TV Drama - The Writers' Festival 2011

Thursday 19 May 2011, 11:41

Kate Rowland Kate Rowland BBC Creative Director of New Writing

Writers' Festival poster

So the 2011 Writers' Festival is shaping up, and is even more exciting. We've listened to the feedback from last year which was fantastic, and we've tried to incorporate as many of your ideas as possible with our wonderful curating group led by Paula Milne, with Toby Whithouse, Stephen Butchard, Jack Thorne and Alice Nutter making sense of it all.

I always know when the festival is getting close, I get the 3 o'clock wake up with - why on earth am I putting myself through this again? Nobody will turn up? What's left to talk about? But there's stacks. TV Drama drives the schedule, the emotional engagement that the writers and audience have to the final outcome is intense and provokes passionate debate so that's what the festival is for - a forum for professional writers to engage with one another, discuss big ideas, have inspiring masterclasses and take away some practical thinking.

Attendees at TV Drama: The Writers' Festival

I originally came up with the idea for a TV Drama Writers Festival four years ago. The aim was that it should be writer-led, and across the whole of the broadcast industry. The festival is a fitting way to mark our commitment to being a force for change for writers.

BBC writersroom is an open door to the BBC, dealing with 1000s of unsolicited scripts a year and working in partnership across the industry. Our role is to support the inspiring work done across BBC departments and facilitate new ways of working. Our job is to help writers to speak their voice - and the festival is a brilliant place to do just that. I look forward to seeing you all in Leeds.

Image from the Writers' Festival 2010.

TV Drama: The Writers' Festival will be held on July 6th & 7th at Leeds College of Music. Apply now for your ticket.

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