Alumni News: Screenwriter Nneka Samuel’s TV Pilot “Rejig” Shortlisted for Two Awards

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop would like to congratulate Nneka Samuel for her recent recognition in WeForShe’s 2019 WriteForHer List. Samuel is an alumna of our 2018 Summer in Paris Writing Retreat, where she workshopped a TV pilot with our directors Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai, as well as Raya Hajj, Autumn Cooper, Nivea Castro, Nandini Bhattacharya, Renee Ozburn and Barbara Baldwin.

Nneka Samuel is a West Coast transplant who hails from the nation’s capital, and is a film, tv and digital media writer. The WeForShe list aims to promote women “[who] bring about a gender-balanced landscape in television.” The recognized pilot, titled “Rejig,” is about a young woman whose obsessive compulsive disorder goes haywire after she discovers that her ex-boyfriend is newly engaged. Nneka was also recently featured in the 2019 Bitch List for Best Feature Film for her film The House with the Purple Door. The film is about a girl who’s only wish for her thirteenth birthday is to see her idol Prince perform in concert, yet her disapproving parents and annoying older brother get in the way of her plans. Nneka recieved her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and is the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the NBC/NAACP Fellowship, Felicia D. Henderson Award, Zaki Gordon Award for Excellence in Screenwriting and Carl David Memorial Fellowship. Nneka has written scripts for production companies such as A. Smith & Co, Flower Avenue Films and WaterWalk Productions. She currently writes for NAACP award-winning TVOne docu-series, Unsung. She also has numerous print and online credits, including Madame Noire and Heart & Soul.


Summer in Paris 2018 Writing Retreat: Day Six

July 30 was the final day of the Summer in Paris 2018 writing retreat. Faculty and writers shared their work and discussed their writing goals for the future. The week was fueled by each individual’s creativity, collaboration, and exploration of the city around us. We ended the week feeling inspired and grateful to our new community of fellow writers.

We will bring all of the creative energy and inspiration from our Paris to our August retreat in Granada, Spain.

Summer in Paris 2018 Writing Retreat: Day Two

The morning of Thursday, July 26 began with a workshop led by CWW directors Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai. The workshop focused on CREDO: An Anthology Of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing, which CWW released in May. The anthology creates a bridge from the philosophical to the practical, presenting a triad of creative writing manifestos, essays on the craft of writing, and creative writing exercises.

Following the workshop, instructors and participants had some writing time to work on their personal projects and gather inspiration while exploring the city.

That evening, Rita was the featured Reader at Paris Lit Up at Culture Rapide. Paris Lit Up is a non-profit community organization that aims to intensify collaborative artistic practices through community events, performance and publication. Rita read from her new poetry collection Echo in Four Beats (Finishing Line Press, March 2018) and CREDO (C&R Press, May 2018). She also shared excerpts from her new collection of essays on race, sex, politics, and everything cool, and her novel-in-progress about a Tamil-Jewish family in crisis during a post-authoritarian regime. 

Norma and several CWW participants also shared their work during the event as part of the open-mic portion of the event. The CWW has loved going to open-mic events in Paris in the past, and this evening was no exception.

With that, the second day came to a close, with everyone continuing to work on their projects and preparing for tomorrow’s workshops, where our guest faculty member Kathleen Spivack will start the day with her workshop, “Memory & Memoir.”

Register Now for CWW Summer in Paris Writing Retreat (July 22-30, 2015)


The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Summer in Paris Writing Retreat will take place July 22-30, 2015 in France. The retreat offers participating writers of all genres and levels to work alongside award-winning authors and editors. Participating writers will hone their craft and expand their writing skills, while working on new or existing projects.  There will also be time to explore the city of Paris in all of its historical, literary, and romantic charm. Situated in heart of Paris’ Montparnasse neighborhood, amongst the fresh and popular open air markets and charming boutiques, the hotel where we will stay is full of charm and our Moroccan themed classroom will offer a wonderful oasis to practice the writing life.  Faculty includes internationally renowned author and writing coach Kathleen Spivack (fiction, poetry, nonfiction), David Shields (nonfiction, book-length essay), Diana Norma Szokoloyai (poetry, nonfiction), Rita Banerjee (poetry, fiction), Jessica Reidy (fiction, poetry), and Elissa Lewis (yoga, meditation).  If you’d like to join us in Paris, please apply online at by May 5, 2015.