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Sky Writes: Gateshead

Sky Writes is a pioneering writing for television programme created by New Writing North and Sky Studios. The programme is looking to find new television writers from under-represented backgrounds and encourage them to develop their creative and professional skills.

About Sky Writes: Gateshead

Sky Writes is led by experienced Writers in Residence and a team of specialist Programme Producers, overseen by New Writing North.

Our focus is on three specific areas in the North, including Gateshead. If you’re based in one of these locations, we’re looking forward to meeting you, hearing your stories and supporting you as you take your first steps into TV scriptwriting.

We created Sky Writes to contribute to diversifying the pool of television writers in the UK. The programme is looking for people whose stories are not being widely told on our TV screens and whose backgrounds are under-represented in broadcasting.

This includes but is not confined to people of colour and those from LGBTQ+, disabled, lower socio-economic and working-class backgrounds.

The programme begins in April 2021 with a selection of Starting to Write for TV sessions. No writing experience is needed for these.

Following these sessions, some writers will be invited to apply for the workshop phase of the programme which will take place during the summer and autumn. The workshops will take a deeper approach and be supplemented by masterclasses featuring specialist guest speakers.

At the end of the programme, our hope is that participants will have developed their craft in TV writing, gained valuable professional awareness of the industry and feel confident about seeking out further opportunities in screenwriting.

All aspects of Sky Writes are free to participants, but you must live in or around Gateshead to take part. Sky Writes will be running digitally until it’s safe to meet face-to-face again and will be delivered via Zoom.

Apply for the workshop stage of Sky Writes

Following the Starting to Write sessions delivered in April, we are pleased to open the second stage of the Sky Writes programme. You can now apply for a series of free Writing for Television workshops that will take place between late June and October 2021. If you are new to writing for television, live in Gateshead, Rotherham or Blackpool and are from a background under-represented in writing for television, then this programme will help you to develop your creative skills and enhance your knowledge of the sector. The programme also includes additional specially designed Masterclasses featuring guest speakers from within the industry.

Applications are open until 17 May at 11.59pm.

If you have an enquiry about the application process or need any further support to make your application please contact Becci Sharrock, Gateshead Programme Producer: becci@newwritingnorth.com

Sky Writes useful documents

Eligibility criteria and conditions of entry
Application questions

Writer in Residence: Richard Stockwell

Richard’s first writing success was in the 1998 when his play Killing Time toured the country starring Dennis Waterman. The play has been produced somewhere in the world every year since.  After that he wrote for Eastenders for two years for the BBC.  A number of other plays followed, in particular Bad Blood  which had a national tour and international success.

In 2005 he started working for Northumbria University where he established the Drama and Scriptwriting programme.  Richard taught at Northumbria until 2018.  During that period he also wrote a number of plays, in particular: Future Shock (Winner of the 2011 Best one act play, Drama Association of Wales) produced at the 24:7 festival Manchester and The Lowry in Salford;  The Prize (co-written with Steve Gilroy) produced at The Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival and Live Theatre. He also wrote Continuum under commission for Live Theatre performed 2016 at Alphabetti Theatre.

Programme Producer: Becci Sharrock

Becci is a writer, theatre maker and creative producer based in Gateshead.  She has worked with and for a variety of North East cultural organisations including Live Theatre, The Word, Northern Stage, ARC, Stockton, Beamish Museum, Sunderland Culture and Hexham Book Festival.  She has also produced and mentored a wide range of writers, artists and companies, specialising in new writing.

Recent writing credits include: Christmas With The Hobs (animated film, co-commissioned by Queen’s Hall, Hexham, Alnwick Playhouse and The Maltings, Berwick); Northern Pulse (Film Poem, Great Exhibition of the North, N18 Programme); Living Legends: Hidden Histories (Published book & exhibition, commissioned by Made In Corby); and Letters to Myself (UK tour).  She is currently under commission to write a stage adaption of The Secret Garden and is working on her debut novel.

 

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