Writing for Screen

Develop your career in writing for screen, with opportunities for writers based in the North of England

New Writing North has been supporting screenwriters with a broad programme of activity since 2014. Our current programme offers awards, mentoring, placements with production companies, writers’ rooms, script hubs, workshops, roadshows and one-to-one surgeries.

Our growing network includes those who are totally new to screenwriting; emerging television and film writers; and writers who are experienced in different forms, but are looking to move into screenwriting.

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Current screenwriting programmes


    Develop your skills in adaptation from the page to the screen.

  • Channel 4 Northern Talent Network

    Professional development and peer support for screenwriters from the North.

  • Channel 4 Writing for Television Awards

    Annual awards programme to discover and support new television writing talent, part of the Northern Writers’ Awards.

  • Channel 4 Northern Talent Network - Script Hubs

  • Story for Screenwriting – online course

    Develop an industry-standard treatment for your original TV, film, or stage drama. 4-month course, CPD-certified.

  • 1-2-1 Screenwriting Surgeries

    New Writing North Screenwriting Surgeries are 30 minute one-to-one meetings via Zoom or in-person where writers can discuss a screenwriting project they are working on, talk about funding and development support available for screenwriters or learn more about developing a career as a screenwriter.

    This page links to the latest surgeries

Past programmes

  • Channel 4 Northern Talent Network: Writers’ Room Workshop

    As writers’ rooms are becoming more common in the UK, this two-part workshop led by Tiger Aspect Development Producer Saima Ferdows (Bad Education) will allow you to experience what they are and how they work.

  • Sky Writes

    Sky Writes is a talent development programme from Sky Studios and New Writing North, which ran in Blackpool, Gateshead and Rotherham in 2021.