BBC writing advice roadshow to tour UK

BBC writersroom, the Corporation’s division devoted to discovering and nurturing new writing talent, is staging a nationwide roadshow at which experts will share advice on how to make it in the business.

Hosted by BBC creative director of new writing Kate Rowland and writersroom development manager Paul Ashton, the roadshow will provide up and coming writing talent across the UK with information on what it is the Corporation looks for in a script.

At each event, Rowland or Ashton, along with a script reader from the division, will give a presentation called The Perfect Ten.

The presentation takes its name from the script reading process which is employed by the writersroom, whereby a decision on whether or not to continue reading a submission is made based on the first ten pages.

New writing coordinator Hannah Rodger explained: “The presentation is on how to create the perfect ten pages to your script. It is an accumulation of all the knowledge we have acquired here at the writersroom by reading so many scripts – what we look for, what we think is essential and what is important to make an impact.”

Rodger also said the events would allow writers to ask questions and bring along scripts they have written.

She added that the roadshows would provide the BBC with a chance to meet new writers, as part of the Corporation’s ongoing quest to discover new talent to work across BBC film, television and radio in drama, comedy, and children’s programmes.

“Everything we do is about finding new writers. We are always trying to think what have we not done, and how we can do it and how can we meet more people. We are always looking to find where new writers are, how can we get work for them and how can we get them into the BBC,” she said.

The free roadshow, which started this month, continues throughout 2009. A London-based event will be held at the Royal Court theatre on Thursday, January 15, with additional London dates expected to be announced in the near future.

Other locations planned for 2009 include Belfast, Bristol, Leicester and Sheffield. See www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom for more information.

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