Scriptwriting Essentials

When you’re new to writing, just getting to the end of that first script is really hard. This section of the website is for those who want to write, who have an idea that is itching to get out, and who would like a guide or structure to help them take it from idea right through to a first draft.

What you get here is a series of steps in the writing process with essential elements, questions and challenges you will face. It’s not designed to be exhaustive, but it’s not just a basic ‘how to’. It’s the essentials of what we believe go into making a good script.

Latest opportunities

  • Bruntwood Prize

    Bruntwood Prize

    Deadline: 5th June 2019 at 6pm. The Prize is an opportunity for writers of any background and experience to enter unperformed plays to be judged by a panel of industry experts for a chance to win part of a prize fund totalling £40,000.

  • Glasgow Caledonian University MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships

    Glasgow Caledonian University MA TV Fiction Writing Scholarships

    Deadline: 1st June 2019. Six scholarship places are available for the 2019/20 MA in TV Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University, one for a Gaelic speaker. The scholarships are provided by industry partners including BBC Scotland and MG Alba.

  • Thousand Films  - TV Script competition for women

    Thousand Films - TV Script competition for women

    Deadline: 30th April 2019. Thousand Films and Sid Gentle Films are looking for the best undiscovered television writers in the UK and Ireland. The focus of the first year's competition is to find female writers for television.

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