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Channel 4 Screenwriting Course 2013

Article by Caren Kennedy © 29 October 2012.
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How fandabbydosey is this?  Channel 4 are now accepting entries for their 2013 screenwriting course, where successful applicants are paid a fee for participating and completing  two drafts of a one hour script.

Entries close at 5pm on Wednesday 7 November, so make sure you don’t miss the deadline.

The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into how the industry works and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, specifically for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with them as they write an original drama script.

Writers will be expected to write an original, pilot one-hour drama series or serial episode, and 2-3 page outline \ pitch for the series \ serial as a whole. Each writer will be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process.  Writers will meet at least twice with their script editor and should complete a second draft script before the second weekend of the course.  Completed, second draft scripts will be sent to the script editor and two other writers on the course, for workshop discussions at the second weekend.

Writers will grant Channel 4 a first option on their script and will be told within six months of delivery whether Channel 4 wishes to exercise this option.

Dates:  19 and 20 January 2013 / 8 and 9 June 2013.

Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both weekends, and are free to write two drafts of a one-hour television drama between 21 January and 30 May 2013.

How to apply:  

Applicants should submit by using the provided form on Channel 4’s website a CV, together with one writing sample (saved as a PDF).  This can be a screenplay (film or TV), stage play or radio play, minimum length 25 pages (novels, treatments, short stories, unfinished screenplays and “shorts” are not acceptable). The scripts must be original – not episodes of an existing drama series.


Only writers who do not have a broadcast credit as a television or film writer may apply (although produced short films – 20 minutes or less – are exempt).

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CAREN KENNEDY runs writing.ie's Word Play blog and is the creator of a television series currently in pre-production with Warner Bros TV and co-author of Fake Alibis (BenBella Books, 2009). As well as being a regular contributor to Journal.ie, publishing credits include local, national and international publications. In conjunction with The Inkwell Group, Caren also gives one-to-one mentoring on how to begin writing for television in her online course: http://www.inkwellwriters.ie/workshops/writing-tv-treatments. She is represented in the US by Vamnation Entertainment and TriadaUS Literary Agency.