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Sky Writes is a new project from Sky Studios and New Writing North that is making steps towards diversifying the pool of television writers in the UK – and it’s coming to Blackpool.

Sky Writes is a new talent development programme which seeks to identify and nurture television writers from under-represented groups who are based in the North of England. They’re inviting anyone interested in developing their writing to apply a our free 6 session Sky Writes course, also led by writer in residence Carrie Mitchell and programme producer Chandan Shergill which will run from June-October 2021.

There will be six workshops to help you to develop your creative skills and enhance your knowledge of the sector. The programme also includes additional specially designed Masterclasses featuring guest speakers from within the industry.

Who can take part?

Blackpool has been identified as a town which is under-served in access to the television industry. They are looking for participants from the town or who live nearby. They have a particular aim to support people from under-represented groups, including people of colour and those from LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. There is no charge either to organisations or participants to take part in Sky Writes.

Eligibility

Age: You must be over the age of 18 to participate in this programme.

Where you need to live: Applicants must be permanently resident in or close to either Gateshead, Rotherham or Blackpool in the UK.

Writer in Residence: Caroline Mitchell
Programme Producer: Chandan Shergill

Who the programme is for:

  • This programme is for people from backgrounds and communities under- represented in the UK television sector. This includes people of colour, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people and those from working-class and lower socio-economic backgrounds.
  • This programme is for writers new to writing for television. People who have had work commissioned or broadcast are not eligible for this programme. Writers with experience in other areas (such as fiction, theatre or poetry) may apply if they have not previously written for television and meet the other aspects of the eligibility criteria. Writers who have participated in other development programmes, screenwriting courses and similar opportunities can apply but should consider carefully if this programme is right for them and will be asked to explain this in the application form.

Applications close at 11.59pm on 17 May 2021.

For more information and to apply, visit the project page.

You can also contact the programme producer Chandan Shergill on 07508294034 or by email.

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