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Ceri Meyrick

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  1. WRITERS ACADEMY RESULTS

    The writers for the 2012 Writers Academy course have been chosen. They are: Christian O'Reilly Katie Douglas Emer Kenny Kenneth Emson Kirstie Swain Steph Lloyd Jones Ben Tagoe Rosalind O'Shaughnessy This year we had the strongest shortlist yet, and many of the writers we didn...

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  2. Writers Academy 27

    The First Sift We've now read the first ten pages of all of our 495 entries for the Writers Academy. As you can see, we all sit in a room together (Readers, my team and I) with "The Pile". It is a gruelling, nerve-wracking, but also hugely enjoyable three days. Thank you all t...

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  3. Writers Academy 26

    Frequently Asked Questions The Writers Academy is now open for online applications from writers until 5th May. To apply go to the Writers Academy page on this site and click on the link. I thought I would just go through a few of the questions that regularly come up about the course: ...

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  4. Writers Academy 25

    Oscar nominations and other news It's Oscar weekend, and Writers Academy graduate Tom Bidwell has been nominated for his short film Wish 143, made through the Writersroom's scheme BBC Drama Shorts. Tom's inspiring story as a writer is told in this Guardian article: http://www.guardi...

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  5. Writers Academy 24

    Two theatre writers and six TV writers make up our selected eight this year. The standard of writing was amazingly high, so it was a tough choice. So big congratulations to... Patrick Homes Fiona Peek Paul Matthew Thompson Natasha Langridge Peter McKenna Matt Broughton Andrea Page Ma...

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  6. Writers Academy 23

    We've now shortlisted our Writers Academy entries down from over 600 to 150 and now to 24 - all of whom will be coming in for workshops in the next couple of weeks. We will then select a dozen of these for interview to pick the final eight. This is the first time we will have met many of them, ...

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  7. Writers Academy 22

    The First Sift If you haven't received an email today telling you you're no longer in the running, you will have progressed through to the second round of our selection process. We have "long-listed" down from 510 to 177 scripts. For me (and for some of you) this is the most brutal and nerv...

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  8. Writers Academy 21

    The closing date for applications for this year's Writers Academy was 5th May. We've had 510 entries this year - a few more than last year. Next week we start the First Sift. This means that the team sits down and reads the first ten pages of each script. If we want to read on, we mark it fo...

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  9. Writers Academy 20

    What Happens Next? Last week we finished the classroom part of the course, and the writers now all go off to start their commissions on the shows next month. They'll be writing Casualty, EastEnders, Holby and Doctors for most of the next year. These are real commissions for which they're pa...

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  10. Writers Academy 19

    It's Week 11 of the course and the writers are all redrafting their "graduation" pieces - an episode of Doctors. If these scripts are deemed OK by the show, they will then pass on to their full commisssioning round on Holby, Casualty and EastEnders starting in January. As this will be the firs...

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  11. Writers Academy 18

    Busy Busy So the course is up and running, and the writers have been working away for three weeks now up at the classroom in Elstree. I won't embarrass them by talking about them, but perhaps I'll persuade one or two of them to contribute to the blog soon. Anyway, it's all going very well. ...

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  12. Writers Academy 17

    "Is It Fixed?" ...I hear some of you ask. "Don't you just give places to writers you know anyway?" It's true we do know many of the writers who make it on to the course. But that's because me and the team spend the rest of the year reading work and meeting writers. It's our job to know ...

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  13. Writers Academy 16

    Ta Da The Writers Academy 2009 will be: Tim Price Shazia Rashid Kim Revill Nicola Wilson Simon Vinnicombe Tahsin Guner Stacey Gregg Lauren Klee Big congratulations to them!

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  14. Writers Academy 15

    Even Shorter List We're now down to the final 13 who will be interviewed next week. The two workshop days last week were brilliant. Kate Rowland and I met twenty nine writers and they got to find out a bit more about Continuing Drama and whether it was for them. All the writers were good, ...

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  15. Writers Academy 14

    Shortlist It's been a month since I last blogged, and we've now shortlisted down to thirty writers. This means that everyone who entered should have received a "yes" or a "no". If you haven't - something's gone wrong - so you need to get in touch with us directly. This is the longest sta...

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  16. Writers Academy 13

    The First Sift We've now completed our first sift. My team and I shut ourselves away in the WritersRoom offices for three days and have "longlisted" the applications down to 150. The rest will have received emails telling them they didn't make it this time. So, if you haven't heard anything...

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  17. Writers Academy 12

    What's next? Well the entries are all in - around 500 this year this year - well up on last year. We're going to shut ourselves away now and read them all, so I won't have much to say for the next few weeks. The plan is as follows: - By the end of May we will let everyone know who di...

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  18. Writers Academy 11

    Entries pouring in from all directions here too. Well, we've had about 60... plus a couple of hundred started but not submitted yet. About the same as last year at the same stage. There's been a few queries about file formats. The BBC office (no, I don't print them all out myself) that deals...

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  19. Writers Academy 10

    My Writing Heart Applications for the course open next Monday 6th April. Do keep your eye on this website for details of when the online application goes live. To give your another flavour of what the course is like, I thought we'd hear from another recent graduate. Gill Adams completed...

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  20. Writers Academy 9

    Where are they now? The Writers Academy has been going for four years now. 32 writers have done the course, and I thought it might be useful to look at what's happened to them.... Academy writers have joined the core writing teams of all four shows... five at Casualty (including one, Mark...

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