Channel 4 screenwriting course 2012 announcement

Posted by admin  /   September 15, 2011  /   Posted in screenwriting & script-editing courses  /   19 Comments

Everything you need to know about the Channel 4 screenwriting course 2012:-

We are delighted to announce we will again be running the Channel 4 screenwriting course for Channel 4 drama, running from January to June 2012.

We are looking for 12 talented, original and diverse writers who currently have no broadcast credit but wish to write for television drama.

The course will give you a chance to find out how TV drama, particularly Channel 4 TV drama, works, and to write, over a 5 month period, your own 1 hour pilot script for an original series or serial, working with an experienced script editor.

You will also attend two weekends of talks and script meetings at Channel 4’s Horseferry Rd building.

The course is designed so that writers should be able to take part even if in full-time employment (the only attendance is on two weekends, in January and June 2011, and you will have five months to write the required two drafts of a one hour drama script).

Writers will be paid a small fee for attending the course.

Here are all the details on how you can apply:

DATES: 21st and 22nd January 2012, 9th and 10th June 2012

Writers must ensure before entering that they are available to attend both weekends, and to write two drafts of a one hour television drama between 23rd January and 25th May 2011.

Applicants should submit by email a CV and one writing sample. This can be a screenplay, a stage play or radio play, minimum length 30 minutes (novels, treatments, short stories, unfinished screenplays and “shorts” are not acceptable).

The scripts should be original, not episodes of existing drama series.

Email scripts and CV’s to:-

Only writers who do not have a broadcast credit as a television or film writer may apply (although produced short films – 20 minutes or less – are exempt).

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Tuesday November 1st 2011.

Writers will be paid a fee for participating in the course and for completing two drafts of a one hour script. Writers will grant Channel 4 an option on their script and will be told within six months of the end of the course if Channel 4 wishes to exercise this option.

The purpose of the course is to offer 12 writers new to television drama an insight into the industry and to provide a “dry-run” of what it can be like to write under a television drama commission, for one hour series and serial drama, and to work with an experienced script editor.

Writers will be expected to write an original, pilot one-hour drama series or serial episode, and 2-3 page outline \ pitch for the series \ serial as a whole. Each writer will be assigned a script editor, who is currently working in the industry, to guide them through this process. The writers will meet with their script editors between the course weekends to discuss how to approach each draft. Second draft scripts will be sent to the script editor and two other writers on the course, for workshop discussions at the second weekend.

Writers, directors, producers and script editors in the industry will give talks to the participants on a variety of subjects relating to television drama. There will also be time for writers to discuss their proposals and ideas for their one hour scripts with their assigned script editor.

This will be split between a reading of a section of each script by actors on the first day, and discussion and analysis of each of the twelve finished scripts in small groups on the second day, finishing with a screening \ workshop and an overview of the course and of the specific requirements of series and serial television drama.


The Channel 4 Screenwriting Course gave us an amazing opportunity to work with extremely talented industry professionals, and to develop a script with their help and guidance was truly invaluable. We came away having learnt so much and having made some great contacts who are still being very supportive even after the course has ended. A great opportunity for any writer trying to get ‘in’ to the industry.’

Natalie Malla & Xara Higgs

The weekend courses were fantastic and inspiring. I found the development process fun and I learnt so much. Working with a script editor made me realise that pitches and treatments could become useful tools for me as a writer and have given me confidence when approaching my next project. The course also gave me the courage to write the script I’d always wanted to write. It was so worth travelling from Belfast to attend this course.’

Deirdre Alexander

Philip Shelley


Sept 15th 2011


  1. Jeri September 15, 2011 5:20 pm

    Hello Philip,

    Would you say this is open to someone with absolutely no experience whatsoever apart from writing screenplays as a hobby?

    This would be a wonderful opportunity, however I sense this might be for someone who has had at least a little experience of maybe working in the industry somehow.



  2. Shahid October 11, 2011 3:17 pm

    Do you acknowledge the receipt of script? I have sent one in but am not sure if you have received it?


  3. admin October 14, 2011 10:16 am

    Hi Shahid,

    We don’t have time I’m afraid to acknowledge receipt of the C4 course scripts – but we did receive yours!

    All the best


  4. Vick October 21, 2011 2:08 pm

    In which format do you accept script submissions?

  5. admin October 21, 2011 10:28 pm

    Hi Vick,

    A PDF is best


  6. Bradley Barlow October 28, 2011 4:19 pm

    Hi Philip,

    I’ve submitted my CV and writing sample just now – are you able to confirm that it has been received please? Also, roughly how many people have entered this year or in the past? It would be useful to know what my chances are…


  7. admin October 28, 2011 4:26 pm

    Hi Brad,

    Yes, script & CV received thank you. 1400 scripts received so far! More than double last year’s total already.

  8. Ethan Duffy October 31, 2011 7:39 pm

    My goodness! Well, happy reading then!

  9. John Storey November 3, 2011 5:08 pm

    And the final count was?

    1400 on the Friday must mean nearly 2000 by the Tuesday.

    Around 120,000 pages

    Around 8,000 acts

    At least 6,000 different characters

    All that creative energy, all that care, all those stories.

    A wave of hopeful ambition.


  10. admin November 7, 2011 8:52 am

    Hi Lucy,

    We should be able to let the selected 12 know by mid-December – thank you for entering and good luck!


  11. admin November 7, 2011 8:56 am

    Hi John,

    Final count was in fact 3000+. Huge influx of scripts over the last couple of days of entries. As you say, ‘all that creative energy…’ It is amazing and feels like a huge responsibilty, and very frustrating that we can take on no more than 12 writers per year. So far the standard is really high – I’ve already read so much that I’ve really enjoyed. It’s frustrating not to be able to enter into a dialogue with every writer but sadly it’s just not possible…


  12. admin November 7, 2011 8:57 am

    It was received and we shoudl let the selected 12 know by mid-December,


  13. admin November 7, 2011 8:58 am

    It was received and don’t worrry – of course Word doc’s will be considered,



  14. Ian Pring November 8, 2011 12:48 pm

    Hi – I submitted a script called have A Good Week Till Next Week – did you get it?


  15. admin November 8, 2011 6:51 pm

    Hi Ian,

    Yes we received it, thank you


  16. Wendy November 21, 2011 2:21 pm

    Hi Philip,

    I sent my script, PASSED CARING, on Oct 7 but never received acknowledgement of receipt. I guess if you didn’t get it, it’s too late now, but was wondering how will the final 12 be notified – by email, post, telephone?

  17. admin November 21, 2011 2:57 pm

    Yes Wendy, we did receive it and hope to let the succesful 12 know by mid-December (by email),

    All the best


  18. Wendy November 21, 2011 3:04 pm

    Thanks Philip.

    Happy reading.

  19. admin December 15, 2011 6:41 pm

    We have – please see the new post on the website and thank you very much for entering,

    Good luck with all your writing,

    Philip Shelley