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New Writing North
What is Significant Ink?
Significant Ink is a new talent development initiative led by New Writing North, which aims to find and develop brand new voices in UK screenwriting. The initiative will support the Channel 4 /Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards, which New Writing North runs as part of the Northern Writers’ Awards.
Our aim is to run a programme that will bring BAME, LGBT+ and disabled writers, and writers from low socio-economic groups, to the attention of broadcasters and production companies, encouraging those writers to apply for talent development and award schemes run by New Writing North, Channel 4 and others.
We aim to do this by targeting specific geographical areas in the North and by working in partnership with cultural, community and grass roots organisations in those areas.
We want to work with those organisations to identify individuals from the backgrounds listed above who have an interest in writing for TV but who have not yet had their break in the industry. This includes those who are just getting started with an idea, those who have previously lacked the confidence to come forward or the knowledge about how to progress in the industry, as well as those who are actively pursuing a career in TV.
In 2017 we will focus this work on Middlesbrough and the Tees Valley; Preston and surrounding areas; and Leeds/Bradford.
Who are the target participants?
Significant Ink seeks to redress the balance of people writing for television, as well as of those applying to our own talent development schemes and award programmes. We are particularly looking to connect with writers from groups that are currently under-represented. Including:
• BAME writers
• LGBT+ writers
• disabled writers
• writers from a low socio-economic background
Taking part in Significant Ink
Project coordinator Shabina Aslam is working with writing groups, arts organisations and community groups to identify new and aspiring writers who may be interested in taking part in Significant Ink.
Significant Ink is free to all participants.
Participants will be invited to a screenwriting taster workshop in their local area and then encouraged to take part in an open-access writing workshop, which will be available to a wider group of writers from across the city. At these workshops, we will be looking to identify writers who are interested in going on to a more in depth professional development of their screenwriting.
Following the taster sessions, a group of 10-15 writers in each area will be offered a place on the Significant Ink course, where they will work with screenwriters Danielle Jawando and Chris Neilan to complete and polish a script for a 30-minute screenplay, which can be used to apply for screenwriting opportunities, talent development and award schemes, including the Channel 4/ Northumbria University Writing for Television Awards at the Northern Writers’ Awards.
We are not looking for the ‘finished article’, but writers with an interest in writing for television and a desire to develop their work professionally.
If you know of aspiring writers who may be interested, please encourage them along to the taster sessions to find out more. They can also contact Shabina Aslam with any questions at email@example.com.
Booking for this workshop is via Eventbrite. Click here to visit the Eventbrite booking page.