The 2013 TV Drama Writers’ Festival Deadline: June 26, 2013

Posted: May 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

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“Drama is conflict. Everyone knows that. But is conflict also at the heart of our industry, and at the heart of our daily working lives as writers?” Emma Frost and Jack Thorne

Emma Frost (White Queen, Shameless) and Jack Thorne (The Fades, This is England) chair this year’s Festival and the theme is CONFLICT.

When: Wed 26th and Thurs 27th June 2013

Where: Leeds College of Music, Leeds

The festival is for professional working writers providing a unique opportunity to mix with your peers, alongside commissioners and producers in masterclass sessions, conversation and to debate the things that matter to you. This year’s creative group are: Sally Abbott, Pete Bowker, Danny Brocklehurst, Stephen Butchard, Dennis Kelly, Sarah Phelps and Toby Whithouse.

Is there a conflict between what we want to write – our art, our politics, our self expression – and what the industry, or even the audience, wants to make or watch?

If television drama is the perfect storm between art and industry, is that, in the end, a bad thing, or could that very collision be what produces the greatest television drama?

Are we, paradoxically, living in a golden age of television?

And has the rise of the showrunner led to increased power for writers or just the lucky one or two at the top?

Is the bottom getting crushed in order for the top to be fed grapes? And who is drinking the wine?

Is the ‘golden age’ an age of confused metaphors and possibly confused writers?

Think contradictions. Come and have a scrap at this year’s Writers’ Festival.

The line-up and sessions will be announced shortly but we have the following confirmed speakers:

Chris Chibnall

Dennis Kelly

Peter Bowker

Levi David Addai

John Yorke

Ben Stephenson.

Watch this space for more details.

Early Bird Bookings: Book by 10th May for the discounted price of £45 per ticket (standard ticket price £55)

**Please note we can only accept applications at this time from writers with a broadcast TV writing credit (short films are not eligible). We will not respond to applications from writers who do not have a credit**

To apply for a ticket please email:


Please include in your email:

– A link to your work on IMDB so we can verify your writing credit

– The title & broadcast date of your most recently produced work

– Your contact telephone numbe


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