BBC Studios - Writers' Academy

Writers' Academy | BBC Studios | Deadline: 12pm (noon) on Sunday 19th April 2020

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The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy gives writers the opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in the industry, the chance to develop their skills on the BBC’s flagship shows (EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors, and River City), and the opportunity to work with some of the UK’s best television drama production companies. 

The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy will give a minimum of eight writers a year's paid training, with guaranteed commissions on the BBC’s flagship shows as well as the chance to develop an original project with BBC Studios, or one of the BBC’s independent production partners. We want writers who are passionate about television drama, bursting with ideas and a love of popular drama.

The aim of the Academy is to give writers the screenwriting tools and creative confidence to write for the BBC’s flagship popular dramas as well as create stunning series of their own.

Selected writers must be available full-time from September 2020 – December 2020 for the teaching period in Elstree, and then part-time from January 2021 – December 2021, working from home with occasional script meetings in London or Cardiff. All selected writers will then be under option for a period of up to 2 years after graduation, allowing BBC Studios and its independent partner companies to have first call on their writing services. 


The first three months of the Course will be held at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood. An accommodation allowance and travel expenses will be paid to writers based outside of London. The rest of the course will entail writing from home with script meetings where necessary.


  • In 2020, for the first time, the Writers’ Academy will be open to submissions from all writers, including those that have neither a professional commission, nor an agent.
  • If you have a film, television, theatre, or radio drama script, and you’re passionate about writing for television, please apply!
  • Adaptations, novels, short stories, poems, and short films (under 30 minutes duration) are ineligible for our original script submissions criteria.

How to Apply

  • To make their submissions, writers must submit (PDF only) via the BBC Writersroom E-Submissions System using this link from 30th March 2020.
  • Writers will need to submit their CV, agent details (if applicable), an original drama script and a story idea (all saved as PDF) via the E-Submissions System.
  • The original drama script should be full-length, 30 minutes or longer (minimum 30 pages) and not an episode of an existing drama series.
  • The story idea must be no longer than one page of A4, and concern a regular character on one of the Continuing Drama shows. It should outline a complete character arc, with beginning, middle and end.

Deadline: Applications open Monday 30th March 2020. Closing date is 12 noon on Sunday 19th April 2020

To apply use this link to the BBC Writersroom e-submissions system

Find out more about the Writers' Academy with help and advice for your application on blog posts by current Writers' Academy members

Applications are via the BBC Writersroom E-Submissions System only.