Channel 4/ Touchpaper launch 4Stories scheme for writers

Channel 4 is launching a new talent scheme which will bring on the next generation of writers and directors giving them the chance to see their work broadcast on Channel 4.

The scheme, 4Stories, is aimed at encouraging applications from talent currently under-represented in television drama – women, disabled people, BAME and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

4Stories will give three directors and three writers the opportunity to work on a new three part series of half-hour interconnected films. It will tell one main story, from three different perspectives and is being produced by Touchpaper Television.

The opportunity is open to writers who have not had an original single, serial or series broadcast on UK television. Writers who have contributed to episodes on soaps, series or serials are eligible to apply but can have had no more than 2 hours of broadcast credits.


As part of the paid development programme, writing trainees will participate in a writer’s room which will create the series. They will be tutored by, and work with, experienced drama producers at Touchpaper TV where their scripts will be developed.

The process will see trainee writers and directors learn how to hone their skills and deliver their vision under the guidance of experienced drama professionals.

They will also be mentored by high profile drama talent, and will take part in a bespoke training programme to run alongside and beyond the production of the series. It will include masterclasses, networking sessions, coaching, career development and access to key industry events.

This is a unique opportunity for emerging writers and directors to make an authored TV drama with a guaranteed network broadcast.

Commissioned by Channel 4 and produced by Touchpaper Television, a Banijay Company, the aim is to create an eye-catching, original and bold series.

Directors have to apply with a short or long form film and writers have to apply with an original full script for TV, radio, film or stage. The closing date for writers’ applications is 14 November 2016 and for directors’ applications, 12 December 2016.

4Stories is a new talent scheme, bought by the producers of Coming Up, and has been commissioned by Channel 4

How to apply: apply via the website

Deadline: 14 November 2016 (writers)

Source: Playwriting UK Facebook Page

Outside the Frame – Writing Workshops

Outside The Frame Arts which I have developed poet Hafsah Bashir.

In their words:

Our project ‘Platform for Palestinian Arts’ is taking place between October 2016 to January 2017. With a series of workshops happening all over Manchester. Please share this email widely! And join our mailing list by contacting

Our first writing workshop will be on October 28th from 6.30pm to 9.30pm in collaboration with Manchester Muslim Writers and led by the well-known writer Zahid Hussain (author of ‘Curry Mile’) The workshop is FREE but booking is required here.  Please also share our facebook event.

Zahid Hussain: “This workshop will be slightly different to the usual Manchester Muslim Writers events; it is a ticketed event (oh my!), but the tickets are FREE (woohoo!). But nothing is free in life and so, if you do decide to come, you will be expected to WRITE something and get involved (oh drat!).

And before you ask me, YES Palestinians have written lots of plays over the years, but my guess is – and this really is a guess – you will probably never have studied a single one of them at school. Well, let’s correct that glaring omission and provide a Platform for Palestinian Arts.”

Deadline: none posted

Source: direct contact




Outside The Frame Arts Collective, are currently delivering a project that explores Palestinian playwrights and poets. Shining a light on often under-represented writers and artists.


Please donate to our crowdfund to help push our project further


In Conversation with Anne Edyvean, Head of BBC Writersroom – free event

The third University Women in the Arts public event will be an ‘In Conversation’ session with our very own Anne Edyvean – Head of BBC Writersroom!

It takes place in London at 6pm on Weds, 9th November. Venue details are currently TBC and tickets are free but limited, so if you want in, reserve your place now!

The event is particularly targeted at female students studying arts subjects at universities across the UK but is open to anyone who would like access to the sessions.

Jennifer Tuckett, Director of University Women in the Arts, said: ‘We are looking forward our University Women in the Arts event with Anne Edyvean… [We hope the session will] provide a useful and free opportunity for women to learn about Anne’s career, the challenges and blessings she has faced and how she has overcome and embraced them, and receive advice on working in the arts. I think one of the problems for women in the arts has been a lack of access to advice and roles models for how to manage their careers – we hope this year long scheme will provide the opportunity to get advice from 15 women leading the way in the arts in the UK and discover what they have learnt over the course of their careers.’

You can apply for tickets now or find out more about University Women in the Arts by visiting the initiative’s official website.

Date: 9 November 2016 at 6pm

Source: BBC Writersroom

Adapt to Film, a new training programme for professional writers

Adapt to Film, a new training programme for professional writers

With adaptions topping the UK box office, Broadway in Nottingham is partnering with experienced script and talent development executives Anna Seifert-Speck and Caroline Cooper Charles to deliver Adapt to Film, a new training programme for UK-based professional writers interested in adapting source material for the screen.

Starting in November, this five-month training programme will support ten writers or writer/directors to develop their craft so they can turn novels, short stories, films, plays, biographies, blogs, journalistic articles and other factual writing into market-ready screenplays.  Producers are invited to apply alongside writers where they are working together on an adaptation project.

Participating writers will attend three two-day residential workshops, with additional mentoring in between.  They will be guided through an analysis of their source material to find the screen story, while drawing on the expertise of sales and distribution specialists, producers, other writers working in adaptation and legal professionals.  Adapt to Film will culminate in the opportunity for the writers to pitch their project to financiers.

Applicants should have demonstrable credits / publications in relevant disciplines (film, literature, theatre, journalism, biography).  They should also have a proven basic knowledge of screenwriting and will be required to provide a screenwriting sample as part of the application process.

Adapt to Film is funded with support from Creative Skillset, BFI Film Forever and the National Lottery.

Find out full details and apply

Deadline: to be eligible for Early Bird Producer Fee: Friday 28 October 2016, 5pm

Final deadline for all applications: Sunday 6 November 2016, Midnight  

Source: BBC Writersroom

Opportunities: Pick of the Week –Pub Theatre Festival Seeking Submissions from Emerging Theatre Makers

Each week we look through our pile of writing opportunities to pick out one we think is particularly worth your time. It could be an innovative brief, great prize money, a high-profile company, or just plain fun.

This week’s pick: Pub Theatre Festival Seeking Submissions from Emerging Theatre Makers

Description: Theatrefullstop have teamed up with both Etcetera Theatre and Lion and Unicorn Theatre to present the first Pub Theatre Festival to be staged in April 2017. The aim is to give current drama school and university students, as well as graduates the opportunity to stage their works to a paying audience. The festival will take place over 2 weekends in April (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) and will allow for groups with a max of 3 performers to showcase 30 minutes of work. 5 acts will perform each evening, allowing for 15 acts in total to take part at each venue.

What’s so great about it?  We love a bit of Pub Theatre here at LPB and we think this festival is a great way to get your work on stage and build relationships with lots of likeminded people – plus it sounds like lots of fun! In addition to that both the Etcetera Theatre and the Lion & Unicorn are well established venues which would be brilliant to work in and valuable for your CV. You’ll need to send your script in by email and all they ask is that you have a finalised piece rather than work in progress.

Read the full details here.

Please note, we’ve posted this for your convenience and we’re  not affiliated with the organisers of the opportunity.

Image via Octagon Theatre

The Writers Lab of Homeland Theatre: Workshop with Vertebra Theatre

Writers Lab respond to the refugee crisis in Homeland Festival.
The two day creative writing workshop of Homeland Festival in Drayton Arms Theatre aims to
explore creatively the experiences of refugees and to inspire
participants to use storytelling and playwriting to address the
refugee crisis. The first day, you will focus on the art of
storytelling with writer Eirini Dermitzaki from Vertebra Theatre. The
second day, you will experiment with writing for performance and
turning a story into a play with playwright Dr. Christos Callow Jr.
The Writers Lab of Homeland Festival will show you how to turn
experience into story, and story into theatre. No experience needed.
The workshop fee is £10.
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 November, 12:00 – 14:00. To book your place
send  an email at
Find out more about Homeland Festival here:
Deadline: none posted
Source: direct contact

Win tickets to TriForce’s Monologue Slam

Performers from all backgrounds and disciplines undertake a gruelling series of auditions, including a youth round for 11-16 year olds, before 20 of them are chosen to perform in front of an audience and to impress a panel of professionals who are in a position to progress their careers. MonologueSlam UK brings you the newest and most exciting talent in the UK!

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning a free ticket to this event on 31st October, visit Hiive.

Deadline: 24 October 2016

Source: Hiive

Calling the Shots – Short film competition (16-24 year olds, South West)

Calling the Shots are looking for young people with brilliant ideas to produce a series of short films for Arts Council England and for potential inclusion in Random Acts, the arts series broadcast on Channel 4.

If you’re aged 16-24 and currently live or study in the South West, you are eligible to apply and have a chance to become one of 72 successful young people whose ideas will go into production over the next three years.

You do not have to have any filmmaking experience or be a filmmaker – you just need to have a great idea and a clear creative vision. Your idea can be based on absolutely anything – it could be a spoken word piece, an artwork, a music video, a dance, or a wild animation… You could be an artist, a dancer, a writer or a poet – there are no limits or definitions as to who we want to apply. We want you to confront, surprise and challenge us with your short film idea. Completed films will need to be between 90 seconds and three minutes long, so bear this in mind when applying.

Before applying, we recommend that you take a look at existing Random Acts films and think about ways in which you can be bold and creative in the short film format.

How apply: for the all the details, including how to apply, visit Hiive – you’ll need to set up a profile before you can apply.

Deadline: 24 October 2016

Source: Hiive

BBC New Directors’ Scheme – Doctors

Note: this one isn’t a writing opportunity but we thought it might be of interest to some of our readers.

BBC Drama, supported by Creative Skillset and Directors UK, is pleased to announce the second year of their directors’ training scheme.

Over the next year, 9 drama directors will be mentored on one of the following continuing dramas: Doctors, River City, Holby & Casualty; and, as part of their training, they will receive a full credit on one episode of their assigned programme.  If the director has shown that they can meet the standards required, the show aims to hire them within 9 months for a full directorial commission.

It is the ambition of BBC Drama that this will be the first step of an ongoing partnership with each of these directors; and, as their careers develop, so will their relationship with the BBC and the wider television drama community.

In their words:

We are beginning this year’s initiative by inviting applications for Doctors.

We are looking for directors who are passionate about the show and candidates should be able to show a solid knowledge of the drama if they are invited to interview.

There will be three trainee director spots available on Doctors and applications are open to anyone who meets the terms and conditions outlined below.

The selection panel will include: Anne Edyvean (Head of BBC Writersroom), Simon Nelson (Development Producer, BBC Writersroom), a team of experienced TV directors and BBC Execs from Doctors.

OPENING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, 10th October, 2016 from 10am

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Monday, 14th November, 2016 at 5pm

LONGLIST INTERVIEWS: 16th – 27th January 2017



Please submit your CV; a pitch of up to 1 page explaining why you would like to be considered for the BBC Doctors Directors’ Scheme; and up to 2 hyperlinks to your showreel and/or other supporting materials. You should submit via the BBC Writersroom online submission system. Please note that your CV and pitch must be submitted in PDF format.

Please note the terms and conditions for the BBC New Directors’ Scheme.

Deadline: 14 November 2016

Source: BBC Writersroom

RSL Brookleaze Grants for writers

Awarded by the Royal Society of Literature, the RSL Brookleaze Grants support writers (novelists, playwrights, poets, short story writers) who need time away from their ‘normal’ lives – to take sabbaticals from their jobs, for example, or to travel abroad for research – to write. The deadline for applications for the current round of submissions is Monday, 7 November, 2016.

£5,000 is available annually for writers in need of financial support to see a project to completion. This is awarded in two rounds- spring and autumn – and may be split between two or three people per round (averaging four recipients per year). Grants are awarded to writers (see above) who need time away from their commitments to research and write in order to get a project closer to publication or performance.

Writers need to have been previously published by a trade press (for playwrights, have had work performed in a theatre) or have a commission for the current work. All applicants must be resident in the UK. Applications for non-fiction work will not be considered, and those who have already received an RSL Brookleaze Grant are not able to re-apply.

Visit the official website of the Royal Society of Literature to find out more, including details of how to apply.

Deadline: Monday 7 November 2016

Source: BBC Writersroom

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