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Creating the right conditions for new talent to flourish, to express its voice and bring it to a wider audience; these are the key drivers behind 4Screenwriting. It’s a hothouse for writers. Graduates from the course include those who’ve gone on to write for SHAMELESS and INDIAN SUMMERS for Channel 4 and YOUNGERS and BANANA for E4. This is your chance, not to follow in their footsteps, but to discover your own path to making great television.

How it works

A series of lectures from high-profile writers, producers and directors. The expertise and guidance of your own script editor. Workshops with other leading industry professionals. These are the tools at your disposal. You’ll use them to craft an original one hour drama or drama serial; we option your script for six months and set up a meeting with our Drama Commissioning team to discuss other opportunities to work with us.

There will be two key weekends in the course.

The first offers the chance to get the inside track on writing for television from expert industry figures. Time will also be set aside to chat through your ideas with our assigned script editor. You’ll then go on to develop your script, submitting a second draft in time for the second weekend.

This will see actors read a section of each script on the first day, followed by discussion and analysis on the second day. We’ll finish with a workshop, course overview and a look at our specific requirements in terms of series and serial television drama.

The course also includes a drinks evening at our offices in London where you can meet industry producers, script editors, literary agents and other useful people to know.

You’ll be paid for taking part and producing two drafts of a one-hour script. The first option on this should be granted to Shelley Productions for Channel 4 to acquire all rights. We’ll let you know within six months of delivery whether we intend to exercise this option.

Click here to see what last year's successful 4Screenwriting participants got up to. 

Applications for the 2019 cohort are now closed. 

2019 DATES: 26th and 27th January 2019 / 15th and 16th June 2019

Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both these weekends, and are free to write at least two drafts of an original one-hour television drama between 28th January and 1st June 2019.

How to apply

If you’re interested in applying, we’ll need to see a CV together with one complete, original film or TV screenplay, stage play or radio play. This should be at least 20 pages, but no more than 130 pages, long.

Please note that novels, treatments, short stories, unfinished screenplays and ‘shorts’ are not eligible, nor are episodes of existing dramas.

Only writers without a broadcast credit as a television writer or theatrical release as a feature film writer may apply (although produced short films of 20 minutes or less are exempt).

The small print

Channel 4 is committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity in the media industry.

Applicants must be 18 or over on 1 January 2019.

Applicants must be resident in UK or Ireland.

As well as individual writers, writing partnerships of two (max) may enter. Scripts submitted must be written by the partnership.

Only one script per applicant can be submitted. Anyone submitting more than one script will not be considered.

Entry is free of charge.

No feedback can be given on the scripts.

No correspondence (email or otherwise) can be entered into with applicants.

We will be holding interviews for short-listed writers on Nov 29 + 30, 2018

We will inform the successful 12 writers by mid-Dec 2018. We will post a notice on the 4Talent website once we have chosen the 12 successful writers. If you haven’t heard by Dec 20th, your application wasn’t successful. We don’t have the resources to be able to let each applicant know individually if their application has been successful.

Scripts entered must be 20 – 130 pages in length. They can be screenplays, TV scripts, stage plays or radio plays. Scripts shorter than 20 pages or longer than 135 pages will not be considered.

Your submission must be your own original work, and may not be based wholly or in part, on the work of any other person, whether known, published, produced, or not (ie no adaptations). You may submit a script based on your own work which has been published or written in another form.

Your submission is final. Under no circumstances will rewrites, corrections, replacement pages, or additional drafts of a submission be accepted.

Submitted scripts must be formatted clearly and legibly and emailed as PDF attachments.

We only accept email entries. All entries must be submitted through the online submission process.

Writers should include a CV with their scripts. (Writing work and other work/life experience can be included on the CV)

It is essential that applicants have an interest in and enthusiasm for Channel 4/E4 drama. Scripts will be assessed on the strength of the writing and the writer's suitability to Channel 4/ E4 drama. Scripts entered can reflect the range of the Channel 4 drama output (eg comic scripts, like Fresh Meat, as well as drama scripts will be considered).

You can enter a script if you previously entered it for the Channel 4 screenwriting course.

You will be notified by email immediately after submitting your script that your entry has been received.

The interviews for short-listed writers and the two weekends in January and June will be held at the Channel 4 building in London.

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