The 2013 TV Drama Writers’ Festival

BBC writersroom | Deadline: June 19, 2013

Writing is re-writing Paul Abbott

Led by writers for writers


“Drama is conflict. Everyone knows that. But is conflict also at the heart of our industry, and at the heart of our daily working lives as writers?” Emma Frost and Jack Thorne

Emma Frost (White Queen, Shameless) and Jack Thorne (The Fades, This is England) chair this year’s Festival and the theme is CONFLICT.

When: Wed 26th and Thurs 27th June 2013

Where: Leeds College of Music, Leeds

Ticket Price: £55 for both days

The festival is for professional working writers providing a unique opportunity to mix with other writers, producers and commissioners in masterclass sessions, conversation and to debate, what matters to you the writer. This year’s speakers include:

Steven Moffat, Chris Chibnall, Sarah Phelps, Dennis Kelly, Philippa Lowthorpe, Peter Bowker, Sally Wainwright, Danny Brocklehurst, Stephen Butchard, Toby Whithouse, Tom Bidwell, Bryan ElsleySally Abbott, Dominic MitchellJohn Yorke, Ben Stephenson, Kate HarwoodAnne Mensah, Beverley Booker, John Griffin, Patrick Spence and Cameron Roach.

Read the full list of sessions and speakers announced so far.

Is there a conflict between what we want to write - our art, our politics, our self expression - and what the industry, or even the audience, wants to make or watch?

If television drama is the perfect storm between art and industry, is that, in the end, a bad thing, or could that very collision be what produces the greatest television drama?

Are we, paradoxically, living in a golden age of television?

Think contradictions. Come and have a scrap at this year's Writers' Festival.

Apply for tickets


We are now accepting applications from credited TV writers and writers with a Radio/Theatre/Film credit who are looking to make the transition to writing for television

**Please note: The Festival is targeted at working TV writers so priority will be given to more experienced writers**

To apply for a ticket please email:


Please include in your email:

- A link to your work on IMDB or equivalent so we can verify your writing credit

- The title & broadcast date of your most recently produced work

- Your contact telephone number

*Please note that we cannot offer refunds for cancelled places at the festival.

The BBC will only use your personal details for the purposes of administering this festival and will not publish them or provide them to anyone not connected with this festival without your permission.

Please visit the BBC's Privacy & Cookies Policy for more information.

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