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Ceri Meyrick Ceri Meyrick , Blog posts in total 28

  1. Writers Academy 8

    Wednesday 4 March 2009, 16:21

    "Those Shows"

    I was at a meeting the other day to talk about writer training (at an institution outside the BBC). I was talking about why new writers sometimes failed when writing for the shows I worked for. I suggested that it might be because they didn't like them or even watch them when they got...

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  2. Writers Academy 7

    Monday 23 February 2009, 17:07

    Giving up the Day Job

    This week I've asked Rob Williams (Writers Academy Graduate 2008) to write the blog for me. He finished the course just before Christmas and is in the throes of his first Holby City script...

    "When people ask me what I did before the Writers Academy, I used to reply 'I had a...

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  3. Writers Academy 6

    Thursday 12 February 2009, 12:13

    Dumbing Down

    Yesterday we had one of our regular get-togethers for the Script Readers, who help me and the team read through the large amount of submissions we get year round. I invited Simon Harper along to speak to them. Simon is the Development Editor on Holby City. His job is to find and develop...

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  4. Writers Academy 5

    Thursday 5 February 2009, 11:08

    Small Children

    This week's entry is prompted by one comment that suggested we might be excluding writers (mostly, it was assumed, women) who had to care for young families, because of the full on-nature of the course. Sally Abbott completed the course in December, and she's about to start her first...

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  5. Writers Academy 4

    Thursday 29 January 2009, 16:28


    A Reader Speaks

    OK - this week I thought I'd hand over the blog to David Roden. He works with me as part of the Academy team, and his job is mostly to read scripts that are sent to us. I asked him what he thought... he did this:

    "I read scripts.

    I read a lot of scripts.

    I can't tell you how many...

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  6. Writers Academy 3

    Thursday 22 January 2009, 15:07

    Do I qualify to enter?

    A few thoughts this week on what kind of writing experience will qualify you for the course...

    You are able to apply for the Writers Academy if you can prove you have a "professional drama commission". In other words we want you to show us that you have been paid to write drama...

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  7. Writers Academy 2

    Thursday 15 January 2009, 15:15

    What script should I send in?

    Thought I'd spend some time this week talking about the kind of sample script you should send in with your applications to the Writers Academy.

    Your sample script is the most important part of your application. You need to send us your absolute best work, and the piece...

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  8. Writers Academy 1

    Friday 9 January 2009, 14:01

    Hi, I'm Ceri Meyrick, Development Producer, New Talent in the BBC Drama Department. For the last three years, I've been running and co-tutoring the Writers Academy with John Yorke. We've just come up for air after the 2008 course finished before Christmas, so I thought it might be useful to start a...

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