BBC Writers Academy 2020

Do you want a career writing TV Drama?

The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy gives writers the opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in the industry, the chance to develop their skills on the BBC’s flagship shows (EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors, and River City), and the opportunity to work with some of the UK’s best television drama production companies.

The Writers’ Academy will give a minimum of eight writers a year’s paid training, with guaranteed commissions on the BBC’s flagship shows as well as the chance to develop an original project with BBC Studios, or one of the BBC’s independent production partners. We want writers who are passionate about television drama, bursting with ideas and a love of popular drama.

The Writers’ Academy is led by John Yorke, and over the year you will receive training and lectures from a range of leading industry practitioners. You’ll learn all about television production, gain direct writing experience on at least three of the BBC’s Continuing Dramas alongside mentoring from the companies behind Les Misérables, McMafia, Brexit: The Uncivil War, Curfew, The End of The F***ing World, Gentleman Jack, and more.

Previous graduates of the Writers’ Academy have written for or created hundreds of hours of TV, including The Man In The High Castle, Killing Eve, Pure, Father Brown, Doctor Who, Grantchester, Killed By My Debt, Vera, and Call the Midwife, as well as all the major continuing dramas.

The aim of the Academy is to give writers the screenwriting tools and creative confidence to write for the BBC’s flagship popular dramas as well as create stunning series of their own.

Who is eligible: this year, the writers academy is open to all writers, whether you have had a professional production or not.

How to apply: visit the website for more information

Deadline: 19 April 2020

Source: Playwriting UK

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