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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

Become a Laughing Stock

21st December 2010 by Maura McHugh

BBC Writersroom

BBC Writersroom and BBC Comedy Commissioning are joining forces in a nationwide competition to find new comedy gold. If you can invent characters that make them laugh out loud, tell stories that keep them on the edge of their seats, and tease the audience to come back for more, then they want to hear from you.

Write it, send it in – and you could be in line not just for a comedy masterclass but also an intensive week away developing your idea hand in hand with BBC comedy producers and established comedy writing talent. This is an opportunity not to be missed – if your idea leaps every hurdle then you may even get the chance of having your work performed at our Sitcom Showcase in the newly opened Studio in Media City, Salford.

The challenge is to write an original comedy script with series potential. They’re looking for new comedy voices that have not yet been heard and talent that’s just bursting to get out.

You will need to send them a script between 15 – 30 minutes long and a one page outline of how your series would develop. The work must not have been previously commissioned, optioned or produced and this opportunity is for writers who have not yet had a network commission.

Judges:
Cheryl Taylor (Controller, Comedy Commissioning for the BBC)
Kate Rowland (Creative Director of New Writing for the BBC)
Writer, Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin, Doctor Who)

To enter, send your script and one page outline to:

Laughing Stock
BBC writersroom
Grafton House
379 Euston Road
London
NW1 3AU

CLOSING DATE: Monday February 21st 2011

MASTERCLASS: Tuesday 5th April in Manchester 2011

WINNERS ANNOUNCED on or before Tuesday 31st May 2011

RESIDENTIAL: w/c 6th June 2011

SITCOM FESTIVAL (in Salford): Autumn 2011

BBC Writers Academy

21st April 2010 by Maura McHugh

Applications are now open for the BBC Drama’s Writers Academy

Outline

The training you receive from BBC Drama’s Writers Academy will give you the specific skills required to write for some of the BBC’s most popular series such as Doctors, EastEnders, Holby City and Casualty, and a springboard to write across all the BBC’s drama output.

To be eligible for this scheme, writers will have already had at least one professional (paid) drama commission in film, television, radio or theatre.

The Writers Academy will train up to 8 writers a year, over a period of twelve months.

Course Breakdown

The course will break down as follows:

Introduction to Writing for Continuing Drama Series

This is a 3 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 write a broadcast episode of Doctors.

The training course will be lead by John Yorke, Controller, Drama Production and New Talent, 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.

Some expenses will be paid for writers based out of the London area for this period.

Writing for Broadcast

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 a maximum of 12 weeks on each show.

At the end of the 12 months, each writer will have written for each of the four shows.

Core team & HQ

The course will be run and administered from BBC TVC in London W12 and BBC Elstree Studios. The course will be overseen and run by a Course Producer.

The deadline for applications is: May 5th 2010. More information and how to apply is on the web site.

Tony Doyle Short-List

5th February 2010 by Maura McHugh

The BBC has announced the short-list for the 2010 Tony Doyle Bursary Award:

  • Murder in the Lakelands by Patrick Nash
  • Only One Problem by David Ireland
  • The Dealer of Ballynafeigh by Rosemary Jenksinson
  • A Pocket Full of Honour by Raymond Tierney
  • The Pilgrimage by Chris Boyle
  • East Side Princess by Vanessa Pope
  • Christie by Chris Croucher & Mark Benyon

2010 Tony Doyle Bursary

24th November 2009 by Maura McHugh

The Tony Doyle Bursary for New Writing provides a fantastic opportunity for writers new to television. Previous winners of the prestigious £2,000 television writer’s award are Bill Murphy, Brian Dungan, Dominque Maloney, Danny Stack, Abbie Spallen and Martin McSweeney and Martin McNamara.

The judging panel for entries will include John Yorke, Kate Rowland, Liam Cunnigham, Lorcan Cranitch, Peter Norris, Sally Doyle, Emma Norton from Element Pictures, Sarah Stack and Tina Kellegher.

The bursary’s core aim is to assist the development of new writers. To achieve this, the chosen finalists will take part in a residential seminar where they will undergo intensive, structured, script sessions with members of BBC Northern Ireland Drama’s development team and with top script writers and producers.

The aim of the bursary
The aim of the bursary is to encourage television drama about Ireland by writers new to the medium. This may include writers experienced in other forms of fiction as well as new writers.

Prize
The winner will receive a cash prize of £2,000. The winner along the finalists will be invited to a residential seminar run by the BBC Northern Ireland Drama Department. The aim of the seminar is to introduce the writers to the world of television drama through a series of intensive sessions with the BBC Northern Ireland development team and experienced practitioners – producers, directors, actors and fellow writers. The winner and runners-up will be announced in January 2010.

All submissions should be received by 4th December 2009.

Further information and the rules of entry are available on the web site.