Toronto - Toronto Public Library welcomes Sugith Varughese as its first Screenwriter-in-Residence from April 21 to June 14, 2008. As Screenwriter-in-Residence, Varughese will provide free feedback to aspiring writers of screen plays for short films, half-hour TV shows, one hour TV shows or full length feature films. He will also accept treatments for feature length screenplays in addition to participating in panels, lectures and other events.

Varughese has been writing professionally in Canada for over 25 years and has extensive screenwriting credits for a wide range of television shows, from Fraggle Rock, to the crime drama Blue Murder and radio dramas for CBC. His short films have been screened at film festivals worldwide and his writing has received numerous awards, including a Writers Guild of Canada award for Talespinners, a collection of animated scripts produced by the National Film Board of Canada, as well as Genie and Gemini nominations.

Varughese is on the faculty of Humber College’s School of Creative and Performing Arts and has extensive experience in teaching screenwriting in both academic and workshop settings. As an actor, director and screenwriter, he will bring a wealth of insider knowledge to his residency.

Script submissions:
Submissions must be finished scripts for any of: short films (under 20 pages in screenplay format), half-hour teleplays (22-28 pages in screenplay format, 40-45 pages in sitcom format), one hour teleplays (45-50 pages in screenplay format), full-length screenplays (under 120 pages in screenplay format), treatments (under 60 pages double spaced).

Submissions must include name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number. There is a limit of one manuscript per person. Manuscripts will be accepted up until May 2, space permitting. Writers must be 16 years of age or older and manuscripts must be submitted by the author of the work.

Varughese will meet with participants to discuss their work. Interviews are by appointment only. The library will make every effort to accommodate all those who submit work, but it may not be possible to provide everyone with an interview.

Participants who have submitted scripts will have an opportunity to participate in a two part workshop led by Varughese that will outline the next steps after a first draft script is completed.

Manuscripts should be mailed or hand-delivered by May 2 to:
Screenwriter in Residence
North York Central Library
Language, Literature & Fine Arts Department
Information Desk, 2nd Floor
5120 Yonge Street (at the North York Centre Subway)
Toronto, Ontario
M2N 5N9