NSI New Northern Voices

Intro to writing for web series and short film for storytellers in Manitoba’s north

Learn the fundamentals of short fiction writing for the screen from award-winning storyteller Jordan Wheeler.


Building on NSI New Northern Voices 2019 and NSI’s commitment to growing capacity within the screen industry in The Pas, Manitoba and surrounding areas, the NSI New Northern Voices 2021 writers edition has been developed.

Application deadline

Applications are closed.

Application fee

Course partners have covered the application fee costs.

What is the NSI New Northern Voices 2021 writers edition?

Read the full course information.

This course aims to strengthen new and emerging writers’ skills and abilities to craft stories told from a northern Manitoba perspective.

Up to three participants (aged 18+) will receive instruction from a working writer in the fundamentals of writing for the screen. You must apply with an idea for a fictional story (web series OR short film) you want to tell.

Teaching will be delivered online over six weeks.

Training includes three workshops, one-on-one story editor consultations at first and second draft phases and access to Final Draft software – the industry standard for writing and formatting screenplays. You will receive 6.5 hours of training workshops plus two one-on-one story editing consultations.

Writers will receive the training and feedback necessary to complete a final draft of their script which is an essential piece of any funding application.

Guidance and mentoring will be provided by award-winning content creator Jordan Wheeler.

Jordan’s writing career spans over three decades. He has published several books including Digital Ogichida, Brothers In Arms and Just A Walk. He has written countless hours of television for shows such as Arctic Air, renegadepress.com and North of 60.

Jordan will share his expertise through the intensive workshops and story editing sessions. Topics will include story structure, proper formatting, character development and other structural devices to develop a professional script for a short film or web series.

At the end of the course you will have a well-developed script ready to pitch to funders, producers and production companies.

Additionally, one participant will be selected to have their script produced by a producer trainee and the National Screen Institute in a future edition of the program.

When does it take place?

The program will take place from February 17 to March 31, 2021.

Who are the NSI New Northern Voices faculty?

Our dedicated and experienced faculty and associate faculty will be ready to support you through this course. Read about the 2021 team which includes award-winning writer Jordan Wheeler plus NSI’s Ursula Lawson and Sarah Simpson-Yellowquill.

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NSI New Northern Voices 2021 is funded by NSI Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada (DGC); Strategic Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Stantec, RBC Emerging Artists Project, TELUS Manitoba Community Board and Super Channel; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Supporters Final Draft and Native Communications Inc. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. More sponsors will be announced as confirmed.

NSI’s commitment to underrepresented voices

NSI is committed to selecting participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

You will be asked to voluntarily self-identify on your application form.

Additionally, NSI is committed to training storytellers from outside large urban centres.