The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy is a world leading training scheme for screenwriters.

The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy was created in 2005 to provide support, help and paid training for the best up-and-coming screenwriters. Since then, it has trained 10 separate cohorts – 80% of whom are still active in the industry – who now work on their own shows or have key credits on the biggest programmes in television.

Writers’ Academy alumni are responsible for nearly 5000 hours – and counting - of television in the UK and US, with many of them being recognised in the industry’s top prizes including Emmy, BAFTA and Royal Television Society Awards.

Behind the course is one simple idea – new writers need a safety net. Only with financial support and the right to fail can they gain the confidence to fully learn their craft.

“I learned so much about story and structure…going on to write for some of the country's most popular TV dramas. There's nothing else quite like it in the world.”

Writers' Academy graduate

“This experience has proved the perfect pathway into… a career in TV: it has rewritten how my brain thinks of the medium and what feels possible, both on the screen and in my career. I’m very grateful for it."

Writers' Academy graduate


The Writers’ Academy is run by ScriptWorks, BBC Studios’ platform for emerging writers

ScriptWorks is a one-stop-shop for writing talent at all levels, from unrepresented writers looking for their first writing credit, to writers who are working on developing their own original series.
 
Through expertise and industry collaboration, ScriptWorks provides the writing community with a unique opportunity to gain the skills needed to forge a successful writing career, and to tell stories which reflect the diversity and creativity of the UK.

Past Graduates’ Successes

  • Nearly 5000 hours of British and Irish TV drama produced from graduates.
  • 40 original commissions including The Irregulars, Grantchester, Pure, Watership Down, Kin, Father Brown, Kin, My Mad Fat Diary, Shakespeare and Hathaway, The Victim, Malory Towers and Red Rock.
  • Over 80 original drama series/films in development.
  • 37 Lead Writers/Showrunners on original and continuing drama series.
  • 600 episodes written for drama series including Killing Eve, How to Get Away with Murder, The Last Kingdom and The Man in the High Castle.
  • Nominations and wins for a range of awards including Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA, Royal Television Society Award, Writers’ Guild Award, Soap Awards.

New and emerging writers, we want to hear from you!

We’re looking to hear from new or emerging writers about events where their work is being showcased. If you have a play, rehearsed reading, showcase, or similar event that you’d like a member of the ScriptWorks team to attend, please send details to script.works@bbc.co.uk.

Please note that we receive a high volume of requests and sadly there is no guarantee that we’ll be able to get back to you.