Curtis Brown Creative has launched a new screenwriting scholarship to support writers of colour.

Applications to the Breakthrough Scholarship for TV Screenwriters are now open and will provide full funding for one talented writer of colour, over the age of 18 and with limited financial means, to join Curtis Brown Creative’s eighteen-week online Writing an Original TV Drama Serial.

Led by celebrated TV-dramatist Colin Teevan, the course, which runs from 13 September 2021 to 31 January 2022, will help 15 students take their screenwriting to the next level. It features five masterclasses from leading industry figures – a showrunner, producer, script editor, commissioner and director will take students through the key stages of drama development and the production process.

Students will also get the chance to workshop their pilot episode, practice pitching, network with TV agents from Curtis Brown and get focused feedback during one-to-one tutorials with Colin and experienced Script Editor Clare Alan. Teaching will take place in London with some sessions on Zoom.

“The purpose of the programme is to offer opportunities to under-represented writers and to seek out talented writers who would not otherwise be able to join our courses,” says Anna Davis, CBC’s Founder and Director. “I’m hoping we’ll find an exciting new voice, and am very much looking forward to reading the applications.’

Colin Teevan, tutor of Writing an Original TV Drama Serial says: “If there are young people out there with something to say, especially something they haven’t seen reflected in TV drama, I’d strongly urge them to apply and try their luck.”

Scholarship applicants are invited to send in the opening of their pilot script, 300 words synopsising the rest of the pilot episode and 300 words synopsising the rest of the serial and fill out the application form online. The deadline to apply is midnight, Sunday 29 August. Find out more and apply here.

Jon Creamer

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