Significant Ink is New Writing North’s Talent Development programme supports writers for television fromgroups currently under-represented in the industry. We are looking to identify and develop writers or aspiring writers from BAME, disabled, LGBT+ or working class backgrounds.

The current programme is based in Preston. We have been running taster sessions in the city and are now inviting applications to the Significant Ink Professional Development programme, which will take place on the following dates at Harris Library, Preston, 1–4pm:

Saturday 30th September
Saturday 7th October
Saturday 14th October
Saturday 21st October
Saturday 28th October

Screenwriters-in-Residence Chris Neilan and Danielle Jawando will run the programme. It will support participants to develop a half hour script for TV. The sessions will focus on developing character, dramatic action, dialogue, plot and structure. There will also be guest speaks from the TV industry. You do not have to have had any experience of writing, but you do need to show potential. Writing believable dialogue is key to good television writing, so we are looking for people with this ability. Applicants need to submit:

  • 2–5 pages of dialogue
  • A paragraph which contextualizes the script
  • A paragraph explaining how you fit within a group whose voice is currently under-represented in television.

Anyone can apply to the programme as long as they come from one of the under-represented groups listed above and can make all the sessions.

Please submit your application by midnight on Sunday 17th September. Apply here.