Rotherham has been included in a new project that has been created to help diversify the pool of television writers in the UK.
The Sky Writes programme offers an introduction to writing for television for people from under-represented groups and under-served geographical areas in the North of England.
Working with local groups in Blackpool, Gateshead and Rotherham, Sky Writes is now offering free, virtual introductory workshops to people living in and around these areas. No writing experience is required for these sessions. The introductory sessions will be followed by a free course in Writing for Television for those who show a talent for writing and masterclass panel sessions featuring industry insiders.
Led by experienced television writers Afshan D’souza-Lodhi in Rotherham, Sky Writes will provide participants with a grounding in scriptwriting, as well as offering an insight into the television industry’s development and commissioning processes.
Stacey Sampson, who was born and brought up in Rotherham, is the programme producer. She said: “We’re on the look-out for people who are at the very beginning of their journey in writing for television. You may already have a brilliant idea for a new series or started working on a script, or you may have no previous writing experience. The programme will support you to begin to find an outlet for your ideas and guide you as you take your next steps.”
The partnership will see Sky Studios, the TV development and production arm of broadcaster Sky, work closely with New Writing North. Through Sky Writes, the two organisations are committed to identifying and nurturing new television writers from under-represented groups and under-served geographical areas in the North of England, with a particular aim to support people of colour and those from LGBTQ+, disabled and lower socio-economic backgrounds.
All aspects of Sky Writes are free to participants, but you must live in or around Rotherham to take part. Sky Writes will be running digitally until it’s safe to meet face-to-face again and will be delivered via Zoom.
The first workshop is on April 24.
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