Writers Academy

Our alumni

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The Writers Academy discovers and trains the next generation of writers for BBC One’s flagship shows: EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, and Doctors.

Previous graduates have gone on to become core writers for Casualty, Holby City, or EastEnders, and also to write for other shows for the BBC and elsewhere. Over 80% of course graduates are still in constant work with us.

Find out more about the journeys of some of our alumni below.

Sally Abbott

Sally graduated from the Writers Academy in 2008.  She writes regularly for EastEnders and Casualty and wrote the last Casualty episode filmed in Bristol and brought mayhem to the streets of Holby with the recent Holby Riots.  She is developing horror film CAMP FEAR with Bigger Pictures.  She’s currently adapting Emma Kennedy’s best-selling book ‘The Tent, the Bucket and Me’ for Scamp Theatre, which will play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013 followed by a national tour.

Matthew Barry

Matthew graduated from the Writers Academy in 2010 and is a Broadcast Hotshot of 2011. Having written for Doctors and Casualty, Matthew now writes regularly across EastEnders and Holby City. Matthew is a recipient of this year’s BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forum – a nationwide search to find the UK’s most promising comedy television writers. BAFTA will accompany Matthew to this year’s New York Television Festival to showcase his original work.

Tom Bidwell

Tom graduated from the Writers Academy in 2008. His short film ‘Wish 143’ was nominated for an Oscar in the 2011 Academy Awards and his COMING UP film ‘Would Like To Meet’ (Touchpaper/Channel4) was broadcast August 2010. Tom is now writing ‘My Fat Mad Teenage Diary’ (Tiger Aspect/E4) to be broadcast on E4 in November 2012 and ‘Tin Town’ which he is writing with Pete Jordi Wood.

Mark Catley

Having written multiple episodes of Doctors, Casualty and Holby City - and been part of the storylining team on Holby - Rob recently wrote two episodes of the second series of DCI Banks for ITV (airing 2013) and co-wrote a further two.  He continues to write for EastEnders, alongside developing several projects with independent production companies and the BBC.

Read more about some of our Writers Academy alumni.

Latest Opportunities

  1. IdeasTap Inspires: Writersroom scriptwriting workshop
    Deadline: May 30, 2014

  2. Inside Out Festival
    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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