We've joined forces with five regional partners to launch a major England-wide programme of support to emerging writers who are ready to develop their knowledge, craft and voice for the big screen.
iWrite brings together five organisations who share deep regional roots and a longstanding commitment to developing new writing talent, including:
- Bristol Old Vic
- Birmingham Repertory Theatre
- Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
- Writers' Centre Norwich
- Live Theatre Newcastle
Over an eight-month programme each partner will host an intensive weekend residential in their region, bringing together a cohort of writers. The first residential is this Friday at the Bristol Old Vic and includes an 'In Discussion' event with playwright Rebecca Lenkiewicz who recently won an Oscar for best foreign language film, 'Ida'.
As part of the BFI NET.WORK's support for filmmaking talent in England, this collaboration with theatres will provide a tailored programme of development, support and opportunities; combining the nurturing of grass-roots talent by regional partners, with the expertise and profile of Creative England in the UK film industry.
Eighteen nominated writers (you can find their profiles below) will be provided with the tools and knowledge to help develop their talent and experience from other fields, including theatre; novels and television, towards writing for film.
Each writer benefits from professional development and paid commissions of £3,500 each and at the end of the programme three of the short film scripts written during the scheme will be professionally produced by Creative England.
The nominated writers represent the most diverse, fresh and exciting voices emerging from the regions. Charlene James recently won the prestigious George Devine and Alfred Fagon Awards, Tom Benn is a novelist recently signed to Random House, while Emteaz Hussain’s play Blood recently toured the UK – to name just three of them.
Paul Ashton, Senior Film Executive at Creative England said:
“Supporting regional voices at a key point in their career is at the heart of Creative England’s mission," "One thing I know is you can't just wait fort he best talent to come to you - you must go out and find it, nurture it, protect it and embolden it. The best way to do that is to work hand in hand with those who know their regions and know their talent.
This partnership is the perfect recipe to discover, inspire and support th next generation of writers for the big screen and I can't wait to see what they create along the way."
Find out more about our iWrite programme by viewing our writer profiles below or visiting our dedicated iWrite page.