Updated January 6, 2016 at 3:16 p.m. E.T.: DC's writers development program will have its first class Wednesday, according to Scott Snyder. Although DC picked the students for this "pilot version," the writer revealed that there will be a public application process for the next session in the spring.
"The focus is superhero writing - my goal is to help writers in the class shape personal, passionate hero stories. Not cookie cutter. Excited," tweeted Snyder.
Original Story: According to comic book writer Scott Snyder, DC Comics is annexing a college course of his creation into a new in-house program to groom potential new writers for the publisher
Although best known as the writer of Batman, Snyder has been teaching fiction writing at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College for over a decade. Both James Tynion IV (Batman & Robin Eternal) and Marguerite Bennett (A-Force, DC Comics Bombshells) are former students of Snyder’s and were brought to DC’s attention by their former teacher. The Burbank, CA.-based publisher now appears to be formalizing that potential creative pipeline, or at least giving it a go.
“[DC’s new program is] the exact same class [James Tynion IV and Marguerite Bennett] took. That’s what I’m looking forward to teaching,” Snyder told Newsarama. “High stakes, how to make a story personal. It has to be about you. ‘If you have one chance to tell a story about this character, you have to put it all out there on the table. You’re going to get six issues and then you’ll never get to write this character again. How can I help you do that?’”
While no other major publisher currently has a program of this kind, others have experimented with it in the past. In 1995, Marvel partnered with New York University on a writing workshop called ‘the Stan-hattan Project.’ Although it only lasted a year, it was attended by future comic book stars Brian K. Vaughan and Joe Kelly.
A trial-run “season” of DC’s program is scheduled to sometime around the new year, according to Snyder. Although it appears to be an invite-only program to start, with DC selecting participants from both in and outside the comic book industry, Snyder said future sessions could have “a more public application process.”
Snyder said he has no influence on the first writers chosen to participate, and will instead focus on teaching whomever DC selects to start.
“I’d really hope it can become something that has more of a public entry point to it. But again, I’m following their lead,” said the writer. “If it’s them picking people for reasons that I’m not comfortable with then I won’t do it. This time around though, it’s something exciting and I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes out of it.”