Interview with the Emmy Award-winning writer Abi Morgan (The Hour, The Iron Lady, Sex Traffic, White Girl, Royal Wedding, Suffragette, River).
Abi explains how she got her first commission and what the differences are in writing for theatre, TV and film.
She explains how she makes the past feel authentic in historical drama and the challenges of writing about real people like Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Abi also shares her advice for new writers and her three Desert Island DVDs.
Deadline: Various deadlines. Green Stories Writing Competitions are a free set of competitions with prizes, open to all, looking for radio plays (deadline 12/7/2019), film screenplay (deadline Sept 2019) and TV series/drama (deadline Nov 2019). Writers are asked to write stories that present positive visions of what a sustainable society might look like, or integrate green characters, policies, solutions etc. in the backdrop of an otherwise mainstream story.
Deadline: 5th October 2019. INK is a theatre company and registered charity, that sources, develops, and produces the best new short plays for stage and radio, from writers predominately with an East Anglian connection and each year showcases the new work at The INK Festival and on Tour. For 2020 entries are open to writers worldwide in the categories Short Play, Radio Play, Themed Play, Radio Game Show and Young Writer (under 18).
Deadline: 20th September 2019. Comedy writers and performers - can you make a 2 minute comedy video? Chorts are 2 minute comedies that show potential to be developed into a series of superb episodes or sketches.
Read these scripts from the BBC TV Drama archive.
Read this script from the BBC Radio Drama archive.