Scriptwriting opportunity: BBC opens up 2020 Writers' Academy

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19 March 2020
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Any writer may now apply to the BBC Studios' training scheme that involves a masterclass with John Yorke

The new application criteria means that any writer, with or without a professional credit or agent, may now apply to go on the scheme.

The Writers' Academy training scheme is a three-month programme of paid training for up and coming TV drama writers. The programme, which starts in September, includes weekly individual tutorials on all aspects of dramatic technique and structure, guest lectures and opportunities to write broadcast episodes of BBC continuing dramas such as EastEnders and Casualty. Writers chosen for the scheme also have the chance of working with independent production companies.

John Yorke, Head of BBC Studios Writers’ Academy, said: 'I’m thrilled that BBC Studios have decided to make such a major investment in new talent. At a time when it’s harder than ever for new writers to break in, this course allows writers from less privileged backgrounds to get their first important step into television.  The Writers’ Academy is a perfect example of the BBC’s remit – it’s a huge commitment to nurturing new talent from every sector of society.'

To apply, submit a CV, an original full-length drama script (minimum 30 pages) and a one-page story idea concerning a regular character from a BBC continuing drama show.

The closing date to apply is 19 April.

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For full details see the website.

 

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