a writers’ room, participants will come away with the skills required to get that first break and begin their career in the film and television industry. 

Facilitators Chris Corbett and Catherine Kelleher said: 'The film and TV industry is notoriously hard to break into, but note-taking and script coordinating provide an incredible training ground and the chance to develop important industry relationships in scripted television. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to show these talented creatives the ropes.' 

Following the successful completion of these three workshops, each writer will be added to the Pathways website on the new First Break tab. 

The cohort will then be promoted to the industry using the AWG’s multiple databases, including its 9700 subscribers to the AWG newsletter, its 500+ registered users of the Pathways portal (producers, directors, writers and industry professionals) and the 1000 subscribers to the Pathways Newsletter. 

The Pathways First Break tab will be a permanent resource for industry members looking for talented new writers who have valuable skills to offer in writers’ rooms.   

For more information about First Break NSW contact us at

First Break is made possible with support from Screen NSW and Final Draft

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