Curtis Brown Creative has now opened its screenwriting scholarship for writers with low income for applications.

The scholarship from Curtis Brown Creative – the renowned writing school affiliated to the major literary and talent agency – will provide full funding for one talented writer with limited financial means, who is over the age of 18, to join their eighteen-week Writing an Original TV Drama Serial course in London.

The winner of the scholarship will be given a travel stipend (up to the value of £250, depending on individual circumstances) to contribute to the cost of travelling to attend classes in central London. The scholar will also be eligible to receive a fully paid-for digital download of the latest version of the premier screenwriting software Final Draft (worth £181).

The course is led by award-winning screenwriter, director and producer Jamie Nuttgens and runs from 13 April to 3 August 2023. The winning scholar will join a group of 15 students all working on an original high-end drama series with the aim of taking their screenwriting to the next level. The students will get focused feedback during one-to-one tutorials with Jamie and experienced Script Editor Clare Alan. They will attend 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, practise pitching, network with top TV agents from Curtis Brown.

‘The purpose of the Breakthrough Writer’ 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.’

Joey Levenson, winner of the 2021 Breakthrough Scholarship for TV Screenwriters with Low Income, said: ‘Winning the scholarship means everything to me. As my financial situation has prevented me from undertaking unpaid or minimum wage jobs that television production placements often have, I am ecstatic that Curtis Brown Creative have given me the chance to shine without monetary limitation.’

Scholarship applicants are invited to send in the opening of their pilot script, 300 words summarising the rest of the pilot episode and 300 words synopsising the rest of the series and fill out the application form online.

The deadline to apply is midnight, Sunday 26 March. Find out more and apply here:



Jon Creamer

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