Channel 4 – Screenwriting Course

The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script.

Writers will be expected to write an original C4 / E4 one-hour drama series or serial pilot episode, and 2-3 page outline / pitch for the series / serial as a whole.

Each writer will be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process.

DATES

22nd & 23rd January 2022 and 11th & 12th June 2022.

Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both these weekends (in London) and are free to write at least two drafts of an original one-hour television drama between 24th January and 1st June 2022.

ELIGIBILITY:

Only writers who do not have a broadcast credit as a television writer or theatrical release as a feature film writer may apply (although produced short films – 20 minutes or less – are exempt).

HOW TO APPLY:

Visit the Channel 4 Screenwriting Course website

and submit the application form together with your CV and writing sample (saved as a PDF file).

The writing sample can be a screenplay (film or TV), stage play or radio play, minimum length 20 pages (novels, treatments, short stories, unfinished screenplays and “shorts” are not acceptable), maximum length 130 pages.

The script should be original, not an episode or episodes of existing drama series.

FEE:

Writers will be paid a fee for participating in the course and for completing two drafts of a one hour script. All writers will be required to grant Shelley Productions a first option for Channel 4 to acquire all rights in their script and will be told within six months of delivery whether Channel 4 wishes to exercise this option.

Find full details including dates, course content, testimonials and FAQs on the Channel 4 Screenwriting website

DEADLINE: Friday 1st October 2021 at 5.00 pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

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