The Channel 4 screenwriting course this year has truly been a ray of light. As we were in lockdown for much of the course, it was a gift to be working with an enthusiastic, supportive team, who continually inspired me, despite the trying context.
Thanks to the insightful notes, and much-needed cheerleading, of my script editor, Philip, and script assistant, Tamar, I've written a script I am immensely proud of.
The best thing about the course, for me, has been that we were encouraged to write something we were excited by and which captured our voice, rather than trying to second guess what broadcasters might see on TV. As a result, I was able to write a script which feels authentic and honest, and which I believe in, which so far is proving a brilliant calling card.
For the first time, this year the whole course took place on zoom. This included talks from expert producers and writers, script feedback sessions during the drafting process, and readings of excerpts on the final weekend. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the chance to ask questions and hear insights from the industry's best.
I had applied for the Channel 4 Screenwriting course many times before, and I am so glad I persevered. I would encourage everyone considering applying, or who has applied before, to try and try again.
Having started out as a playwright, I had long wanted to write a TV drama script, but felt daunted by the idea. On this course, you are given support and equipped with the tools to think and write big. This course has been a game-changer for me, and I'm incredibly grateful to Philip and Channel 4 for the opportunity.