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The BBC Drama Writers Academy is a unique professional training opportunity.

The BBC Drama Writers Academy

With John Yorke’s departure from the BBC, the Drama Writers Academy won’t be running again in its current form. We are taking the time to reassess the best way for the Academy to continue and so we won’t be running it in 2013. As it is essential to continue to bring new writers onto the Continuing Drama Series shows – EastEnders, Doctors, Casualty and Holby City - we are working on a more formal structure to the way that we try writers on the shows. This trial process is called a ‘Shadow Scheme’.

Shadow Schemes

The Shadow Schemes are a way to mirror the show’s writing process by producing an episode from which the writer will be assessed for a commission. We’d like writers to learn the necessary skills on how to write for the shows, as we’ve discovered from the success of the Writers Academy, that fewer writers failed on their first commission because of the training they received. So there will be a little training to include writers’ workshops, lectures and exercises on storytelling and the show format. The writers will have a formal induction on the show, including a set tour, and then they’ll be taken through the script development process. On each show the trial process will vary.

We are aiming to run one Shadow Scheme for each show over the course of the year but there may be opportunity to run more.

Writer Recruitment

Participation on one of the Shadow Schemes is by selection. We have an established central database for writer recruitment across all four shows and we only accept scripts submitted via agents. We read and consider scripts for the shows, and recommend accordingly. When submitting, agents should send one original piece that best illustrates their client's ability to write for our shows and tell us which series the writer is most keen to work on. All submissions should be emailed to Rachelle Constant, Development Editorrachelle.constant@bbc.co.uk

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    Deadline: April 12, 2014

  3. 2014 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
    Deadline: July 1, 2014

  4. Experimental Rural Theatre Research Project
    Deadline: April 25, 2014

  5. Student Film Award
    Deadline: May 16, 2014

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