Watch an interview with Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom, in July 2015
About BBC Writersroom
A story has a beginning, a muddle and an endPhilip Larkin
BBC Writersroom is a cross-genre department. We work with Drama, Comedy, CBBC, CBeebies, Radio, Online - and others. We work with both new and experienced writers.
The Public Face of the BBC to the UK Writing Community - online and in the real world
From our bases in London and Salford we run public events (for example Writing for Medical Drama and our TV Drama Writers' Festival) and workshops, Q&As and masterclasses at festivals, theatres, writers' groups and courses.
The BBC Portal for New Writers
Our twice-yearly Script Room (Comedy and Drama) offers an open door for all writers across the UK, both new and experienced, to submit scripts with the promise that at least the first ten pages will be read. Promising new voices are then offered development opportunities and help to kick-start their careers.
We run targeted talent searches, for example the Trans-Comedy Award, which led to Boy Meets Girl on BBC Two, Future Talent for a pilot web-series based in the West Midlands, the Class-Dismissed sketch-writing initiative with CBBC and Craic Off with BBC Northern Ireland Comedy. We target under-represented voices through schemes focusing on minority communities or specific parts of the UK (for example the Wales Drama Award and the Tony Doyle Award).
As BBC Writersroom we meet writers offering career and script advice, and passing on their work where appropriate. We run targeted Writers' Groups (eg Northern Writers Group, London Voices) and support talent initiatives, for example Talawa Firsts.
In partnership with BBC Production departments we run:
TV Drama Writers' Programme - developing nine writers towards their first original script commission with BBC Drama.
Short Form Production - for example advising on writers for the Original Drama Shorts for BBC iPlayer, working with BBC Taster on The Break - 5 monologues by new BAME writers, and developing the winning web-series from our Future Talent scheme.
We support other BBC department's talent initiatives, for example Room to Write/Fast and Funny from BBC Scotland Comedy.
BBC Production Development - addressing specific Production needs
We run The Continuing Drama Series writers' shadow schemes for EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty and Doctors.
We work with in-house departments on targeted development, for example Comedy Studio.
BBC Writersroom staff attend in-house development meetings and work as an internal agent, suggesting writers for specific projects and run other in-house workshops on request (for example on storylining with the Natural History Unit).
A Lab for New Forms of Storytelling
The Last Hours of Laura K is a pioneering 24-hour long immersive drama, which places the audience at the heart of the story.
Developed at a BBC Writersroom residential and subsequently produced by us it was launched on 30th March 2015. It has been shortlisted for a Prix Italia in the category of Best Digital Storytelling and has won two Lovie Awards.
Join in The Last Hours of Laura K on BBC Taster
We are now working with other BBC Production departments to explore fictional storytelling using new forms of technology and social media.
Continuing Drama Directors' Scheme
We have recently launched this new development scheme with EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors, offering mentoring and a full credit on one episode of their assigned programme for up to twelve early-career directors.
The shows will all aim to hire directors within nine months for a full directorial commission if the director has shown that they can meet the standards required.
How can BBC Writersroom help me?
- Find out how you can Send a Script to us when our Script Room windows are open.
- Get writing tips and follow our step-by-step guide to writing your first script in our Writers' Lab section.
- Download BBC TV, radio and film scripts from our Script Library.
- Explore opportunities and events for new writers from the BBC and other organisations on our Opportunities page.
- Watch interviews and get top tips from established writers in our Be Inspired section.
- Read our blog for behind-the-scenes insights from BBC TV and Radio writers, help and advice.
- Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook to keep your finger on the pulse of the latest news.
- Sign-up to our monthly email newsletter.
Write to Play is an initiative designed to cultivate and promote Deaf and disabled writers. Deadline for taster sessions: 12pm, 31 August. Deadline for Write to Play applications: 3 October, 2016.