Category Archives: Jobs

Dreamfusion seeking experienced screenwriter for feature (paid)

Experienced screenwriter wanted for feature film script development

Dreamfusion production company is seeking a screenwriter with writing credits on at least one released feature and/or writer credits for a televised drama, to develop an existing treatment into a screenplay for a feature-length film.

They  are planning a feature film drama to be shot in the Midlands featuring themes of disability, sport, family challenges and overcoming adversity. Based on real-life events, it is of the utmost importance that the screenwriter can honour the amazing people behind their moving and inspiring story, while also injecting humour and bringing every one of the characters to life.Due to the nature of the story, it will be necessary for the chosen screenwriter to carry out in-depth research on the subject matter during development of the screenplay. A considerable amount of research and interview material has already been gathered to support this process.

“The proposed length of project engagement will be April 2017 to August 2018 and we will require a first draft of the screenplay within six months of the commission being awarded. The estimated shoot date will be August 2018. This is a paid commission in accordance with Writers’ Guild fee guidelines.

At this time, we would like to receive expressions of interest from screenwriters who have written at least one feature-length screenplay for a produced and screened feature film or equivalent length TV drama. Film work should have had theatrical or other release or have been shown at a major film festival.”

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

How to  apply: please submit a one-page cover letter, samples of your film script work, together with your CV resumé and industry references via external links to Dropbox or other file sharing platforms, together with links to your work on IMDB or other online sites.

Deadline: 21 April 2017

Source: Arts Jobs

Game-writing opportunity for trainees on Zombies, Run! (paid)

Zombies, Run!, the smartphone health and fitness app that has topped the charts regularly since its launch in 2012, is looking for two or three trainee writers.

It has been downloaded over 3 million times and its lead writer and co-creator, Naomi Alderman, has been responsible for the production of five seasons of the game.

Now she’s looking for two or three trainee writers to join her and see if they have what it takes to join the writing team for the next season.

What skills you need:  Story lining, editing, dialogue and ideas – you’ll have the chance to look at all of these skills as part of this traineeship, and if you excel, well, you’ll get an additional fee and a foot in the door of writing for games and the online world.

You’re over 18. You can write. You can plot a story. You can work to deadlines. You can take and give useful criticism. You can travel to London or work via Skype with the team over the course of the traineeship. You have the capacity for a potential trip to Israel in 2017.

What you get in return:   a fee, a mentor, a network, an opportunity.

How to apply: Download the details here .

Naomi says please make your application in good time and only  mail Naomi with a question about the process if you really can’t find the answer you need in the details attached.

Deadline: 31 January 2017 at midnight

Source:  @NaomiAllthenews

Graeae seeking part-time Literary Assistant

Graeae is seeking a new Literary Assistant. The successful applicant will support the literary team to run its year long programme for Deaf and disabled writers, Write to Play, and will assist the Playlabs and Playchats programmes.

Contract / Pay: £20,500 FTE – Part Time, Fixed Term (3 days per week, 15 month contract)

How to apply:  If you’d like to apply, please visit their website and download the Information Pack, Application Form and Equal Ops Form below.

Applications are welcome from all sections of the community.

Deadline: Friday 6 January 2017 at 12pm

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Literary Manager at National Theatre of Scotland (12 mo. contract)

The National Theatre of Scotland is currently recruiting for a Literary Manager.  This is a 12 month fixed term post that reports to the Director of Artistic Development.

The Literary Manager will work together with the Artistic Director and Director of Artistic Development to help realise the artistic vision of National Theatre of Scotland by:

  • developing and maintaining relationships with emerging and commissioned playwrights and their work and providing dramaturgical support for programmed productions and all other artists and projects in development.
  • Working with the Director of Artistic Development and Artistic Development Producer, to devise and implement development programmes for playwrights.

Post details:

Place of Work:  Based in National Theatre of Scotland’s office in Glasgow but will be expected to attend events, performances and briefings wherever there is or expected to be a Company presence
Start Date:  3 April 2017
Hours of work:  35 hours per week and as necessary to fulfil the scope of responsibilities of the post.
Additional Hours:  Attendance at National Theatre of Scotland performances, rehearsals and meetings outwith office hours
Annual salary: £32,000
Status: 12 month fixed term contract (subject to review)

How to apply: Full details of the position are available by downloading a Job Pack from their website.

Interviews will be held in Glasgow on Monday 30th January 2017.

Please send your application to:

Fiona Hanrahan
National Theatre of Scotland
Civic House
26 Civic Street
G4 9RH

Or email:

Deadline: Monday 23 January 2017 at noon

Source: Word of mouth

IASH/Traverse Creative Fellowship (£10,000 stipend, Edinburgh based)

Edinburgh University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and the Traverse Theatre are delighted to announce their continued partnership in a Creative Fellowship for a playwright to be based within the University and affiliated to the theatre.

What you get:  IASH and the Traverse will commission a play on or inspired by any aspect of the Institute’s current interests. The stipend will be £10,000 and the recipient will have a private office and full Fellowship at IASH, and contribute to the Institute’s events, including giving at least one work-in-progress seminar during the tenure of the Fellowship.  During the period of the fellowship the playwright will receive dramaturgical support from the Traverse’s Literary Department.

The recipient must be Edinburgh-based for the duration of the residency, as their regular presence at IASH is expected and they will be encouraged to play a part in the artistic life of the theatre.

The tenure of the Fellowship will be between 6 and 10 months, by agreement, with the intention that the playwright will submit a complete play to the Traverse at the end of 2017.

What they’re looking for:  The ideal candidate will be a writer who wants to engage actively with the Traverse and is eager to make the most of the unique environment that IASH provides to further their thinking and develop their work.

“IASH is a precious island of intelligent, creative and free discourse.  It’s an intellectual community in the very best sense of the world.” Jo Clifford, previous IASH/Traverse Fellow

Previous recipients have found the opportunity of a Creative Fellowship immensely valuable in enabling them to develop their art and push the boundaries to new levels of creative achievement. It has given them a quiet environment in which to work and freedom from other constraints, whilst allowing them to benefit from the exchange of ideas with the other Fellows in residence.

The Institute too has benefited greatly from their presence. They have all contributed enthusiastically to the life of the Institute, interacting with other Fellows and bringing a different dimension to the work of their colleagues. They have each given a seminar as part of the Institute’s Work-in-Progress programme and have provoked lively discussion; some have also contributed to creative workshops and other educational programmes such as the Masters Programme in Creative Writing.

“My time at IASH was extremely productive and memorable. A really special period. I really valued the cross-pollination process through the IASH structure.” Clare Duffy, previous IASH/EIF Fellow

What to submit/How to apply:  Interested applicants are invited to put in writing why they would like to take up this Fellowship and what they would like to explore in their commissioned play. Applications should demonstrate an awareness of the work and ethos of the Traverse and IASH and a sense of how the writer and their work might fit into this.

Applications should be accompanied by a CV and should be submitted via this application form on the IASH website by 10am on Tue 6 Dec 2016.

Interviews will be held on Fri 16 Dec 2016 at IASH.

Please email if you have any further questions.

Deadline:  Tuesday 6 December 2016 at 10am

Source:  @Playwriting_UK

First Commissions Scheme with HighTide (Writers age 30 and under)

First Commissions is HighTide’s attachment programme for writers. Every year, we work with five emerging writers under the age of 30 (thanks to the support of the Martin Bowley Charitable Trust who support young artists), and aid them to:

  • Write a new stage play;
  • Produce two rehearsed readings in professional theatres;
  • Collaborate with a director;
  • Engage an established playwright to act as a mentor and dramaturg;
  • Make an application to Arts Council England for funding.

HighTide commissions are developed and made in Suffolk, and at least one commission every year will be relative to life in or by a writer from East Anglia. HighTide produces well resourced debut productions with substantial research and development periods, which benefit from development with HighTide associates and audience feedback. HighTide playwrights are new, adventurous and diverse in terms of ethnicity, political philosophy, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Eligibility:  In order to apply for the First Commissions scheme you must be under 30 years of age (thanks to the support of the Martin Bowley Charitable Trust who support young artists). They welcome applications from anyone born on or after 25th November 1986.

They do not accept applications for writers that have already had a paid commission, regardless of whether that commission was realised in a full production or not.

Whilst applications can be internationally focussed, you must be resident and eligible to work in the United Kingdom at least until 31st December 2018.

What to submit:  Your proposal to HighTide must be for a full-length play for stage. They do not accept applications for screenplays, short plays or other work.

They do not accept applications for plays that you have already written, or an adaption/translation of a play that has already been written in another language.

What they are looking for:  In their own words:

“We’re looking for playwrights with vivid, theatrical voices who have something important to say about the world we live in now. We’re also interested in writers/theatre-makers who challenge the conventional relationship between a play and an audience.”

About the development programme:

Each play selected for this programme will undergo at least one year of development with HighTide. The first stage of this development is, with mentoring from HighTide associates and artists, to research, develop and write a draft of your play suitable for a public reading.

During this time you will also build a relationship with an emerging director who will aid you in development of your play. After this stage your play will be read at the annual HighTide Festival of new plays as a rehearsed reading and, following further feedback and development, will receive a rehearsed reading at one other professional theatre. Following this stage your play will be developed again, and submitted to HighTide for consideration for production as a fully resourced debut production that will either premiere at the annual HighTide Festival of New Plays, or at a co-producer venue across the UK.

Please note: an offer of a place on the First Commissions scheme is not a guarantee of a full production. A commission will only be optioned for production by HighTide and possible co-producers if it is deemed of a production ready standard and quality. In some special circumstances if plays are deemed of a high enough quality after the initial reads they may be optioned for production early.

How to apply:  To apply, simply download the form here, complete it and send it back to alongside a 10 page excerpt of your writing with the subject FIRST COMMISSION APPLICATION – [YOUR NAME] before the closing date and time.

 Deadline:  25 November 2016 at 6pm

Source:  Playwrights’ Studio Scotland

InTransit Festival of Arts calling for commissions for site-specific work (paid)

InTRANSIT Festival of Arts is an annual festival of site responsive art and performance from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The festival champions work that is immediate and relevant, encouraging the involvement of local people and places in the creation of new work in the Royal Borough.

Now in its eleventh year, the festival celebrates the changing urban landscape, making use of public and private spaces throughout the borough. We are looking to commission or support a number of outstanding new site responsive projects for the 2017 festival, which takes place in June.

Artists and organisers work together to bring the streets and less-familiar spaces of Kensington and Chelsea alive each summer. InTRANSIT 2017 runs from Friday 2 to Sunday 11 June.

This is a call-out to artists and companies from any discipline, who are passionate about working beyond conventional theatre and gallery settings.

What to submit:  Your proposal should also focus on audiences. Kensington and Chelsea is a diverse borough, and we are committed to make InTRANSIT as inclusive as possible of its many different communities. The organisers can help you place the work within the borough, advising and supporting you on logistical or licensing issues, and finding collaborators and local partners

The theme for 2017: ‘Island Life: Fantastic or Forlorn

Proposals may respond to the theme “Island Life” in any way justifiable.

Fee:  Between £500 and £3,000 grant funding may be invested in an individual commission, and projects that already have, or could bring in, additional funding from other sources are welcomed. We are also keen to commission work that will have a life beyond its iteration in the festival.The festival runs from Friday 2 to Sunday 11 June.

How to apply:  To apply visit or click here to find the submission form.

For any further information email the curators on

Deadline: Thursday 17 November 2016 at noon

Source:  Arts Jobs

Writing Workshop Facilitator required – North Yorkshire (paid)

“Take Our Words For It” – creative writing by and for parents.

Parents4Parents-NorthYorks is launching a creative writing project with parents from military and civilian families in and around Catterick.

The project will engage parents who have faced difficult circumstances when expecting and looking after their children as members of the “ Take Our Words For It” Team.

The Team will use various forms of writing to share the experiences and issues they have faced and express their feelings and thoughts about them.

Their work will be performed for and discussed with audiences of other parents.

We are seeking two or more accomplished writers to facilitate 8 workshops with project participants. Each facilitator will be paid a minimum of £100 per workshop.

One of the facilitators will be slected to assist in co-ordinating the Team for an additional £80.00 per day.

To be considered for this opportunity, applicants must have:

1. Experience of facilitating writing workshops in informal community settings, that:

  • Draw on the life experience of parents who have experienced different kinds of adversity and hardship.
  • Include spoken words skills and lead to presentations delivered by workshop participants.

2. The following skills and qualities:

  • Teaching one or more of the following forms of writing: articles or blogs, first person memoirs, monologues, plays, poetry, prose, stories, testimony.
  • Facilitating group development.
  • Supporting people in sharing and writing about difficult experiences and issues.
  • Raising confidence and self-esteem.
  • Empathy and respect for vulnerable parents.

It would be an advantage to candidates if they can demonstrate that they have knowledge or direct personal experience of:

  • Using community development processes
  • The issues that affect the lives of parents from military families
  • The issues that affect the lives of parents from diverse and marginalised communities

To apply for this work, please submit, your CV, a supporting personal statement, a piece of your own writing about a personal experience that relates to the focus for the project and a plan for a writing workshop.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a second stage of the selection process led by Parents4Parents service users.

Deadline: 18 November 2016

Source: Arts Jobs

MAT Purbanat Theatre seeking playwright for commission (paid)

MAT and Purbanat Theatre companies are looking for a playwright to work as co-writer on a new play, loosely based on The Interpreter of Desires by Ibn Arabi, and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

The play will be a collaboration with the playwright David Calcutt. The two writers will participate in six days of script development workshops with a director and a group of actors, to try out ideas for the play. The workshops will be spread over several months from November 2016 to June 2107.

Knowledge of Sufism and Sufi myths is desirable. Midlands base an advantage. The deadline for completion of the script is July 2017.

As the playwriting duties will be shared, the fee is based on current ITC/Writer’s Guild rates for a one-act play (£5,660).

To apply, please send a current CV, and a description of what you feel you can bring to the project.

For further details, or to submit your application, contact: David Allen.


MAT, 25 Merrishaw Road, Birmingham B31 3SL

Tel.: 0121 608 7144.

Deadline: 21 October 2016

Source: Arts Jobs

Writer/Facilitator for Southampton based Young Writers’ Groups

ArtfulScribe and Mayflower Theatre are looking to appoint an experienced, versatile Writer/Facilitator to lead term-time weekly Young Writers’ sessions as part of a two-year project. Sessions will take place on Saturday mornings and each session will be split to accommodate writers aged between 13-17 years from 9.00am-1045am, and writers aged 18-30 years from 11.00am – 1245pm.

The Writer/Facilitator will be required to provide a safe and supportive environment that will encourage, nurture and develop participants and be welcoming to those who may lack self-confidence.

The Writer/Facilitator will be supported by a project manager, and will also have admin, evaluation, and marketing support from an assistant.

Applicants are requested to outline a structured delivery proposal that takes into account accessibility for a mixed ability group and that works in connection with Mayflower Theatre’s seasonal programme and other cultural events in Southampton.  For example, British Art Show 8 is visiting the city between October 2017 and January 2018, and we would like to see events and opportunities like this and other local arts-based projects used as focal points to engage and inspire the group. Applicants are also requested to provide two example workshop plans showing time and content management and an up-to-date CV detailing relevant experience.

This is an exciting opportunity for a writer to work with a group over an extended period of time and to deliver engaging projects that celebrate young voices in Southampton. Remuneration is £115 per session.

Please email applications to with a subject heading of ‘SO:Write Young Writers’ Group Facilitator’. Please send any queries to the same address.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, 14th October 2016

Source: Arts Jobs