NFTS Leeds and Channel 4 / 4 Skills are delighted to offer 10 places to emerging talented writers on this fully funded online course:
THE 30 MINUTER
The 30 minute TV programme format is extremely popular. In this online writing course, writers and creative producers will have a 'Writers Room' experience with the chance to plan and write a 30-minute pilot episode of an original series over an intensive 6 day period.
Be prepared to write and re-write, and fine-tune overnight.
We will encourage the kind of ambition achieved by the best drama series based on the actual practice of working on a script among professionals.
Led by Peter Ansorge whose award-winning career includes: A Very British Coup, Traffik, GBH, The Politician’s Wife, Tales of the City, Brookside and The Camomile Lawn.
We are looking for fresh ideas and the tenacity to bring them to screen!
Thursday 4th January 2024: 10am – 5pm
Friday 5th January 2024: 10am – 5pm
Monday 8th January 2024: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 9th January 2024: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 10th January 2024: 10am – 5pm
Thursday 11th January 2024: 10am – 5pm
Please ensure that you can fully commit to all sessions throughout the week before submitting your application.
The challenge of writing the opening minutes of the pilot. We’ll look at landmark series and analyse how you grab an audience. Halfway through the week, a group of actors will work on your opening ten minutes.
We will reference great drama series of the past and present.
You will be writing between three and five minutes of your pilot each day, and reworking overnight.
We move towards the completion of your pilot, and offer advice on the next stage, how to get your pilot script onto the desks of the right producer and commissioning editor.
During the course, participants will get the opportunity to practice pitch to the Commissioning Team from Channel 4.
Who Is This Course For?:
This course is for those who have yet to receive a writing credit but are keen to write for television or are in development on projects. We welcome applications from those under-represented in the industry.
Please fill out the application form HERE, answering all questions.
You will be asked to upload 10 pages of your writing as an example to support your application.
The deadline for application is midday on Thursday 14th December. Successful candidates will be notified of decisions by Thursday 20th December.