Channel 4's New Writers Scheme
A one-stop-shop for unrepresented writers without an agent, looking for their first writing credit

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An 8-month development programme in partnership with Channel 4, for unrepresented writers looking for their first writing credit.

Channel 4’s New Writers Scheme is a one-stop-shop for new writers with a burning desire to write TV drama. It is open to unrepresented new writers looking for their first writing credit. This scheme is aimed at those currently underrepresented in the TV industry. Channel 4 are particularly keen to hear from Deaf and/or disabled people, ethnically diverse people and people from lower socioeconomic groups.

This is a unique opportunity to gain the skills needed to forge a successful writing career, and tell stories which reflect the diversity and creativity of the place where you live. Over 8 months, you will benefit from expert industry training and insights, mentoring and introductions to scripted drama production companies. You must be available to attend in person training days in Bristol, Glasgow or Leeds around every two months. At the end of the scheme, you will submit a spec script for feedback from Channel 4. 

This development programme is targeted at emerging writers from the Nations & Regions, with three regional cohorts based in Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds. With up to 8 writers in each regional cohort, you will build your skills, knowledge and networks to develop and write scripts reflecting your regional identity with a particular focus on diverse perspectives.

How to apply

Northern writers can apply to the Leeds regional cohort. The deadline for applications is Friday 1 March 2024

Apply here

Channel 4 will be hosting a one hour online Q&A webinar for applicants on Monday 12 February at 13:00. To register for this event please click here.

Interviews will be held virtually in late May/June 2024. The scheme will begin late June/July 2024. If you are selected you must be able to travel to a series of training days and events between July 2024 and February 2025. In-person sessions will take place every 6 to 8 weeks and will rotate around the 3 regional hubs (Bristol, Glasgow and Leeds), alongside virtual events.

Eligibility criteria

The scheme is open to all new writers who are not represented by an agent. Please note that applications from writers with representation or a writing credit for television will not be accepted.

  • You will be able to demonstrate a burning desire to write television drama.
  • You may have had experience in writing for theatre, radio or made short films though this is not essential.
  • Submissions will be your original work.
  • Submissions will be assessed on the strength of the writing and the originality of the pitch.
  • You must be able to commit to attending in-person training days (around every 6-8 weeks) at your chosen regional location, alongside regular virtual masterclass sessions and meetings with your mentor and script editor.

Course content

The scheme will cover fundamental elements of writing drama for TV including masterclasses from some of the best producers, directors and writers in the industry on subjects such as:

  • TV Format and genre.
  • Story and structure: Essential elements that go into creating a dynamic and compelling story.
  • Character and dialogue: How to create memorable and original characters.
  • Pitching.
  • How to write outlines and treatments.
  • Navigating the industry and finding & working with an agent.