The deadline to apply for the Manchester Writing Workshop has now passed as of 5/9/2014. However we are still accepting applications for our London Workshops.

Do you want to write comedy for Radio?

As part of this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award, BBC Radio Comedy will be running comedy writing information sessions for beginners to give them a taste of what Radio Comedy producers are looking for and to see what it takes to be a successful comedy writer.

From information about what opportunities there are in BBC Radio Comedy, writing and developing material, to pitching and developing your ideas, the session will aim to show you how to develop your skills and introduce you to the wider world of comedy writing.

What will happen at the workshops?

Each workshop will be three hours in duration, but split into two halves. The first part will include a panel discussion featuring writers and performers, and producers from BBC Radio Comedy. There’ll be plenty of interaction and opportunities for you to ask questions.

After a quick break, we will then give you a chance to pitch and develop your own comedy ideas, with some feedback from our panel.

The workshops will take place in Manchester (9th September) and London at the Hackney Empire (28th September and 18th October).

There is no charge for these sessions, but you will need to register your interest with us online.

How do I apply?

Send an email to with the wording ‘WRITING WORKSHOP (and the date you’d like to apply for)’ in the subject heading.

In no more than 300 words please tell us:

1. Why you want to take part.

2. Your previous comedy experience, e.g. script writing, performance groups, comedy societies.

3. Any other writing experience that you have had. This could be just for your own benefit, published, online or anything that you've written because you need to write.

Please also include your name, age, a contact telephone number and postcode.

The submission must consist of no more than 300 words detailing why you would like to be involved and what you would like to get out of the day.

What will I be expected to do?

On the day you’ll be asked to generate ideas for a radio show – have a think about possible ideas and shows that you have enjoyed previously.


Open to any person aged 18 or over as of 29th August 2014, providing they are UK residents.

Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested. Entries must be from one individual (ie no collective submissions) and are limited to one per person

Applications can only be made by email to between 13th August and 6th October 2014. Entries received after 5pm on 6th October 2014 will not be considered.

In order to ensure that the Comedy Writing Workshops are open to a wide range of potential applicants, the BBC may, at its sole discretion, actively approach potential applicants and invite them to apply.

You will receive an email notification to acknowledge receipt of your application form. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, extended feedback will not be possible for each applicant.

All eligible applications will be assessed by BBC Radio Comedy and successful applicants will be notified in the week commencing their selected workshop date.

The New Comedy Award production team will select using the following criteria; relevant writing experience, or demonstrable writing ability, experience in the comedy world or demonstrable interest in comedy.

The panel will determine which session successful applicants will be assigned to and applicants will be responsible for all expenses related to attendance including accommodation, food and travel.

Employees of the BBC and/or its subsidiaries are not permitted to apply for the workshops.