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BBC Writers Academy 2011

11th April 2011 by Maura McHugh

Applications for the 2011 BBC Drama Writers Academy are now open.

Visit the BBC Jobs website for further information and access to the online application process.

Applicants must have had at least one professional commission in either television, theatre, radio or film.

Writers will need to apply online individually and to submit an original full length sample of their writing.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 5th May 2011.

The course is specifically designed to train writers to write for Casualty, Holby City, EastEnders and Doctors.

Alongside training on all aspects of drama production from casting to scheduling, students will receive direct writing experience on continuing dramas, with commissions on the shows once they successfully complete the course.

Creativity, talent and a passion for telling stories are essential criteria for those applying.

Since  the course started six years ago, 35 out of 48 graduates have gone on to gain full time work in writing for TV, with 14 of the graduates now established as core writers on continuing drama shows  (including the lead writers on both Holby and Casualty).  In addition, eleven others have gone on to work on other shows including, Shameless, Waterloo Road, Wild and Heart, Coming Up and The Cut.  Six are currently developing original projects with BBC Drama – two of which, 32 Brinkburn Street (Karen Laws) and The Accidental Farmer (Daisy Coulam) have been made.

Any questions about the application process, or eligibility, please email me Ceri Meyrick – ceri.meyrick@bbc.co.uk