New Writing North have given me a direct route into a career I’d only dreamed possible
My experience with New Writing North and everything that’s followed can only be described as life changing.
At no stage during the process have I felt anything less than completely supported. From the wonderful Roadshow that I attended, to getting shortlisted and attending a workshop day at Lime, to ultimately beginning my placement and all of the wonderful things that have followed, I can’t thank NWN enough for how wonderful they’ve been to me.
I fell ill shortly after learning I’d won, meaning I was unable to attend the awards ceremony and start my placement as quickly as I’d like. NWN, and in particular, Will Mackie were phenomenal in liaising between myself and Lime and throughout this difficult time period, I was fully supported.
Upon starting the placement, the financial aspect of the award was invaluable; it allowed me to take unpaid leave from work to attend all of the relevant meetings at Lime throughout my placement, meaning I didn’t have to worry about missing work.
The placement itself was the stuff of dreams; never did I anticipate the entire staff behind one of the biggest behemoths of British TV would be such kind, nurturing and wonderful people. I was welcomed with open arms and immediately felt as though I was part of the family.
Peeking behind the curtain and fully immersing myself in learning how to produce a script fit for one of the UK’s biggest soaps, and following a batch of scripts from the ideas stage through to the published shooting scripts gave me every tool I needed to produce my own trial script and now, five commissions in, I’m a regular writer for Hollyoaks.
I still have to pinch myself at times, that I, a regular lad from a small town, am writing for a soap that literally defined my teenage years. NWN have given me a direct route into a career I’d only dreamed possible and I am eternally grateful.
For anyone considering entering the awards, I’d say to completely ignore the little voice in your head that tells you that it couldn’t possibly happen to you – because it happened to me. The team at NWN are brilliant and are truly dedicated to finding untapped potential within writers who are hoping to make their mark on the industry.
Joshua Halm, 2022