Opportunities: Pick of the Week -Channel 4/ Touchpaper launch 4Stories scheme for writers

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Channel 4/ Touchpaper launch 4Stories scheme for writers

Description: Channel 4 has launched a new talent scheme which will bring on the next generation of writers and directors giving them the chance to see their work broadcast on Channel 4. The scheme, 4Stories, is aimed at encouraging applications from talent currently under-represented in television drama – women, disabled people, BAME and people from disadvantaged backgrounds. 4Stories will give three directors and three writers the opportunity to work on a new three part series of half-hour interconnected films. It will tell one main story, from three different perspectives and is being produced by Touchpaper Television.

As part of the paid development programme writing-trainees will participate in a writer’s room out of which the series will be created. They will be tutored by and work with experienced drama producers at Touchpaper TV where their scripts will be developed. The process will see trainee writers and directors learn how to hone their skills and deliver their vision under the guidance of experienced drama professionals. They will also be mentored by high profile drama talent, and will take part in a bespoke training programme to run alongside and beyond the production of the series. It will include masterclasses, networking sessions, coaching, career development and access to key industry events.

So, what’s so great about it? This is a prestigious opportunity for developing screenwriters with the chance to have your work broadcast on Channel 4, no less! That’s not all though – this bumper development programme offers writers some amazing training opportunities: from participating in a writers room to being tutored by experienced drama producers at Touchpaper TV. The programme also includes masterclasses, networking sessions, coaching, career development and access to key industry events. Phew! So, how do you apply?! Well, they’re looking for writers who haven’t yet had their work broadcast and if that’s you, they want to see a sample of your work in the form of a full length script or two short scripts.

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re  not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Image via channel4.com

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