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An Opportunity

Channel 4 Drama presents….4Screenwriting

Channel 4

 will again be running the screenwriting course for drama, running from January to June 2012.

They are looking for 12 talented, original and diverse writers who currently have no broadcast credit but wish to write for television drama.

The course will give you a chance to find out how TV drama, particularly Channel 4 TV drama, works, and to write, over a 5 month period, your own 1 hour pilot script for an original series or serial, working with an experienced script editor.  You will also attend two weekends of talks and script meetings at Channel 4’s Horseferry Rd building.

The course is designed so that writers should be able to take part even if in full-time employment (the only attendance is on two weekends, in January and June 2011, and you will have five months to write the required two drafts of a one hour drama script).

Writers will be paid a small fee for attending the course.

How to apply:
Dates: 21st and 22nd January 2012, 9th and 10th June 2012

Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both weekends, and to write two drafts of a one hour television drama between 23rd January and 25th May 2011.

Applicants should submit by email a CV and one writing sample. This can be a screenplay, a stage play or radio play, minimum length 30 minutes (novels, treatments, short stories, unfinished screenplays and “shorts” are not acceptable).  The scripts should be original, not episodes of existing drama series.
Email scripts and CV’s to:

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

Submissions deadline: Tuesday November 1st 2011.

 For further information, visit the Channel 4 website.


ScriptTank is an established writers’ and script reading group based in central London. At each session we read a script in its entirety – for film, TV, stage or radio – and then give feedback to the writer. The script is read by professional actors who also give valuable feedback. You can use this as an opportunity to assess work in progress, to see how well your work “reads” or even to showcase work to agents and/or producers. Work is scheduoled through the term; we ask only that writers should attend three sessions and give feedback on three other writers’ scripts before having their own work performed.

ScriptTank’s members are experienced writers, directors, producers, actors and any combination of the above. It’s a great place to socialise, share knowledge and make contacts.

SciptTank is for script- and screenwriters who are serious about working in the industry and want objective, knowledgeable and constructive feedback on their work. For this reason, the group is probably more appropriate for writers who have some experience.

As in previous years, the first session, on Wednesday 21 September, is a taster. We will be reading and commenting on whatever short scripts or extracts people want to bring in. Please bring enough copies of the script for your actors. After the script reading, people are welcome to stay for a drink and networking.

The place: upstairs at the Blue Posts Pub, 28 Rupert Street, London W1. Nearest Tubes: Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square.

The date: Wednesday 21 September
(and fortnightly thereafter)

The time: 6.45 for 7.00pm, till about 10.00

The cost: this first session is FREE. Otherwise, £3 per person

If you’re interested, please email:

Katharine Way at


David Cottis:  

Or you can just turn up.  

Visit our website at

Kate Chapman
Theatre Writing Partnership
Chief Executive and Artistic Director

0115 9474361


SCRATCH NIGHTS at Nottingham Playhouse on 1 and 8 June 2011. Send us your 5 minute script by 16 May for your chance to try out a new idea in front of a live audience. Tickets are FREE!

THREADS – an audio journey for Nottingham’s Lace Market by Andy Barrett  will be downloadable from the TWP website from 20 May 2011.

Come and enjoy new plays by MUFARO MAKUBIKA and CATH ASHDOWN at Nottingham Playhouse on Monday 6  June. Tickets are FREE!

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