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Talent Wanted at BBC Writers Academy, Dearbhla Walsh Among Tutors
12 Apr 2011 :
BBC's EastEnders
Applications for the BBC’s Drama Writers Academy are being accepted until Thursday, May 5th. The course looks to equip writers with the skills to work on ongoing BBC drama such as ‘EastEnders’, ‘Holby City’, ‘Casualty’ and ‘Doctors’. The team of TV writers chosen for the course will be invited to Masterclasses with Irish director Dearbhla Walsh (Little Dorrit,), Richard Curtis (Notting Hill) and Russell T Davies (Dr Who).

Anyone who has been paid to write for television, film, radio, or theatre is eligible to apply for the Writers Academy. The programme, now in its seventh year, is an initiative aimed at discovering and training the next generation of writers for BBC One’s flagship shows: ‘EastEnders’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Doctors’. The course annually receives hundreds of applications from which eight writers are selected.

Those chosen will be invited to take part in the intensive 15-month programme designed to equip them with all the skills necessary to write successfully for BBC Drama. The course entails classroom training, lectures from the country's best writers, instruction in all aspects of television production, and direct writing experience on the four Continuing Drama shows.

The first part involves a three-month course is taught by John Yorke, Controller of Drama. Writers then complete a broadcast episode of ‘Doctors’ and, if this is accepted, they then complete commissions on ‘Casualty’, ‘Holby’ and ‘EastEnders’. Students will also take part in masterclasses from industry professionals including writers such as Richard Curtis (Notting Hill), Russell T Davies (Doctor Who), Tony Jordan (EastEnders, Life On Mars), Jimmy McGovern (The Street), Barbara Machin (Casualty, Waking The Dead), Peter Bowker (Occupation, Monroe) as well as Primetime Emmy winning and IFTA nominated Irish director, Dearbhla Walsh (Shameless, Little Dorrit, The Borgias).

The deadline for applications for the BBC Writers Academy is Thursday, May 5th. Applicants must have had at least one professional commission in either television, theatre, radio or film. Further details can be found on the BBC’s Writers Academy webpage here

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