Sky Writes has been created to help diversify the pool of television writers in the UK. The programme offers an introduction to writing for television for people from under-represented groups and under-served geographical areas in the North of England.
Working with local groups in Blackpool, Gateshead and Rotherham, Sky Writes is now offering free, virtual introductory workshops to people living in and around these areas. No writing experience is required for these sessions. The introductory sessions will be followed by a free course in Writing for Television for those who show a talent for writing and masterclass panel sessions featuring industry insiders.
Led by experienced television writers Afshan D’souza-Lodhi (Rotherham), Caroline Mitchell (Blackpool) and Richard Stockwell (Gateshead), Sky Writes will provide participants with a grounding in scriptwriting, as well as offering an insight into the television industry’s development and commissioning processes.
The partnership will see Sky Studios, the TV development and production arm of broadcaster Sky, work closely with New Writing North. Through Sky Writes, the two organisations are committed to identifying and nurturing new television writers from under-represented groups and under-served geographical areas in the North of England, with a particular aim to support people of colour and those from LGBTQ+, disabled and lower socio-economic backgrounds.