Abby and a child using chalk on the street.


Exploring the Frontier of Children’s Learning

Sesame Workshop is looking for creators like you!

Through our fellowships we seek to find fresh new writing talent and emerging storytellers who are want to help Sesame achieve our mission of helping children become smarter, stronger and kinder.  

2023 Writers’ Room Fellows

The Sesame Workshop Writer’s Room is an 8 week writing intensive program for writers who reflect the vast diversity of our audience. The Writing Fellows each develop and workshop their own original children’s television concept and script, with guidance from a wide range of industry leaders. Select fellows will have their work featured in a staged reading and will be awarded developmental deals from Sesame Workshop.

Justin Douglas

Justin Douglas | Los Angeles, CA

Justin is a writer and comedian working in Development in Los Angeles. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he spent eleven years working in the Carnegie Museums, cultivating his passion for alternative learning environments and programs. Pittsburgh is also where he spent time as a professional mascot, entertaining and interacting with children of all ages. He earned his MFA in Comedic Screenwriting from DePaul University.

Frank Duci

Frank Duci | Roseville, CA

Frank Duci is a creator and storyteller from California. Frank has carved out a unique identity, telling stories that speak to underdogs and outsiders. Currently, he works with The Media Lab, a program teaching adults with disabilities the fundamentals of media production. In his free time, he’s been a volunteer committee member for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.

Brianna Ishibashi

Brianna Ishibashi | Los Angeles, CA

Brianna is a 4th Gen Japanese American writer/performer who grew up backstage at rock concerts with her SoCal showbiz family. She is a Music Theatre honors program graduate of The Hartt School and a former Administrative Director of Medical Education for a NYC dermatopathology laboratory/academy. A return to the arts has led to an ensemble Audie Award nomination and multiple writing fellowships, including the TPT PBS Writer’s Program.

Kaley Morrison

Kaley Morrison | Durham, NC

Kaley is an actor, writer, and comedian. With her work on stage and previous career in education she is passionate about finding the palpable connections that come from building a sense of community. She is an enrolled member of Waccamaw Siouan tribe and is deeply committed to furthering Indigenous representation and advocacy in media. Kaley was a recipient of the Saturday Night Live/PIT scholarship for both 2021 and 2022.

Tiffany Shan

Tiffany Shan | Los Angeles, CA

Tiffany is a writer from Los Angeles. Prior to working in TV, she was a political data analyst and an associate producer on documentaries. She loves writing stories that center loveable weirdos and hopes to create shows that make people laugh and feel connected.

Lori Williams

Lorin Williams | Los Angeles, CA

Lorin Williams is a Writer/producer from Saginaw, Michigan who loves writing stories about the conflict of individualism within community. After spending years producing unscripted televisions shows, she pivoted to animation working as a script coordinator for Nickelodeon. In addition to being a participant of the Black List X WIF’s 2023 Episodic lab and landing a producing mentorship with Effie Brown’s Gamechanger Films Nonprofit, she recently completed the Emerging Black Screenwriters Program held by the Metaphor Group.