BBC Drama Writers Academy

30th April 2009

Applications are now open for this year’s BBC Drama Writers Academy.

The Academy will take up to eight writers, and train them over 12 months to write for some of the BBC’s most popular series such as Doctors, EastEnders, Holby City, and Casualty – as well as being a springboard to write across all the BBC’s drama output.

To be eligible for this scheme, writers must have already had at least one professional drama commission in film or television, or a radio drama script produced, or one theatre piece performed professionally.

The course begins with a three month training course in writing for Continuing Drama Series which will consist of a number of workshops and lectures accompanied by intensive writing exercises and analysis. During this period each writer will be commissioned to write a broadcast episode of Doctors.

The training course will be led by John Yorke, Controller, In-House Drama, and other industry experts from all areas of drama production.

Course participants will be required to attend classes at the BBC premises in Elstree for three days per week, and one day at Television Centre in London, and some expenses will be paid during this training period for writers based out of the London area.

After you have completed the initial training and the Doctors script, your work will be assessed. If you have reached the required standard for production on Continuing Drama Series you will begin the next phase of the training.

Writers will rotate across Casualty, Holby and Eastenders in turn, writing a broadcast episode, spending approximately 12 weeks on each show. At the end of the 12 months, each writer will have written for each of the four shows.

Find out more about the Drama Writers Academy on our website.

To find out more and apply, visit the BBC jobs website.

Deadline: 5 May 2009

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