The BBC is opening up applications to its Writers’ Academy to entrants with no professional credits or representation for the first time.
Successful applicants to the programme, which was launched in 2005, receive three months of paid training, including weekly individual tutorials on dramatic technique and structure.
Participants also attend guest lectures from screenwriters and graduate with the opportunity to be commissioned by the BBC.
John Yorke, head of BBC Studios Writers’ Academy, said: “I’m thrilled that BBC Studios has decided to make such a major investment in new talent.
“At a time when it’s harder than ever for new writers to break in, this course allows writers from less privileged backgrounds to get their first important step into television.
“The Writers’ Academy is a perfect example of the BBC’s remit – it’s a huge commitment to nurturing new talent from every sector of society.”
Applications for the BBC Studios Writers’ Academy 2020 open on March 30.