Write Across Birmingham and the Black Country | BBC Writers, Create Central and partners

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What is Write Across Birmingham and the Black Country? 

Write Across Birmingham and the Black Country is an eight-week development programme specifically designed to support emerging writers and creatives who are at the early stages of their writing careers. Through a series of engaging workshops, expert-led sessions and networking opportunities, we'll explore the art of crafting compelling stories for television, empowering participants to develop their own new original series idea. 

This professional development programme is led by BBC Writers in collaboration with Create Central and our programme partner organisations: Birmingham Rep; Script Sirens; Dudley Creates; Creative Black Country; and Black Country Touring.  

Selected writers will take part in a range of craft and industry sessions designed to grow their professional skills, cover the foundations of storytelling for the screen, and demystify the process of writing for television. They will learn how to generate exciting ideas for television by analysing recent shows that have resonated with audiences and exploring techniques that spark creativity. Writers will hear from industry guests such as screenwriters, producers, and commissioners, as well as connecting and developing working relationships with peers amongst the group. 

During their time on the programme all participants will define and develop an original idea for a drama or comedy drama series, laying the groundwork for a one-page pitch document. Writers will work collaboratively with support from the BBC Writers team, industry experts and with their peers in the group to develop this idea, receiving editorial feedback and creative support along the way. It is hoped that the pitch will function as a creative springboard for the writer to develop further. 

We are excited to invite up to 12 talented writers to join this programme, which will run from June to September 2024. Most sessions will be delivered online, allowing flexibility, with select in-person sessions and workshops taking place in the Black Country and wider West Midlands region.  

To ensure accessibility, this programme is free to attend for all successful applicants. We will cover all reasonable travel costs and access needs. Please note that this is a non-paid writing opportunity. 

Who are we looking for? 

We want to find the next wave of exciting, diverse, and passionate storytellers from Birmingham and the Black Country. We are looking for writers and creatives who are at the beginning of their television writing career but who can demonstrate an interest and commitment to dramatic writing, alongside a growing creative track record, e.g., attending local writing workshops or theatre groups, performing their own material, or writing short films/plays. 

We’re looking for writers with an original voice, a fresh perspective, and a keen interest in the medium of television and learning more about writing for it. You do not need to have any produced TV, film or theatre credits in order to apply. 

Given the specific remit of this programme it will not be suitable for writers who already have a TV credit. 

Eligibility 

Writers should be over the age of 18 and currently living full-time in Birmingham or the Black Country (specifically the City of Birmingham, the Metropolitan Boroughs of Solihull, Dudley, Sandwell or Walsall or the City of Wolverhampton). You can check whether your address is within the eligible region on the gov.uk website at https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council 

Kit de Waal and Sir Lenny Henry (Create Central Champions and Write Across Birmingham and the Black Country Ambassadors)
Kit de Waal and Sir Lenny Henry (Create Central Champions and Write Across Birmingham and the Black Country Ambassadors)

How do I Apply?  

Applications will only be accepted via the BBC Writers E-submissions system during the submission window. Full details including Terms and Conditions of Entry and a submission link will be published here in due course. 

What will I need to submit? 

  • A sample of your previous dramatic writing. This should be an original written piece of drama or comedy-drama (we are unable to accept sitcom scripts), in the form of a radio, theatre, television, or film script. Samples should be a minimum of 20 pages (excluding title and/or character pages) and submitted in the form of a complete script, we cannot accept unfinished scripts or extracts. 

  • A paragraph about your writing history. You do not need to have any credits, awards or professionally produced work. We just want to understand your passion for writing and a little bit of the journey you have been on up to this point.  

  • A short creative task.   

If you have any questions please contact us via email at bbcwriters@bbc.co.uk  

 

 

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