WGINEW YORK CITY– Hennah Sekandary of New York University has been selected to receive the Writers Guild Initiative’s (WGI) 2014 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting. The fellowship, which is funded by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon completion of his/her undergraduate course of study. Sekandary will receive a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay, which she will do under the mentorship of David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Yellow Face, Possession). She will be presented with her fellowship at the 66th annual Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2014 in New York City at the Edison Ballroom. Sekandary is a senior in the Department of Dramatic Writing, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her fellowship project, 48 Hour Fire, is about two people, a Korean deli-owner and a black teen, surviving against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The Writers Guild Initiative, the new name of the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation, seeks to engage some of the nation’s most prominent writers in working with people from all walks of life to perpetuate the art and craft of storytelling, through education and practical experience on local and national levels.

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